Minnesota Rumors & News

  • Pitino far exceeded budget for private jet travel, University of Minnesota audit finds

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota — doubling his budget in his first season, and tripling it his second season — according to an internal university audit obtained Tuesday by the Star..." May 11

  • Milwaukee transfer Akeem Springs heading to Minnesota

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino took another step toward revamping his roster for next season with a commitment from Wisconsin-Milwaukee transfer Akeem Springs. Springs, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound wing, visited Minnesota’s campus last week. He also took an official trip to Mississippi, where..." April 15

  • Suspended Gophers Nate Mason, Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer returning

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino has lifted the suspensions of Nate Mason, Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer, who will return to play next season, the school said. The players were suspended for the last four games of the season after a sexually explicit video was posted on Dorsey’s..." March 30

  • Oklahoma’s Akolda Manyang returned to Minnesota following brother’s suicide

    College Basketball Talk "Akolda Manyang, a reserve center for Oklahoma, missed Sunday’s second round game against VCU as he returned to Minnesota following a death in the family. According to multiple reports, that family member was Akolda’s brother, Ater Manyang, a former high school basketball star in the state. He..." March 22

  • Illinois 85, Minnesota 52

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman forward Michael Finke made a season-high five 3-pointers while scoring 17 points as Illinois rolled to an 85-52 victory over short-handed Minnesota on Wednesday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Junior guard Kendrick Nunn scored 15 points and junior..." March 09

  • Richard Pitino's job appears to be safe despite troubles on and off the court

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Despite another blast of embarrassment last week to the Gophers men’s basketball team, coach Richard Pitino likely will be given the opportunity to turn the program around. The 33-year-old has lost some fans and boosters in this season of historically bad basketball and troubling off-court..." March 08

  • Rutgers 75, Minnesota 52

    The Sports Xchange "Sophomore guard Mike Williams set career highs of 29 points and six 3-pointers and Rutgers ended a 17-game losing streak by demolishing Minnesota 75-52 on Saturday in Big Ten play at Piscataway, N.J. Freshman guard Corey Sanders added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists and senior..." March 05

  • Wisconsin 62, Minnesota 49

    The Sports Xchange "Wisconsin opened up a 20-point first half lead and notched its 20th victory Wednesday, dumping shorthanded Minnesota 62-49 in a Big Ten Conference contest at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Bronson Koenig paced the balanced Badgers (20-10, 12-5) with 14 points and six assists. Ethan Happ..." March 03

  • Suspended Gopher Kevin Dorsey reported theft of phone to police

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Freshman Kevin Dorsey, one of three Gophers basketball players punished after a video-recorded sex act appeared on one of his social media accounts, reported that his cellphone was stolen from a Mall of America store days before the explicit imagery was posted online. Bloomington Deputy Police..." March 03

  • Minnesota Suspends Three Players After One Tweets Sex Tapes

    Deadspin "Before yesterday’s loss to Illinois, Minnesota announced that three Gophers players would be suspended for the game for an unspecified violation of team rules. As always, you have to go to the message boards for the details. Leading scorer Nate Mason and freshmen Kevin Dorsey and Dupree..." February 29

  • Illinois 84, Minnesota 71

    The Sports Xchange "Illinois guard Kendrick Dunn scored 25 points, and the Fighting Illini pulled away from shorthanded Minnesota for an 84-71 win Sunday in Champagne, Ill. Guard Malcolm Hill added 22 points and seven rebounds, and guard Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 18 points for the Illini (13-16, 5-11 Big Ten),..." February 28

  • Minnesota 83, Rutgers 61

    The Sports Xchange "Forwards Jordan Murphy and Joey King combined for 34 points and Minnesota outscored Rutgers by 21 in the second half in the Golden Gophers' 83-61 win on Tuesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers had lost 14 straight before upsetting No. 6 Maryland on Sunday for their..." February 23

  • Minnesota get improbable upset win over No. 6 Maryland

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- For Minnesota, it was a long time coming. For Maryland, it was a long week. Guard Nate Mason led the way with 18 points for the Gophers, who got their first Big Ten win of the season, and their first win of 2016, upsetting sixth-ranked Maryland 68-63 Thursday night...." February 18

  • Minnesota dismisses guard Carlos Morris

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One day before facing some of their stiffest competition of the season, the Gophers men’s basketball team announced it had dismissed senior guard Carlos Morris because of “conduct detrimental to the team.” “It’s a disappointing turn of events,” coach Richard Pitino said in a news conference..." February 18

  • No. 4 Iowa grinds out win over Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "IOWA CITY -- It wasn't the prettiest of efforts, but by night's end, the fourth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes found themselves where they wanted to be -- alone atop the Big Ten. By beating Minnesota 75-71 on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa took advantage of both No. 2 Maryland and Indiana losing..." February 14

  • Minnesota's Ahmad Gilbert to undergo surgery on dislocated finger

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Minnesota small forward Ahmad Gilbert left Saturday’s eventual 70-63 loss to Indiana early in the second half after dislocating a finger on his left hand and never returned. Sometimes those injuries can be minor; fingers can be popped back into place. But after the game, coach Richard Pitino..." January 18

