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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
Awesome achievements from Gopher greats don’t stop just because school is out, so after a few weeks of looking back at the best moments of the Gopher year here on GSU, it’s time to catch you up on those noteworthy happenings you may have missed while soaking in the maroon and gold countdown mania like it was sun on a 90-degree day at Lake Calhoun. Matt looks at some standouts from the diamond, moving on to the next level, top-end talents from around campus receiving awards months after their Dinkytown days have ended, as well as what’s ahead for Gopher men’s basketball after their 2016-17 schedule was released last week.
It’s been seven long days since Gopher Sports Update left you with the ultimate cliffhanger, revealing the lower half of the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 athletics season, but making you wait an entire week to find out the best moments of the year that was in Gopher athletics. Well, if you haven’t rebelled and deleted gophersportsupdate.com from your favorites, we welcome you back for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, where GSU reveals the most prolific accomplishment on campus this year across the sports landscape. Hint: a picture is worth what’s approaching a thousand national titles.
When covering the Maroon and Gold here on Gopher Sports Update, the Gold never shines brighter than this time of year, when we get to look back on the greatest accomplishments across this mighty campus over the last nine months. This week, we open our annual countdown of the top moments in Dinkytown by welcoming a new leader, burying a losing streak, revisiting a record, honoring a conference coach of the year, and celebrating one of the best years in a program’s history. With the sounds of it, you’d think it’s a top five, but alas, GSU is evil and is making you wait for the best moments of the year on campus for one more week. Try and sleep through the night while the tension builds, you’ve only got 168 hours to go.
Difficult subjects on Gopher Sports Update this week as Matt and Mike remember legendary Gopher Baseball Pitching Coach Todd Oakes who passed away after a third battle with leukemia last week. After GSU listens in to head coach John Anderson and redshirt senior pitcher Ty Mcdevitt’s remembrance of T.O., Gopher Wrestling is the topic of discussion in segment three, with controversy hitting Dinkytown once again.
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.