Latest Minnesota Golden Gophers football News

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck points at the screen as he yells at line judge Jim Slayton during the second half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Minnesota sets nonconference football schedule for 6 seasons

Jan. 17, 2020 12:55 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota comppleted its nonconference football schedules for the next six seasons Friday, securing home games against Rhode Island and Nevada in 2024 and with Buffalo in 2025. The Gophers host Florida Atlantic, Tennessee Tech and BYU in 2020. They play Miami of Ohio and Bowling Green at...

Top Minnesota teacher takes knee at LSU-Clemson game

Jan. 16, 2020 8:25 PM EST

A former Minnesota Teacher of the Year staged a protest at the College Football Playoff championship attended by President Donald Trump by taking a knee during the national anthem. Kelly Holstine was among top teachers from around the country attending Monday night's game at the Superdome in New Orleans in which...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo. Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. (11) gestures during an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, in Minneapolis. Winfield was selected to The Associated Press All-America team, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs, File)

Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. declares for NFL draft

Jan. 8, 2020 3:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. declared for the NFL draft Wednesday, skipping his final two years of eligibility after earning consensus All-American honors and tying the single-season program record with seven interceptions. Winfield posted the announcement on his Instagram...

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, right, hugs wide receiver Tyler Johnson after Minnesota defeated Auburn during the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Minnesota hires Mike Sanford Jr. as co-offensive coordinator

Jan. 3, 2020 3:45 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck hired Mike Sanford Jr. and promoted Matt Simon to fill his offensive coordinator vacancy Friday. Sanford, who will also serve as quarterbacks coach, held the dual role at Utah State in 2019. He was the head coach for Western Kentucky for two seasons prior to...

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith (1) runs past Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Johnson lifts No. 16 Minnesota over No. 9 Auburn in Outback

Jan. 1, 2020 7:04 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the clock winding down on a dominating performance in the Outback Bowl, Minnesota fans broke into a chant of “Row The Boat, Row The Boat, Row The Boat." The never-give-up mantra coach P.J. Fleck used to help change the culture of Golden Gophers football continues to inspire a...

Minnesota, Auburn meet for 1st time in Outback Bowl

Dec. 31, 2019 4:32 PM EST

Outback Bowl: No. 16 Minnesota (10-2, 7-2 Big 10) vs. No. 9 Auburn (9-3, 5-3 SEC), Wednesday, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: Auburn by 7. Series Record: First meeting. WHAT’S AT STAKE The last time Minnesota finished the season in the AP Top 25 was 2003, when it beat Oregon in the Sun Bowl and wound up No. 20 in...

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck right, celebrates with wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) after catching a touchdown pass during the second half of an NCAA football game against Northwestern Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Minnesota won 38-22. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Minnesota tests progress against Auburn in Outback Bowl

Dec. 31, 2019 4:32 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — P.J. Fleck and No. 16 Minnesota relish the challenge of facing ninth-ranked Auburn in the Outback Bowl. The 39-year-old architect of one of the biggest turnarounds in college football has the Golden Gophers (10-2) in a New Year’s Day game for just the second time since Minnesota...

Penn State football coach James Franklin voices his frustration with critics during an NCAA college football press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions lost to Minnesota 31-26 last Saturday. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)

Penn State hires OC Kirk Ciarrocca away from Minnesota

Dec. 26, 2019 9:20 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Penn State has hired Kirk Ciarrocca as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, after he held the same role for Big Ten foe Minnesota for the past three seasons. Ciarrocca replaces Ricky Rahne, who was named head coach at OId Dominion earlier this month. Penn State head coach...

Iowa carries off the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy off the field while surrounded by fans after defeating Minnesota in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa.(AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Friday night for Floyd: Big Ten moves Iowa-Minnesota game up

Dec. 20, 2019 12:41 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The next edition of the Iowa-Minnesota rivalry will be staged on a Friday night. Minnesota announced Friday that the Big Ten has moved the 2020 game at TCF Bank Stadium up by one day, from Sept. 20 to Sept. 19. Iowa won at Kinnick Stadium this year, 23-19, maintaining possession of the...

Comeback player finalists: Luton, Winfield Jr., Paschal

Dec. 16, 2019 1:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton, Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr., and Kentucky linebacker Josh Paschal are among the major college football finalists for the Comeback Player of the Year award. The other finalists in FBS are Georgia Southern offensive lineman Drew Wilson...