Sophomore Eric Curry is out for the 2017-18 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus, head coach Richard Pitino announced Thursday.
A sexual assault scandal forced a change in Gophers football leadership last season. Head coach P.J. Fleck is already bringing in a new culture with classes and guest speakers.
The first episode of a four-part series called ‘Being P.J. Fleck,’ a show covering Minnesota’s first-year head football coach, aired Wednesday.
Mariucci Arena has been renamed to 3M Arena at Mariucci, the University announced Monday. 3M’s sponsorship gives a 14 year, $11.2 million sponsorship to the athletics program on top of the name change. “It’s been well received,” said Athletics Director Mark Coyle at a Monday press conference.
Chuck Merzbacher, the former women’s tennis coach for the Gophers, accepted a job as the head coach of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga men’s tennis program. Merzbacher was introduced as Chattanooga's new coach on Thursday. He had announced his retirement on April 11 and resigned as the head coach of the Gophers women's tennis team at the end of the 2017 season.
Former Gophers linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested Tuesday in Frisco, Texas with two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Frisco City Jail spokesperson said Wednesday. Wilson was arrested in the parking lot of Toyota Stadium on Tuesday. He was released after posting a $10,000 bail for each charge for a total of $20,000, according to Frisco Police Department Officer Ryan Chandler. Wilson was a fourth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 after leading the Gophers in tackles and tackles for loss his senior year.
Casey O’Brien’s life changed forever during his freshman year of football at Cretin-Derham Hall. In 2013, O’Brien was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that prevented him from finishing the season. This year, O’Brien reached a goal he set for himself when he was younger — earning a spot on the Gophers football team. “I always wanted to play for the hometown school,” O’Brien said.
Six Minnesota athletes went to Eugene, Oregon to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championships on June 8 and all left with All-American honors. Madeline Strandemo, Taylor Wiebke, Emma Spagnola, Emerald Egwim, Angie Guenther and Temi Ogunrinde earned All-American accolades in the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
The Gophers wrapped up their season this week in Eugene, Oregon as seniors Nate Roese, Luca Wieland, Mitch Hechsel and sophomore Obsa Ali competed in their final events of the year at the NCAA Championships. Wieland, competing in the decathlon, fell just short of the perfect ending in his final year with the Gophers. Wieland — who led all decathletes through the first day — finished third overall with a final score of 8,146, the second highest in school history.
Minnesota will play Illinois in its Homecoming game on Oct. 21, at 2:30 or 3 p.m., the team announced Wednesday. Head coach P.J. Fleck — entering his first season with the team — will be coaching in his first Homecoming game at Minnesota. It is the school’s 97th Homecoming game.