Shelby High School Principal and Shelby, N.C., native David Allen recalls hearing the “Legend of Bobby Bell.”
The story goes that the North Carolina football coach was recruiting in Shelby and saw Bell play, Allen said. The coach called Minnesota and said if Bell didn’t end up being a player, he’d pay for his scholarship.
Allen doesn’t know how much truth there is to the story. But if it’s true, the North Carolina coach had nothing to worry about.
Recap: The Gophers outscored Penn State 24-10 in the first half and held the Nittany Lions scoreless in the second for their fourth straight Big Ten win. Penn State sustained three drives of 50 or more yards in the second half, but the Gophers stopped them from scoring on all three drives. Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson threw for 186 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score. Junior running back David Cobb rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown as the Gophers reached the eight-win mark for the first time since 2003.
University President Eric Kaler spoke to the media before the game Saturday.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said Saturday that he thinks the University made the right decision regarding head football coach Jerry Kill’s leave of absence.
“I had a lot of people in my ear saying we should fire him,” Kaler said at a press conference before the Gophers’ 24-10 win over Penn State. “That’s nonsense. We’re going to be compassionate. We’re going to be smart about how to let Jerry get back to full strength.”
The University of Minnesota football team hadn’t held the Governor’s Victory Bell trophy in so long that when players finally got their hands on the hardware Saturday, they didn’t know how to handle it.
A mob of players bolted to the opposing sidelines to take back the trophy for the first time since 2004 as the final seconds ticked away in the Gophers’ 24-10 win over Penn State University.
As the host of players hoisted the trophy in jubilation, they broke it.
The Gophers football team was driving to the airport after its win over Indiana last Saturday when redshirt freshman tight end Maxx Williams got a surprise.
The Williams family had been at the game and was on the side of the road waiting for the team bus to pass.
“My dad calls me and goes, ‘Be ready,’” Williams said. “Two minutes later, we hear horns going off, people cheering out the windows of these vans. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I just stood up [and said], ‘Sorry, everyone. It just might be my family.’”
Maxx Williams is the second-leading receiver on the team this season.