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Posts Tagged ‘Golden Gophers.’

Minnesota eliminates Buckeyes from Big Ten Tournament with 9-4 win

 

Ohio State lost 9-4 to Minnesota an the elimination game of the Big Ten Tournament Friday afternoon in Huntington Park. By losing, the Buckeyes conclude the first season of new head coach Greg Beals’ regime and the 128th in school history with a 26-27 record after finishing fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-11 record.

Ohio State starter Greg Greve and Minnesota starter Austin Lubinsky settled down on the mound, but both ran into trouble in the middle innings. Lubinsky retired 11 batters in a row and 14 of 15 when the Buckeyes went ahead 3-1 after five innings.

Kyle Geason drilled a two-run homer to key win (courtesy of Minnesota athletics)

The Golden Gophers then responded with six in the top of the sixth to take a 7-3 lead. The key blows being Kyle Geason’s two-run homer to left for a 5-3 lead and Troy Larson’s triple to left-center knocked Greve out of the game.

From that point, Minnesota controlled the game.

 

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Jerry Kill leaves Northern Illinois for Minnesota football job

Jerry Kill (courtesy of Minnesota athletics)

Jerry Kill did not know that he was being evaluated by the University of Minnesota athletic administration back on September 25, 2010, when his Northern Illinois Huskies football team beat the Golden Gophers, 34-23. His Huskies would go on to set several school records in a 10-3 season.

Kill is now the head coach of the Minnesota football team.

Kill was the coach at Northern Illinois for the past three years, where he compiled a 23-16 record, led them to bowl games in all three seasons, including the Humanitarian Bowl later in December 2010.

Before coaching at the DeKalb, Illinois school, the 49-year-old Kill was at Southern Illinois for seven seasons, earning a record of 55-32.

He spent two seasons at Emporia State going 11-11.

Kill was at Saginaw Valley State for five years going 38-14.

He replaces Tim Brewster, who was fired on October 17 and replaced by offensive coordinator Jeff Horton who was 2-3. The Gophers played much better under Horton, going 2-3 with two wins in a row to end the season over Illinois and Iowa.

compiled from Northern Illinois & Minnesota athletic news

Minnesota Golden Gophers dump Brewster; alumnus Tony Dungy not interested

Tim Brewster couldn't get it done (Minnesota photo)

Tim Brewster, who arrived in Minnesota promising high caliber football, the Rose Bowl and a Big Ten championship, has joined a long list of football coaches who haven’t been able to get the job done at the Minneapolis school.

Brewster, was fired Sunday after just 3 1/2 years on the job. He was let go one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Purdue to fall to 1-6 in his fourth season on the sidelines. Brewster went 15-30 at Minnesota, 6-21 in the Big Ten and the loss to the Boilermakers was their sixth straight defeat.

He never beat Minnesota’s chief rivals, Wisconsin and Iowa and was 0-10 in trophy games.

He will be paid $600,000 to buyout his contract.

He was hired at Minnesota as the head coach after never have been a head coach or a coordiantor in college or the NFL.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi asked former star QB Tony Dungy to take over the program, but he wasn’t interested. Instead, the former Colts and Buccaneers coach will guide the search committee who want the right coach like when they hired Tubby Smith for the basketball team.

compiled from staff & Minnesota athletics

Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster picks Weber as #1 QB

compiled from staff and wire reports

Minnesota is going to stay with Adam Weber at quarterback.

Head coach Tim Brewster says that Weber will get the vote for the Golden Gophers in the 2010 season opener against Middle Tennessee State on September 2.

Adam Weber (UM)

Weber is a senior has started 38 games in a row for the Gophers and holds team career records for completions and yards passing. He struggled last year as Minnesota and Brewster moved away from the spread offense.

Sophomore MarQueis Gray is the backup and freshman Moses Alipate is the number 3 quarterback.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: West Regional, First Round

compiled from staff and wire reports

XAVIER 65  MINNESOTA 54

The Musketeers took half the game to figure out a way to keep their shots from being blocked the Golden Gophers who are taller, but they regrouped and pulled away from Minnesota.

In the first half, they had more shots blocked (10), than made field goals (9). They managed to tie the game at the half.

Jordan Crawford Xavier (XU)

In the second half, the 6th seeded Xavier Musketeers  showed the crowd at the Bradley Center why they’re one of the teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, by allowing Indiana transfer, Jordan Crawford to take over the game and push the ball up and down the court and passed the ball throw double teams inside to get past the shot-blockers.

Xavier moves to 25-8 while Minnesota falls to 21-14.

GONZAGA 67  FLORIDA STATE 60

Gonzaga let an 18 point lead slip through its hands, but held off Florida State last night. The Zags advance to Sunday’s second round to play Syracuse.

Gonzaga built up a 39-21 lead due to excellent offensive execution and superb defense. But Florida State started to chip away at the lead on the hot-shooting of sub Deividas Dulkys.

But senior Demetri Goodson  hit two clutch free throws with 1:02 to go to seal the win.

PITTSBURGH 89 OAKLAND 66

Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown scored 17 points a piece in leading the 3rd-seeded Panthers to a win over the pesky 14th-seeded Grizzlies who were led by center Keith Benson who scored 28 points.

Jermaine Dixon Pittsburgh (UP)

The Panthers go to 25-8 and play Xavier on Sunday, while Oakland falls to 26-9.

SYRACUSE 79 VERMONT 58

The Orange avenged a stunning loss to Vermont in the 2005 NCAA Tournament by having five players in double figures scoring led by Wes Johnson with 18 points.

The 29-4 Syracuse team was playing without their injured center Arinze Onuaku.

Vermont ends the season at 25-10.