A 20-year conference championship drought at the University of Minnesota is over, as head coach Geoff Young’s University of Minnesota men’s tennis team beat No. 3 Illinois and No. 27 Northwestern this weekend to secure a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Young joins GSU this week to chat about his team’s success in the regular season, and what needs to happen in the postseason for the Gophers to continue their season-long ascension.
Gopher Sports Update goes beyond the scores and brings listeners unparalleled access, conversations and profiles of Golden Gopher student athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.
Natalie Darwitz spent her collegiate days in maroon and gold winning national championships, and after she moved on, led Team USA to three Olympic medals as their captain. One of the most important figures in women’s hockey history joins the show this week ready to tackle a new challenge, as she was named the head coach of Hamline women’s hockey last week.
The Gopher men’s tennis team has already won four more matches than last season, and are tied for second in the Big Ten standings with Ohio State, who have lost just one conference match in the last ten years. Rarified air for the maroon and gold, and Minnesota has massive matches against Michigan and Michigan State this weekend, as well as clashes with No. 3 Illinois and No. 24 Northwestern next weekend. To look at how the Gophers have gotten to this point and discuss expectations for the rest of the season, senior standout Eric Frueh joins the show.
Gopher Sports Update loves nothing more than getting out of the studio and heading to the U of M stomping grounds of Dinkytown. This week, Matt and Mike do exactly that, as GSU treks to Ridder Arena to take you from start to finish of a national title tilt that saw the Gopher women’s hockey lock up their third national championship in four years.
With her final games as a Gopher coming up this weekend, senior forward Meghan Lorence previews her fourth Frozen Four with the maroon and gold, and gives us a look into what we can expect this Friday and Sunday from Ridder Arena in Minneapolis as Meghan and her fellow seniors pursue their third national championship in four years with the program.
What’s more nerve-wracking, getting the final three outs of a combined no-hitter or pitching against the major league club you’ve grown up watching? Gopher redshirt junior Lance Thonvold has had the chance to do both…IN THE LAST WEEK! He gives us the answer to that burning question, as well as the Gopher Baseball team’s favorite hangout in Dinkytown in this week’s GSU.
From hating pole vaulting in high school to carving out an exceptional career in the sport at the University of Minnesota, it’s been a long road for Gopher fifth-year senior Katie Murgic to her final season as a Gopher. She joins this week to talk about how she got to this point in her career, and what’s ahead for the women’s track team and her personally.
A show that takes no weeks off welcomes in a governor that does the same on this edition of GSU. From his playing days on the ice at Yale, to his feelings on Gopher football start times, to the economics of college athletics as a whole, we go wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with the most powerful man in the state, former U.S. senator and two-term governor of our great state Mark Dayton.
Paul Molitor’s career really has had it all. A College World Series appearance with the Gophers, a World Series Championship and World Series MVP in 1993, a first-ballot election to Cooperstown, and now a chance to manage a big league ball club, the hometown Minnesota Twins. With pitchers and catchers for Molitor’s squad reporting to Fort Myers Feb. 22, “Molly” joins GSU this week to discuss his time in a maroon and gold uniform, his efforts as campaign chair for new Siebert Field, if the Twins clubhouse needs an attitude adjustment, and what facing off with John Anderson and the Gophers March 4 will mean to him.