Minnesota Rumors & News

  • Minnesota panel dismisses punishment for four players linked to sexual assault case

    CBS Sports "Four Minnesota Golden Gophers players will have their punishment stemming from a sexual assault investigation overturned or reduced, the Associated Press reports. The four players who will have their discipline adjusted by the University of Minnesota panel that heard the case are quarterback..." February 04

  • Minnesota expected to hire P.J. Fleck as coach

    SI "The University of Minnesota is expected to hire P.J. Fleck as its new coach, according to a source. The two sides are working on a deal, which could be finalized as early as Friday morning. Fleck led Western Michigan to an undefeated regular season and MAC title this year before losing in the..." January 06

  • Tracy Claeys fired as Gophers football coach

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The University of Minnesota fired Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys on Tuesday, Claeys confirmed, as athletic director Mark Coyle reversed course after indicating in late November that Claeys would be back for next season. After the Gophers upset Washington State in last week’s Holiday Bowl,..." January 03

  • Minnesota stymies Washington State in Holiday Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The Minnesota Golden Gophers, true to their mascot, stayed low in beating the Washington State, 17-12, at the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday night. The result was the grounding of the Cougars high-octane offense. The Gophers (9-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with a steady..." December 28

  • Petition wants coach Tracy Claeys fired for his response to Minnesota players' boycott

    ESPN "More than 400 "concerned citizens" have signed a petition calling for the University of Minnesota to fire football coach Tracy Claeys for his response to a recent player boycott. Released Monday, the MoveOn.com petition centers on the Dec. 15 tweet that Claeys posted hours after the team..." December 27

  • Former Minnesota HC Jerry Kill to be named Rutgers OC

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is set to become offensive coordinator at Rutgers, the website Rutgers.247sports.com reported Sunday. The website reported that Kill would be introduced at a news conference Monday at the Piscataway, N.J., university. Other websites..." December 19

  • Minnesota unlikely to play in Holiday Bowl amid boycott, prez firm on suspensions

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The University of Minnesota football players’ boycott likely will force the school on Saturday to back out of its Holiday Bowl commitment. A late-night summit on the U campus involving school President Eric Kaler, other school leaders and most Gophers football players failed to produce an..." December 17

  • Minnesota's football team ends boycott, will prepare for Holiday Bowl

    ABC News " Minnesota's football team has ended its boycott and will resume preparations to play in the National Funding Holiday Bowl. The Gophers had been protesting the suspension of 10 players connected to a sexual assault allegation, demanding that the players be reinstated immediately." December 17

  • Gophers football players face expulsion, 1-year suspension over sexual assault allegation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Five of the 10 University of Minnesota football players suspended from the team in the fallout of a student’s sexual assault allegation now face expulsion from school, the players’ attorney, Lee Hutton, said Wednesday night. Four other players face a one-year suspension and another could get..." December 15

  • Ten Gophers football players indefinitely suspended

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ten Gophers football players were suspended indefinitely by the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, the latest fallout from an incident that happened a few hours after the season began. The suspended players are Ray Buford, Carlton Djam, Seth Green, KiAnte Hardin, Dior Johnson, Tamarion..." December 14

  • No. 6 Wisconsin downs Minnesota to reach Big Ten title game

    The Sports Xchange "MADISON, Wis. -- Veteran players helped rally No. 6 Wisconsin as the team marked senior day during its regular-season finale. Senior running back Corey Clement rushed for two touchdowns and senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton collected two fourth-quarter interceptions to pace Wisconsin to a..." November 26

  • Leidner leads Minnesota past Northwestern

    The Sports Xchange "Mitch Leidner passed for one fourth quarter touchdown and ran for another as Minnesota pulled away late and claimed a 29-12 Big Ten victory over Northwestern on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Leading 15-6 in the final period, the Golden Gophers quarterback tossed a 9-yard touchdown strike to..." November 19

