Mike Hendrickson


Basketball player Reggie Lynch reinstated on team

Gophers basketball player Reggie Lynch, who was suspended from the team in May after being arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, has been reinstated on the team, said Dan Reisig, a team spokesman. Lych, a redshirt junior center, was arrested on May 8 by the University of Minnesota Police Department on suspicion criminal sexual conduct.

Offensive line plays well in victory over Oregon State

The Gophers gathered for a team meeting over Labor Day weekend to watch highlights from their 30-23 victory over Oregon State. Among the highlights was Jonah Pirsig, the Gophers 6-foot-9-inch, 325-pound right tackle, pancaking opposing defensive line players throughout the game. “[Pirsig] was just leveling guys all over the place,” said redshirt senior quarterback Mitch Leidner.

After rocky start, Gophers defeat Oregon State Beavers in season opener

The Gophers traversed through three ejections, a muffed punt return, and bad snaps that had footballs flying over quarterback Mitch Leidner’s head Thursday night. But Minnesota was able to make it through against Oregon State in its first game of the season and staged a fourth-quarter comeback that ended in a 30-23 win to avoid an upset at home. Redshirt sophomore running back Rodney Smith’s 125 yards and two touchdowns led the way for the Gophers offense while freshman defensive end Tai’yon Devers forced two fumbles in his first collegiate game. “We shot ourselves in the foot a few times but we preach a next play mentality,” head coach Tracy Claeys said.

Athletics Director finalist hopes to create a culture of accountability

Mark Coyle, a former Gophers athletics administrator, is poised to become the next University of Minnesota Athletics Director. On Wednesday afternoon, University President Eric Kaler named Coyle the athletics department’s next leader, pending Board of Regents approval. As part of a five-year contract, Coyle’s base salary will amount to $850,000 per year — nearly double that of former Athletics Director Norwood Teague.

Six Gophers headed to the NFL

Former Gophers cornerback Eric Murray and linebacker De’Vondre Campbell were the only two Minnesota players selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend, but four more signed undrafted free agent deals after the draft concluded.     The Kansas City

Pro prospects mixed for Gophers players

The Gophers had four players selected in last year’s NFL Draft, the most for the program since 2006.     Three former Minnesota players have a good chance of being taken in this year’s draft, which runs