It’s been a busy summer in Gopher Athletics. So busy in fact, that Gopher Sports Update can’t keep up! But, really, what else is new? GSU plays catch up on this week’s show to get maroon and gold faithful ready for the football season, as head coach Jerry Kill discusses the 2015 campaign at Big Ten Media Day.
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In a show loaded with cold takes and icy feelings, Matt and Mike shred each other for the first 10 minutes of this week’s episode, then dive face first into the ice with a look back at Gophers selected in the NHL Entry Draft.
A dark week in Dinkytown saw AD Norwood Teague step down from his duties as the head of maroon and gold athletics Friday. Host Matt Nelson takes us through the scandal starting with Norwood’s shocking confession outside of the U’s athletic complex Friday morning, to president Eric Kaler’s tense press conference later that day.
Lou Nanne has seen it all and done it all around the game of hockey, and the University of Minnesota alike. His next, and possibly biggest task, is heading up the $190 million Gopher athletics’ facilities plan, and the former GM and head coach of the Minnesota Northstars is off to a great start. Lou joins this week to give us an update on where the ‘U’ stands in their drive to complete fundraising for the massive undertaking, and he takes us back to some of his favorite memories of the university, including his playing days in a maroon and gold sweater in the early 1960s.
In an interview taped just 24 hours after former Gopher Men’s Basketball Forward Oto Osenieks and teammate Trevor Mbakwe had a harrowing experience on a flight back from Charlotte, Oto joins to detail the events, and to highlight what could very well be a future in journalism.
An incredible athlete, an incredible coach, and most importantly, an incredible person. This week, we conclude our two-week tribute to Roy Griak, legendary cross country and track and field coach at the University of Minnesota from 1963-96, and a man that gave 50-plus years of his life in an administrative role to the Maroon and Gold. Take one more chance to hear from, and say goodbye to, one of the indelible figures of Gopher athletics, Mr. Roy Griak, in an interview we originally aired on September 26, 2008.
It’s not often that an individual gives his life to one specific thing, but when you come across one that does, you have to cherish that person for what they’re willing to do for the place lucky enough to have them. Roy Griak was certainly that man, and luckily enough for the University of Minnesota, they happened to be that place. This week and next, we honor former cross country and track and field head coach Roy Griak, who died last week after serving the university for more than 50 years. Truly a Golden Gopher through and through until the day he passed.
When it comes to soccer, not many in this state can say they know it as well as Gopher Women’s Soccer Head Coach Stephanie Golan. So with the greatest country in the world getting its biggest soccer win of this millennium this past weekend, GSU had to carry out its civic duty this week and bring in a great soccer mind to talk stars and stripes, as well as some maroon and gold to cap off the show.
Matt Nelson, co-host of Gopher Sports Update, loves good writing; mostly because he could never produce any of his own. Matt’s co-host Mike likes it too, even though any word longer than five letters requires a Google search. Despite their obvious hinderances, even Matt and Mike know good writing, and some of the best that comes out of Dinkytown every year is from the head coach of the Gopher men’s basketball program, Richard Pitino. His first blog of the summer is here, and GSU breaks it down on this week’s show.
Whenever Gopher Baseball Head Coach John Anderson joins the show, it’s not a chat or a talk, it’s a seminar on college baseball and how to push towards success. For that reason, this is one of our favorite annual visits, as Coach Anderson, having just completed his 34th season at the helm of the maroon and gold, joins to discuss how the Gophers plan to get back to the top of the Big Ten, and to share his feelings about the day he exchanged lineup cards with his good friend Paul Molitor.