Awesome achievements from Gopher greats don’t stop just because school is out, so after a few weeks of looking back at the best moments of the Gopher year here on GSU, it’s time to catch you up on those noteworthy happenings you may have missed while soaking in the maroon and gold countdown mania like it was sun on a 90-degree day at Lake Calhoun. Matt looks at some standouts from the diamond, moving on to the next level, top-end talents from around campus receiving awards months after their Dinkytown days have ended, as well as what’s ahead for Gopher men’s basketball after their 2016-17 schedule was released last week.
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It’s been seven long days since Gopher Sports Update left you with the ultimate cliffhanger, revealing the lower half of the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 athletics season, but making you wait an entire week to find out the best moments of the year that was in Gopher athletics. Well, if you haven’t rebelled and deleted gophersportsupdate.com from your favorites, we welcome you back for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, where GSU reveals the most prolific accomplishment on campus this year across the sports landscape. Hint: a picture is worth what’s approaching a thousand national titles.
When covering the Maroon and Gold here on Gopher Sports Update, the Gold never shines brighter than this time of year, when we get to look back on the greatest accomplishments across this mighty campus over the last nine months. This week, we open our annual countdown of the top moments in Dinkytown by welcoming a new leader, burying a losing streak, revisiting a record, honoring a conference coach of the year, and celebrating one of the best years in a program’s history. With the sounds of it, you’d think it’s a top five, but alas, GSU is evil and is making you wait for the best moments of the year on campus for one more week. Try and sleep through the night while the tension builds, you’ve only got 168 hours to go.
Difficult subjects on Gopher Sports Update this week as Matt and Mike remember legendary Gopher Baseball Pitching Coach Todd Oakes who passed away after a third battle with leukemia last week. After GSU listens in to head coach John Anderson and redshirt senior pitcher Ty Mcdevitt’s remembrance of T.O., Gopher Wrestling is the topic of discussion in segment three, with controversy hitting Dinkytown once again.
When you think Gopher Women’s Basketball record-holders, this past season probably makes you think Rachel Banham, and Rachel Banham alone, holds them all. But did you know that Rachel’s fellow senior, and this week’s guest on GSU, holds MULTIPLE program records as well? She’s had a heck of a career in her own right, and will go down as one of the best playmakers in the history of women’s basketball at the U. Her name is Shayne Mullaney, and she joins this week after GSU tackles a tough subject: the health of Gopher Baseball pitching coach Todd Oakes.
After months of consideration and searching, the Gophers have found their new athletic director, and it’s a familiar face. Mark Coyle, most recently the athletic director at Syracuse, spent four years at the U from 2001-2005, serving as director of marketing for the athletic department as well as associate athletic director of external relations. Since, he has served as an athletic director twice, and a deputy athletic director at Kentucky as well. The seasoned pro is introduced by President Eric Kaler and fields questions from the media in his first presser back on campus on this week’s show.
Installment four of the Gopher Sports Update Senior Series brings us a man that can do it all on the basketball court and has big plans for his future in the sport. Almost fully recovered from a fractured foot that ended his Gophers’ career, the versatile player, consummate worker, and exceptional interview joins to tell us about his playing, broadcasting, and coaching plans that lie ahead, while also revisiting some of his greatest memories of being a Gopher.
In installment two of our sendoff to the 2015-16 Gopher senior class, one of the key cogs in Marlene Stollings’ Run-N’-Gun system, Mikayla Bailey, joins the show to reminisce about the transition from Pam Borton to Marlene, relive some of her top moments at the U, and look ahead to the big world outside of Dinkytown that she readies to conquer.
It’s been nearly 15 months since Gopher redshirt junior Brett Pfarr joined GSU to talk wrestling, so this week’s appearance is a few years overdue. As Brett is welcomed back in, we discuss the journey to his second NCAA Tournament appearance, and some of the advantages of moving up to the 197-pound weight division (spoiler alert).
The Gopher Women’s Gymnastics team returned to the NCAAs this past weekend for the first time since Lindsay Mable walked campus as a freshman. With the great talent Mable brought to the gym, it seems only right that the senior go out on a high note on the national stage, claiming the Heisman Trophy of gymnastics in the AAI Award, and four more All-American honors in front of the entire country. Here’s one last chat with one of the greatest in conference history and a Gopher with a heart of gold, Lindsay Mable.