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Less than 24 hours after the Student Senate passed a resolution and Gov. Mark Dayton criticized the system, Gophers athletics released a statement announcing a change.
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Mon, 10/06/2014
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After an outcry from Gov. Mark Dayton and student leaders, the University of Minnesota’s athletics department will return to previous student ticket bundling practices.

This season, the University sold season tickets in bundles before it put individual season tickets on sale.

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Gophers tight end Maxx Williams’ performance with the University is continuing a legacy his father left behind.
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Amid a mob of teammates, Maxx Williams stood on the field after the University of Minnesota football team’s 30-14 victory at the University of Michigan last Saturday. The victory gave him more than the Little Brown Jug rivalry trophy — he completed a family legacy.

Moments after his performance on the field ended, Williams couldn’t wait to find his father.

As Wolverines fans filed through the exits, Brian Williams hustled down the bleachers of the nation’s largest stadium to see his son celebrating on the field.

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Minnesota executed a two-minute drive to end the first half at Michigan that changed the feel of the game.
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Wed, 10/01/2014
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It took 12 plays, spanned two minutes and 17 seconds, covered 92 yards, resulted in three points and took sophisticated play-calling the Gophers offense has rarely executed this season.

But when Gophers head coach Jerry Kill recounted Minnesota’s final first-half possession in its 30-14 victory at Michigan on Saturday, he simply called the sequence "The Drive."

After the Wolverines downed a 53-yard Will Hagerup punt, Minnesota started with the ball on its own 1-yard line and the score tied 7-7.

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Head coach Jerry Kill said he supports the rule, which took effect April 24.
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Wed, 10/01/2014
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More than five months after the NCAA’s approval of a new rule allowing Division I athletics departments to provide unlimited meals and snacks to athletes, the Gophers are still becoming acclimated to the new allotment of food.

The NCAA’s Board of Directors approved the new rule April 24, and many athletics departments are in the process of determining how to approach the new legislation, which allows athletics programs to provide unlimited food if they choose to.

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The Gophers will use the week to heal before returning to Big Ten action.
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Tue, 09/30/2014
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Quarterback Mitch Leidner took the podium after Saturday’s victory over Michigan with a more relaxed and comfortable demeanor than in previous weeks.

The redshirt sophomore returned to action against the Wolverines after a left knee injury and turf toe kept him sidelined the week before.

“It was good for me to really sit back and have a little different mindset coming back,” Leidner said.

The Gophers have had injuries at nearly every position this year, with Leidner’s receiving the most attention.

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The Gophers have improved drastically during Jerry Kill’s tenure.
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Tue, 09/30/2014
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In 2011, the Gophers limped out of their nonconference schedule with a 1-3 record — their only victory was a narrow one at home against winless Miami-Ohio.

The next week, Minnesota played its first conference game under head coach Jerry Kill at No. 19 Michigan and was humiliated 58-0. 

“I remember being here and saying we better get stronger, faster, better athletically, or we are going to be in trouble,” Kill said Saturday after Minnesota defeated Michigan for just the second time since 1986.

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Mon, 09/29/2014
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Recap: The Gophers featured a more balanced attack Saturday en route to a 30-14 victory over Michigan, winning the Little Brown Jug for just the third time in 30 years. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner returned to the starting role after missing last week’s game with turf toe and a left knee injury.

Leidner put together a solid performance, throwing for 167 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one touchdown.

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Their remaining opponents all hold exposable flaws.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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After producing some of the NCAA’s most dominant football teams season after season, the Big Ten isn’t the intimidating power it once was.

Gophers fans witnessed this firsthand Saturday as they watched Minnesota manhandle a Michigan team that normally puts a wallop on the Gophers.

It’s difficult to determine whether the Gophers improved their play on Saturday or whether their point total was simply a reflection of just how decrepit the Wolverines are this season.

Michigan has defeated Minnesota by an average of 33 points in their last five contests.

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Ra’Shede Hageman and MarQueis Gray played against each other on Sunday.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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MarQueis Gray and Ra’Shede Hageman were both back at TCF Bank Stadium playing football on Sunday.

This time, though, neither of the two donned the esteemed maroon and gold of their alma mater, despite playing in their former home stadium.

In front of 52,173 fans, the two Gophers football alums — now NFL players — went head-to-head for the first time, as Hageman and the Falcons were in town for a matchup with the Vikings.

Hageman and Gray were teammates at Minnesota from 2009-12. Gray, who played quarterback for the Gophers, is now a tight end.

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Senior running back David Cobb is third in the country in rushing yards.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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After working on a Kansas farm during his childhood, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill may know a thing or two about horses.

After being a head football coach for 21 years, Kill knows numerous football philosophies as well.

And this year, he found a way to blend his farm and football ideologies.

“You got a good horse, ride him,” Kill said Saturday regarding Gophers senior running back David Cobb. “That’s what I was taught by my daddy a long time ago.”

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