  • Minnesota's Pitino on rebuild: 'I did not think it would be this bad'

    The Score "Richard Pitino knew Minnesota might take a step back this year, but he wasn't expecting to take a step, leap, and then some. "I did not think it would be this bad," Pitino told reporters, including Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, on Friday. The Golden Gophers are in the midst of a..." January 16

  • Gophers' Pitino comes to dad's defense regarding Louisville escort accusations

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The truth about allegations of a sex scandal that has rocked the University of Louisville and reverberated around the country will come out eventually, Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino said repeatedly Thursday. Just what that truth is, well, Pitino isn’t sure. At Big Ten Media..." October 19

  • Gophers basketball's Bakary Konate has fractured foot

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers center Bakary Konate, a projected starter this season, is expected to miss a few weeks because of a stress fracture in his foot, Minnesota men's basketball coach Richard Pitino said Tuesday on the Gophers Sports Podcast. Pitino said the 6-foot-11 sophomore was injured during practice...." October 14

  • Minnesota nets two coveted recruits in three days

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Minnesota went 6-12 in Big Ten play last season, graduated its two leading scorers and lost a key incoming freshman because of heart trouble this summer. At a time when the present looks bleak for the Golden Gophers, they at least can take solace that the future is starting to look more..." September 24

  • Hopkins star Amir Coffey picks Gophers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Richard Pitino landed the biggest recruit of his tenure as Gophers men’s basketball coach when nationally lauded Hopkins guard Amir Coffey announced Monday he would be attending his home-state school. Coffey, the Gophers’ top target and one of the country’s best in the 2016 class, took all of..." September 22

  • Minnesota, coach Richard Pitino agree to extension through 2021

    SI "The University of Minnesota announced a two-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Richard Pitino. Minnesota released the details of the extension that runs through the 2020-21 season to SI.com via email Tuesday. Pitino will now receive $1.6 million annually with an increase in..." August 26

  • Minnesota, VCU spent $300,000 to settle complaints against former AD Norwood Teague

    College Basketball Talk "The scandal surrounding former Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague took another turn on Tuesday morning, as news surfaced that Minnesota and VCU — where Teague held the same position prior to heading north — had paid at least $300,000 to settle gender discrimination claims since 2012. In..." August 11

  • Sportswriter also accuses ex-Gophers AD Teague of sexual harassment

    ESPN "A Minneapolis sportswriter says former Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague, who resigned Friday amid allegations of sexual harassment involving two university employees, also made sexual advances toward her. Amelia Rayno, the Gophers men's basketball reporter for the Star Tribune, is the..." August 10

  • Pitino would grant Jarvis Johnson his release should he pursue it

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers coach Richard Pitino said at a media news conference on Tuesday that he would “absolutely” grant medical redshirt Jarvis Johnson a release from his National Letter of Intent were the former DeLaSalle guard to decide to pursue playing elsewhere. “He knows that and the family knows that,”..." August 05

  • Gophers freshman Jarvis Johnson: 'To still play is my hope'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Jarvis Johnson still believes he will play basketball again, even as he prepares to sit out his freshman season at Minnesota after failing to clear his medical exam because of a heart condition that caused him to collapse on the court as an eighth-grader. Johnson, who started on four state..." July 13

  • Jarvis Johnson 'in shock' by Gophers' decision not to let him play

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One day after the University of Minnesota announced it would not clear Jarvis Johnson to play basketball, the star Gophers recruit remained “in shock” by a decision he was “still processing,” family members told the Star Tribune on Tuesday. On Monday, the Gophers released a statement saying..." June 17

  • U won't clear DeLaSalle's Johnson to play basketball

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "University of Minnesota recruit Jarvis Johnson will not be medically cleared to play basketball, the school announced via a press release on Monday. Johnson – who will still attend the university on scholarship -- suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that caused his heart..." June 15

  • Richard Pitino reportedly gets raise from Minnesota

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Given his pedigree, it's only a matter of time before big-money suitors come knocking for Richard Pitino if he has any kind of success at Minnesota. The Gophers are making a preemptive move to show the coach they'd like him to stick around. Pitino will get a $400,000 raise from the school, the..." June 11

  • Davonte Fitzgerald to transfer to Minnesota from Texas A&M

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Texas A&M transfer Davonte Fitzgerald has committed to the University of Minnesota, a source with knowledge of the situation tells the Star Tribune. Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the news. The Gophers had one scholarship remaining in their 2015 class after releasing big man..." May 26

  • Pitino recruit Nwankwo released from letter of intent for academic reasons

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers men's basketball recruit Jonathan Nwankwo has been released from his national letter of intent because of external academic circumstances, a source familiar with the situation told the Star Tribune on Monday. The 6-10 Gophers' 2015 commit -- whose NCAA clearinghouse and admissions..." May 19

  • Richard Pitino makes splash, lands three-star recruit Jordan Murphy

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino closed out his 2015 recruiting class with a splash, landing a commitment Friday night from San Antonio area player of the year Jordan Murphy. Murphy, a three-star forward from Brennan High School, was once a Virginia Commonwealth recruit before Shaka..." May 19

