As a first-time-ever coach at any level, Whalen assembled a staff with both familiarity and experience soon after she was hired this past spring.
Adanna Rollins initially wasn’t sure what to expect as a U of M freshman volleyball player other than the quick necessity for her game to reach college-level shape.
Page is not the first Black grand marshal: Archie Givens, Jr. (2015), Clara Adams-Ender (2016), and Bobby Bell (twice chosen, 2001 and 2009) served in the past 25 years, U of M Alumni Association President/CEO Lisa Lewis pointed out. “Choosing Page was pretty easy,” she explained.
There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2017-18 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight many of these players This week: Gopher freshman baseball pitcher Joshua Culliver Joshua Culliver is one of eight first-year hurlers […]
A seasoned Coach Staley advises new Coach Whalen New Gopher Women’s Basketball Coach Lindsay Whalen said in last week’s “View” that she soon would “reach out” to South Carolina and U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staley. Staley in 2000 became the first WNBA player to take a Division I head coaching job (at Temple) […]
March Madness is college sport’s Super Bowl – its biggest stage whether on the court, in the pool, on the ice, on the mat or on the floor apparatus – at a time when so many amateur sports conclude their respective seasons in the same given calendar month at virtually the same time. This, along […]
In recognition of Black History Month this year, the University of Minnesota is “Celebrating Those Who Made Us Great” by interviewing (via surveys) former Black student-athletes. In this month’s “Sports Odds and Ends” we will publish as many of these interviews as space allows. This week: Tommy Watson, Rachel Banham, Chonquita Jones-Echhardt Tommy Watson […]
Janay Morton now can brag that she never lost at Williams Arena as a collegiate. Nebraska defeated the host Gophers on New Year’s Eve. “It feels really good [playing in Minnesota] because I haven’t been here in five years of playing college ball,” the smiling Brooklyn Park native told the MSR afterward. She hadn’t played […]
Do you believe in Miracles? Wow — from 8-23 last year to 23-8? Richard Pitino is just 31-31 the last two years, I remind you, as Gophers men’s basketball coach. This is his fourth season, and just like Minnesotans, some fans are worried the famous name Pitino, son of legend Rick Pitino of Louisville, will […]
College sport has reached out-of-whack proportions when you read that we should feel sorry for a fired football coach with a half-million-dollar payoff, or blame a university president who doesn’t put athletics at the top of his priority list. This is the case among some local media who have suggested this over the recent negativity […]