Football

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When the Gophers took the field on Saturday, they were greeted by 73 degrees and sunshine — similar weather to what they’ll see in Fort Worth, Texas, this Saturday against TCU.

After seeing multiple players on defense go down with cramps against Middle Tennessee State, the Gophers are looking to hold up better this time around.

“It is a concern … you can’t have your good players cramping up. It wasn’t that hot or anything like that,” head coach Jerry Kill said after Saturday’s game.

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Gophers head coach Jerry Kill was part of TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s wedding party.
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Just a handful of years ago, Jerry Kill stood next to Gary Patterson on an altar as his best man.

On Saturday, they’ll stand on opposite sidelines as head coaches, trying to beat each other as the Gophers take on Texas Christian University.

“I promise you, he worked on us all spring. So I know how he does that with opponents and how he does preparation,” Kill said. “That’s what makes him so good.”

When Kill and Patterson face off in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, they’ll be toting very similar defenses.

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Adding two East Coast schools to the power conference this season will likely bring more revenue.
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When the University of Minnesota joined the Big Ten more than a century ago, the league was called the Western Conference. Now, the 14-team group may as well be called the Eastern Conference.

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The Nittany Lions could appear in a bowl game this season.
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The NCAA restored Penn State University’s football postseason eligibility Monday, lifting one of several sanctions it handed down in 2012 after finding that the school had mishandled the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Beginning next season, Penn State will have all of its scholarships reinstated, and starting this year, the school is eligible to play in a bowl game if the team qualifies.

The sanctions also included a $60 million fine, vacation of victories from 1998 to 2011 and five-year probation. Those sanctions, however, remain intact.

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Penn State deserves to serve a full sentence.
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The NCAA should be ashamed.

Not even 30 months removed from levying sanctions against the Penn State football program following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA made the decision Monday to lift the penalties inflicted on the school.

The penalties lifted included a four-year postseason ban and a four-year reduction of scholarships.

Forgive me for not cheering.

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Mitch Leidner injured his left knee in last week’s game, and Nick Rallis is out for the season
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Despite injuring his left knee in Saturday’s victory over Middle Tennessee State, redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner might play this weekend against Texas Christian University.

Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said Leidner “moved around” on Sunday and that he would practice Tuesday.

“He’s a tough son of a gun, and that’s straight-up,” Kill said.

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Two high school friends are on a national mission to see every top college football team.
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For Seth Vander Tuig, the journey to the sidelines of TCF Bank Stadium for a Saturday afternoon bout between Minnesota and Middle Tennessee State began almost four years ago, before Mission: College Football even came into existence.

Before the inception of Mission: College Football, it was nothing more than one man’s dream to see each of the top 128 college football teams in the United States.

But when Vander Tuig’s wife bought him tickets to a Notre Dame football game against Purdue, he started realizing that fantasy.

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More victories and new marketing initiatives have led to the increase.
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Since his hiring at Minnesota almost four years ago, head coach Jerry Kill has steadily improved the Gophers football program.

The team’s recent success, in addition to an increased marketing effort from the athletics department, has helped boost 2014 student ticket sales.

In 2012, a year after the Gophers finished with a 3-9 record, the department sold 43,765 student tickets. That was roughly 4,000 fewer than the previous year.

But after the team improved to 6-7 in 2012 and 8-5 last year, those numbers have increased by thousands.

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Recap: After a slow first quarter, the Gophers blew the game open with big-time defensive plays and led Middle Tennessee State 28-0 at the half.

It looked like the game was over — and Minnesota came into the second half as if it was.

The Blue Raiders got on the board just a minute into the third quarter after a 44-yard touchdown run from Reggie Whatley. Whatley amassed one more touchdown on the day along with 84 yards rushing to help Middle Tennessee State make a 24-7 run.

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Mon, 09/08/2014
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My apologies to the Gophers fans out there hoping for a team with an offense that could pick apart a defense at will.

That won’t be your team this year.

For the second consecutive game, Minnesota proved itself to be one-dimensional offensively against an inferior opponent.

While I don’t want to take away from the Gophers’ ability to run the football — David Cobb looked like a man among boys out there en route to a career-high 220 rushing yards — Minnesota’s presence through the air leaves something to be desired.

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