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.
Most Gopher student-athletes will never play their sports professionally. With that reality in mind, Gophers Athletics provides career and life skills development opportunities for student-athletes. This week on Gopher Sports Update, a conversation with Gophers Assistant Athletics Director for Student Development Peyton Owens.
This week on GSU, a wide-ranging conversation with StarTribune sports columnist Jim Souhan. We’ll look at the upcoming battle for the Little Brown Jug in the Big House, a new season of Gophers men’s basketball, and the ongoing debate about whether to pay collegiate athletes.
The Golden Gopher Fund is the fundraising arm of the U of M’s Athletics Department. This week on Gophers Sports Update, a conversation with Senior Associate Athletic Director Dusty Clements who heads up the Golden Gopher Fund.
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.
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.