Gopher Sports Update


Aug 25 University Sports Pavilion Re-Named in Honor of Former Gophers AD Joel Maturi

Joel Maturi served as Gophers Athletics Director from 2002 until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure, he oversaw the merger of the formerly separate men’s and women’s athletics departments and the construction of TCF Bank Stadium. He was recognized for his passionate support of all of the U’s teams and its student-athletes. This week, Maturi reflects on his long career in high school and collegiate athletics. We’ll also hear how he was the inspiration for a recurring character on NBC’s Saturday Night Live show.





Aug 3 The Best of GSU: Minnesota Basketball Legend Myer “Whitey” Skoog

It’s another gem from the Gopher Sports Update archives. Former GSU host Ron Miller interviewed Gophers and Lakers basketball legend Myer “Whitey” Skoog in 2011. Skoog played for the Gophers from 1948-1951. He was a first round NBA draft pick for the Minneapolis Lakers in 1951 and played for six seasons until a back injury forced his retirement. The Lakers won three NBA Championships during Skoog’s first three years on the team. Take a look back into Minnesota basketball history with the man who invented the jump shot.




Jul 27 Gophers Deputy Athletics Director John Cunningham & the Business Behind College Sports

Over the past 30 years, collegiate athletics have adopted many of the marketing and sponsorship strategies employed by professional sports. Today, college sports venues bear the names of corporate sponsors, and broadcast rights fees are important sources of revenue for athletics departments. A look at the business of college sports with Gophers Deputy Athletics Director John Cunningham.




Jul 19 Gophers Volleyball’s Dalianliz Rosado On Big Ten Foreign Tour & The Minnesota Blades Prepare the Next Generation of College Hockey Players

Gophers volleyball senior Dalianliz Rosado was on the Big Ten Foreign Tour in June.  We’ll hear about her travels and competition and the challenges of leaving her home in Puerto Rico to play for Minnesota.  Also, a look at a youth hockey association that prepares its athletes for collegiate-level play.  Minnesota Blades board member (and U of M Law School alum) Terry Moore talks about the organization’s player development process.




Jul 13 Best of Gopher Sports Update: Former Gopher Women’s Basketball Standout and Current Augsburg College Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Jackie Voit

Last year, former GSU host Mike Gallagher chatted with former Gophers Women’s Basketball player Jackie Voit about her new role as Augsburg College’s assistant women’s basketball coach, reuniting her with Head Coach Ted Riverso who was an assistant coach with the Gophers from 2008-2012.

Next week on Gopher Sports Update, we start a new series of shows.  We’ll talk with Gophers soccer player Dalianliz Rosdado who represented the U on the Big Ten Foreign Tour in June.