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The Gophers reached the Final Four in 2019.
The NCAA's Division I Council approved the new start date at Wednesday's meeting, pushing season back two weeks from the original plan.
The NCAA has encouraged schools to clear sports from athletes' schedules that day, allowing them to vote.
The resolution, proposed by Regent Michael Hsu, met heavy resistance largely along procedural lines with several regents saying they didn't have time to review it.
Eden Prairie's Jermaine Johnson is not only playing this fall, but he could be starting for a top-five program.
Liam Robbins, a 7-foot center, transferred to Minnesota after two strong seasons at Drake. He finally heard the news Wednesday he had been waiting for all summer.
Macalester is the only state college or university with more than one Black head coach — with two. Those already holding such positions are making it a mission to provide more opportunities for candidates of color to pursue.
The Gophers' announced test results show a 3.1% positivity rate, down from 4.1% on June 30.
Olson played for Augsburg and got his coaching start in Minnesota before long stops at Iowa and Arizona.
Not knowing what to expect this college basketball season during the pandemic, Gophers coach Richard Pitino made summer practice less demanding on players than in years past.
The full Gophers men's schedule hasn't been released. But according to a data obtained by the Star Tribune, there are contracts for nine nonconference games.
Bubbles could save the sport known for bursting bubbles on Selection Sunday. But how would the NCAA tournament work if not all 353 Division I teams played a full schedule?
Caledonia junior Eli King is on the radar of Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck and basketball coach Richard Pitino.
Richard Pitino and his assistants will finally get to see (mostly) what their revamped roster for the 2020-21 season looks like in person.
The Tommies won't be eligible for the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments for five years yet the programs are in prime position to taste early success after the jump from Division III.
The school cited concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, including the recent national spike.
"We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten," conference Commissioner Kevin Warren said, adding that Thursday's move was intended to create a better chance to play some games.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel e-mailed her faculty, students and staff Tuesday to address any fears, reminding them of the university's plan for a hybrid model of online and in-person classes this fall.
D1 Minnesota and others are filled with college prospects once again, as games finally resume. But it looks markedly different with restrictions surrounding the coronavirus.
During the pandemic, only a handful of players are present on campus. They're working out on their own, waiting for the rest of the roster to arrive.
Law enforcement runs strong in Rachel Banham's family. So strong that she has tattoos on her right arm of the badge numbers of her father, mother and late grandfather.
The son of former Minneapolis North and UConn star Khalid El-Amin has become a leading activist on the Indiana school's campus.
More than anything, Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino understands from talking to his players since George Floyd's death that they want to do something of substance and value to make change.
The death of George Floyd was discussed during a Strib Live virtual town hall featuring Lynx GM/coach Cheryl Reeve, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino.
The pandemic has this state's Division II and III programs scrambling for answers, just like the Gophers.
The NCAA Division I Council maintained its earlier stance not to pass a one-time transfer rule. Liam Robbins and other non-graduate transfers have to sit out the 2020-21 season, unless they have waivers
Archie Clark was one of the first black players to get a basketball scholarship from the U. He blossomed into an NBA point guard following a standout career with the Gophers in baseball, too.
The next Minnesota basketball standout with plans to stay home and play for the Gophers spent this high school season hundreds of miles away attending prep school.
BJ Greenlee, a former three-star recruit and standout for The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., is the second guard to transfer from Minnesota this spring.
The Gophers men's basketball team's newest recruit, Rice transfer Drew Peterson, announced Friday he was reopening his recruitment after committing to Richard Pitino earlier in the week.
Like other coaches who were recruiting Liam Robbins and Drew Peterson this spring, Richard Pitino was willing to gamble. But the one-time transfer rule for immediate eligibility is unlikely to pass.
In addition to being drafted by the San Diego Padres, Gophers baseball star Dave Winfield was drafted by the Vikings as well as by teams in the NBA and American Basketball Associations.
Drew Peterson, a 6-8 guard from Illinois, averaged 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds last season as a sophomore for the Owls. He is the third transfer to join the Gophers this offseason.
The mystery surrounding the recruitment of one of the nation's top unsigned seniors continues. The Hopkins star was expected to announce his choice over the weekend.
The X Games joins the NCAA Wrestling Championships and the World Cup cross-country skiing race as major sporting events Minneapolis has lost during the pandemic.
Jalen Green's unprecedented move to bypass college, one that could pay him more than half a million dollars, could have ripple effects on the future of basketball recruits nationally — and maybe in Minnesota.
Gophers sophomore Zach Raabe was one of the hottest hitters in college baseball when the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of spring sports last month.
On a busy day of changes for the Gophers men's basketball team, Richard Pitino landed one potential new starter Thursday and saw a starter from 2019-20 leave the program.
A day after announcing his transfer from Drake after two seasons, the 7-foot, 240-pound Robbins said Sunday night that he would join the Gophers.
Brad Soderberg will never forget what it was like celebrating Virginia's NCAA men's basketball championship — and a year of redemption — last April surrounded by loved ones, including his late father.
