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).


College, prep football in spring is unpopular option, but may be heading that way

Pandemic may drive the switch, even while tradition -- and school coffers -- absorb a big hit.


Seven Gophers athletes have tested positive for COVID-19

The university tested 170 athletes returning to campus for voluntary workouts and Minnesota's results were in line with data reported by other Big Ten schools.


Five notable players in the Gophers' 2021 class

A look at the high-profile names in the Gophers' 2021 football recruiting class.


U football recruits praise Fleck's approach through pandemic, unrest

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck spoke with all of his players, including Class of 2021 recruits, after George Floyd's killing. Fleck also organized a video chat with the prospects and their parents.


Starting from scratch, Gophers writer sweats new sport during pandemic

Gophers football writer made a mean meatballs in marinara to bide time, help a good cause.


Without sports, athletes and coaches bring on pets during pandemic

Idled athletes and coaches are seeing an opportunity to take in four-legged household additions. The humans are benefiting as much as the pets.


Season-ticket holders may not get into all Gophers football games

In planning for the 2020 season, the university may have to turn away some season-ticket holders for each game depending on what will be considered a safe number of people to admit. How will it be done?


Gabel, Fleck, McCutcheon to rep U on Big Ten's Anti-Racism Coalition

Student-athletes Seth Green and Gadiva Hubbard also will represent the Gophers for the coalition.


Gophers athletes begin gradual return to campus

The athletic department announced its return plans Friday, as the football team began getting tested for COVID-19.


Spielman enters transfer portal. Are Gophers good fit for his final season?

Wide receiver and kick returner JD Spielman of Eden Prairie, whose father is the Vikings' general manager, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.