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Minnesota Golden Gophers
MinnesotaGoldenGophers
University University of Minnesota
Conference(s) Big Ten
WCHA
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Norwood Teague
Location Minneapolis, MN
Varsity teams 23
Football stadium TCF Bank Stadium
Basketball arena Williams Arena
Baseball stadium Siebert Field
Soccer stadium Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Mascot Goldy Gopher
Nickname Golden Gophers
Fight song Minnesota Rouser
Colors Maroon and Gold

         

Homepage Gophersports.com

The Minnesota Golden Gophers (commonly shortened to Gophers) are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. The university fields both men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Men's-specific sports include baseball, football, and wrestling. Women's-specific sports include rowing, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

In men's and women's ice hockey, the Gophers belong to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In all other sports, they belong to the Big Ten Conference. Most of the facilities that the teams use for training and competitive play are located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus. There are arenas for men and women basketball (Williams Arena) as well as hockey (Mariucci Arena and Ridder Arena). The Gopher football team began playing at TCF Bank Stadium in September 2009. The women's soccer team plays on the St. Paul campus in Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

The Cheerleaders and the Dance Team are also part of the university's athletic department; they are present at events for basketball, hockey, football, and volleyball.

During the 2006–2007 academic year, the Golden Gophers wrestling team won the NCAA national championship and the Big Ten team title. The Golden Gophers also won conference championships in men's hockey, men's golf, women's rowing, men's swimming and diving, and women's indoor track and field.

TraditionsEdit

Maroon and GoldEdit

In 1880, the University of Minnesota was preparing for spring graduation. For the previous 29 years, different graduation colors were used every ceremony. In spring 1880, President Folwell began a tradition of common school colors at the University. He asked an English instructor, Mrs. Augusta Smith, to select proper colors to use for graduation ribbons and other occasions. She chose maroon and gold, which made a favorable impression on the students and faculty in 1880. As the years passed and without any kind of formal action, maroon and gold became the official school colors.

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The "Golden" GophersEdit

The Gopher mascot is a tradition as old as the state. Minnesota was tabbed the “Gopher State” in 1857 after a satirizing cartoon, depicting nine Gophers with the heads of local politicians pulling a locomotive, was published.[1] The story was over legislative action for a $5 million railroad proposal in western Minnesota. Later, the University picked up the nickname.

The “Golden” adjective has not always been a part of the Gopher nickname. During the 1930s, the Gophers wore gold jerseys and pants. Legendary KSTP radio announcer Halsey Hall coined the term “Golden Gophers” in reference to the team’s all-gold attire on the field. From 1932 through 1941, Minnesota compiled an impressive record, losing only 12 games and winning seven Big Ten titles and five national championships—a true “golden” decade of Gopher football.

School songsEdit

School songs for the university include Minnesota Rouser, Minnesota March, Go Gopher Victory, Our Minnesota, Minnesota Fight, Hail! Minnesota, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

National championshipsEdit

  • Football (7):
1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960
  • Men's Basketball (3):
1902, 1903, 1919
  • Men's Ice Hockey (7):
1929, 1940, 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
  • Women's Ice Hockey (4):
2000, 2004, 2005, 2012
  • Baseball (3):
1956, 1960, 1964
  • Men's Golf (1):
2002
  • Men's Outdoor Track and Field (1):
1948
  • Wrestling (3):
2001, 2002, 2007

Notes: With the exception of football, national championships are awarded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA itself does not award a championship for Division I-A football. The NCAA began awarding national championships for men's basketball in 1939; previous championships were retroactively awarded by the Helms Athletic Foundation. The NCAA began awarding national championships for men's ice hockey in 1948; previous championships were awarded by the Amateur Athletic Union and by the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA began awarding national championships for women's ice hockey in 2001; previous championships were awarded by the American Women's College Hockey Alliance.

