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.
The toughest loss in quite some time came for the Gophers this past weekend, but it wasn’t decided on the court, ice, or field. This loss came from the hearts of Gopher fans, as legendary broadcaster Ray Christensen, whose voice lines some of the greatest memories supporters of the U have, passed away Sunday at the age of 92. We look back to an interview former host of the show Ron Miller conducted with Ray in 2008 on these same airwaves, as we remember a man whose voice will live forever in the ears of Maroon and Gold loyalists, and even longer around the halls of Dinkytown.
It has been nearly a year since Marlene Stollings has joined the show, and GSU is having withdrawals. To alleviate the symptoms, Marlene joins the show this week to break down the Gophers year so far, the new look roster featuring some very talented freshmen, and the goals as the team tries to work its way up the B1G standings.
Every now and again, GSU likes to step away from the current world of Gopher athletics and visit with an alumnus doing great things post-Dinkytown. This week, we do just that in chatting with Jackie Voigt, who played basketball and soccer for the U in the late-2000s and early-2010s, and has gone on to a coaching career that has taken her all across the region and back again, as she now coaches just a stone’s throw away from her old stomping grounds of Williams Arena.
A great 2015-16 class of Gophers is gone from Marlene Stollings program, but a talented group gets on the floor for the first time this Saturday. Just ahead of the U taking on Harvard in their season opener, senior Joanna Hedstrom joins the show to talk about the very worldly group donning the Maroon and Gold this year and how different the team will look without last year’s highly publicized superstar, Rachel Banham.
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.
Fresh off a visit to the White House to celebrate the Minnesota Lynx third WNBA title in five years, play-by-play voice John Focke joins GSU to update us on the ever-present Gopher connection within the organization, Janel McCarville and Lindsay Whalen. John, being quite the athlete himself, also breaks the news of what ultra-marathon he plans on destroying his body with next. All that, and more, this week on Gopher Sports Update (Focke voice).
Awesome achievements from Gopher greats don’t stop just because school is out, so after a few weeks of looking back at the best moments of the Gopher year here on GSU, it’s time to catch you up on those noteworthy happenings you may have missed while soaking in the maroon and gold countdown mania like it was sun on a 90-degree day at Lake Calhoun. Matt looks at some standouts from the diamond, moving on to the next level, top-end talents from around campus receiving awards months after their Dinkytown days have ended, as well as what’s ahead for Gopher men’s basketball after their 2016-17 schedule was released last week.
It’s been seven long days since Gopher Sports Update left you with the ultimate cliffhanger, revealing the lower half of the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 athletics season, but making you wait an entire week to find out the best moments of the year that was in Gopher athletics. Well, if you haven’t rebelled and deleted gophersportsupdate.com from your favorites, we welcome you back for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, where GSU reveals the most prolific accomplishment on campus this year across the sports landscape. Hint: a picture is worth what’s approaching a thousand national titles.
When covering the Maroon and Gold here on Gopher Sports Update, the Gold never shines brighter than this time of year, when we get to look back on the greatest accomplishments across this mighty campus over the last nine months. This week, we open our annual countdown of the top moments in Dinkytown by welcoming a new leader, burying a losing streak, revisiting a record, honoring a conference coach of the year, and celebrating one of the best years in a program’s history. With the sounds of it, you’d think it’s a top five, but alas, GSU is evil and is making you wait for the best moments of the year on campus for one more week. Try and sleep through the night while the tension builds, you’ve only got 168 hours to go.