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Golden Nugz for 05-14-09

Big weekend for some of the Gopher spring sports.

Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships will be this weekend in Columbus.  The women are attempting to be the third team in Big Ten history to win the unofficial triple crown. They have already won Big Ten Championships for Cross Country and Track and Field Indoor, but winning the outdoor will be a challenge from Michigan and Penn State.  The men are trying to sweep the Indoor and Outdoor Championships and will should have a decent shot considering they are the only Big Ten team ranked in the top 25 (17th).

Gopher baseball, as you know, are a half game up in the Big Ten standings and head to Penn State controlling their own fate.  Scott Matyas was named Big Ten Pitcher of the week for his work at Michigan and NDSU last week.  Matyas is the Gopher's closer and he pitched 2.1 perfect innings collecting two saves.

Men's Golf is also competing in a big event this weekend as they head to New Jersey for the NCAA Regionals.

  • It is somewhat surprising to me how little coverage we are getting on the GM / head coaching searches for both the Wild and the Timberwolves.  Be sure to check Canis Hoopus and Hockey Wilderness to stay abreast with the current searches.  Maybe it isn't a lack of coverage but rather a lack of any interest around town.  Coverage is there is you seek it but does anybody care?
  • ESPN's Adam Rittenberg is ranking the 30 best players in the Big Ten.  Traye Simmons comes in at #25 on his list.  Decker (#2) and Weber (#16) will also be on his list but he has not yet gotten to profiling them yet.
  • Video of Rodney Williams.  Also related to Williams, it is being reported that he scored a 17 on his ACT which should be enough to get him enrolled for next year.
  • Grant Potulny has been brought on as a volunteer assistant coach.  Interesting how the Big Ten Network says he has been "hired" as a "volunteer."