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December 12, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith finalized a contract yesterday that will pay him $1.75 million annually. The 7-year contract - the largest for a university employee - was signed about 9 months after the former Kentucky coach was hired to rebuild a Gophers program that lost a record 22 games last season. "Certainly, we were happy to finally get everything finalized with our contract as well," Smith said. Smith will get $250,000 in annual deferred retirement payments beginning in 2011.
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December 2, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
The Minnesota Gophers are worn out. Playing five games in seven days will do that to you. But the No. 15 Gophers will finally get a break after pummeling Central Connecticut State, 92-56, last night. They don't play again until Dec. 11, when they face Rhode Island at home. "We have some very, very tired people as far as legs," said Minnesota guard Townsend Orr, who scored 12 points. "We had a 10-hour plane ride on Sunday and haven't had a chance to get much sleep since then.
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March 10, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Seventeen current and former Minnesota athletes and four faculty members face possible discipline for their involvement in the men's basketball cheating scandal, university provost Robert Bruininks said yesterday. The four-member committee acted after reviewing a 1,000-page investigators' report and 1,500 pages of exhibits released in November. The report found "systematic, widespread academic misconduct" in the program between 1993 and 1998. The committee referred the cases to eight colleges for judicial review.
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March 23, 1990 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Minnesota coach Clem Haskins stood at attention, arms folded, face crunched into a scowl. Though the vastness of the Superdome nearly drowned his deep, booming voice, Haskins kept shouting, "Crash the boards. Crash the boards. Crash the boards. " The message finally reached the Gophers. They crashed the boards. Even in the Superdome, Haskins could hear the sound of bodies meeting. Thud. Then Haskins smiled. "We're going to need a lot of that tomorrow night," he said yesterday.
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March 20, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Tulsa was glad to have an overtime period to fix a huge potential problem. The visiting Golden Hurricane blew an 18-point lead in the second half, but came back in the extra period, defeating Minnesota, 76-73, last night in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Tulsa (23-11), which reached the final eight in the NCAA Tournament last season, will play Mississippi State in the quarterfinals. Minnesota took a 73-72 lead in overtime on a three-point play by Kerwin Fleming with 1:17 remaining, but Tulsa's David Shelton scored with 11 seconds remaining and Shane Schilling missed Minnesota's final shot with two seconds remaining.
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February 28, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
INDIANA was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable season of college basketball. Trevor Mbakwe put a stop to that. Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help host Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana, 77-73, on Tuesday night, the seventh time the top-ranked team in the Associated Press' poll has lost a game this season. Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten)
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March 25, 1989 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Sports Columnist
A brick in basketball is the clumsy equivalent of a shank in golf, a blocked punt in football, a popup in baseball. What self-respecting basketball player would relish the nickname "Brick"? Meet Robert Brickey of Duke. Minnesota met Brickey last night and wished it hadn't as the flashy junior scored 21 points, and Duke whipped the Gophers, 87-70, to advance to tomorrow's showdown with Georgetown. Half of Brickey's points came on a variety of thunder dunks, a dramatic variation on the Duke theme of button-down basketball.
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October 8, 1998 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
History The teams never played before 1993. Penn State won its first-ever Big Ten game against Minnesota, 38-20. The great 1994 team started its run to the Rose Bowl by crushing the Gophers, 56-3, at the Metrodome. Last year, Penn State lost its No. 1 ranking and began a disastrous second half of the season with a 16-15 win over Minnesota, a result that seemed more like a defeat than a victory. Coaches Joe Paterno is 301-78-3. Minnesota's Glen Mason is 6-10 there and 65-74-1 overall.
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February 5, 1994 | By Mel Greenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was an evening to squiggle and squirm for Penn State women's basketball fans in Rec Hall. But when the final horn sounded, the unbeaten and top-ranked Lions were winners once more - this time by 87-77 over Minnesota in a Big Ten conference game. Penn State (17-0 overall, 8-0 in the league) won the same way it turned back Rutgers earlier this season - by being nearly perfect from the foul line down the stretch. The Lions, who led, 70-62, with 5 minutes, 32 seconds left, hit 17 of 20 free throws the rest of the way to beat the Gophers.
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March 27, 2013 | Associated Press
Tubby Smith was hailed as a rescuer when he came to Minnesota from Kentucky in 2007, a championship-certified coach who would restore a once-proud program to respectability. But when new athletic director Norwood Teague saw progress stagnate, he decided it was time for a change. Smith was fired on Monday, one day after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, and brought the first NCAA tournament victory since 1997 when the 11th-seeded Gophers beat UCLA last week.
