The University of Minnesota's longest-tenured head coach will be sticking around a little longer.Interim athletics director Beth Goetz announced on Friday that Gophers baseball head coach John Anderson agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 season. Anderson is seven games into his 35th season with the program and has only two losing campaigns on his record.
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Guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason, and Dupree McBrayer will not play for the Gophers for the rest of the season.Head coach Richard Pitino announced on Tuesday the three players were suspended for the remainder of the season. The guards were previously suspended for one game on Sunday for violating team rules and did not play in the team's game against Illinois.
The Gophers will sit three of their guards Sunday night against Illinois.The team announced before the game sophomore Nate Mason and freshmen Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer will not play due to a violation of team rules."With the privilege of being a member of the University of Minnesota basketball program there are expectations and standards to which we hold our student-athletes accountable, and they have failed to do so," head coach Richard Pitino said in a statement.
Oakes in midst of third bout with leukemiaBy Kaitlin MerkelMinnesota pitching coach Todd Oakes is facing a third fight with acute myeloid leukemia.Oakes first dealt with the blood and marrow cancer in 2012 and had it reappear in the fall of 2014.The Gophers hired an interim pitching coach last year, Scott Matyas, while Oakes focused on his treatment. He is able to attend almost all of the team’s practices this year but will stay at home for the majority of Minnesota’s first 20 games, which all come on the road.
Senior guard Carlos Morris' playing days at Minnesota have ended early.Head coach Richard Pitino announced on Wednesday that Morris was dismissed from the Gophers basketball program due to "conduct detrimental to the team."Morris, one of only two seniors on the team's roster this year, averaged 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds this season. He started 16 of 24 games this season but has largely been coming off the bench since freshman Dupree McBrayer replaced him in the starting lineup Jan. 12 at Nebraska.
By Kaitlin MerkelGophers head coach Marlene Stollings was in a staff meeting on Tuesday when she received anxious knock on the door.It was senior guard Rachel Banham, who received recognition from a special source after tying the NCAA record for points in a game with 60 Sunday against Northwestern.“She’s like, ‘Kobe, Kobe, I just got a tweet from Kobe, and it changed my life. This is the best day of my life,’” Stollings said.
By Kaitlin MerkelMinnesota head coach Marlene Stollings said Sunday she wished she could have enjoyed redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham’s historic performance on Sunday.Banham scored 60 points in the Gophers 112-106 comeback win against Northwestern in double overtime, breaking both a program and Big Ten record for points in a game, and tying the NCAA record. Cal State Long Beach’s Cindy Brown first set the NCAA record in 1987.
Zhou wins diver of the weekBy Tommy JaakolaJunior diver Yu Zhou won her eighth Big Ten diver of the week award on Wednesday, after a strong showing at the Big Ten Triple Dual in Evanston, Ill.She won both the three-meter and one-meter dive at the meet, scoring 370.40 and 296.45 points in each event, respectively. Zhou is the reigning Big Ten diver of the year and has won a weekly award 11 times.
An anonymous donation sparked a renovation of the Minnesota baseball locker room, one of several upgrades heading the team's way at the start of 2016.The gift was established as an estate gift back in 2003, and the fresh look was announced by the team on Jan. 27. The Gophers installed new sets of lockers, with charging stations within them, and new furniture and carpet, to go along with several other new features. The locker room also has an entertainment wall with multiple high-definition televisions, one of which was given to the program by former player Jack Hannahan.
Amanda Kessel is back on the ice.The former Patty Kazmaier award winner did not skate for the Gophers last season due to lingering concerns about a previous concussion and she has not played for the team this season. She stayed on the University of Minnesota campus last semester though and is beginning to skate again."In regards to school, she had a great semester academically, and you may see her around the rink now as she is skating a little bit and testing the waters and progressing in her rehab," Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said on Tuesday.