Gopher Sports Update

Gopher Sports Update goes beyond the scores and brings listeners unparalleled access, conversations and profiles of Golden Gopher student athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.

Dec 1 Best of GSU: Gophers Deputy Athletics Director John Cunningham and the Business Behind College Sports

Over the past 30 years, collegiate athletics have adopted many of the marketing and sponsorship strategies employed by professional sports. Today, college sports venues bear the names of corporate sponsors, and broadcast rights fees are important sources of revenue for athletics departments. A look at the business of college sports with Gophers Deputy Athletics Director John Cunningham. 





Nov 17 Gophers Marching and Athletics Bands

This week, a behind-the-scenes look at the pride of Minnesota–the Golden Gophers Marching Band. It’s one of several athletics bands at the U but by far the most visible.  Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Marching and Athletics Bands Elizabeth (Betsy) Kerns McCann tells us about the process of auditioning for the Marching Band and the role it and the other athletics bands play in promoting Gophers Athletics.

The Marching Band is performing two concerts this weekend at Northrop Auditorium on the U’s Minneapolis campus. Ticket information is available here.




Oct 20 Lynx Guard Lindsay Whalen’s Triumphant Return to The Barn & A Look at the New Athletes Village

Fresh off leading the Lynx to their fourth WNBA championship, former Gophers Women’s Basketball standout Lindsay Whelan reflects on her days at the U and the excitement of returning to The Barn to close out this season. Also, Gophers Associate Athletic Director Scott Ellison gives a preview of the new Athletes Village currently under construction.





Oct 12 It’s Homecoming Week at the U of M!

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.

Lisa Lewis,

Alex Scurto,
Homecoming Board Program Coordinator

Claire Lyons,
Homecoming Program Board Marketing Director