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April 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
So what can they possibly do for an encore? Thursday's 2014 Frozen Four semifinals, which produced Saturday night's championship matchup of Minnesota and Union, were as entertaining and dramatic as anything March Madness can produce. Union held on for a 5-4 win over Boston College when a last-second Eagles shot bounded off its goalie's chest. And Minnesota topped that, scoring the winning shorthanded goal in their 2-1 triumph over North Dakota just before the final horn sounded.
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April 11, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE LIST WAS pared down to four names. This was in 1980, around the time of the Miracle on Ice, and Chuck Bard thought it was high time that college hockey had what college football had: a trophy to honor the best player each year. So he asked for and received the biographies of every player inducted into the Canadian and American hockey halls of fame, diligently absorbed the lives and careers of hundreds of players, and came up with an imposing list for his committee to consider naming the award.
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November 11, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - You had to wonder if Minnesota's coaches spent extra time this week trying to figure out a way to stop Penn State's Allen Robinson. The Golden Gophers kept Robinson in check, limiting him to just 63 receiving yards and no touchdowns Saturday in their 24-10 victory over the Nittany Lions at TCF Bank Stadium. "Their intermediate passing game is tremendous, it really is," said Minnesota acting head coach Tracy Claeys, who also is the team's defensive coordinator. "It's hard to match up to. "We didn't know what they were going to do for sure, and once they crossed the 50, we went with nickel and put an extra DB in there or two, doubled [Robinson]
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June 14, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WE WERE watching the U.S. Open on TV yesterday afternoon when out of nowhere comes a shot of a groundhog, or gopher, or some such furry creature. That immediately made us think of "Caddyshack," which then made us think of Bill Murray. Who'da thunk they had rodents on the Main Line? Anyway, how cool would it be if Murray was at the Open? We can see him now, traipsing around in his Carl Spackler hat while eating a Baby Ruth and playing in a foursome with the Dalai Lama. On the 18th fairway, Murray pulls out a 1-iron while standing next to the famous Ben Hogan plaque.
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March 27, 2013 | Associated Press
Tubby Smith was hailed as a rescuer when he came to Minnesota from Kentucky in 2007, a championship-certified coach who would restore a once-proud program to respectability. But when new athletic director Norwood Teague saw progress stagnate, he decided it was time for a change. Smith was fired on Monday, one day after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, and brought the first NCAA tournament victory since 1997 when the 11th-seeded Gophers beat UCLA last week.
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February 28, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
INDIANA was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable season of college basketball. Trevor Mbakwe put a stop to that. Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help host Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana, 77-73, on Tuesday night, the seventh time the top-ranked team in the Associated Press' poll has lost a game this season. Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten)
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February 15, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
ANDRE HOLLINS had a talk with the boss. Over lunch, coach Tubby Smith reminded his streaky sophomore point guard which shots the Gophers want and how they need him to run their offense. One day later, Hollins made clear he was listening. Hollins hit the go-ahead three-pointer midway through overtime to finish with 21 points and lead host Minnesota to a 58-53 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Thursday night. "He's asked to do a lot. Handle the ball. Score for us. Defending the opposing team's quickest player, usually," Smith said.
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January 18, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
TIM HARDAWAY JR. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists to help No. 5 Michigan stave off No. 9 Minnesota, 83-75, on Thursday night. Hardaway hit four three-pointers in the first half for the visiting Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who had the lead for the final 33 minutes of the game and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fastbreak. Nik Stauskas added 11 points. Austin Hollins led the Gophers (15-3, 3-2) with 21 points and four steals, and Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
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January 12, 2013
Top choice Duke at North Carolina State, Saturday at noon, ESPN: It took more than two months, but the No. 1 Blue Devils finally play their first true road game of the season against the only other ACC school in the AP top 25. They will be without senior forward Ryan Kelly, who has a foot injury, and that will hurt them in trying to defend 6-foot-8 C.J. Leslie of the Wolfpack. Starting Five Minnesota at Indiana, Saturday at noon, Big Ten Network: The Golden Gophers aced their first Big Ten road test at Illinois but now move into Assembly Hall for a meeting with the high-scoring Hoosiers.
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October 22, 2012 | Associated Press
With Ohio State's star quarterback Braxton Miller on the way to the hospital for evaluation, Kenny Guiton took his place and led the seventh-ranked Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) to a tying touchdown and two-point conversion with three seconds left to force OT against Purdue (3-4, 0-3). Guiton wasn't done. He then guided Ohio State into position for Carlos Hyde's 1-yard touchdown run that ended up as the difference in a heart-stopping, 29-22 win over the Boilermakers on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
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