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Gophers turn Victory Walk into 'Ski-U-March'; Fleck adds radio show

The team still will greet fans and enter the stadium along with the spirit squad and the band before the game. But the route will change.


No votes for Gophers football team in AP preseason Top 25

Alabama and Ohio State go 1-2 in the poll of media members. Manageable early schedule, on paper, could move Gophers into Top 25.


Settle in and enjoy the ride with this Gophers two-quarterback system

Gophers quarterback Conor Rhoda set up to pass during practice.

Though coach P.J. Fleck's decision to name co-starters at quarterback isn't popular, it isn't entirely surprising.


Latest 'Being P.J. Fleck' episode revisits tough times and perseverance

The ESPNU documentary takes a look back at the coach's journey to landing in Minnesota.


Scrimmage insights: Quarterback update and more from Fleck

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck took to the field during Gophers football practice at Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.

Coach P.J. Fleck indicated that neither Demry Croft nor Conor Rhoda has seized the starting job.


Gophers kicker Juenemann enjoys 'whirlwind' 24 hours

A T-shirt shot from an air cannon gave the senior the news of his scholarship, and the Twitter video that documented it became a national talker.


Gophers, Fleck get more time on national stage

The coach saw his Twitter video on a creative scholarship announcement take off, and ESPNU showed Part 2 of its four-part 'Being P.J. Fleck' series,


Gophers kicker gets surprise scholarship, news delivered via T-shirt

Gophers kicker Justin Juenemann.

Justin Juenemann, a senior who has yet to play, caught a T-shirt shot from an air cannon by a University of Minnesota hospital patient he befriended.


Ouch! USA Today prediction says Gophers will go 2-7 in the Big Ten

The newspaper projected records of all 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams and has Minnesota at 4-8 overall, 2-7 in the Big Ten.


Gophers' opponent Oregon State has its own fluid QB situation

Gophers running back Rodney Smith carried the ball into the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown in a 30-23 victory over Oregon State in the 2016 season opener at TCF Bank Stadium.

Marcus McMaryion, who started six games for the Beavers last year, is transferring after losing the No. 1 job.


'Huge, huge weekend' keeps Fleck ahead of last year's recruiting pace

If recent developments are any indication, Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck is finding recruiting success.

The first-year coach has his Class of 2018 ranked No. 29 in the nation, a big jump up from last year's class.


'Bama, Ohio State top preseason football poll; Gophers rowing upstream

Alabama team members celebrated after the Southeastern Conference championship game victory over Florida last December. The USA Today Amway Coaches preseason poll has the Crimson Tide as the No. 1 team in the country.

The Big Ten landed four teams among the top 10 in the USA Today coaches poll. But where is Minnesota in the preseason mix?


U's Richardson among preseason Top 100 at 247Sports

Gophers senior defensive tackle Steven Richardson is ranked No. 95 on 247Sports' preseason list of the top 247 players in college football.

The website ranked the best players in college football, with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner -- quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville -- leading the list.


'Being P.J. Fleck' producer went in wondering, 'Is this guy for real?'

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck (shown at a March spring practice) is not above having fun with his players or showing his intensity.

Bo Mattingly, co-executive producer of the series "Being P.J. Fleck," got an extensive behind-the-scenes look at new Gophers coach for the four-part series, which debuts on ESPNU on Wednesday at 8 p.m.


Fleck says all Gophers should be cleared for contact by Aug. 10

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck (shown at a March spring practice) is not above having fun with his players or showing his intensity.

The Gophers had 22 players who had offseason surgery, but all will should be full-go early in training camp.


Gophers football will have six practices open to public

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck watched kicker Emmit Carpenter as he practiced field goals at the end of Saturday's spring game.

The first two chances to see new coach P.J. Fleck and his team will be Friday and Saturday.


Gophers land outside linebacker from Georgia

Braelen Oliver, a three-star recruit, gives Minnesota 23 players in its Class of 2018.


Fleck gets another haul: Transfer from Florida, three recruits join Gophers

Chris Williamson, a cornerback from Florida, transferred to the Gophers on Saturday, while three recruits gave Minnesota verbal commitments.


Alabama defensive tackle O.J. Smith transfers to Gophers

O.J. Smith, who played in two games for Alabama, will be eligible to play for the Gophers in 2018.


Slow the boat? Media picks Fleck's Gophers fifth in Big Ten West

P.J. Fleck has a chance to be 3-0 when he charges into TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 30 for his first Big Ten game.

The Gophers were picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten West for the second consecutive time in the Big Ten media poll. The 38 voters predict Ohio State will win the conference title game.