Andrew Baker


Brewster appears at Big Ten Media Days

CHICAGO -- A familiar face showed up Thursday at the Big Ten's annual Football Media Days event. Former Gophers coach Tim Brewster, who was fired last October, spoke to the Minnesota Daily about his time at Minnesota, his life since, and his successor, Jerry Kill. Among the most vilified Minnesota sports figures in recent memory, Brewster downplayed the emotional toll of the heavy public criticism he drew during his 15-30 tenure with the Gophers.

Minn. in middle of conference shift

While Minnesota is not exactly a hotbed of seismic activity, college hockey fans would nonetheless agree that a proverbial fault line now runs through the state.  With five Minnesota teams in the soon-to-change WCHA, the shake-up in college hockeyâÄôs conference alignment could dilute rivalries and alter traditions in the State of Hockey. Though it includes teams from seven states, much of the WCHAâÄôs tradition and prestige has historically been defined by the Gophers and their intra-state and cross-border rivalries.

Weekly sports briefs

Wrestling University of Minnesota assistant wrestling coach Joe Russell has accepted a head coaching position at George Mason University, the Patriots announced Thursday. Russell has spent the past 16 years as an assistant under 26th-year head coach J Robinson. For the last four years, Russell has served as the teamâÄôs head assistant coach. During RussellâÄôs tenure, the Gophers have competed in three NCAA championships, won six Big Ten titles and fielded 11 individual national champions.

Guentzel returns after 3 years away

After three years away from the University of Minnesota menâÄôs hockey program, Mike Guentzel was rehired by Gophers coach Don Lucia as an associate head coach last week to replace John Hill, who left the team in June. Guentzel, a native of Marble, Minn., played defense for the Gophers from 1981 to 1985 and was an assistant coach for the team from 1994 to 2008, first under Doug Woog and later Lucia.

Future Gophers on display at Howard Pulley game

Although Andre Hollins showed up midway through the third quarter of his teamâÄôs Howard Pulley ProCity Summer League game Monday, he atoned by stroking two three-pointers in quick succession to close out the period. In the fourth, off a Hollins miss, his teammate and fellow incoming Gophers freshman Joe Coleman elevated for a ferocious one-handed tip slam worthy of a Blake Griffin highlight reel. In the context of the Pulley league, unlike during the GophersâÄô season, HollinsâÄô tardiness and the fact that his team lost were immaterial.

Maturi’s future with U undecided by Pres. Kaler

With one year remaining on University of Minnesota athletics director Joel MaturiâÄôs contract and Eric KalerâÄôs assumption of the presidency of the University last week, MaturiâÄôs future is once again the subject of speculation. Last fall, Gophers football fans, boosters and former players criticized Maturi over the failed tenure of former coach Tim Brewster, whom Maturi hired and then granted a contract extension before he left Minnesota with a record of 15-30.

Harris resigns amid pending suit

University of Minnesota Director of Golf John Harris resigned Friday after less than a year on the job amid a pending lawsuit alleging discrimination and hiring under false pretenses. The University issued a press release late Friday afternoon announcing HarrisâÄô decision to step down.

Harris resigns amid pending suit

University of Minnesota Director of Golf John Harris resigned Friday amid a pending lawsuit filed against him and the Board of Regents in January by former Gophers associate womenâÄôs head golf coach Katie Brenny. The suit alleged, among other things, discrimination and a hiring under false pretenses. The University issued a press release late Friday afternoon announcing HarrisâÄô decision to step down after less than a year on the job.

Kill, Klein unveil $1.1M in renovations to team facilities

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs football staff allowed members of the media to tour the newly-renovated Bierman Field Athletic Building weight room and Gibson-Nagurski Football Practice Facility outdoor practice field Tuesday. The weight room updates include 58 new pieces of equipment and a 1-inch thick rubber floor. The outdoor field features the first full-field installation in North America of a product called FieldTurf Revolution, which boasts splitting- and fade-resistant fibers.

Future Gophers golfer Laorr wins girl's state 2A title

In six years as a varsity golfer at MinneapolisâÄô Breck School, senior Anna Laorr has made Craig TeikenâÄôs job pretty easy. Like many elite amateur golfers, Laorr âÄî who last week won MinnesotaâÄôs girlsâÄô Class 2A state title âÄî has been playing since elementary school and had her swing more or less down before she ever played a round of high school golf. âÄúAt the state tournament I didnâÄôt have to say anything to her,âÄù said Teiken, BreckâÄôs varsity girlsâÄô golf coach. âÄúThatâÄôs a coachâÄôs dream.âÄù