Chatter echoed throughout Ben Utecht’s home just miles south of the Twin Cities on Monday morning as his daughters got dressed and ready for the day.
“I want the pink polka dot glasses,” Elleora, the oldest at 5 years old, called out while descending the suburban home’s staircase into the living room. Wearing a pink dress and accessories to match, she gave her father a hug.
“You’re beautiful,” said Utecht, 33, a former NFL and University of Minnesota tight end.
The University of Minnesota is trying to fill its student section at Gophers football games — even if students alone aren’t enough.
After years of student season ticket sales plummeting, the University’s Board of Regents approved the athletics department’s request on Friday to make unsold student tickets available for the public sooner. University officials say the move will increase attendance and improve the overall atmosphere at Gophers football games.
The Gophers could trot out an all-upperclassmen starting defensive unit next season if they wanted to.
Even after losing Ra’Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen to the 2014 NFL Draft, Minnesota has nearly a dozen players on its defense with considerable game experience. Bringing back a seasoned defensive group is great for the Gophers short term, but requires their coaching staff to work hard on the recruiting trail this summer to re-fill the cupboard.
The first time Gophers head coach Jerry Kill had a seizure, his wife Rebecca didn’t know what to do.
“It’s hard because you are having to see your loved one go through something like that, but you also have to be the one there to help them get through it,” she said in front of a packed crowd at Kieran’s Irish Pub on Thursday. “It’s not easy.”
Jerry Kill and his wife, Rebecca, have donated $100,000.
Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was charged with first- and third-degree assault Monday.
This weekend’s 2014 NFL Draft marks the beginning — the beginning of many young players’ professional careers and the beginning of a quest for 32 teams as they attempt to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of next season.
It all starts with the 2014 NFL Draft, a three-day spectacle that kicks off Thursday night.
Because the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft fell on same day of the final print edition of the school year, the Minnesota Daily sports staff decided it had to at least take a stab at predicting the first 32 selections.