The gymnasts for the Gophers in the floor and the balance beam proved to be deciding factors for women’s gymnastics Friday. No. 21 Minnesota wrapped up a dual in East Lansing, Michigan where it bested Michigan State in the final two events to defeat the Spartans 193.875-193.000 in East Lansing. “We had a slow start again on the bars, which was disappointing,” said head coach Jenny Hansen.
Newly-appointed Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck added nine assistant coaches and four staff members to his team Tuesday. “I am proud to announce these additions to the Minnesota staff,” Fleck said in a press release.
Expectations are high for the Gophers women’s gymnastics team after qualifying for the NCAA Championships last season, and it’s going well so far. No. 21 Minnesota finished in first place out of four teams in its first road action, a quad meet, on Jan.
The Gophers didn’t find resiliency from loss for the first time all season over the weekend. No. 24 Minnesota (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten) lost 52-50 to Penn State (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten) in State College, Pennsylvania on Jan.
The new year has been good to the Gophers so far. Minnesota (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) earned its third consecutive win of 2017 with a 78-68 victory over Ohio State (10-6, 0-3 Big Ten) on Jan. 8.
Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys has been fired, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. Claeys’ replacement has not yet been announced. The decision comes shortly after the team staged a two-day boycott on all football activities including the Holiday Bowl in protest of the suspension of 10 players for their connection to an alleged sexual assault. Claeys, football head coach since the middle of the 2015 season, publicly supported the boycott after players announced it Dec.
Nate Mason missed an off-balance jump shot for what could’ve been a huge win as time expired in front of a packed Williams Arena crowd. The 11,407 fans in attendance witnessed Minnesota (12-2, 0-1 Big Ten) lose its Big Ten opener against Michigan State (9-5, 1-0 Big Ten) 75-74 in overtime on Dec. 27. “We got to find a way to win it,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “You know these games always seem to come down to one or two possessions. Give Michigan State credit; they just found a way to win and we did not.”
The Gophers opened conference play today against the Michigan State Spartans. Here's three observations through the game's first half.
While the Gophers were outsized once again against Northern Illinois Sunday, the team still outplayed the Huskies down low. Center Reggie Lynch had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Minnesota (10-1) defeat Northern Illinois (4-5) 77-57 Sunday at Williams Arena. “[Lynch] has got a long way to go, and he’s got to be coached,” said head coach Richard Pitino.
The Gophers are shooting 30 percent from the field.