Gophers Football Head Coach PJ Fleck talks about settling in at the U and his expectations for the coming season. Associate AD Scott Ellison describes the Athletes Village currently under construction and how it will help student-athletes excel on and off the playing field.
After more than three years of service, a fond farewell to co-host, producer, and Dinkytown diehard Mike Gallagher. His goodbye story below and on these airwaves this week, as Matt and Mike look back at their favorite moments from Mike’s time on the show.
What a season the Gophers are having as an athletic department in the spring! Softball has continued to roll since we last checked on them, sitting on an incredible 32-3 record going into their home series against Indiana this weekend, while last week’s guest Justin Karstadt was just named B1G Gymnast of the Year, and this week’s guest, Toby Hanson of Gopher Baseball, has spurred the U on to 10 wins in a row on the diamond. The most recent of those came against NDSU Tuesday, and the Gophers’ RBI leader had a chance to join us postgame to talk about the Maroon and Gold’s pursuit of a second straight B1G title.
The headline alone would make many envious, but those accomplishments aren’t where it ends for Gopher Men’s Gymnastics Sophomore Justin Karstadt. The Toronto native has piled up accolade after impressive feat after big time performance in his first 18 months as a Gopher, and with a personal record in the all-around this past weekend in the U’s big win over Nebraska, he could be poised to turn up the noise louder than the EDM he blares before big meets. With the B1G titles and the NCAAs both in the next month, the timing couldn’t be better. Is Justin ready for it all? He joins us to discuss.
Star Tribune do-it-all sports reporter Rachel Blount has been spending a lot of time on Gopher-related subjects in the last few months, so she drops by GSU this week to discuss USA Hockey’s wage dispute with its women’s hockey team (of which many Gophers are a part), the current Gopher Women’s Hockey team’s loss to Clarkson that ended their season, and the men’s hockey team’s road to their first national title in 14 years.
How’s this for a winter sports season? The Gopher Men’s Basketball team has an NCAA tournament berth, the Gopher Men’s Hockey team has another B1G regular season title, and the Gopher Women’s Hockey team is back in the Frozen Four and looking for their third straight national title. Oh, you’re not satisfied? You want to see it done in the spring too to be won over by Gopher athletics? Well perhaps more impressive than those accomplishments is the Gopher Softball team and their program record 19 straight wins to start the 2017 season, a streak that finally came to an end this past weekend with two losses to No. 6 Washington. Despite those losses, the Gophers still check in at No. 8 in the USA Today national poll, and one of their do-it-all studs joins us this week, as 2016 All-Region honoree Maddie Houlihan stops by in the middle of the Gophers hot start to the year.
The University of Minnesota prepares you for success in the long term, and the immediate. Evidence of both is Julia Courter, a graduate of the U of M less than one year ago, who was named Hamline Pipers Head Tennis Coach for both the men’s and women’s programs just three months after receiving her degree. The opportunity at such an early stage in her professional career, and the results she has already gotten out of her young men and women, is paving the way for her to make a huge impact over her time in the coaching world. We visit with her this week to talk about her status as one of the youngest collegiate head college coaches in the country, and perhaps even more rare, her position as a woman at the head of a men’s program.
The Gopher Men’s Basketball team is tearing it up with one of the most complete squads in recent Maroon and Gold memory. How will they fair on the national stage? Who better to tell us than a man that has covered college basketball here at home, and nationally, for over a decade? We welcome in Myron Medcalf, former Star Tribune Gopher beat writer and current ESPN.com and ESPN Radio college basketball guru, to take a look at the U as the conference and NCAA postseasons approach.
Time has just flown by, and if you’ve been looking down at your Gopher Softball program for too long, when you raised your eyes back to the world you couldn’t believe what you were seeing: Sara Groenewegen, a senior!??! That’s right, the British Columbia native’s time on campus is nearly over, but it’s not without fanfare and acclaim. Sara won B1G Freshman, Pitcher, and Player of the Year over her first two seasons on campus, one of just three women in conference history to claim all three awards, and she did it in just half of a career! Last year Sara’s dominance continued, as she won 31 games for the Gophers in the circle, second most in program history for a single season. This year she is off to another good start, and she joins us to talk about the 2017 edition of the Maroon and Gold and her international aspirations after her career in Dinkytown is complete.
It’s a value buy on Gopher Sports Update this week, two guests for the price of one, and double the quality of a normal one guest show, so that means you get four times the show with eight times the quality in 26 minutes and 50 seconds! If those numbers don’t have your head spinning, let’s see if we can make it happen with more figures! Our first guest, Gopher Men’s Tennis Junior Matic Spec, traveled 4,736 miles to play his collegiate tennis in Dinkytown. Once here, Matic won 31 singles and 18 doubles matches his freshman year, and has been consistently excellent since. Guest two, Gopher Baseball left-handed pitcher Lucas Gilbreath, was taken in the 2014 MLB Draft with the 1,073rd pick, a selection made by his home state Colorado Rockies. Lucas passed on the chance to ‘go right out of high school straight into the pros’ (#Nelly), instead choosing Maroon and Gold pastures after getting to know our old friend Todd Oakes. Both join this week as their seasons begin to kick into full force, Matic to chat about his time as a Gopher, Lucas to regale us with tales of Todd and look ahead to the Gophers B1G title defense.