Amanda Zahui B. is the first Black University of Minnesota basketball player ever to be drafted so high in school history —Tulsa Shock selected her second overall in Thursday’s WNBA Draft. Continue Reading →
Thus far, Gopher AD Norwood Teague is two-for-two in firing coaches in consecutive years. He fired Pam Borton as the school’s women’s basketball coach, seemingly less than 24 hours after her last game last week. She got the ziggy in less time than Tubby Smith got axed around this same time nearly a year ago. Borton was my fifth coach I covered as the longest tenured Gopher women hoops beat writer, She had her faults — no coach is perfect, and for whatever reason, she couldn’t convince too many local Black females to play for her.
Former Gopher Leah Cotton, who played for Borton (2010-13), recently spoke to the MSR while in town for the team’s Senior Night March 2. Continue Reading →
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Why do mainstream media love “outing” female athletes whether they are single or married, gay or straight, but won’t do the same with their male counterparts? “I think it is a fair question,” said the University of Minnesota Tucker Center’s Austin Stair Calhoun, who has researched such double standards in some depth. In a recent extended story on Minnesota Lynx star Seimone Augustus in the Minneapolis daily newspaper, which named her their sportsperson of the year December 30, the female reporter made reference to Augustus’ engagement to a female. Calhoun posted in her blog that Augustus’ female fiancée was “casually mentioned” in the article. “I felt that Seimone wanted that to happen. Continue Reading →