Daniel Oturu and Amir Coffey, who went undrafted last year, might not have left college early five years ago. And Marcus Carr wouldn't have considered declaring for the draft. But things are different now.
How this decision actually will play out is complicated because there are decisions that need to be made by both the athletes and their schools.
The coronavirus outbreak is turning the draft process into a throwback way of doing business. Coaches and scouts are having to trust their eyes and judge a player by how he performed in games.
There's an "i" in cliché, but this is all about team, and columnist Jim Souhan is a team-first guy, but it's a business and he's got to be able to feed his family.
The NCAA Division I Council still is scheduled to meet April 23-24, with St. Thomas' proposed move from D-III on the agenda and the Summit League an enthusiastic suitor.
This Week in Minnesota Sports: Three days after his last game as a Gopher, Neal Broten was playing for the North Stars, another example of his charmed hockey life.
The Gophers have two scholarships still to use in the 2020 class, so they likely won't take long to hire a replacement for Rob Jeter, the new Western Illinois head coach.
Carr told the Gophers' coaching staff that he wants to return to Minnesota next season, but he hopes to put himself on the NBA's radar right now, according to sources.
Gophers men’s basketball followers were prepared for one early NBA departure — dominant big man Daniel Oturu — but two? Carr's Instagram post sends an interesting message.
Weighing what safety Antoine Winfield Jr., wide receiver Tyler Johnson, rusher/linebacker Carter Coughlin and linebacker Kamal Martin bring to the NFL draft table:
This week in Minnesota sports: Successive NCAA championships defined Verne Gagne, even after he entered pro ranks
Michael Lehan and Astein Osei mold young minds as school administrators in the metro area.
Gophers are adding some unique talent to a team coming off a Final Four season.
"Triple S" enjoyed her time abroad before returning to Minnesota when the pandemic hit.
Quinnipiac graduate transfer Kevin Marfo, who led the nation in rebounding this season, picks Texas A&M on Saturday. Marfo had the Gophers among his five finalists.
There's no telling when the NBA season will continue, but Amir Coffey's journey is off to an exciting start after he left the U with one year of eligibility remaining.
The suspension originally went through April 6.
Puck Drop editor Randy Johnson and national hockey contributor Nate Wells take you step by step to the Frozen Four in Detroit for a couple of projections of what might have been.
Whether 6-3 Kayla Mershon will be eligible next season is uncertain.
When it comes to Gophers football, coach P.J. Fleck's squad is being put at a real disadvantage for two reasons by the total shutdown of college sports.