Reporter | College sports

Megan Ryan is a sports reporter at the Star Tribune covering colleges.

Ryan covered the Minnesota United FC during its first two years of existence. She previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).


It's no sure thing, but Fleck hopeful for Rashod Bateman's return

When Bateman signed with an agent and accepted benefits — including money for housing, transportation and training — that terminated his amateur status under NCAA rules.


Take three: New version of Gophers schedule opens Oct. 24 vs. Michigan

The Big Ten announced its new football schedule Saturday morning, with the Gophers opening at home vs. Michigan. They are also set to face Iowa on Nov. 14 and Wisconsin on Nov. 28.


Bateman returns to practice with Gophers; awaits clearance to play

The 2019 Big Ten receiver of the year had planned to sit out the season to prepare for the NFL draft. Now, he's hoping the NCAA will clear him to play for the Gophers.


Big Ten football calls a reverse: Eight-week season to begin next month

The Big Ten will begin an eight-week football season Oct. 23-24, leading to a championship game. The schedule will include no byes, and everything hinges on the results of daily COVID-19 testing.


Title IX issues make cutting three Gopher men's sports necessary

Gophers Athletic Director Mark Coyle said when he announced the cuts Thursday they stemmed from a combination of financial difficulties and Title IX issues.


U regents waiting to vote on cutting three Gophers sports

AD Mark Coyle made a presentation before the board Friday, outlining the need for the cuts, and the regents expressed dismay but not opposition.


Facing $75 million deficit, three University of Minnesota sports pay the price

Three men's teams -- track and field, tennis and gymnastics -- will be terminated after this season in response to the financial strain caused by COVID-19 and gender equity issues.


With Gophers idled, Winfield and others ready for NFL's start

Tampa Bay listed second-round draft pick Antoine Winfield Jr., who left the Gophers early, as its starting strong safety for Sunday's opener against New Orleans.


Gazelka, Daudt join Republican push to reverse Big Ten decision

Two Minnesota legislators have joined other lawmakers from states with Big Ten universities, asking the conference to overturn its decision to cancel fall sports.


Closed for the season: Facing fall with no Gophers, Big Ten football

Thursday would have been the Gophers' season opener against Florida Atlantic. But COVID-19 concerns canceled fall sports and left a future full of questions.