Some sad news has befallen the Gopher Baseball program, as Gopher pitching coach and all around phenomenal individual Todd Oakes’ leukemia that appeared to be gone for good, has returned. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the Oakes family and with Todd personally, one of the strongest individuals we’ve ever come across. Matt and Mike share stories of Todd’s resilience and unwavering positive outlook on life in segment one of this week’s show.
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With the Gopher women’s basketball season just two days away, head coach Marlene Stollings stops by to give a comprehensive and unrivaled preview of what’s ahead for her squad in the 2014-15 season.
In what may be the most rare sentence ever written, the Gopher women’s hockey team enters the season coming off a loss. After claiming back-to-back national titles in 2011-12/2012-13, the maroon and gold came up short last year, losing 5-4 in the NCAA title game to Clarkson. Senior defender Rachel Ramsey and senior forward Meghan Lorence are out to make sure the Gophers are celebrating at the end of the 2014-15 season, rather than stewing over a season-ending loss like they were subjected to last year. They both join the program to preview their final season in maroon and gold, which is already well underway.
It’s not every day that you get to hear from a Super Bowl champion in person, let alone someone that’s won two! Well, Gopher faithful that showed up to the McNamara Alumni Center the morning of the Gophers’ homecoming clash with Purdue were treated to exactly that, as former U of M defensive back Tyrone Carter joined GSU for the second of their two shows at Ski-U-Mania.
GSU takes its dog and pony production on the road this week to McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus to celebrate homecoming! Matt and Mike discuss action around the Big Ten gridiron as well as the big clash between the Gophers and Purdue that saw Minnesota emerge victorious, 39-38. Thank the football gods for 100 years of Gopher football, because otherwise, Saturday would’ve just been two idiots sitting on a stage talking about nonsense.
At long last, hockey is back! Gopher men’s hockey senior forward and Washington Capitals prospect Travis Boyd joins the show to talk about last season’s near-title for the maroon and gold and expectations for the squad heading into his final year wearing the M.
It’s been a crazy week around the University of Minnesota athletic department. Unfortunately, the craziness is for all the wrong reasons. While the Gophers continue to have success on the gridiron and with the kickoff of winter sports, ticket bundling has stolen headlines from the happenings on the field, ice, and court. GSU welcomes in the author of the student senate resolution to reverse ticket bundling, Kyle Kroll, to discuss how the resolution came to be and just how Gov. Mark Dayton got involved to put an end to the brief history of ticket bundling at the U.
Kelly Roysland’s history at the University of Minnesota is long and storied. Sadly, it is now over, as Roysland was not retained as an assistant coach nor given the opportunity to be the head of the women’s basketball program after Pam Borton was relieved of her duties in the spring. Don’t worry, Roysland has landed on her feet, as she is set to take over as the head coach at Macalester when the Scots open play on November 18. We had a chance to chat with her about her time at the U and her new and exciting venture at MAC.
Eighteen years at the helm of Gopher men’s cross country, 16 NCAA tournament appearances. Former Gopher All-American and current head cross country and track coach Steve Plasencia knows what it takes to succeed when leading a program, and he stops by for his annual chat to answer any and all questions from Matt and Mike, no matter how stupid they may be.
The college career of Gopher women’s soccer forward Taylor Stainbrook has been quite the journey, but she has found a home at the University of Minnesota. The redshirt junior joins hosts Matt Nelson and Mike Gallagher to relive the Gophers NCAA tournament appearance last year, talk about the team’s early season play, and give a look ahead to personal and team goals for the rest of the year and beyond.