College football reporter | Puck Drop

Randy Johnson covers University of Minnesota football and college football for the Star Tribune, along with serving as a producer for Puck Drop, the Star Tribune’s enhanced online hockey coverage.

Johnson also spent 17 years as sports copy editor/layout editor at the Star Tribune after five years in a similar role with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 1991 through 1995, he was assistant sports editor and Penn State football beat writer for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.


Wild's Rossi finds success — and name on scoresheet — on a new line

The center has four goals in five games to bolster the Wild's forward depth and is tied with Connor Bedard for rookie goals.


As hockey postseason approaches, St. Cloud State is in an odd place

College hockey insider: The Huskies are chasing the NCHC regular-season title but aren't doing nearly as well in the national picture.


Gophers men's hockey tops Notre Dame with overtime victory

Just 1:18 into the extra session, Jimmy Snuggerud ended his eight-game goal-scoring drought.


Shaw's return to Wild after fourth ACL tear 'feels like Christmas morning'

The two-way forward excelled on the penalty kill before crashing into the boards last April.


Gophers women's hockey braces for second tussle with defending champs

Wisconsin averages 5.4 goals per game and boasts the nation's top two highest-scoring players.


Gophers men's hockey hopes to keep rolling at Notre Dame

Randy Johnson's breakdown: Minnesota is playing its best hockey of the season and will try to keep it up on the final road trip of the regular season.


With concussion healed, Gophers hockey veteran Nevers hits stride

"For a long stretch, that wasn't the Mason Nevers we knew," Gophers coach Bob Motzko said of Nevers' first weeks back from injury.


Fleck posts message reaffirming commitment to Gophers

The Gophers football coach, whose name was connected to the UCLA vacancy, wrote on X that he is ready "for an ELITE 2024 season."


Clean sweep: Close, Gophers shut out Penn State again

Justen Close made 30 saves to cap an error-free weekend and reach 13 shutouts for his career, tying the program record.


Gophers' Fleck listed as a potential candidate for UCLA job

Chip Kelly left UCLA to become Ohio State's offensive coordinator. National writers quickly speculated P.J. Fleck could be a UCLA candidate.