The Gophers have released their spring practice schedule, which includes six practices open to the public and a spring game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, April 9. Times are TBD, but here are the practice dates:
March 1 -- Practice 1 (Closed to the public and media)
March 3 -- Practice 2 (Closed to the public and media)
March 5 -- Practice 3 (Closed to the public and media)
March 8 -- Practice 4 (Closed to the public and media)
March 10 -- Practice 5, Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex (Open to the public and media)
March 22 -- Practice 6 (Closed to the public and media)
March 24 -- Practice 7, Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex (Open to the public and media)March 26 -- Practice 8, Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex (Open to the public and media)
March 29 -- Practice 9 (Closed to the public and media)
March 31 -- Practice 10, Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex (Open to the public and media)April 2 -- Practice 11, Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex (Open to the public and media)
April 5 -- Practice 12 (Closed to the public and media)
April 7 -- Practice 13, Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex (Open to the public and media)
April 8 -- Practice 14 (Closed to the public and media)
April 9 -- Spring Game, TCF Bank StadiumAll dates, locations and availability are subject to change
There was never a real question of whether Matt Limegrover would end up in a good spot following his departure from the Gophers. He's a good guy, well liked, and while his tenure as Minnesota's offensive coordinator may not have been as successful as he or others would have wanted it also wasn't a massive failure that would lead future employers to question his skill-set. I'm glad Coach found a new home and I wish him all the best, so long as that best doesn't appear on October 1st of this year. =)
So we're going to assume they suck based on principle, yes?
The players got a glimpse of the "blackout" uniforms on Monday. They do say "Iowa" on the front, that much was revealed in September. They are all black. That was it for the hints. The Iowa football social media brigade will unveil the uniform in a "hit tape" that is scheduled to come out at 4:30 on Saturday, before the Hawkeyes 7 p.m. kickoff.
WHOA! This is unexpected! Anthracite uniforms? Don't get me wrong, I'm not sold on them I would have preferred something from our normal mix or an alternate that used our colors. But add it into the mix of things that could be a little crazy tonight.
This is always nice to see:
Minneapolis North senior quarterback Tyler Johnson threw for 285 yards, rushed for 186 and scored six touchdowns -- five passing and one rushing -- in the Polars' 54-29 Class A state quarterfinal win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
Also good to hear?
After the game Johnson reaffirmed his commitment to the Gophers, despite Jerry Kill's retirement from the head coaching position because of health concerns.Johnson said he heard about the news on Wednesday morning when he received a few texts from fellow 2016 commits."I'm still going to be a Gopher either way," Johnson said. "It's just crazy to me, but I'd like to thank him for recruiting me and giving me a chance to play for the Gophers."
Many of you will remember Wayne Drash. He's the excellent writer from CNN whose son Billy has epilepsy. You might also recall the impact meeting Coach Kill before the Ohio State game last fall had on Billy from Wayne's wonderful piece entitled "Grit Beyond The Game." Wayne continues to be a powerful voice on this topic and today he wrote a powerful response to the news that Coach Kill was retiring and what he means to those in the epilepsy community. You need to read the whole thing, so I'm going to quote from it only briefly:
In my case, had it not been for Kill's generosity, my son wouldn't have gotten the care he needed. That's something I witness daily, every time my son smiles instead of seizes.
As he struggled for words at his news conference Wednesday, Kill pondered what's next after 32 years of coaching: "I ain't done anything else."He then referred to his Chasing Dreams fund and paused, almost lost in thought of the kids he's helped. "I've got to get better," he said.
That's something everyone is rooting for. We're right there with you, Coach.
BIG match for Minnesota Volleyball tonight, as the #9 Gophers are in Lincoln to face the #3 Huskers. Tomorrow, the Gophers will take on Iowa. Here's what you'll want to know about each opponent:
ABOUT NEBRASKANebraska enters the week with a 16-2 overall record and a 7-1 mark in Big Ten play. The Cornhuskers have won their last four Big Ten matches and last 13 of the last 14. After a lone conference loss to Ohio State, the Huskers defeated Michigan State (3-1), Michigan (3-1), Northwestern (3-0) and Illinois (3-0). As a team, the Huskers are hitting .265 and average a league-best 16.06 digs per set. Kadie Rolfzen leads the team with 197 kills, while her twin Amber Rolfzen has a team-high and Big Ten high 1.63 blocks per set. Mikaela Foecke has 185 kills, followed by Kasey Fien at 132. Kelly Hunter has 742 assists, while Justine Wong-Orantes has 303 digs. ABOUT IOWAIowa enters the weekend with a 10-11 overall record and are looking for its first win in the Big Ten, sitting at 0-8. The Hawkeyes are 6-6 in three-set matches, 3-4 in four and 1-1 in five-setters this season. Lauren Brobst as a team-high 250 kills, followed by Jess Janota at 212, while Mikaela Gunderson is hitting a team-best .352. Loxley Keala has 817 assists, while Annika Olsen leads the team with 348 digs.GO GOPHERS!
In previous seasons, Minnesota wore a American flag Block M decal on their helmets. The Gophers are changing it up this year, wearing the normal decals on their maroon helmets and putting new service branch specific decals on the back of their helmets. Nice touch!
You all know how much we like Minnesota's arm curling punter Peter Mortell. He's a funny guy, a snappy mustache wearer, and a great punter to boot. As such, he is well deserving of this SI.com Campus Rush profile released today.
The story needed a larger examination of his arm curl routine, but since the writer Ben Gotz (@DailyGotz) is a member of The Daily I blame the SI.com editorial staff for cutting too hard. It included a fact I had missed, which is that Peter is on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list for his community service efforts. HATS OFF to Peter for that!
Anyway, enough blabbering. Give it a read!
For those who weren't in attendance on Saturday, here's the new Men's Hockey intro video. I like the historical call-backs and the "growing up with hockey" vibe it lends. What does everyone else think?
This is really tough news for both Brian Bobek and Josh Campion. Both are RS seniors. Here's hoping that the current feelings are wrong and both are able to finish their Gopher careers on the field later this season!
Additionally, Kill confirmed that Ace Rogers has a torn ACL and is done for the year. Some good news though, as the team hopes to have Damarius Travis back for Nebraska next week. Brien Boddy-Calhoun remains questionable.