  • Minnesota tops Purdue for fourth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "Rodney Smith rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to lead Minnesota to a 44-31 victory over Purdue on Saturday in a Big Ten game in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) won their fourth consecutive game and Purdue (3-6, 1-5), playing its fourth game under..." November 05

  • Minnesota runs over Illinois behind Smith's two TDs

    The Sports Xchange "Sophomore running back Rodney Smith rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a 40-17 victory over Illinois on Saturday in Big Ten play at Champaign, Ill. Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner, sophomore running back Shannon Brooks and junior running back Kobe McCrary added..." October 29

  • Minnesota beats Rutgers on late field goal

    The Sports Xchange "Sophomore Emmit Carpenter kicked a 28-yard field goal with six seconds remaining and sophomore running back Rodney Smith scored two touchdowns, one on a kickoff return, as Minnesota produced a 34-32 victory over Rutgers on Saturday in Big Ten play at Minneapolis. Smith rushed for 111 yards..." October 22

  • Two Gophers football players subjected to restraining order

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Two Gophers football players have had a temporary restraining order filed against them in Hennepin County District Court, and the order could keep them from attending Saturday’s homecoming game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium, according to court documents and the players’ attorney. Lawyer..." October 20

  • Wadley runs Iowa past Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "Junior running back Akrum Wadley broke loose on a decisive 54-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Iowa defeated Minnesota 14-7 on Saturday in a Big Ten Conference game at Minneapolis. Wadley rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries and his scoring gallop with 5:28 left in the game was the..." October 08

  • For second straight week, a player was ejected for a cheap shot on Penn State's 258-pound kicker

    USA Today "There is a disturbing trend emerging from college football. Last week, Minnesota’s Jaylen Waters delivered a cheap shot to Penn State kicker Joey Julius, who has become famous for being a kicker listed at 258 pounds (and who occasionally delivers big hits of his own). Waters was..." October 08

  • Minnesota players rejoin team after prosecutors decline to file charges

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Four players were reinstated to Minnesota's football team after police decided not to charge them in a possible sexual assault case, the Star Tribune reported. According to Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys, the players will be allowed to practice beginning Tuesday, but he did not directly address..." October 04

  • Barkley's TD in OT sends Penn State past Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "Saquon Barkley ripped off a 25-yard touchdown run up the middle to lift Penn State to a 29-26 overtime win over Minnesota on Saturday in a Big Ten game in State College, Pa. Emmit Carpenter kicked a 46-yard field goal on Minnesota's possession in overtime before Barkley scored the winning..." October 01

  • Minnesota uses running game to defeat Colorado State

    The Sports Xchange "Rodney Smith fueled Minnesota's power running game rushing for two touchdowns and 99 yards in the Gophers' 31-24 win over Colorado State on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers rushed for a total of 243 yards and four touchdowns, quarterback Mitch Leidner completed 16 of..." September 24

  • 4 Minnesota Gophers football players reportedly investigated in criminal sexual conduct case

    Land of 10 "Four University of Minnesota football players are reportedly under police investigation for a possible connection to an alleged criminal sexual conduct case involving a 22-year-old woman. The allegation, reported Sept. 3, was found in a police-aided records search, the St. Paul Pioneer Press..." September 13

  • Minnesota, Leidner shred Indiana State

    The Sports Xchange "Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner equaled his career high of four touchdowns passes as Minnesota rolled to a 58-28 victory over Indiana State on Saturday in non-conference play at Minneapolis. Leidner completed 20 of 30 passes for 295 yards for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who accumulated 593..." September 10

  • Minnesota beats Oregon State to open season

    The Sports Xchange "Running back Rodney Smith rushed for 124 yards, leading Minnesota to a 30-23 victory over visiting Oregon State in a season opener Thursday night at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Quarterback Mitch Leidner completed just 13 of 26 passes for 131 yards, but he rushed for 76 yards and..." September 02