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.

Aug 30 Part 1: On Location at the Minnesota State Fair!

The Great Minnesota Get Together is back, and along with it, the annual tradition of GSU on the University of Minnesota stage! In part one of the Falcon Heights football fest, Mike and Matt break down the Gophers matchup with Oregon State that comes up Thursday from TCF Bank Stadium, and we go on record with predictions for the entire 2016 season (cover your eyes and ears when we re-visit them in November!). state_fair

Aug 23 Fall Previews: The Other Side of the Mitch Leidner Debate and Tracy Claeys’ Updates

Rob Rang and Matt Nelson had their time to say their piece on Gopher Quarterback Mitch Leidner last week, now co-host Mike Gallagher and Matt slug it out with signal-calling opinions. As should be expected, Mike came in much softer than he originally advertised. In segments two and three, head coach of the Gopher Gridiron Tracy Claeys talks Leidner, positional updates, and the Maroon and Gold’s opener against Oregon State that is just over a week away.Leidner

Aug 17 Fall Previews: The Mitch Leidner Debate with CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang

For the better part of three seasons, Gopher Sports Update has had a long-standing argument about one man: Mitch Leidner. While co-host Matt Nelson has been been a consummate backer, some would even say fan, of Mitch, co-host Mike Gallagher has had his questions surrounding the now-senior Gopher signal-caller. This week, the guys are joined by Rob Rang of CBSSports.com and The Sports Xchange, who falls into the Nelson camp, going as far as comparing Leidner to a top five pick in this past spring’s NFL draft.
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Aug 10 Fall Previews: Gopher Women’s Soccer Captain Simone Kolander

We look at our calendar and realize a scary thing: summer is almost over. But with summer’s conclusion, excitement rolls in with the start of the fall season at the University of Minnesota, and another year of Simone Kolander and Gopher Women’s Soccer to talk about. Just THREE DAYS ahead of the ladies exhibition open to the 2016 season, the senior Kolander joins to look back at some learning moments in 2015, and ahead to the high aspirations of 2016.Kolander

Aug 3 Fall Previews: Volleyball Libero Dalianliz Rosado and Women’s Soccer Senior Josee Stiever

In an ongoing series throughout August, we step into the 2016-17 athletic year with our fall previews! This week, a key cog in Gopher Volleyball’s 2015 run to the Final Four, libero Dalianliz Rosado, joins us to talk about how she found her way to Dinkytown from Puerto Rico, and to preview the year ahead. Then in segment three, we head to The Robbie with one half of the Maroon and Gold captains duo for women’s soccer, as Josee Stiever joins to detail the offseason leading up to her senior year.StieverRosado

Jul 27 B1G Media Days With Gopher Head Football Coach Tracy Claeys

The summer is winding down, which means the gridiron is about to heat up! In the annual GSU and B1G tradition to kickoff the football season, we travel to Chicago for B1G Media Days to hear from Gopher Football Head Coach Tracy Claeys on the 2016 version of the Maroon and Gold.Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 11.35.03 PM

Jul 20 Gopher Head Men’s Golf Coach John Carlson

In the stressful times of wedding season and the blistering heat of our Minnesota summer, nothing takes a load off like a relaxing round of golf (unless you’re co-host Mike Gallagher and stress about the 103 you consistently shoot). Well we’ve got all the golf you could want on GSU this week! From the mental side of the game, to golf’s return to the Olympics, to the 2016-17 outlook for a reloading Gopher squad, head men’s golf coach John Carlson joins to give us upper-echelon insights on everything on the links under the 90-degree sun.Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 8.23.39 PM

Jul 13 Gopher Track and Field Graduate and #BrunchClub Member Alex Beckman

A storied career came to an end this spring and early summer, as redshirt senior Alex Beckman wrapped up her five years in maroon and gold with a number of career bests and a B1G Outdoor team title in her final season. Alex joins to reflect on her time as a Gopher, tell us what’s next for her, and regale us with stories of the legendary #BrunchClub, whose fame and lore are rekindled this week with Beckman’s visit. For more #BrunchClub coverage, see our January interview with Paige Palkovich, and keep a beach towel on hand for all the water that will be coming from your mouth.beckman

Jul 6 Minnesota Lynx Play-by-Play Man and Exercise-Insanist John Focke

Fresh off a visit to the White House to celebrate the Minnesota Lynx third WNBA title in five years, play-by-play voice John Focke joins GSU to update us on the ever-present Gopher connection within the organization, Janel McCarville and Lindsay Whalen. John, being quite the athlete himself, also breaks the news of what ultra-marathon he plans on destroying his body with next. All that, and more, this week on Gopher Sports Update (Focke voice).Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 8.32.46 AM

Jun 29 Vermont Lake Monster and Former Gopher Left-Handed Pitcher Dalton Sawyer

Gopher Baseball produced four MLB draft picks this year, and GSU talks with one of them this week to see how the first few weeks of life in the pros are going. Oakland A’s farmhand Dalton Sawyer, who was also a Second Team All-Big Ten pitcher and an integral member of the Gophers B1G Regular Season Title in 2016, joins this week to give us an inside look at life as a Lake Monster.Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 11.48.58 AM