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).


Gophers defensive lineman Ali Saad to transfer

Saad had yet to play a game for the Gophers after his first season with the team.


Gophers football team adds lineman from Arizona on National Signing Day

The Gophers signed most of their 2021 football class back in December but still signed one new scholarship player on Wednesday.


Henry Lake uses show to mix sports with social responsibility

As one of the few Black radio hosts in the Twin Cities with his own daily program, Henry Lake uses his show on WCCO radio to mix sports talk with insights on social issues.


Avante Dickerson, top recruit in Gophers' 2021 class, decommits

The Nebraska native did not sign with the rest of the class during December's early signing period and instead will sign with another team in February.


Ex-Gopher Casey O'Brien to begin raising $1 million for U hospital project

O'Brien, a St. Paul native, recently retired from the Gophers football team after beating cancer five times.


Gophers receiver True Thompson enters the NCAA transfer portal

The redshirt senior, who went to Cooper, will have one year of eligibility remaining thanks to the NCAA's extra year granted because of the pandemic.


No. 1 Gophers hockey swept by Notre Dame

The Irish scored early in the first period to take control, and send the Gophers to their first losing streak of the season..


Gophers hockey loses series opener, 3-2 at home to Notre Dame

After starting the season 10-0, the No. 1-ranked Gophers have now lost the past two series openers.


Big turnaround: No. 1 Gophers men among best on defense in college hockey

Even coach Bob Motzko can't give you a tangible answer about why the Gophers defense has gone from porous to near-impenetrable in just a year


U football lands Utah State transfer, flips lineman who had committed to USC

Saia Mapakaitolo plans to officially sign in February, potentially along with Nebraska's Avante Dickerson, the No. 1 recruit in the Gophers class who hasn't yet signed.