Football

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The head football coach will stay five more seasons and make $2.1 million next year.
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Mon, 02/24/2014
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Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill and the University of Minnesota have agreed to restructure the coach’s contract, athletics director Norwood Teague announced Saturday afternoon.

That new contract adds a year to Kill’s current contract, extending it through the 2018-19 season. It also increases the coach’s pay to $2.1 million for the 2014-15 season.

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The new deal adds a year to the contract and will increase the coach's pay in 2014-15.
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Simoni Lawrence played linebacker for the Gophers in 2008 and 2009.
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Wed, 02/12/2014
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The Minnesota Vikings signed former Gophers linebacker Simoni Lawrence, he confirmed in an interview with the Minnesota Daily on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a blessing because at the end of the day, this is my dream to play in the NFL,” he said. “It’s awesome.”

Lawrence played for the Gophers in 2008 and 2009. He said playing college football in the Twin Cities played a role in his decision to pick the Vikings.

“It just seemed like a good fit for me,” he said.

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The University has created three new web series that give fans inside access.
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Wed, 02/12/2014
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The Gophers football team had a historic season in 2013, winning eight games for the first time since 2003.

And it had a video series to document its success.

The athletics department produced the new “Brick by Brick” series throughout the football season. It was one of three video series the department produced this year.

 “What we’re trying to deliver to fans and anybody watching, really, is an authentic experience of what the program’s like,” said Chris Werle, associate athletics director for strategic communications.

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Tue, 02/11/2014
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In the future, we’ll get to a day and age when being a gay athlete won’t be front-page news.

That’s not the case in today’s society.

On Sunday, however, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam brought us closer to that day by tearing at the cultural barrier that rejects homosexuality in sports.

On Sunday, Sam showed us that he’s not about dollars — he’s about change.

On Sunday, Sam, whose professional career has yet to begin, paved the way for young athletes who might not yet have the courage to stand up for who they are.

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A breakdown of the Gophers' 2014 recruiting class after National Signing Day.
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Thu, 02/06/2014
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JEFF JONES, RUNNING BACK, 4 STARS

Height/weight: 6 feet; 198 pounds

Hometown: Minneapolis

High school: Washburn High School

Offers: Jones had offers from 11 schools, including Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Notes: Jones is the top-ranked recruit in Minnesota. He rushed for 1,525 yards as a senior and was named Minnesota’s 2013 Mr. Football.

 

ISAIAH GENTRY, WIDE RECEIVER, 3 STARS

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Thu, 02/06/2014
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When Jeff Jones straps on his shoulder pads, dons the maroon and gold and hits the turf at TCF Bank Stadium for the first time, he won’t just be living out his dream.

He’ll be living out the dream of every Gophers football fan who envisions a day when the state’s best recruits stay home.

The four-star recruit’s commitment and its subsequent impact could be more meaningful than anything he ever accomplishes on the gridiron. And we’re talking about a helluva football player.

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Four-star recruit Jeff Jones officially committed to the Gophers on Wednesday.
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Thu, 02/06/2014
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Jeff Jones, the No. 1 high school football player in the state of Minnesota, announced his commitment to the Gophers on Wednesday morning at Washburn High School.

Jones chose Minnesota over Iowa State and Tennessee.

“I knew Minnesota was the right choice for me,” he said. “They run the ball, and with Kill’s staff, you look at their track record, they win games.”

The four-star running back is by far Minnesota’s splashiest recruit this year, ranked 44th in the nation according to Rivals.com.

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The four-star recruit announced his decision Friday at Chanhassen High School.
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Fri, 01/31/2014
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Frank Ragnow will strap on the shoulder pads for Arkansas, not the Gophers, next season.

Ragnow, a three-star offensive lineman recruit, announced his decision Friday afternoon at Chanhassen High School.

Ragnow was the third-best recruit in the state, according to Rivals.com, and was a priority on Minnesota's recruiting board this season. He had 17 offers from all across the nation but in the end it came down to three schools: Arkansas, Florida State, and the Gophers. 

A chance to play in the SEC was too much to pass up.

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Philip Nelson said he wants to play for an offense that passes more.
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Thu, 01/30/2014
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Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers to continue his college football career.

Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month, saying he wanted to play in an offense centered more on the passing attack.

“I am excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents,” he said in a statement earlier this month.

In Nelson’s eyes, that program is Rutgers.

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Philip Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month and will enroll at Rutgers.
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Wed, 01/29/2014
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Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers and will continue his collegiate career with the Scarlett Knights, according to multiple reports Wednesday. 

Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month, citing he wanted to play in an offense that emphasized the passing attack more. 

Rutgers ranked 62nd in the NCAA with 235.6 passing yards per game last season. Minnesota sat 115th with a measly 148.1 passing yards per game. 

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