BaseballEdit

1956, 1960, 1964
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (30):
1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Big Ten Regular Season Championships (22):
1933, 1935, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010
1982, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2010

Men's basketballEdit

1906, 1907, 1911, 1917, 1919, 1937, 1972, 1982
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (7):
1972, 1982, 1989, 1990, 2005, 2009, 2010
  • Sweet 16 Appearances (3):
1982, 1989, 1990
  • Elite 8 Appearances (1):
1990
  • NIT Appearances (11):
1973, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2012
  • NIT Championships (1):
1993

Note: A 1997 Big Ten regular season championship, NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994, 1995, 1997 (Final Four), and 1999, as well as NIT appearances in 1996 and 1998 (Championship) were vacated due to NCAA sanctions.[2][3]

Women's basketballEdit

  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (8):
1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
  • Sweet 16 Appearances (3):
2003, 2004, 2005
  • Elite 8 Appearances (1):
2004
  • Final Four Appearances (1):
2004

Men's cross countryEdit

  • Big Ten Team Championships (4):
1909, 1914, 1964, 1969

Women's cross countryEdit

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  • Big Ten Team Championships (2):
2007, 2008

FootballEdit

1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960
1900, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1915, 1927, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1960, 1967
1892, 1893
  • Bowl Games (15):
Rose – 1961, 1962
Hall of Fame – 1977
Independence – 1985
Liberty – 1986
Sun – 1999, 2003
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas – 2012
MicronPC.com – 2000
Music City – 2002, 2004, 2005
Insight – 2006, 2008, 2009

Traveling trophiesEdit

GolfEdit

Men's golf

2002
  • Big Ten Team Championships (7):
1929, 1938, 1963, 1972, 2002, 2003, 2007
  • Individual National Champions (2):
1944 - Louis Lick
1998 - James McLean

Women's golf

  • Big Ten Team Championships (1):
1989

GymnasticsEdit

Men's gymnastics

  • Big Ten Team Championships (21):
1903, 1907, 1910, 1925, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995

Women's gymnastics

  • Big Ten Team Championships (5):
1988, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2006

Men's ice hockeyEdit

1929,[4] 1940,[5] 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
1953, 1954, 1970, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2012
1961, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007
  • NCAA Frozen Four Appearances (20):
1953, 1954, 1961, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012

Women's ice hockeyEdit

2000 (AWCHA), 2004, 2005, 2012
  • WCHA Regular Season Championships (6):
2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010
  • WCHA Tournament Championships (4):
2002, 2004, 2005, 2012
  • NCAA Frozen Four Appearances (8):
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012

Women's rowingEdit

  • Big Ten Championships (1):
2007

Women's soccerEdit

  • Big Ten Championships (3):
1995, 1997, 2008

SoftballEdit

  • Big Ten Regular Season Championships (3):
1986, 1988, 1991
  • Big Ten Tournament Championships (1):
1999

Spirit SquadsEdit

Dance Team

  • National Championships (7):
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012

SwimmingEdit

Men's swimming

  • Big Ten Team Championships (9):
1922, 1926, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007

Women's swimming

  • Big Ten Team Championships (4):
1999, 2000, 2008, 2012

Men's tennisEdit

  • Big Ten Team Championships (14):
1910, 1911, 1912, 1918, 1932, 1933, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

Men's trackEdit

Outdoor track and field

1948
  • Big Ten Team Championships (6):
1949, 1968, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2010

Indoor track and field

  • Big Ten Team Championships (4):
1998, 2009, 2010, 2011

Women's trackEdit

Outdoor track and field

  • Big Ten Team Championships (1):
2006

Indoor track and field

  • Big Ten Team Championships (2):
2007, 2008, 2009

VolleyballEdit

2002
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances (18):
1989, 1993, 1996–97, 1999, 2000–12
  • Sweet 16 Appearances (10):
1989, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009
  • Final Four Appearances (3):
2003, 2004, 2009

WrestlingEdit

2001, 2002, 2007
  • Big Ten Team Championships (13):
1910, 1912, 1913, 1941, 1957, 1959, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012

Notable non varsity sportsEdit

RugbyEdit

Minnesota rugby plays Division 1 college rugby in the Big Ten Universities conference against traditional Big 10 rivals such as Wisconsin and Iowa.[6] Minnesota qualified for the national playoffs in 2011, and finished the 2011 season ranked 7th in the nation.[7] Some of Minnesota's games have been well attended by fans, with the team drawing as many as 6,000 fans to watch the team play at TCF Bank Stadium.[8]

