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Head coach Jerry Kill said he supports the rule, which took effect April 24.
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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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Minnesota defeated Michigan 30-14 to reclaim a rivalry trophy.
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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When Jerry Kill answered questions Saturday night following the University of Minnesota’s 30-14 victory at the University of Michigan, it almost looked like Minnesota had lost.

The Gophers head coach appeared subdued as he softly spoke about his team’s second victory over the Wolverines since 1986, looking toward his wife, Rebecca, and his daughter Krystal standing in the back of the room.

Last year, Kill didn’t make the trip to Ann Arbor, Mich.

He rested at home with his family, recovering from an epileptic seizure as Minnesota lost 42-13.

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Mon, 10/20/2014
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The Gophers faced plenty of adversity during their victory against Purdue on Saturday afternoon.

Point to the questionable calls by the game’s referees, the defense’s inability to contain Purdue’s speedy skill players, or the fact that the Gophers headed into locker room trailing at halftime and were winless when doing so under head coach Jerry Kill.

But like all good teams, Minnesota persevered and found a way to win.

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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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Mon, 10/20/2014
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Recap: The Gophers (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) opened up the contest on fire defensively. Senior defensive back Cedric Thompson intercepted an Austin Appleby pass on the first play from scrimmage to set up a 2-yard David Cobb touchdown run. On the next drive, senior linebacker Damien Wilson picked off Appleby and returned it for a touchdown.

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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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Senior safety Cedric Thompson intercepted two passes in the Gophers' victory over Purdue.
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It was a play that saw two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, players fighting after the whistle and Gophers senior safety Cedric Thompson getting destroyed by an illegal block.

“It was all kinds of stuff,” Thompson said of the fourth-quarter exchange. “It was my neck, it was my head, it was my stomach, it was my chest. [Danny Anthrop] hit me pretty good.”

While the referees sorted out the pandemonium on the field, Thompson was on the sideline, determined to get back in and help his team complete a comeback from an 11-point halftime deficit.

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Minnesota is now bowl eligible and No. 1 in the Big Ten West.
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Mon, 10/20/2014
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The Gophers snuck past Purdue on Saturday after a strong second-half comeback, making the University of Minnesota team bowl eligible and the Big Ten West leader.

Even though the victory was  expected — the Gophers opened the week as a double-digit favorite — it carried a string of surprises.

Nobody predicted the Gophers (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) to win 39-38 in a topsy-turvy game of missed extra points, 52-yard field goals, interceptions, called-back interceptions, fumbles, fumble calls that were overturned and unsportsmanlike penalties.

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Wed, 12/03/2014
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The athletics department announced Tuesday that the price for scholarship seating, or premium seating, at TCF Bank Stadium will increase over the next three years.

The change will increase revenue for the athletics department. This should help offset added expenses to the Gophers’ budget, as well as the cost of attendance, which has increased by 20 percent since 2009.

The Gophers first implemented a premium seating plan when TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009. The new plan expands scholarship seating across the stadium.

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Mon, 12/01/2014
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Recap: Thanks to the surprise start of senior running back David Cobb, Minnesota jumped out to a 17-3 lead against Wisconsin in the de facto Big Ten West championship game on Saturday.

That didn’t last, though, as the Badgers took the lead midway through the third quarter.

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