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Minnesota graduate DE Gaelin Elmore will transfer.

Elmore, a six-game starter for the Gophers in 2016, will be eligible to play immediately for another FBS program in 2017. The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder was a consensus three-star recruit in Minnesota's 2014 recruiting class. This past season, he recorded 16 tackles (4.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks and three fumbles recovered.
Mar 23 - 6:07 PM

Minnesota has reinstated five players who had been indefinitely suspended for their roles in an alleged September sexual assault.

The five who have been reinstated are QB Mark Williams, S Antonine Winfield Jr., RB Kobe McCrary, CB Antonio Shenault and QB Seth Green. They will be eligible to participate in spring practice. Two other players had their punishments upheld in CB KiAnte Harden (expulsion) and RB Carlton Djam (one-year suspension). The three remaining players in this case -- all of whom had been recommended for expulsion -- have transferred.
Source: wday.com
Mar 21 - 7:18 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Minnesota T Jonah Pirsig was "the only offensive lineman on the field and looked solid" [during the program's Monday pro day].

Among his testing results, Pirsig posted 21 reps on the bench press and notched a vertical jump of 27 inches. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder also ran the 40-yard dash, slogging through in 5.36 seconds while recording a 10-yard split of 1.78 seconds. Pirsig started 10 games for the Gophers last season, missing three due to injury. Pauline views him as a likely undrafted free agent.
Mar 15 - 6:44 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Minnesota S Damarius Travis helped his stock via a 40-yard dash of 4.58 seconds during Monday's pro day.

Pauline notes that "speed was a concern" with Travis. While he didn't exactly turn into John Ross on Monday, the Minnesota product at least reassured scouts that he wasn't a complete plodder in running the 40 in 4.58 seconds. The cornerbacks coaches of a pair of NFC North teams -- the Lions and Packers -- were on hand to watch Travis' workout. In late September, Pauline forwarded the opinion that Travis "could be a steal" on Day 3.
Mar 14 - 6:46 PM

Minnesota senior OL Connor Mayes will transfer.

Mayes took to Twitter to thank Jerry Kill for initially bringing him in on scholarship. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder received four-star billing from ESPN during the 2014 cycle. He would go on to play eight games during his freshman campaign and has seen playing time in all 26 of Minnesota's games over the last two seasons. During the past season, he started six games at guard. Minnesota's line depth has thinned since the arrival of HC P.J. Fleck, with C Tyler Moore also transferring earlier this offseason. Moore is taking his talents to Oklahoma State.
Mar 11 - 12:18 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press are both reporting that Minnesota will self-report what it deems a "minor" violation involving contact between HC P.J. Fleck and his former players.

Specifically, the player in question here appears to be Western Michigan LB Robert Spillane. Spillane, one of Western Michigan's best defenders, announced recently that he was transferring. Almost immediately, it was rumored that he was leaving Kalamazoo to join his former coach Fleck with the Gophers. NCAA rules prohibit any type of contact -- even trivial contact -- between a coach and a student-athlete on scholarship at another school. "From my understanding, even if a coach sends a former student-athlete a text that even says ‘happy birthday,’ that’s a violation," athletics director Mark Coyle said. Coyle spoke with Broncos athletics director Kathy Beauregard "and reassured her we are not recruiting students from Western Michigan."
Mar 8 - 5:27 PM

Minnesota CB Jalen Myrick ran a 4.29 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

That's tops among defensive backs at the event, and No. 2 to only John Ross' record-breaking run in the entire field. Myrick made some history himself, breaking the Big 10 record for fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. "Didn't have a great year this year, but I really liked him last year," wrote Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz. "Returns kicks too."
Mar 6 - 2:54 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 QB Brennan Armstrong.

"Physically, he is tough as nails, evidenced by his running ability and his play at safety. He has good arm strength, but great field awareness and pocket presence," writes Scout.com's Bill Greene, who calls the 6-foot-1, 184-pound Armstrong "a great pickup" for HC P.J. Fleck. Greene offers a pair of lofty comparisons for Armstrong, noting that his game is reminiscent of that of former Boise State gunslinger Kellen Moore and current NFL all-timer Drew Brees.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 19 - 2:36 PM

Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck's agent Bryan Harlan reached an agreement with Western Michigan to transfer rights to the phrase "Row The Boat."

