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Newly appointed Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Newly appointed Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

1/6/2017, 10:00pm

P.J. Fleck aims to preserve tradition; change culture of Gophers football team

Fleck addressed the media Friday for the first time since assuming the role of head coach.

P.J. Fleck is well aware of the situation he has gotten into — that’s why he wanted to be the Gophers' new head football coach. Fleck was granted the position Friday morning, ushering in a new era for the team, which shortly staged and then ended a boycott over the suspension of ten players connected to an alleged sexual assault.


12/28/2016, 6:43pm

Gophers lose Big Ten opener 75-74 in overtime

Nate Mason missed an off-balance jump shot for what could’ve been a huge win as time expired in front of a packed Williams Arena crowd. The 11,407 fans in attendance witnessed Minnesota (12-2, 0-1 Big Ten) lose its Big Ten opener against Michigan State (9-5, 1-0 Big Ten) 75-74 in overtime on Dec. 27. “We got to find a way to win it,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “You know these games always seem to come down to one or two possessions. Give Michigan State credit; they just found a way to win and we did not.”