Maxx Meets Media At NFL Combine

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Minnesota's Maxx Williams - along with David Cobb and Damien Wilson - are at the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis. Williams, who is scheduled to meet with 21 teams at the combine, was the first of the Gophers' trio to meet with the media as he was at the podium on Wednesday.

Here are a few clips from his media session.
VIDEO: Maxx at the podium (Vikings.com)
Following in his father's footsteps (Pioneer Press)
Consensus top tight end in the draft (SB Nation)
Williams no stranger to the NFL (Seahawks.com)
Maxx living in the moment (Kansas City Star)
Packers looking at Williams? (PackersNews.com)
What about the Patriots? (NESN.com)

Alyssa Goehner's Japanese Phrase of the Day

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As the Gophers prepare for their upcoming trip to Japan (March 14-22) the team, coaches and staff are brushing up on their Japanese. This week's edition is freshman outside hitter Alyssa Goehner. Check it out!


Unlimited Events 2015

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The M.A.G.I.C. program (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) and the Unlimited Dance Marathon are continuing its fundraising efforts for the the March 28 event.

This year's event, held March 28 from 12 p.m.-12 a.m., in the Sports Pavilion, will look to make just as big of an impact as it did in 2014. All donations and proceeds go directly towards the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Haven't heard of the Unlimited Dance Marathon? It's a year-long fundraising effort culminating in a 12-hour Dance Marathon. No sleeping, no sitting, just dancing. We also raise emotional, financial support and awareness for children and their families treated at the Masonic Children's Hospital. Not a dancer? Not a problem, attendees can sign up for prizes, play games and listen to music.

As Gopher fans, you can help the cause. Click HERE to make an online donation or visit some of our upcoming events to for monetary donations as our student-athletes will continue the fundraising efforts.

Upcoming Unlimited Fundraising Events (all donations go towards U of M Masonic Children's Hospital)
Women's Basketball, Feb. 21 vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.
Women's Gym, Feb. 22 hosting Best of Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Men's Hockey, Feb. 27, vs Michigan State, 8 p.m.
Men's Gymnastics, March 7, vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.

Gopher Hockey Seniors Setting the Tone

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - In the midst of a six-game unbeaten streak and tied for first in the Big Ten for the first time this season, Gopher Hockey's senior class has come on strong as Minnesota looks to defend its inaugural Big Ten regular-season title.

Since starting the six-game unbeaten streak on Jan. 30, no class in college hockey has totaled more goals than Minnesota's seniors with 16 as the group has scored more than half of the team's 29 goals during the stretch.

"Our seniors are playing great hockey right now," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. "That's what you have to have this time of year during the stretch run. Your seniors have to lead, and they are playing their best hockey right now."

All six seniors have recorded points over the unbeaten streak with the class totaling 37 points during the run including the top three scorers on the team in Boyd (4-6--10), Ambroz (6-3--9)and Rau (5-3--8). Meanwhile, Sam Warning isn't far behind with six assists over the span while Ben Marshall and Christian Isackson have both tallied two points each.

The Gopher Hockey senior class has helped Minnesota to a program-record three-straight regular-season conference titles and two trips to the NCAA Frozen Four in their three years with the squad. The quest for a fourth-straight conference crown continues this weekend at Penn State.

-Pride On Ice-

Wilhite's Japanese Phrase of the Day

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As the Gopher Volleyball program prepares for its March trip to Japan, members of the team are brushing up on their Japanese. This week's edition is outside hitter, Sarah Wilhite.

Kon Nichiwa!


McCutcheon On FIVB Commission

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University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon is not only busy with the Gopher program, but continues to make his mark on the international game as well.

McCutcheon traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland, serving his third year of a four-year term on the FIVB Coaching Commission. As a part of their annual meetings, FIVB gathers together 11 groups, which was held the first week of February. (McCutcheon featured in the left back row).