The trademark will be transferred to Harlan's company, Harlan Sports. Harlan and Fleck will allow Minnesota to use it as they wish, including on merchandise, as long as Fleck is employed at the school. In return, Fleck will give Western Michigan at least $50,000 through five payments to endow a football scholarship.
Source: ESPN
Feb 15 - 1:53 PM

Minnesota HC P.J. Fleck received a five-year, $18 million contract.

The Gophers hired Fleck in January, with the contract details being released on Thursday. He is set to make $3.5 million for the 2017 season and will receive escalating bumps of $50,000 in the years that follow. Should Fleck be let go without cause after one year, the university would owe him $9 million. His buyout will drop to $3 million after three seasons and $1.5 million after four.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 4:40 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Minnesota senior DT Steven Richardson as the No. 4 returning player in the Big 10.

Richardson was named All-Big Ten Third Team by both the coaches and media this past season. He added Academic All-Big Ten honors. On the field, Richardson broke out with 31 tackles, a team-leading 11 TFL and seven sacks. He also broke up a pass, forced two fumbles and recovered two more. Per PFF, Richardson also posted a superb run defense grade of 84.9.
Feb 10 - 12:22 PM

An attorney representing several Minnesota football players is considering bringing a federal lawsuit against the school.

Ryan Pacyga, who now represents all 10 players cited in a sexual assault case, says there was "a lack of due process during a Title IX investigation into allegations of sexual assault." A university panel on Friday upheld punishments for five players (expulsions for Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson, KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford and a one-year suspension for Mark Williams), dismissed the punishments of four (one-year suspensions for Winfield, Seth Green and Kobe McCrary, and probation for Antonio Shenault) and reduced the punishment of one more (dropping an expulsion to a one-year suspension for Carlton Djam). Authorities declined to press charges into the case, which involved a September allegation by a woman that she had been pressured to have sex with multiple players. "I think the process needs to be overhauled," Pacyga said.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 3:23 PM

A university panel upheld the expulsion of S Dior Johnson, CB KiAnte Hardin, CB Ray Buford and DE Tamarion Johnson.

The Associated Press reported that the panel recommended clearing four players of involvement in the alleged sexual assault: quarterback Seth Green, running back Kobe McCrary, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and cornerback Antonio Shenault. Meanwhile, a one-year suspension for Mark Williams was upheld, while RB Carlton Djam's punishment was reduced from expulsion to a one-year suspension. The ten players were previously indefinitely suspended, causing most of the team to boycott practices leading up to the Holiday Bowl.
Feb 6 - 1:10 PM

Four of the 10 suspended Minnesota football players who had their cases heard by a university panel have seen their charges dismissed.

Late last week, the 10 Gopher football players who had been suspended for their alleged roles in a September sexual assault case presented their cases to a university panel. The panel has recommended that the punishments for four players -- QB Seth Green, RB Kobe McCrary, CB Antonio Shenault and S Antoine Winfield Jr. -- be dismissed. Per KSTP (a television station in the Twin Cities), one other player (RB Carlton Djam) saw his punishment reduced from potential expulsion to a one-year suspension. Of the remaining five players not listed above, four (CB Ray Buford Jr., CB KiAnte Hardin, S Dior Johnson and DE Tamarion Johnson) had their expulsions upheld, while QB Mark Williams saw a one-year suspension upheld.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 1:08 PM

The 10 Minnesota players suspended in relation to an alleged sexual assault had their case heard by a university panel on Friday.

This case gained much publicity after Minnesota players threatened to boycott the Holiday Bowl unless their suspended teammates were reinstated. That boycott was not ultimately carried out. HC Tracy Claeys' initial support for his players' action led to his firing (with Claeys being replaced by WMU's P.J. Fleck). With Friday's hearing now in the books -- the university had its opportunity to make its case on Thursday -- the three-person panel will have a week to render a final judgement. As matters currently stand, all 10 of the suspended players remain enrolled at the university.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 28 - 2:25 PM


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