Homecoming week officially kicks off on October 14 with the Day of Service where alumni and students take on community-based projects for charitable and other non-profit organizations. The week’s festivities culminate with the Homecoming game on October 21 at 2:30 pm when the Gophers face Illinois. This week on Gopher Sports Update, a look at the history and significance of Homecoming with University of Minnesota Alumni Association President/CEO Lisa Lewis. Also, we’ll hear from two students involved with the planning and execution of Homecoming events and activities, Claire Lyons and Alex Scurto.
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We check in this week with StarTribune sports columnist Jim Souhan for his take on the Gophers loss to Maryland last week and the upcoming game with Purdue. Also, a look at the unfolding investigation into bribery in college basketball. Finally, excitement is building for Gophers men’s basketball with a pre-season scrimmage set for October 29 at The Barn.
The Gophers Swimming and Diving program has a rich heritage. Fondly remembered practice and competition facilities were replaced by a state-of-the art Aquatic Center in 1990. A few years ago, the formerly separate men’s and women’s teams combined, setting a precedent that other collegiate programs are adopting. This week, a conversation with Senior Associate Head Coach Terry Ganley who’s been associated with Gophers Swimming and Diving since her days as a student-athlete. Coach Ganley traces the evolution of the Gophers program from the mid-1970s to today, exploring the legacy of former Women’s Head Coach Jean Freeman up to the induction of the Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 this weekend.
This weekend, the Golden Gophers honor a local philanthropist who was also a pioneering feminist and a tireless advocate for women’s athletics. The late Kathleen Ridder and her late husband, Robert, led and principally funded the effort to build Ridder Arena, the first collegiate arena in the nation dedicated to women’s hockey. This Sunday is Kathleen Ridder day at the U of M, and her many contributions to Gophers women’s athletics will be celebrated during hockey, volleyball and soccer events that day. On this week’s GSU, a conversation with former Gophers Women’s Hockey Head Coach Laura Halldorson about the legacy of Kathleen Ridder.
The Gophers’ “M” Club is one of the nation’s oldest and largest varsity letter-winner clubs. On October 12, the “M” Club honors its 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. This week, a conversation with “M” Club Director George Adzick.
It’s a GSU reunion! Former host Matt Nelson joins Jim du Bois on the University of Minnesota stage at the Great Minnesota Get-Together for a broad-ranging discussion of Gophers football and the renaming of the Sports Pavilion in honor of former Athletics Director Joel Maturi.
The 2017 Gophers football season kicked off at TCF Bank Stadium with a victory over the Buffalo Bulls. StarTribune sports columnist Jim Souhan talks about P.J. Fleck’s coaching debut and looks to the season ahead.
Joel Maturi served as Gophers Athletics Director from 2002 until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure, he oversaw the merger of the formerly separate men’s and women’s athletics departments and the construction of TCF Bank Stadium. He was recognized for his passionate support of all of the U’s teams and its student-athletes. This week, Maturi reflects on his long career in high school and collegiate athletics. We’ll also hear how he was the inspiration for a recurring character on NBC’s Saturday Night Live show.
It’s another blast from GSU’s past! Back in July of 2012, former GSU host Matt Nelson chatted with Gopher baseball alum and current TV voice of the Kansas City Royals Ryan Lefebvre.
The Golden Gophers Spirit Squads–cheerleaders, danceline, and of course Goldy Gopher–are a key part of the fan experience and a highly visible component of the University of Minnesota brand. This week on Gopher Sports Update, a conversation with Head Coach and Spirit Squads Director Sam Owens…