  • Arrest warrant out for ex-Gophers basketball player McNeil

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Minnesota Gophers basketball player Daquein McNeil, who faces two felony charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend last November. McNeil, a 21-year-old Baltimore native, failed to appear in Hennepin County District Court for a scheduled..." May 06

  • Edina native Lynch transferring to Gophers from Illinois State

    Fox Sports North "Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino has added another Division I transfer to his roster. Reggie Lynch, a 6-foot-10 center, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will transfer from Illinois State to the Gophers. Lynch tweeted: "I WILL BE SIGNING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TO CONTINUE..." April 21

  • Nate Mason out eight weeks after thumb surgery, Pitino tweets

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers freshman Nate Mason, who finished the season as the team’s starting point guard, is out eight weeks after having surgery on a broken right thumb, Minnesota coach Richard Pitino tweeted Sunday. natemasonrussell Mason averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 26.1..." April 06

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  • Rochester's Michael Hurt commits to UMN

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Rochester John Marshall junior Michael Hurt tried to be patient, tried to let the recruiting process play out a little, but he had known since the summer that he wanted to play for University of Minnesota coach Richard Pitino. So the 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward made it official by committing to..." January 19

  • Cal Poly men's basketball team expected to add Minnesota transfer

    San Luis Obispo "The Cal Poly men’s basketball team is welcoming another high-major Division I transfer from the Pacific Northwest to campus. Minnesota freshman forward Josh Martin — a top prospect who Mustangs head coach Joe Callero once recruited out of Bothell (Wash.) High — appears poised to join Cal Poly..." January 03

  • U hoops recruit Diedhiou eligible after English exam

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Gophers men’s basketball team’s young season has been headlined by turmoil and attrition, with the roster shrinking by four players before the third week of December. Thursday, however, was a day to build back up. The Gophers announced two new additions in international freshman big man..." December 19

  • Gophers' McNeil appears in court on assault charges

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Suspended Gophers men's basketball guard Daquein McNeil’s maroon-and-gold uniform was replaced by an orange jail jumpsuit for his first Hennepin County District Court appearance Monday, and it wasn’t clear if he’ll be back in street clothes soon. Judge Gina Brandt set McNeil’s bail at $30,000..." December 02

  • Gophers' backcourt situation complicated during McNeil's absence

    Fox Sports North "The Gophers men's basketball team has had to play its last two games without guard Daquein McNeil after the sophomore was arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault. Minnesota's players have not only had to cope with the situation mentally, but physically as well. Without McNeil,..." December 01

  • Minnesota suspends Daquein McNeil after domestic assault arrest

    SI "Minnesota suspended men's basketball player Daquein McNeil from all team activities after he was arrested on probable cause for domestic assault, reports Amelia Rayno of the Star Tribune. McNeil, a sophomore guard from Baltimore, remained in a Minneapolis jail, held without bail, as of Tuesday..." November 25

  • Minnesota transfer Zach Lofton dismissed from the Gophers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "New Minnesota transfer Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the team -- effective immediately -- for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team per a press release issued on Wednesday evening. "While decisions like this are always difficult, we felt it was in the interest of..." October 30

  • DeLaSalle's Jarvis Johnson, top Minnesota hoops recruit, to commit to Gophers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "DeLaSalle senior Jarvis Johnson, the state’s most highly touted 2014 basketball prospect and the Gophers’ top recruiting target, is expected to commit Friday to the University of Minnesota. In front of friends, family and classmates at the DeLaSalle gymnasium after school on Friday, the 6-1..." September 12

  • Report: Gaston Diedhiou denied

    ESPN "Senegalese standout Gaston Diedhiou has been denied admission by the University of Minnesota because of inadequate marks on his English profiency exams, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday. Diedhiou, a 6-foot-9 forward who played in the Canary Islands last season, had been granted full qualifier..." September 01

  • Gophers basketball recruit Diedhiou denied entry to university

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One of two international recruits the Gophers men’s basketball team was counting on this season has been denied admission by the University of Minnesota. Gaston Diedhiou, a 6-9 forward and native of Senegal who played at a high school in the Canary Islands last year, passed the NCAA..." August 27

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Pitino vs. Pitino series looming? 'Not really'

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A tweet from ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday night said that Rick Pitino's University of Louisville was planning a future home-and-home basketball series with his son Richard's program at the University of Minnesota. But Rick Pitino, asked on Wednesday if he and his son were having such..." July 24

  • Minnesota gets first 2015 commitment in Kevin Dorsey

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The 2014-15 season still seems far away, but for Minnesota, the year after is already off to a strong start. Four-star point guard Kevin Dorsey became the program's first 2015 recruit after committing to the Gophers on Saturday. Dorsey confirmed the news -- which was first reported by Scout..." July 13

  • Wally Ellenson transfers to Marquette; will his brother follow?

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Minnesota forward Wally Ellenson of Rice Lake has transferred to Marquette and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season. Which raises the question: Will Wally's brother, Henry, follow him to Marquette? Henry Ellenson is a 6-foot-9 power forward going into..." July 02