As the secretary of the coaching commission, McCutcheon is the only United States coach represented on 13-person panel. Nominated by USA Volleyball and NORECA, McCutcheon represents USA Volleyball, while other individuals and zones travel yearly from Russia, Brazil, Poland, Japan and France, to name a few. The coaching commission discusses modifications and improvements to the international game.

McCutcheon came to Minnesota after an illustrious 11-year career with USA Volleyball as he earned two medals with the United States Men's and Women's Olympic teams. McCutcheon mentored the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to a 106-39 record in his four years after leading the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team program to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal. Counting his 107-33 record leading the U.S. Men's program from 2005 to 2008, McCutcheon held a combined record of 213-72 with USA Volleyball.

Gopher volleyball will report for the spring season in March as they prepare for an invited trip to Japan, March 14-22. The Gophers are set to compete against Japan's University Games roster and train in Japan's National Training Center. The Gopher program is the only United States team in any sport to train at this facility. 

Boyd's Hat Trick Makes NCAA's Top Plays

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- Travis Boyd's Tuesday just keeps getting better and better. 

The Gopher Hockey senior forward started the day by being named the Big Ten First Star of the Week and the NCAA's Third Star of the Week, and now his first career hat trick has been named the NCAA's No. 4 Play of the Week. 

The Hopkins, Minn., native leads the NCAA in shooting percentage at .325, and it's easy to see why when he scored three goals on three shots in Saturday's 6-2 win over Ohio State. 

Check out the performance here.

Gopher Volleyball Sends Nine to USA Tryouts

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USA Volleyball Tryout Homepage

The University of Minnesota will be well represented as nine student-athletes head to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete at the USA Women's National Team Open Tryout, Feb. 20-22. Held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC), the Gopher contingent consists of Maddie Beal, Alyssa Goehner, Erica Handley, Molly Lohman, Katie Schau, Samantha Seliger Swenson, Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp, and Sarah Wilhite.

The tryouts begin on Friday, Feb. 20 until 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 22. The process will be used primarily to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Athletes not invited to participate with the National Team may be invited to attend a second tryout as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams).

USA Volleyball will have one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, June 28-July 14,

The second option for the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is a 12-team, two-coach group that will travel to China for a series of training sessions and matches, June 12-26. The third option is training and participation at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in New Orleans. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning on June 21-30, followed by the competition portion June 26-29. U.S. Collegiate National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is like in college.

Good luck to all Gopher participants!

 

Gopher Men's Hockey Aides St. Paul Police and Sanneh Foundation

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ABOUT THE SANNEH FOUNDATION

As the Gopher men's hockey team prepared for this upcoming weekend's battle with Ohio State, two members of the program took time to help the Sanneh Foundation and a group of the St. Paul Police Officers and their Police Activity League.

Seth Ambroz and Christian Isackson, along with six members of the St. Paul police held a skating and skills clinic at the Battle Creek Recreation Center. Wednesday's Under 12 free clinic kicked off the first of four upcoming events. The purpose of the clinics: to get more kids involved in the sport and outdoor recreation.

Recently KMSP-TV caught up with the group, check out their full feature here.



KMSP-TV

Gopher Softball Opening Day Roundup

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The 2015 Minnesota softball season is close to getting underway! The Gophers take on No. 11/13 Washington at 3:30 p.m. CT today in the Sportco Kick Off Classic in Las Vegas. Here is some reading material to get you ready for the season:

All the info you need on the Sportco Kick Off Classic (GopherSports.com)

Jessica Allister's first recruiting class is entering its senior year (GopherSports.com)

The Gophers enter 2015 with high expectations (Minnesota Daily)

Taylor LeMay checks in before the season (Gopher Sports Update)

What to look for from a conference perspective (BigTen.org)

Every player has her own story (GopherSports.com)

"We know what it takes to perform at the highest level" (Minnesota Fastpitch News)

Quick Update from the Strib (Star Tribune)

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