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.

Apr 23 U of M Baseball Alumnus and Current NDSU Coaches Parker Kruckenberg and Tyler Oakes

If you hear a rumbling of Bison approaching, it’s Gopher Sports Update, which is invaded by NDSU baseball this week. First, we talk to former student manager of Gopher baseball, Parker Kruckenberg, who has parlayed that gig into a Division I coaching career. After that, a familiar name and face joins the show in the form of Tyler Oakes, former player/assistant coach and one of three members of the Oakes family that has spent time in a Gopher jersey.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 3.56.07 PMScreen Shot 2014-04-23 at 3.54.47 PM

Apr 16 ESPN SportsCenter Anchor and Frozen Four Voice John Buccigross; Gopher Men’s Hockey Assistant Coach Grant Potulny

It’s wall-to-wall Gopher men’s hockey this week after a wild and crazy weekend at the Frozen Four. First, we hear from ESPN SportsCenter anchor and voice of the tournament John Buccigross to get his thoughts on Minnesota’s impressive season and the likelihood they will reload next season. After that, it’s a man very familiar with the program from the inside, two-time national champion Gopher player and current maroon and gold assistant Grant Potulny.Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 4.18.08 PMSportsCenter

Apr 9 Gopher Head Men’s Gymnastics Coach Mike Burns

Ahead of this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in Ann Arbor, Gopher head men’s gymnastics coach Mike Burns joins the show to discuss his No. 7 Gophers chances of making the team finals. Also, we listen in to the Tuesday press conference introducing Marlene Stollings, new Gopher women’s basketball coach.burns

Apr 1 Pioneer Press Gopher Beat Reporter Marcus Fuller and Gopher Sports Update Host Matt Nelson

With Pam Borton dismissed from her duties as Gopher Women’s Basketball head coach this past week, we go wall-to-wall on coverage of Norwood Teague’s choice to replace the 12-year veteran of the post. Our first guest joined us last week to talk men’s hoops in part one of a hardwood conversation, and we conclude our chat with Pioneer Press Gopher beat reporter Marcus Fuller this week with all women’s hoops talk. After that, the usual host of Gopher Sports Update, Matt Nelson, joins the show to give his two cents on the current state of the program and what’s next for the team.Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 10.58.59 AM

Mar 25 Gopher Women’s Hockey Forward Bethany Brausen and Pioneer Press Gopher Beat Reporter Marcus Fuller

Just two days after coming up short in the team’s bid for a third consecutive national title, Gopher women’s hockey senior forward Bethany Brausen takes some time to chat about the 5-4 loss to Clarkson and to reflect on a sparking career. Also, Pioneer Press Gophers beat reporter Marcus Fuller, who has covered the ‘U’ for nine years, chats about the Gopher men’s basketball team’s run in the NIT and looks back on their season in part one of a two-part maroon and gold hardwood conversation.fullerbrausen

Mar 18 Gopher All-American Gymnast Lindsay Mable

Championship season is upon us, and it’s a packed show going into a big weekend for the University. Early, we listen into a teleconference with Gopher head men’s hockey coach Don Lucia, who discusses the season to this point and this weekend’s inaugural Big Ten tournament at Xcel Energy Center. After that, we’re joined by sophomore gymnast Lindsay Mable, a defending All-American who led Minnesota to a share of the Big Ten regular season title last weekend and was named All-Big Ten for the second straight year Tuesday.mable

Mar 13 Gopher Women’s Hockey Head Coach Brad Frost

A WCHA postseason title, a trip to Washington to meet President Barack Obama, and to cap off a hectic few days, a visit with Gopher Sports Update. That’s what Gopher women’s hockey head coach Brad Frost has done in the past week, and we’re happy to welcome him in for the last of those items after we hear from President Eric Kaler at his annual “State of the U” address.Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 12.14.51 AM

Mar 5 Gopher Men’s Hockey Star Freshman Hudson Fasching

The Gopher Men’s Hockey team keeps rolling in their pursuit of a national championship. To discuss their expectations for the rest of the season and the spectacular year he has had personally, freshman forward Hudson Fasching joins the show for a quick chat. After that, we finish up our two part interview with U of M Women’s Hockey goalie coach Andy Kent, which rounds out our Sochi coverage once and for all. Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 3.02.54 PM

Feb 25 Gopher Softball Star Kaitlyn Richardson and Gopher/Finland Women’s Hockey Goalie Coach Andrew Kent

Continuing our spring sports preview this week, we welcome in Gopher Softball third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson, who became the ninth All-American in program history last year, and has led the Gophers to a 12-1 start in 2014. Also, we wrap up our 2014 Olympics coverage with the first half of an interview with Gopher Women’s Hockey goalie coach Andrew Kent, who served as the goalie coach for the Finland women’s national team thanks to a recommendation from former Gopher Noora Raty.kentrichardson

Feb 18 Gopher Baseball Pitching Coach Todd Oakes

Todd Oakes has been through a lot these past two years, battling through a leukemia diagnosis while graduating a son from the “U”, sending another off to Augsburg College, and working with another on staff. Through it all, the consummate family man has continued his impressive work with the Gopher baseball program, producing top prospect after top prospect as the team’s pitching coach. He joins the show this week to preview what’s ahead for Gopher baseball in 2014.oakes