Notable athletes and coachesEdit

BaseballEdit

BasketballEdit

Men'sEdit

Women'sEdit

FootballEdit

PlayersEdit

CoachesEdit

GolfEdit

GymnasticsEdit

HockeyEdit

Men'sEdit

Women'sEdit

SoccerEdit

  • Mikki Denney Wright – Coach
  • Jennifer McElmury
  • Samuel Winter

SoftballEdit

  • Kim Niederluecke

Track and FieldEdit

Women'sEdit

  • Heather Dorniden
  • Alicia Rue

Men'sEdit

NCAA Champions IndoorEdit
NCAA Champions OutdoorEdit
  • Jack DeField 1942 (Pole Vault, 14–1)
  • Bob Fitch 1942 (Discus, 164–8½)
  • Jack DeField 1943 (Pole Vault, 14–1)
  • Fortune Gordien 1946 (Discus, 153–10¾)
  • Fortune Gordien 1947 (Discus, 173–3)
  • Fortune Gordien 1948 (Discus, 164–0¼)
  • Lloyd LaMois 1948 (Triple Jump, 45–10)
  • Garry Bjorklund 1971 (Six Mile, 27:43.1)
  • Adam Steele 2003 (400m, 44.57)

Current Roster of the Minnesota Gophers Track & Field team 2009–2010

WrestlingEdit

Athletic directorsEdit

Note: From 1974 to 2002, there were separate athletic departments for men and women's sports.
  • 1922–30 Fred Leuhring
  • 1930–32 Herbert O. (Fritz) Crisler
  • 1932–41 Frank G. McCormick
  • 1941–45 Lou Keller (acting)
  • 1945–50 Frank G. McCormick
  • 1950–63 Ike J. Armstrong
  • 1963–71 Marshall J. Ryman
  • 1971–88 Paul Giel (men's)
  • 1974–76 Belmar Gunderson (women's)
  • 1976–81 Vivian M. Barfield (women's)
  • 1981–82 M. Catherine Mathison (women's interim)
  • 1982–88 Merrily Dean Baker (women's)
  • 1988–89 Holger Christiansen (men's interim)
  • 1988–2002 Chris Voelz (women's)
  • 1989–91 Rick Bay (men's)
  • 1991–92 Dan Meinert (men's interim)
  • 1992–95 McKinley Boston (men's)
  • 1995–99 Mark Dienhart (men's)
  • 1999–2002 Tom Moe (men's)
  • 2002–2012 Joel Maturi
  • 2012–present Norwood Teague

FacilitiesEdit

Current facilitiesEdit

Former facilitiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Minnesota State Symbols". Minnesota State Legislature. 2006-12-05. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/Unsym.asp#animal. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  2. "2006–07 Big Ten Conference Records Book". Big Ten Conference. 2006. http://bigten.cstv.com/trads/big10-recordbook.html. Retrieved 2007-02-11.
  3. "University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Public Infractions Report". National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2000-10-24. http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/!ut/p/kcxml/04_Sj9SPykssy0xPLMnMz0vM0Y_QjzKLN4j3NQDJgFjGpvqRqCKO6AI-YXARX4_83FR9b_0A_YLc0NCIckdFAEuT364!/delta/base64xml/L3dJdyEvUUd3QndNQSEvNElVRS82XzBfTFU!?CONTENT_URL=http://www.ncaa.org/releases/infractions/2000/2000102401in.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-11.
  4. "Gopher Hockey History 1928–1929". Gopher Hockey History. http://www.gopherhockeyhistory.com/history/schedules/20s/20sSchedule.asp?season=1928-1929. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  5. "Gopher Hockey History 1939–1940". Gopher Hockey History. http://www.gopherhockeyhistory.com/history/schedules/30s/30sSchedule.asp?season=1939-1940. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  6. USA Rugby, College Conferences, http://www.usarugby.org/#cc%3D%5BApplication%5D%5C%5CStructure%5C%5CContent%5C%5CBrand%20Resource%20Center%5C%5CContent%5C%5CHome%5C%5C21D9415F-129C-3D1E-45B7-71078B463B81%5C%5C23181D59-131F-BE4F-E441-2B48F8B651A9%7B%7BTab%3AView%7D%7D
  7. Rugby Mag, Final Men's D1 College Top 25, May 17, 2011, http://www.rugbymag.com/men-di-college/870-final-mens-di-college-top-25-20102011.html
  8. Rugby Mag, Badgers Ruin Gophers' Party, October 8, 2011, http://www.rugbymag.com/men's-di-college/2262-badgers-ruin-gophers-party.html
  9. "College Football Hall of Fame". College Football Hall of Fame. http://www.collegefootball.org/famer_selected.php?id=30. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  10. https://admin.xosn.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=746265

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