After finishing sixth nationally last year, Gopher Men’s Gymnastics return to competition is right around the corner! This week, head coach Mike Burns joins to preview the 2017 campaign, talk about his relationship with new big boss in Dinkytown Mark Coyle, and explore the part that B1G Men’s Gymnastics has played in his life.
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Having claimed three B1G Championships in the last four years, Gopher Women’s Gymnastics is on a role and looking to continue their hot streak that has lasted the better part of this decade. But this year they’ll have to do so without two young ladies that have been around for all three of those B1G titles, 2016 AAI winner Lindsay Mable, and 2016 All-American Hanna Nordquist, two of the top Gopher gymnasts in recent memory. One of their up and coming stars who will shoulder a bigger load this year is Abby Demuse, and she joins us this week to talk about the Gophers plan to reload for another run at a conference crown.
Last week, Mike and Matt recapped everything that has gone on in the Gopher football fiasco over the last four months. This week, the guys look at how it affects the program as a whole, the possible repercussions for all involved, and some theories on a face from Gopher past that may have anticipated serious trouble coming long ago.
A horrific situation involving the Gopher football program stemming from an alleged Sept. 2 sexual assault came to a head this past week with the team boycotting 10 player suspensions, the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) releasing an 80-page report detailing the gory night of Sept. 2, and the boycott subsequently ending after it appeared as if the Gophers may not participate in the Holiday Bowl. Some strong opinions are shared this week on GSU, not many of which find football very important in the grand scheme of these recent events.
It’s first, second, or possibly third of its kind radio this week on GSU! A many-years-in-a-row promise that has definitely never been delivered upon that the guys would go back to State Fair time and look at their Gopher football predictions finally takes place this week, as GSU travels back in time to August to see how they fared in their prognostications for the season ahead (behind?). In a surprising turn of events, it doesn’t go that terribly, though there are certainly a few fiery takes mixed into Carnac The Magnificant-style predictive brilliance of your two hosts.
Every now and again, GSU likes to step away from the current world of Gopher athletics and visit with an alumnus doing great things post-Dinkytown. This week, we do just that in chatting with Jackie Voigt, who played basketball and soccer for the U in the late-2000s and early-2010s, and has gone on to a coaching career that has taken her all across the region and back again, as she now coaches just a stone’s throw away from her old stomping grounds of Williams Arena.
A two-sided coin on GSU this week welcomes you back from the holiday break. After a brief hello in segment one, Matt and Mike talk volleyball with head coach Hugh McCutcheon, who has his team as the number two overall seed entering the NCAA tournament this Friday at The Pav. In segment three, the guys take to Twitter for the heated debate that is Tracy Claeys’ future, a scrap that one co-host found impossible to avoid.
In his 19 years on campus, Kelly Kremer has coached six Olympians, 85 relay and individual All-Americans, and has been a part of eight B1G championship teams. The head coach for both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the U joins this week to talk about the state of both programs and his love for the Maroon and Gold.
What a year it has been for Gopher Women’s Hockey Sophomore Sophie Skarzynski. First, the freshman-at-the-time helped the Maroon and Gold capture their seventh national championship. As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie then, with her incredible fandom, helped her hometown Chicago Cubs break the unbreakable streak of 108 years without a World Series title. For her efforts, she gets an appearance on Gopher Sports Update. Doesn’t seem like a fitting reward, but despite the tremendously underwhelming prize, Sophie brings her fun-loving, energetic personality to the show in discussing her experience on the ice last season and how she has made Minnesota home in her short time on campus.
A great 2015-16 class of Gophers is gone from Marlene Stollings program, but a talented group gets on the floor for the first time this Saturday. Just ahead of the U taking on Harvard in their season opener, senior Joanna Hedstrom joins the show to talk about the very worldly group donning the Maroon and Gold this year and how different the team will look without last year’s highly publicized superstar, Rachel Banham.