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There’s nothing else quite like Black college football

I’ve attended my share of Gopher football games over the years, but those games are mostly anti-climatic and the home school band painfully plays the same tired old songs. I have yet to see in person a Black college football game, but a good friend of mine tells me once you go Black (college football), you don’t go back. “Unlike major college football, Black college football is the African American pastime,” states Mark Gray, who broadcasts HBCU games for the Heritage Sports Radio Network.  It “is part cultural, part show. It touches a place in your soul that you didn’t know was there until it gets there.”

Black college bands and their halftime shows are as much an integral part of Black college football as the teams. “I know a lot of people want to see those bands as part of the overall [Black college] experience,” says Gray. “At major college games, people leave [their seats] at halftime to get their refreshments. Continue Reading →

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Gophers tackle represents local talent on the team

It’s a rarity in Gopher football to see a player listed on its current roster from the Minneapolis City Conference. It’s even rarer that a city player is a starter as well. Ra’Shede Hageman is that rarity. Hageman plays nose tackle this season for Minnesota (5-3). He formerly played tight end at Minneapolis Washburn but was switched to the defensive line when he was redshirted in 2009. Continue Reading →

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Kwame McDonald: Why so many will miss him so much

If one wanted to get in line to share their thoughts about the late Kwame McDonald, whose columns appeared weekly on the MSR sports pages for over two decades, their patience would be sorely tested because of the long wait. “Kwame was one of the first people I met when I got to campus,” recalls Minnesota Women’s Coach Pam Borton, who is in her 10th season. She spoke to me shortly after he died on October 26. “He has meant a lot to girls’ basketball, especially in the St. Paul area,” continued Borton. Continue Reading →

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Analysts speculate on season’s outlook for college women


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


ESPN Analysts Carolyn Peck and Kara Lawson recently discussed this season’s women’s college basketball storylines. Here are some of their observations:

1) A breakout year for Britney Griner: “I think the international experience that she

had this off-season definitely helped her,” observed Peck of the 6-8 Baylor junior center. She also sees Griner’s body maturing, “…catching up to what she wants to do” as an offensive player.  

“The thing I’ve seen Britney improve on is her aggressiveness and [ability] to handle double teams,” noted Peck, especially the junior’s anticipating the doubles coming at her quicker and passing the ball before they arrive. The Gophers will play nationally ranked Baylor in Williams Arena December 4 as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Continue Reading →

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Stephens inducted into U of M Hall of Fame





By Kenneth Foxworth

Contributing Writer


November 12, 2011 was an unseasonably warm autumn day. Ongoing was a battle between the University of Minnesota and our neighbors, Wisconsin. The two teams were battling it out for one goal: the Paul Bunyan Axe. Though the Gophers would unfortunately lose 42-13 to the Badgers, the highlight of the day was the presentation for Sandy Stephens’ induction into the College Hall of Fame. Stephens, the first African American All-American quarterback in the nation, remains the sole quarterback in U of M history to have taken the Gophers to the Rose Bowl. Continue Reading →

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