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.
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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.
Just a few weeks removed from her collegiate hockey career ending, Hannah Brandt has already earned the title of “Legend” amongst the NCAA hockey ranks. The second-leading scorer in women’s college hockey history joins the show this week to talk about her class’s third national title, and to bring a ton of humble to the show, where she tells us she isn’t even a top two athlete on campus!(?)
Gopher Sports Update has always been good luck, it’s just science. After joining GSU late last week, Gopher Baseball senior infielder Connor Schaefbauer went out and hit the first two bombs of his college career Sunday against Iowa on the way to a 6-3 win to take the series against the hated Hawkeyes. The legitimate, bonafide power threat tells us about his exploits as a prep athlete and how this year’s Gopher team is thriving offensively.
Chuck Merzbacher has worked wonders with the Gopher Women’s Tennis team in his four years at the helm, and this year the Maroon and Gold find themselves in the thick of the Big Ten race once again. Coach Merz joins this week to talk about the development of his team throughout the season, and sophomore Caroline Ryba, who has taken the number one spot in singles for the U, checks in to talk about her success in the 2016 spring season.
Another year, another title for the Gopher Women’s Hockey team, who brought home their fourth national crown in five years and seventh overall this past weekend. Host Matt Nelson has survived the chopping block (for now, #MattCan) and brings you a complete recap of the ladies semifinal win over Wisconsin and season-capping victory over Boston College. Oh, and if you’re more into Matt being negative than positive, stick around for segment three, where he gives a piece of his mind to the NCAA and CBS Sports.