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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.


Son of Gophers men's hockey coach Motzko dies in Orono crash

Mack Motzko, 20, died of injuries suffered in a car crash Saturday night in Orono that also killed another passenger. Police said that "alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors."


In Indy, both Gophers, Ohio State point to opener

Minnesota will be host to the Buckeyes on Sept. 2, and coaches and players from both teams emphasized the importance of the game during Big Ten media days.


Potential move of Texas, Oklahoma to SEC prompts intrigue at Big Ten media days

Conference coaches and officials are interested to see what happens with college football going forward.


Big Ten football title game could move to new venues, including U.S. Bank Stadium

All 10 of the league's championship games have been played in Indianapolis, but Commissioner Kevin Warren is considering rotating sites.


At Big Ten media days, players cheer their newfound financial freedom

College athletes such as Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim can now make money off their name, image and likeness, a development coaches are celebrating, too.


Fleck: 'Significantly high number' of U football players have had vaccine

The team was hit hard by the coronavirus last year and is trying to avoid a repeat.


'So great to be back.' Fleck shares enthusiasm for 2021 Gophers

P.J. Fleck predicted defensive lineman Boye Mafe would return to Lucas Oil Stadium — the site of Thursday's Big Ten media day — someday and dominate the NFL combine.


Five takeaways from Thursday's Big Ten football media days session

Nebraska's Scott Frost expects improvement; Illinois' Bret Bielema believes he's matured as a coach.


Big Ten media days moves to bigger stage with all kinds of issues to discuss

P.J. Fleck speaks to the media this morning as the Big Ten takes its place in a vastly difference college football landscape.


Buckeyes unanimous Big Ten football choice in media poll; Gophers back in pack

Minnesota will get a chance to make a statement when it opens the season with a home game against Ohio State on Sept. 2.