Joe Christensen | Star Tribune
Gophers football reporter | Gophers, Big Ten

Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He's a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker's Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.


Gophers baseball likely needs to win Big Ten tourney to make NCAAs

Two losses to Purdue last Saturday cost the Gophers a regular-season Big Ten title and dimmed their postseason hopes.


Now there's much more buzz when Gophers coaches hit the road

Organizers estimated that about 300 people turned out in Winona on Monday to see P.J. Fleck and Richard Pitino, dwarfing the crowd that came to the event last time it was in town.


All about that change: Groenewegen dominates Gophers softball opponents

Sara Groenewegen and her changeup give the Gophers a chance vs. anyone. She has eight career no-hitters and holds the Gophers' all-time strikeout record, with 1,187.


Gophers softball team is No. 1 (if you poll college coaches)

After not being among the 16 teams seeded in the NCAA tournament, the Gophers were treated more favorably by coaches voting in the final softball poll of the season.


Shocked, angry Gophers vow to regroup after NCAA softball snub

After seeing they'd be sent on the road, one Gophers softball player said: "We were mad, sad, angry, whatever. But we took a couple minutes to digest it and tried to find a way to move on."


NCAA issues statement about Gophers softball not being seeded

Performance against Top-25 teams, strength of schedule were factors.


54-3 Gophers softball team snubbed in NCAA seeding

The Gophers have the best record in Division I softball, at 54-3, but in a stunning development Sunday night, that wasn't enough to land them one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA tournament.


Fleck's top assistants will combine to make more than $3.2 million next season

The University of Minnesota is investing nearly $7 million next season on the sidelines for a new era of Gophers football.


Gophers might be on softball collision course with Michigan

Big Ten's top two teams could meet for first time this season this weekend in Ann Arbor.


Lindaman player of the year as Gophers dominate Big Ten softball awards

The Gophers won their first regular season conference title since 1991, which is also the last time the program had a Coach of the Year honoree.