Minnesota Rumors & News

  • Ex-Minnesota coach Jerry Kill joins Kansas State, just not as a coach

    CBS Sports "It didn't take long for former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill to get back into college football. It just won't be in the same role. Kill, who retired from coaching late last October over medical concerns stemming from his epilepsy, has joined Kansas State as the program's associate athletics director..." May 17

  • Syracuse loses AD to Minnesota after less than a year on the job

    CBS Sports "Minnesota announced on Wednesday morning that it would be hiring Mark Coyle as its new athletic director. The decision comes less than a year after Coyle accepted the same position at Syracuse. According to an announcement from Syracuse, Coyle made the decision to leave for Minnesota for..." May 11

  • Minnesota's Chris Streveler to seek graduate transfer

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Chris Streveler, who couldn’t find much playing time with the Gophers after switching from quarterback to receiver last season, said Friday he has been granted the opportunity to transfer away from the University of Minnesota. Streveler, who just finished his redshirt sophomore season, is set..." April 16

  • Jerry Kill, Gophers part ways after failing to agree on new job

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jerry Kill had been trying to decide what to do next since he retired as Gophers football coach for health reasons four months ago. On Wednesday, Kill said his next full-time job won't be at the University of Minnesota. Kill's contract described a potential $200,000-per-year position he could..." February 25

  • Four-star OL Sean Foster decommits from Minnesota

    SI "Four-star offensive lineman Sean Foster has decommitted from Minnesota, he announced on Twitter on Tuesday. Foster is the fourth player Minnesota has lost from its 2016 recruiting class in the past month. “After speaking to the coaching staff at the University of Minnesota, it is in my best..." December 02

  • Minnesota shakes up Gophers coaching staff, firing Limegrover and Zebrowski

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "New Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys wasted little time shaking up his staff, firing offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski on Sunday, one day after the regular season finale. Gophers players were being notified of the moves in a 5:45 p.m., meeting,..." November 30

  • Gophers cornerback Jalen Myrick out for season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gophers cornerback and primary kick returner Jalen Myrick is likely out for the rest of the season, the result of rib and lung injuries that hospitalized him after Saturday's 28-14 loss to No. 2 Ohio State. Myrick remained in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital until Tuesday morning, interim coach Tracy..." November 12

  • Minnesota hires coach Tracy Claeys on permanent basis

    ESPN "Minnesota didn't wait long or go far to end its search to replace former football coach Jerry Kill. The school announced Wednesday morning that interim coach Tracy Claeys is taking over on a permanent basis. Claeys stepped in for Kill two weeks ago when the former coach decided to leave the..." November 11

  • Minnesota coach Jerry Kill retires immediately, citing health

    ESPN "Jerry Kill has retired as football coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, effective immediately, because of health reasons, it was announced Wednesday. Kill made the surprise announcement one day after missing a scheduled meeting with the media. Kill has epilepsy, and had to take a leave of..." October 28

  • University of Minnesota football players accused of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "University of Minnesota football players have been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment and retaliation in the past academic year, but the allegations didn’t result in criminal charges, a university administrator said Thursday. Kimberly Hewitt, the school’s director of equal opportunity..." October 16

  • Gophers Campion returns following concussion

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers coach Jerry Kill had good news and bad news on the health front with the offensive line Tuesday. Josh Campion has returned to practice after missing last week's TCU game with lingering concussion symptoms, Kill said. But starting left tackle Ben Lauer (knee injury) remains out. Kill..." September 09

  • New sexual harassment complaints filed against former Minnesota AD

    CBS Sports "Minnesota president Eric Kaler acknowledged Wednesday that the school has received more sexual harassment complaints against former athletic director Norwood Teague. "Less than five," Kaler said when asked, on Minnesota Public Radio, for a number of new cases that are being investigated,..." August 19

  • Gophers football coach Jerry Kill gets contract extension, raise

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Gophers gave coach Jerry Kill a one-year contract extension through 2019, announcing the move Friday. The terms were not disclosed, but sources said the raise is worth $300,000 annually. That means Kill will earn $2.5 million this season. The sides had been close to a deal since..." August 14

  • Minnesota AD Norwood Teague steps down amid sexual harassment reports

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This is U of M President Eric Kaler's letter to U staff about Norwood Teague's resignation: I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have accepted the resignation of Gopher Athletics Director Norwood Teague, effective immediately. Norwood's resignation follows the report of two..." August 07

  • UK lands Minnesota linebacker transfer

    Louisville Courier-Journal "What is expected to be a big recruiting weekend for Kentucky football got off to a strong start with the announcement of Minnesota linebacker De'Niro Laster that he'll transfer to play for the Wildcats. The 6-foot-4, 226-pound Cleveland, Ohio, native tweeted a picture of himself in a UK uniform..." July 20

  • Gophers' receiver Borchardt has surgery to remove brain tumor

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During spring practice, Gophers coach Jerry Kill singled out Jeff Borchardt as one of the players who was making the biggest strides. Borchardt, a walk-on wide receiver from Wayzata, was starting to see the results of all his hard work. But in late March, Borchardt went to make a spectacular..." June 08

  • Former Minnesota, Rutgers QB Philip Nelson still searching for program

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Former Minnesota and Rutgers’ quarterback Philip Nelson thought he’d found a new home — but he’ll have to keep looking. Nelson will not be playing at South Alabama, according to a statement released by associate athletic director Brian Fremund. "In reference to your earlier communication in..." May 08

  • Potential Maxx Williams successor for Gophers granted sixth year

    College Football Talk "It looks as if the potential, or even likely, successor to All-American tight end Maxx Williams will head into the 2015 season armed with another season in his back pocket. Provided he can stay healthy, of course. While Minnesota has yet to confirm it, Duke Anyanwu took to Twitter Tuesday to..." May 06

  • Gophers hope no-huddle approach will jump-start offense

    Fox Sports North "They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but what about a longtime football coach? Gophers head coach Jerry Kill has installed some no-huddle offense into his team's game plan this spring. It's not something Minnesota did much of in Kill's first four seasons, but the Gophers are evolving..." April 11

  • Former Rutgers & Minnesota QB Philip Nelson dodges prison

    College Football Talk "Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson will not have to serve any prison time for his involvement in a brutal attack that led to the injury of a Minnesota State football player. Nelson was instead sentenced to 100 hours of community service and was credited for serving two days in jail." March 03

  • Ex-U quarterback Philip Nelson to plead guilty to lesser charges in Mankato assault

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson will plead guilty to fifth degree assault in the Mankato fight that left Isaac Kolstad severely injured in May, according a statement released by Nelson’s attorney Tuesday morning. “I am saddened by what happened on May 11, 2014,” Nelson..." January 20

  • QB/WR Conner Krizancic transfers from Minnesota to Ohio University

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Former Mentor quarterback/wide receiver Conner Krizancic, the 2013 cleveland.com offensive player of the year, has transferred from Minnesota to Ohio University and hopes to play QB for the Bobcats. "I knew (Ohio) wanted another quarterback and I knew how they wanted me out of high school,"..." January 15

  • Gophers' Maxx Williams announces he will enter NFL Draft

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gophers tight end Maxx Williams made it official Friday, announcing his widely expected decision to leave early and enter the NFL Draft. Williams, a third-year sophomore, is the first Gophers football player to leave school early for the NFL Draft since Laurence Maroney, who was a first-round..." January 03

  • 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 "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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 "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 "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

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