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Newly appointed Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Newly appointed Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

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P.J. Fleck has tackled challenges his whole career. Now he'll take on Gophers football.

He may only be 36, but the Gophers’ new head coach brings high energy and recruiting acumen to Minnesota.

Jim Tressel maintained short but high-tempo football practices. The former Ohio State head coach wanted his team to perform at “100 miles per hour” every day. Only one of the team’s assistants in 2006 — a 25-year-old P.J. Fleck in his first coaching job — had the stamina to run alongside the players while the rest of the staff trailed behind.


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Turbulent month roils football program: Suspensions, boycott, protest, firings

A woman reported a sexual assault to the Minneapolis Police Department four months ago, and a storm ensued, roiling the University of Minnesota’s Athletics Department over winter break. Prior to the suspension of 10 University of Minnesota football players connected to the alleged assault, restraining orders were served and lifted, and angry reactions from Gophers players spawned a turnover in team leadership. Now, the team will kick off their 2017 season under P.J.


11/21/2016, 6:42am

Despite stigma, Somali parents find support for children with autism

Six-year-old Anas Ahmed could hardly be contained as he bolted across his playroom. His mother, Marian Ahmed, called Anas over, taking his head between her hands and squeezing gently. The pressure calms Anas from uncontrollable excitement often associated with severe autism — a disorder he was diagnosed with shortly after his first birthday. Of Ahmed’s four children, both of her sons — Anas and his eight-year-old brother, Ayub — have autism spectrum disorders.