A frequent contributor to GSU, Chuck Merzbacher’s Gopher Women’s Tennis team got their season underway this past weekend, and Merz’ joins this week to chat about the prospects for his program coming off an historic season.
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The Gopher Women’s Basketball team, despite losing superstar Rachel Banham to a knee injury, is tearing up every opponent they come across. At 14-2, Minnesota is ranked No. 23 in the country and have seen numerous players step up in Banham’s absence. One of those is fifth-year senior Shae Kelley, who transferred from Old Dominion for the beautiful pastures of the maroon and gold. She joins the show this week to discuss the team’s success and what must happen for the U of M to continue their season-long hot streak.
A big time name from the world of volleyball joins the show this week for a chat. Gopher Volleyball head coach and former Team USA head coach Hugh McCutcheon drops in to chat about a season that could only be described as disappointing for the maroon and gold, and how he plans to get the Gophers back to prominence in the 2015 season.
What a career for Hannah Brandt of Gopher Women’s Hockey, and she’s just a junior! A +72 on the ice in her first year in maroon and gold, Brandt was a key cog in helping the Gophers claim a national championship in the 2012-13 season, was a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmeier Award (given to the top collegiate women’s hockey player) in the 2013-14 season, and has the Gophers off to another hot start in her junior campaign. She joins to talk about the challenges of playing in a program that has such a big reputation to live up to every year, and what makes things consistently click season after season.
Back-t0-back Gopher Wrestling All-American Scott Schiller joins the program this week to discuss his recent win over previously-top-ranked and defending national champion J’Den Cox, his consistent improvement over his career at the University of Minnesota, and his drive towards a national title in his senior year.
Remember him? You don’t have to think too far back to the last time Gopher men’s hockey sophomore forward Hudson Fasching was on the show, and we had so much fun the first time, we thought we’d bring him back to talk puck just 10 months later. Just named to the U.S. World Junior Team camp roster, Hudson checks in on everything from his high school days to the stigma surrounding plus-minus.
Dec 10 Jerry Kill, Cameron Botticelli, and Theiren Cockran on Gopher Football’s first Jan. 1 Bowl Game in 52 Years
Intrepid co-host and reporter Matt Nelson is out in the field this week with Gopher football after the announcement that they will play Missouri in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the first time the U has appeared in a January 1st bowl game since 1962. Matt hears from head coach Jerry Kill and defensive standouts Theiren Cockran and Cameron Botticelli just hours after the maroon and gold got the good news.
The Gophers took one on the chin in Madison this past weekend, but nevertheless, were awarded the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year honor for head man Jerry Kill, and seven all-conference selections, including this week’s guest. Peter Mortell booted it better than anyone across the Big Ten landscape this year, earning Big Ten Punter of the Year honors, and dominating the field position game with his powerful right foot. Now, he takes his talents to the airwaves, joining Matt and Mike on GSU.
Well, at least according to former Gopher football coach Glen Mason. The Gopher football team can get to the Big Ten title game with a win at Wisconsin this weekend. Matt and Mike look back to a massive win at Nebraska last Saturday, and forward to what is sure to be a matchup to remember this Saturday at Camp Randall.
Some sad news has befallen the Gopher Baseball program, as Gopher pitching coach and all around phenomenal individual Todd Oakes’ leukemia that appeared to be gone for good, has returned. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the Oakes family and with Todd personally, one of the strongest individuals we’ve ever come across. Matt and Mike share stories of Todd’s resilience and unwavering positive outlook on life in segment one of this week’s show.