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.
Gopher Sports Update goes beyond the scores and brings listeners unparalleled access, conversations and profiles of Golden Gopher student athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.
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.
Coming off a sweep of Ohio State, Gopher Men’s Hockey is looking to hit their stride after winning just five of their previous 15 games. Star Tribune Gopher Men’s Hockey beat reporter Jason Gonzalez joins the show this week to tell us if the maroon and gold are set to make a run towards a title, but first, what they need to do to get back in the national rankings, which they are absent from for the first time in nearly four years.
The Gopher Softball team kicks off its season Feb. 6, boasting their highest preseason rank in program history. To preview the 2015 campaign, catcher Taylor Lemay checks in just 48 hours ahead of the season’s first pitch for the No. 15 Gophers, as they open their journey to the College World Series against No. 11 Washington Friday.
No. 1 Iowa, No. 2 Minnesota. It doesn’t get any bigger than Friday’s matchup on the mat between these fierce wrestling rivals, and a man sure to play a big part in the outcome, Gopher 184-pound star Brett Pfarr, joins the show this week to give us a peak behind the curtain of Minnesota’s preparation for the massive clash.
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.
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.