Daniel Oturu, Tre Jones, Zeke Nnaji and others. College basketball players from Minnesota made names for themselves throughout the nation in bigger numbers than ever before.
Daniel Oturu and Amir Coffey, who went undrafted last year, might not have left college early five years ago. And Marcus Carr wouldn't have considered declaring for the draft. But things are different now.
Carr told the Gophers' coaching staff that he wants to return to Minnesota next season, but he hopes to put himself on the NBA's radar right now, according to sources.
Gophers are adding some unique talent to a team coming off a Final Four season.
There's no telling when the NBA season will continue, but Amir Coffey's journey is off to an exciting start after he left the U with one year of eligibility remaining.
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino spoke confidently about the direction of the program, one day after Daniel Oturu's decision to declare for the NBA Draft.
NBA scouts attending his games this season saw how Daniel Oturu had improved between his first and second years with the Gophers. Underclassmen declaring for the draft have until June 3 to change their minds.
Sophomore center and Cretin-Derham Hall grad Daniel Oturu could become the first Gophers player drafted since Kris Humphries in 2004.
The ever-expanding transfer portal could add to the 2020 class this spring, but it will be a challenge for the Gophers to add the depth and talent their frontcourt needs.
Kansas vs. who for the title? The Minnesotans we'll miss seeing? Great underdog stories? College basketball writer Marcus Fuller has a guide to the tournament that didn't happen.
Joe Lunardi was at a hotel Thursday near the ESPN studios sipping coffee and fiddling with his final NCAA tournament projections when word came that the NCAA was canceling the men's basketball tournament.
Prominent basketball coaches across the country, including Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Kentucky's John Calipari are in favor of wanting the NCAA to give seniors an extra year.
Before the Gophers could board the bus to the arena on Thursday, Big Ten officials were shooing Michigan and Rutgers players off the court. End of tournament. End of hope.
Sophomore center Daniel Oturu led the rally from a two-point halftime deficit with 24 points.
Junior Payton Willis said it would be like playing in a closed scrimmage before the season, but with "more on the line."
Daniel Oturu is among the nation's most productive players with averages of 20 points and 11 rebounds per game. But the Gophers' losing record likely played a role in the voting.
Led by eight three-pointers from Gabe Kalscheur, the Gophers broke the school's single-game record in crushing Nebraska 107-75 at The Barn.
Following an impressive send-off for his seniors in Sunday's 107-75 win against Nebraska, coach Richard Pitino made sure to thank co-captain Michael Hurt for the loyalty and leadership he gave to the program.
Daniel Oturu, the Gophers' 6-10, 240-pound sophomore center brimming with NBA potential, is almost certainly leaving after this season, according to several sources.
The 72-67 loss at Indiana locked Minnesota into the 12th seed at next week's Big Ten tournament. Afterward, coach Richard Pitino was more certain of his own return for next season than that of star Daniel Oturu.
Isaiah Ihnen, a 6-9 German native hampered by injuries and getting used to a more physical game earlier in the season, played his best overall game at Wisconsin on Sunday.
In the past five games, the Gophers have shot a dismal 56.3% from the foul line (49-for-87). Not surprisingly, they have a 1-4 record during that stretch, including three home losses.
A combined 47 points from Daniel Oturu and Marcus Carr brought the Gophers back from a 12-point deficit, but the Badgers prevailed on their home court.
In the years since the Gophers basketball academic scandal, Dan Monson lasted seven-plus seasons, Tubby Smith stayed for six, and now Richard Pitino is deep into his seventh year, with his future uncertain.
This is the first time since the 2017-18 season that the Gophers have lost three consecutive home games, games in which Richard Pitino's team was badly outplayed in the final minutes.
Northwestern, Nebraska and Minnesota are at the bottom of the Big Ten. They also are the three teams getting the least production from their junior and senior classes.
The Gophers, desperate to get their confidence back after humbling back-to-back home losses to Iowa and Indiana, smashed Northwestern by 26 points.
Minnesota got several contributions inside from reserves in its victory over Northwestern.
Three years ago, Richard Pitino and Chris Collins were two of the hottest young college basketball coaches in the country. Their struggles to win consistently since have caused the script to flip.
When it comes to producing talented big men for the basketball court, the state of Minnesota has long been a hotbed. But this could be the golden era of talent in the post.
Missed shots snowballed into lackluster defense as well down the stretch, causing many fans to lose interest and leave early as the Gophers' NCAA tournament hopes took another big hit.
What the Gophers need now is a player who can hoist this team on his back for a stirring stretch run, the way Amir Coffey did after Minnesota went through a rough patch last year.
The Gophers are not among the 11 Big Ten teams currently projected to make the NCAA tournament, but they believe they know the magic number of wins to get there: four or five more. First up is Sunday at home vs. Iowa.
Come Sunday, Daniel Oturu matches up against Luka Garza for the second time.
The Gophers played more Big Ten games in January than any other team in the conference, and finally have a break before Sunday's game. "It's a grind when you're playing that many games," Richard Pitino said.