Mike Hendrickson


Three Gophers football players leave University, following UMN panel decision.

Tamarion Johnson, one of the football players recently expelled from the University of Minnesota for his role in an alleged sexual assault, will transfer schools, he announced on Twitter Monday. The defensive lineman will transfer to Arizona Western College, a community college, and will open up his recruitment, he said on Twitter. Johnson, a redshirt freshman, didn’t play in any games during his time at the University. “I want to thank all the coaches and staff at the University of Minnesota for helping me grow as an athlete, student, and a man,” he said in a statement posted to his Twitter account. Johnson was expelled last week after a three-person panel made up of University students determined he and other football players had violated the student conduct code. The players allegedly sexually assaulted and/or harassed a University game-day employee in September after a football game. He was one of four football players who were expelled.

MN senators question Pres. Kaler on athletics, med school rankings

As it continues to lobby for more than $147 million in state funds, University of Minnesota administrators fielded questions from state senators Tuesday afternoon. Members of the Senate’s higher education committee questioned University President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, Senior Vice President Brian Burnett and Budget Director Julie Tonneson about the University’s athletics department, the medical school’s decline in rankings and non-resident tuition costs. The hearing came after Kaler and other University officials were questioned by the House’s higher education committee last week. The House and Senate haven’t released their recommendations for state funding, but Gov.

With campus-area protests, increased coordination between UMPD and MPD

With an upswell in University-area protests since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Minneapolis and University police have strengthened their lines of communication. And because many protests cross over different police jurisdictions, planning between the University of Minnesota Police Department and Minneapolis Police Department is aimed at ensuring safety for all parties. The relationship between the two departments has always been positive, UMPD Chief Matt Clark said, a fact that’s been especially crucial since the election. “They’ve always had good relationships with the other police departments and emergency managements in the metro area,” Interim Vice President of University Services Mike Berthelsen said.

AD Mark Coyle discusses fallout from football sex assault scandal

For the first time since sexual assault allegations led to the suspension of Gophers football players, the firing of their coach and the hiring of a new one, University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily Monday. Coyle discussed the recent controversy surrounding the football team and the firing of Tracy Claeys . What has P.J.

For city officials, $4 million project in Prospect Park is worth cost

For city officials, a pending construction project could revamp a dreary stretch of Prospect Park. A Minneapolis committee approved two projects to renovate an area of the University of Minnesota neighborhood’s 4th Street Southeast —from 25th Avenue to Malcolm Avenue — with new lighting, gutters and sidewalks. The total estimated cost for both projects is $4 million. If passed by the City Council Friday, construction will start in the spring, said Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon. The project will fully remove the existing pavement, add bike lanes, new benches, sidewalks and improve lighting. “The street was in terrible condition,” Gordon said.

University police will add two new community engagement officers in 2017

As they look toward a new year of department changes, University of Minnesota police officials are relying on lessons they’ve learned in 2016. Community engagement, training and special events at TCF Bank Stadium are the main agenda items for the department in 2017. UMPD Chief Matt Clark said fast police responses are always a top priority, but this year the department will concentrate on security for events at TCF Bank Stadium. Clark said there will be 28 events at the stadium this year — an increase from last year due to Minnesota’s new Major League Soccer team, which is slated to play 17 games at the venue for their inaugural season. “We’re ready and actively making sure those special events are run well,” Clark said.

P.J. Fleck has tackled challenges his whole career. Now he'll take on Gophers football.

Jim Tressel maintained short but high-tempo football practices. The former Ohio State head coach wanted his team to perform at “100 miles per hour” every day. Only one of the team’s assistants in 2006 — a 25-year-old P.J. Fleck in his first coaching job — had the stamina to run alongside the players while the rest of the staff trailed behind.