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May 18 Former Gophers Football Star Marion Barber Jr. Earns Degree & Softball Team Vows NCAA Snub Will Work to Their Advantage at Tournament

Former Gophers football great Marion Barber Jr. shattered school records on the field nearly 40 years ago. But the NFL came calling in 1981, and Barber left the U before earning a degree.  This month, he officially graduated, fulfilling a promise he made to his family.

Despite a 54-3 record and 25 consecutive wins, the Gophers softball team enters the NCAA tournament unseeded. The women plan to use the snub to their advantage.

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Apr 12 Gopher Sports Update’s Goodbye to Gags

After more than three years of service, a fond farewell to co-host, producer, and Dinkytown diehard Mike Gallagher. His goodbye story below and on these airwaves this week, as Matt and Mike look back at their favorite moments from Mike’s time on the show.Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 10.39.10 PM

Apr 5 Gopher Baseball Junior First Baseman Toby Hanson

What a season the Gophers are having as an athletic department in the spring! Softball has continued to roll since we last checked on them, sitting on an incredible 32-3 record going into their home series against Indiana this weekend, while last week’s guest Justin Karstadt was just named B1G Gymnast of the Year, and this week’s guest, Toby Hanson of Gopher Baseball, has spurred the U on to 10 wins in a row on the diamond. The most recent of those came against NDSU Tuesday, and the Gophers’ RBI leader had a chance to join us postgame to talk about the Maroon and Gold’s pursuit of a second straight B1G title.Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 11.13.19 PM

Mar 29 CGA National Gymnast of the Week and 2016 Scholar All-American Justin Karstadt

The headline alone would make many envious, but those accomplishments aren’t where it ends for Gopher Men’s Gymnastics Sophomore Justin Karstadt. The Toronto native has piled up accolade after impressive feat after big time performance in his first 18 months as a Gopher, and with a personal record in the all-around this past weekend in the U’s big win over Nebraska, he could be poised to turn up the noise louder than the EDM he blares before big meets. With the B1G titles and the NCAAs both in the next month, the timing couldn’t be better. Is Justin ready for it all? He joins us to discuss. Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 8.20.59 PM

Mar 22 Rink Banter with Rachel Blount

Star Tribune do-it-all sports reporter Rachel Blount has been spending a lot of time on Gopher-related subjects in the last few months, so she drops by GSU this week to discuss USA Hockey’s wage dispute with its women’s hockey team (of which many Gophers are a part), the current Gopher Women’s Hockey team’s loss to Clarkson that ended their season, and the men’s hockey team’s road to their first national title in 14 years.Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 11.40.36 PM

Mar 15 Defending B1G Softball Freshman of the Year Maddie Houlihan

How’s this for a winter sports season? The Gopher Men’s Basketball team has an NCAA tournament berth, the Gopher Men’s Hockey team has another B1G regular season title, and the Gopher Women’s Hockey team is back in the Frozen Four and looking for their third straight national title. Oh, you’re not satisfied? You want to see it done in the spring too to be won over by Gopher athletics? Well perhaps more impressive than those accomplishments is the Gopher Softball team and their program record 19 straight wins to start the 2017 season, a streak that finally came to an end this past weekend with two losses to No. 6 Washington. Despite those losses, the Gophers still check in at No. 8 in the USA Today national poll, and one of their do-it-all studs joins us this week, as 2016 All-Region honoree Maddie Houlihan stops by in the middle of the Gophers hot start to the year.Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.59.25 PM