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).


Largest virus outbreak in Big Ten forces U to call Northwestern game

The football team will miss a second consecutive game dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has affected 21 players and 26 staff members.


Gophers football COVID-19 total reaches 40 confirmed cases

The Minnesota athletics department announced Saturday an additional 15 positive cases – eight players and seven staff – during the current pause to all football activities. That brings the total cases to 40, including 20 players and 20 staff members.


Bateman ends his Gophers career by opting out again

Rashod Bateman, the reigning Big Ten receiver of the year, won't be back with the Gophers when their current pause for COVID-19 ends.


Thanksgiving will be anything but usual for idle Gophers football

Grab-and-go individual meals will replace the usual team gathering Thursday as Gophers football weathers a COVID-19 outbreak that has already canceled one game and is seriously threatening another.


Gophers cancel Saturday's game against Wisconsin because of COVID-19

This will mark the first time since 1906 that the annual border rivalry won't take place.


Gophers cancel practice over COVID concerns, with Wisconsin up next

The Gophers said they aim to return to practice Wednesday and still play Saturday at Wisconsin.


Down 22 players, Gophers outlast Purdue after game was 'close' to not happening

A combination of positive COVID-19 tests and injuries knocked out several players and coaches, but the Gophers still beat Purdue 34-31 at TCF Bank Stadium to improve to 2-3 in this shortened and delayed Big Ten season..


Referees weigh in heavily in Gophers victory

In Friday's 34-31 win for the Gophers, two controversial calls on Purdue's last-ditch drive sealed the Boilermakers' drop to 2-2.


Merely a shadow of 2019, where did the Gophers' offense go?

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said he counted an uncharacteristic eight drops in last week's 35-7 loss to Iowa. But that's not the only aspect of this offense that's been unrecognizable.


Megan Ryan's Gophers-Purdue game prediction

Purdue took its first loss of the season last week, a closely fought, one-touchdown game against undefeated Northwestern.