A pair of big names on campus are on GSU this week, as we listen in to Gopher Football Head Coach Tracy Claeys’ press conference ahead of the squad traveling to Illinois to take on the Illini in pursuit of their third win in a row. After that, men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino makes his first Gopher Sports Update check-in of the year from media day at The Barn, with topics including Akeem Springs interesting social media presence, Davonte Fitzgerald’s injury, Reggie Lynch’s prospects on the floor after missing last season, and the outlook for the year ahead.
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Some people know home when they’ve found it. For Gopher Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Sarah Hopkins, Dinkytown is that home. After a tremendously successful running career at the U of M herself, Coach Hopkins stuck around for eight long years in a volunteer assistant role before getting her big break in 2013, when the chance to coach her alma mater arose. Four years later and Coach Hopkins is going strong, ready to lead her young ladies into Jack’s Twilight Run this weekend and the B1G Championships on October 30. The head of the 44-member women’s cross country crew joins us to reminisce about the man who this weekend’s run is named for and we lost nearly 10 years ago to cancer, legendary Gopher Equipment Manager Jack Johnson, and Coach Hopkins also previews the B1G Championships to come, which will be right in the Gophers backyard.
A packed show this week on GSU features previews of a packed weekend ahead in Gopher athletics! First, Gopher Football Head Coach Tracy Claeys details the team’s plans at quarterback against Maryland with Mitch Leidner in concussion protocol and Conor Rhoda poised to receive his first collegiate start under center. After that, one of Gopher Sports Update’s favorite coaches, the very youthful women’s tennis head Chuck Merzbacher, joins to chat about family, fun at the Ryder Cup, and the immediate future for the program, which comes this weekend at the Baseline Tennis Center as the Gophers host the ITA Central Regionals for the first time in 12 years.
There are always big skates to fill in Ridder Arena, but Dani Cameranesi appears ready to step squarely into the spotlight. With Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt gone from the Gophers seventh national title team, the nation’s leading returning point-getter joins GSU to talk about her journey back from offseason surgery, the best graduating classes in Gopher Women’s Hockey history, and how she felt about the team’s opening weekend wins against Lindenwood.
Not many freshmen this millennium can claim they had the impact on their team that Gopher Volleyball Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson did on the Gophers last year. In helping lead the U of M to the Final Four, Samantha won Big Ten Freshman of the Year, AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year, was ninth nationally in assists per set, and was named a Second Team All-American. Sam is off to another hot start here in the 2016 campaign, and has helped the Gophers win their last nine matches. Oh, she is also a Kevin Garnett fan and may or may not have shed a tear this past week when KG announced his retirement (as did GSU), so you know she is an amazing person on top of her on-court play. She joins this week to talk about her time on campus and expectations for the 2016 season.
One is far and away the best program in the country in their sport, the other is undefeated on the season. In this week’s Gopher Sports Update, we hear from two programs that are at the top of their game as head coach Brad Frost and Co. preview the Gopher Women’s Hockey 2016-17 season that is right around the corner, and head coach Tracy Claeys of Gopher Football breaks down his team’s Saturday clash with Colorado State.
While some student-athletes spend their summers on the lake, on vacation, or on their rear ends, Gopher Softball’s Erika Rozell spent her’s saving lives. In this tremendous story of the Gopher junior and her feline compassion that even Matt Nelson’s bad cat jokes can’t ruin, Erika joins this week to tell us about how she took being a cat person to a whole new level after coming across a stray at TCF Bank Stadium.
After an in-depth breakdown of the Gophers and their 2016 campaign last week, Matt and Mike are back at The Great Minnesota Get-Together to examine each and (almost) every B1G football team’s 2015 results, 2016 prospects, and Week 1 finals following a quality opening weekend for college football’s version of the black and blue conference.
The Great Minnesota Get Together is back, and along with it, the annual tradition of GSU on the University of Minnesota stage! In part one of the Falcon Heights football fest, Mike and Matt break down the Gophers matchup with Oregon State that comes up Thursday from TCF Bank Stadium, and we go on record with predictions for the entire 2016 season (cover your eyes and ears when we re-visit them in November!).
Rob Rang and Matt Nelson had their time to say their piece on Gopher Quarterback Mitch Leidner last week, now co-host Mike Gallagher and Matt slug it out with signal-calling opinions. As should be expected, Mike came in much softer than he originally advertised. In segments two and three, head coach of the Gopher Gridiron Tracy Claeys talks Leidner, positional updates, and the Maroon and Gold’s opener against Oregon State that is just over a week away.