Minnesota Rumors & News

  • Gophers tight end Maxx Williams won't talk about entering NFL draft

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For Maxx Williams, the NFL can wait — this month, at least. The highly decorated Gophers tight end is eligible to enter the 2015 draft as a third-year sophomore and has been projected as a potential first- or second-round selection. The deadline for underclassmen to apply for the draft is..." December 19

  • Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell to graduate college, 52 years later

    Fox Sports "Bobby Bell is joining the ranks of college graduates. What's the big deal, one might wonder? The former linebacker of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs --€“ No. 78 was a force --€“ and member of the college and pro football halls of fame will soon have a diploma, too ... 52 years after..." December 17

  • Gophers RB Cobb 'very questionable' vs. Badgers

    Covers.com "Minnesota could be without its leading rusher for its biggest game in years on Saturday. Coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday that running back David Cobb's hamstring injury makes him "very questionable" for Saturday's game at Minnesota. The game will determine the Big Ten West Division..." November 25

  • Kill says Leidner will practice, No. 2 QB Steveler to prepare as usual

    Fox Sports North "Another Gophers game means another week of quarterback speculation in Dinkytown as Minnesota prepares to face San Jose State this weekend. Redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner has started all three of the Gophers' games thus far, but was banged up against Middle Tennessee two weeks ago and was..." September 16

  • 'Tough' QB Leidner practices, could start Saturday vs. TCU

    Fox Sports North "A knee injury prevented Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner from finishing Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee, but it might not keep him from competing against TCU this weekend. Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday at his press conference that Leidner was able to move around on..." September 10

  • Gophers DT Scott Ekpe lost for season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers starting junior defensive tackle Scott Ekpe is out for the season, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday. Ekpe, who had his first start in Thursday's 42-20 win over Eastern Illinois, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after a pile up in the first..." September 02

  • Gophers RB Edwards works to be pass-catching threat

    Fox Sports North "As the rest of his teammates filed into the locker room after practice, Gophers running back Berkley Edwards remained on the field. His work wasn't done yet. Thwack. The spiraling ball, fired from a passing machine, hit him in the hands. A coach loaded another football. Thwack. Again,..." August 12

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "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 09

  • Redshirt freshman Owen Salzwedel transfers from Minnesota

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Owen Salzwedel, a redshirt freshman defensive end for the Gophers, has left the program and plans to transfer closer to his home in Beaver Dam, Wis." June 26

  • Twin brothers Jacob Huff and Julian Huff are latest to commit to the Gophers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Gophers added twin brothers to their 2015 recruiting class Thursday, when Jacob and Julian Huff, of Bolingbrook, Ill., gave verbal commitments. The 5-10, 205-pound Jacob Huff is a consensus three-star safety, and the 5-11, 220-pound Julian Huff is listed as a two-star inside linebacker in..." June 06

  • Gophers Guard Caleb Bak ends playing career

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers senior guard Caleb Bak, who missed the last four games of the 2013 football season because of a concussion, announced on Twitter that his career is over. Bak wrote on Twitter: "big thanks to everyone that has supported me over the last 4 years. Sad to say I won't be returning for my..." May 29

  • Kill plans to coach from sideline

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers football coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday that he plans to work from the sideline this fall after working mostly from the press box toward the end of last season. Kill was among the coaches who spoke at the first stop of the annual Gopher Road Trip, at the Willmar American Legion. After..." May 21

  • Phillip Nelson’s alleged attack accomplice expected to be charged

    College Football Talk "Former Minnesota quarterback Phillip Nelson was charged with one count of first-degree assault and another for third-degree assault on a former division two football player currently battling for his life. Nelson was not alone in the attack of Isaac Kolstad in Minnesota though, and police are..." May 14

  • Gophers linebacker Cody Poock has a torn ACL

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers linebacker Cody Poock has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, a person familiar with his injury said Monday. The team was finalizing the diagnosis, with Coach Jerry Kill expected to address the injury with the media after Tuesday’s practice. Poock suffered the injury..." April 01

  • Gophers D-line prepared to absorb loss of Hageman

    Fox Sports North "Ra'Shede Hageman was just one player on a Gophers defense that played 11 men at a time. But he also happens to be an all-but-certain first-round pick in the NFL Draft, meaning Minnesota will have a void on the defensive line during the 2014 season. Players of Hageman's caliber don't come along..." March 28

  • Report: Minnesota to build $70 million practice facility

    CBSSports.com "In 2009 Minnesota began playing its football outside at TCF Bank Stadium, and now, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Gophers are looking to keep their practices back indoors. The Star-Tribune is reporting that the school will break ground on a new football facility in..." March 27

  • Big Ten not keen on Friday night football

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Friday Night Lights” is not coming to the Big Ten any time soon. Social media was abuzz Thursday regarding various reports the Big Ten was looking into playing football games on Friday night. The Big Ten’s 10-year broadcast contract for regular-season games with ABC and ESPN is up in 2017...." March 01

  • Minnesota gives Jerry Kill a one-year extension

    CBSSports.com "Minnesota announced Saturday that it had restructured coach Jerry Kill's contract and extended the length of the deal for another year, lasting through the 2018 season. As a result Kill will make $2.1 million for the 2014 season. “I appreciate the support President Eric Kaler and Athletic..." February 23

  • Alcohol likely to stay at TCF Bank Stadium

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The U will ask Legislature to allow gameday sales to continue after the test period ends in July. The University of Minnesota is ready to make beer and wine sales a permanent fixture at Gopher football games. After a two-year experiment, university officials found “no significant increase”..." February 15

  • Signing day: Ranking the Big Ten

    Chicago Sun-Times "1. Ohio State The Buckeyes may have stubbed their toe in the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, but Urban Meyer hasn’t lost his recruiting touch. OSU has seven four-star players from Ohio in a 23-man class that also draws from the talent hotbeds of Florida and Texas. Locally, Meyer has..." February 06

  • Gophers pick up two players who had committed to other schools

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Gophers added commitments Monday from a wide receiver and defensibve tackle who had originally given verbal commitments to other schools. National Signing Day for high school football and several other sports is Wednesday. Gary Moore, a defensive tackle from Mobile (Ala.) Murphy High..." February 04

  • Minnesota QB Nelson will transfer to Rutgers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Philip Nelson spent two years playing quarterback for the Gophers. Now, he could look forward to facing them in 2016, on their home field, under center for another Big Ten team. Two weeks after announcing he was transferring from Minnesota, Nelson picked Rutgers as his new school Wednesday,..." January 30

  • QB Philip Nelson to transfer

    ESPN.com "Minnesota sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson announced Thursday that he will transfer from the program to seek an offense that emphasizes more passing. Nelson started 16 games for the Gophers but shared time with Mitch Leidner during the 2013 season. The coaches decided not to redshirt..." January 19

  • QB Philip Nelson to transfer

    ESPN.com "Minnesota sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson announced Thursday that he will transfer from the program to seek an offense that emphasizes more passing. Nelson started 16 games for the Gophers but shared time with Mitch Leidner during the 2013 season. The coaches decided not to redshirt Nelson..." January 17