Job applications can involve a long, arduous process, with potential employees waiting months to hear back. While that may be the case for some, it doesn't describe new Minnesota head coach Jamie Trachsel's path to the Gophers.
Minnesota (17-6, 6-4 Big Ten) couldn't keep the magic of the three-game win streak on Sunday. The Gophers lost to Iowa (18-7, 6-5 Big Ten) 92-84 Sunday, dropping to sixth in the Big Ten standings.
Former Minnesota safety Damarius Travis is the Gophers' only representative in the Super Bowl this year. But his role on the Patriots is different from when he was on the Gophers.
After the team's upset on Friday, the Gophers were looking for more defensive stops and overtime magic in the second game of the series against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish prevented both from happening. No. 13 Minnesota (16-13-1, 7-10-1 Big Ten) failed to get the sweep of conference rival and No. 1 Notre Dame (20-5-1, 14-2-0 Big Ten) in a 4-1 loss Saturday at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
It ended up being a walk-off victory for Minnesota. No. 13 Minnesota (16-12-1, 7-9-1 Big Ten) beat No. 1 Notre Dame (19-5-1, 13-2-0 Big Ten) 1-0 in overtime, the second upset of its kind for the Gophers this season.
No. 13 Minnesota (15-12-1, 6-9-1 Big Ten) faces off against No. 1 Notre Dame (19-4-1, 13-1-0 Big Ten) this weekend. The Gophers will look to boost their offense after numerous shakeups in an effort win more games in the last four series of the season.
Another game came down to the wire for the Gophers, and they were able to come out on top. The No. 13 Gophers (15-12-1, 6-9-1 Big Ten) finished the sweep 2-1 Saturday against Michigan State (9-16-1, 3-12-1 Big Ten), their first Big Ten sweep since they last did it against the Spartans earlier this season.
Things got close near the end, but the Gophers saw their top forwards come in when they needed them. No. 13 Minnesota (14-12-1, 5-9-1 Big Ten) squeaked out a win over unranked Michigan State (9-13-1, 3-9-1 Big Ten) 5-4 Thursday from Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.
Minnesota is 1-8-1 in its last 10 conference games, even though the team has won the Big Ten four years in a row. Now, the Gophers sit one game above .500 in the final stretch before the NCAA tournament. Minnesota will look to bounce back in an attempt to save its season.
Defensive backs coach and newly appointed assistant head coach Maurice Linguist departed from Minnesota to become an assistant coach at Texas A&M University.