When the 64 teams for the NCAA tournament were announced on Monday, the Gophers did not hear their name called. Minnesota (36-21, 15-8 Big Ten) missed the cut for the postseason tournament and its season will come to an end. The Gophers were not expected to make the tournament after finishing 67th in RPI.
News of a sexual harassment investigation in the University of Minnesota’s athletics department has led to an inquiry of the school’s Board of Regents. Regents held an emergency meeting Thursday after KSTP published a report that Gophers’ top fundraiser, Assistant Athletics Director Randy Handel, allegedly sexually harassed a coworker.
Gopher men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino received a contract extension through the 2022 season on Wednesday. “I've seen accountability, commitment and focus from every student-athlete and member of the men's basketball staff, led by Coach Pitino,” Athletics Director Mark Coyle said in a statement.
Senior Emie Peronnin finished third in what might be her final competition as a Minnesota golfer, just two strokes shy of the Big Ten Championships victor. But the senior wasn’t completely satisfied with her performance.
Gophers men’s gymnastics earned its highest finish in 15 years on Saturday. Minnesota took home fifth place in the first round of the NCAA championships Friday, its first top-five finish since 2002.
Senior Mitchell Soukup said that this last week is the epitome of what he has worked for in his four years with the Gophers. Soukup, along with fellow senior Zach Liebler, heads to the NCAA Championships this weekend, which will be the duo’s final event of their collegiate careers. “Everyone says it’s going to go fast, but you don’t really realize it until it’s here,” Soukup said.
In its first spring game under head coach P.J. Fleck, Minnesota’s Team Maroon came away with a 42-40 victory in an entertaining matchup at this year’s spring football game. Five healthy offensive linemen proved to be no problem for Minnesota during Saturday’s game. “We’ve got some bumps and bruises, and we have a dislocated finger here or there,” Fleck said.
After 28 seasons as a tennis coach for both men’s and women’s collegiate teams, Chuck Merzbacher announced his retirement Tuesday.
Head coach Mike Burns went to Champaign, Illinois for the Big Ten Championships and left as Big Ten Coach of the Year. Burns coached his team to a third place finish, as No. 5 Minnesota earned a 413.300 in the meet. “That was a pretty humbling moment,” Burns said.
Minnesota finished fourth out of four teams Saturday in the Big Ten Double Dual. Two Gophers rowers stayed home due to strep throat, and the team couldn’t find a way to fill the void. “[The] Big Ten is a really fast league,” said head coach Wendy Davis.