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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gopher football team locked up Jerry Kill’s best recruiting class this past week, and after hearing from the head coach via his signing day presser, we chat with U of M running backs coach Brian Anderson, who has an embarrassment of riches in the backfield with recruits Jeff Jones and Rodney Smith coming in to join Donnell Kirkwood and David Cobb.