In an interview taped just 24 hours after former Gopher Men’s Basketball Forward Oto Osenieks and teammate Trevor Mbakwe had a harrowing experience on a flight back from Charlotte, Oto joins to detail the events, and to highlight what could very well be a future in journalism.
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An incredible athlete, an incredible coach, and most importantly, an incredible person. This week, we conclude our two-week tribute to Roy Griak, legendary cross country and track and field coach at the University of Minnesota from 1963-96, and a man that gave 50-plus years of his life in an administrative role to the Maroon and Gold. Take one more chance to hear from, and say goodbye to, one of the indelible figures of Gopher athletics, Mr. Roy Griak, in an interview we originally aired on September 26, 2008.
It’s not often that an individual gives his life to one specific thing, but when you come across one that does, you have to cherish that person for what they’re willing to do for the place lucky enough to have them. Roy Griak was certainly that man, and luckily enough for the University of Minnesota, they happened to be that place. This week and next, we honor former cross country and track and field head coach Roy Griak, who died last week after serving the university for more than 50 years. Truly a Golden Gopher through and through until the day he passed.
When it comes to soccer, not many in this state can say they know it as well as Gopher Women’s Soccer Head Coach Stephanie Golan. So with the greatest country in the world getting its biggest soccer win of this millennium this past weekend, GSU had to carry out its civic duty this week and bring in a great soccer mind to talk stars and stripes, as well as some maroon and gold to cap off the show.
Matt Nelson, co-host of Gopher Sports Update, loves good writing; mostly because he could never produce any of his own. Matt’s co-host Mike likes it too, even though anything word longer than five letters requires a Google search. Despite their obvious hinderances, even Matt and Mike know good writing, and some of the best that comes out of Dinkytown every year is from the head coach of the Gopher men’s basketball program, Richard Pitino. His first blog of the summer is here, and GSU breaks it down on this week’s show.
Whenever Gopher Baseball Head Coach John Anderson joins the show, it’s not a chat or a talk, it’s a seminar on college baseball and how to push towards success. For that reason, this is one of our favorite annual visits, as Coach Anderson, having just completed his 34th season at the helm of the maroon and gold, joins to discuss how the Gophers plan to get back to the top of the Big Ten, and to share his feelings about the day he exchanged lineup cards with his good friend Paul Molitor.
If you know Minnesota sports, you know Gopher Volleyball’s Alyssa Goehner has been big time in this state for years, despite the fact that she just finished her first year in the maroon and gold. What you may not know is that Alyssa’s fame stretches far beyond the state boundaries, and she joins this week to talk about yet another chance to take her talents to Europe, this time in the inaugural Big Ten Volleyball Foreign Tour.
The 2014-15 Gopher sports season just keeps going, and going, and going, and we love every second on Gopher Sports Update, because like the Gopher sports athletes and coaches, we don’t take weeks off! This week, from Eugene, Oregon, we welcome in the head of both the cross country and track teams on the men’s side for the maroon and gold, Steve Plasencia, who is preparing his track team for Wednesday’s opening gun at the NCAAs from the track and field capitol of the nation.
A man that once ran 100 consecutive miles joins us this week, and that is not exaggeration or hyperbole. Timberwolves and Lynx Radio Network stalwart John Focke has the stamina of a world-class athlete, and gives world-class coverage to Minnesota’s two hardcourt franchises, as he joins this week to preview the Minnesota Lynx season, with a Minnesota Gopher twist.
It’s been just a week, but with GSU’s unveiling of the top five moments of the Gopher sports year on the horizon, it feels like forever since we brought you a show. Thankfully, it only feels that way, because Gopher Sports Update, much like the Gophers, doesn’t take weeks off, especially with a show this big about to drop. So as we drop this week’s show, drop everything you’re doing, and buckle yourself in for the top five Gopher sports moments of the 2014-15 athletic season.