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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

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner completed 3-of-12 passes for 38 yards in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Leidner drew low-grade draft talk prior to the 2016 season, but he put the absolute wrong foot forward in his first step of the process on Saturday, averaging a pitiful 3.2 YPA and misfiring repeatedly on his pass attempts. The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder held a career 36/32 TD/INT ratio at Minnesota. Maybe a team takes a late flier on the gunslinger in the draft, but that's about the best he can hope for.
Jan 22 - 12:33 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 S Kendarian Handy-Holly.

Handy-Holly had been wooed by the Gophers while Tracy Claeys was working as head coach this past season. Minnesota's interest did not waver in the transition from Claeys to P.J. Fleck, though, leading to the 6-foot-2, 201-pounder's ultimate commitment. As for his on-the-field potential, Scout.com notes that Handy-Holly "flashes good physicality at the back end and can be a force upon contact but he needs to polish up his backpedaling and breaking on the ball before he begins the college game."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 22 - 12:24 PM

Minnesota received an oral commitment from 2017 three-star QB/ATH Reyondous Estes.

P.J. Fleck flips another former Western Michigan recruit. Though, in this case, the 6-foot, 160-pound Estes flipped his original Fleck-oriented WMU commitment to Missouri on Aug. 10. Now, Estes and Fleck have been reunited in the great white north. Estes also had an offer from Illinois.
Jan 19 - 2:35 PM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reports that Minnesota has hired Northern Iowa DL coach Bryce Paup to serve in the same capacity.

Paup has served as defensive line coach on Northern Illinois' sideline for each of the past four seasons. He had himself some legitimate time in the NFL sun back in the mid-90's, making the Pro Bowl four times as a linebacker (he played his college ball at Northern Iowa) and earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1995.
Jan 13 - 4:54 PM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel is reporting that Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will be hired as Minnesota's OL coach.

Earlier on Tuesday, Football Scoop reported that Warinner's move to Minnesota to join HC P.J. Fleck's staff was "not expected to come together," but multiple outlets are now reporting that he will be leaving Columbus for the Twin Cities. In a text message to Eleven Warriors, Warinner said, "It was time to try a new challenge." Warinner initially joined Ohio State's staff in 2012. At the time, he was working as OL coach and co-offensive coordinator. He took over as offensive coordinator after Tom Herman left for Houston in the 2014 offseason. Given his experience in the Big Ten, this is a strong hire for new Gophers HC P.J. Fleck. As for the Ohio State side of things, former Indiana HC Kevin Wilson has been tabbed as offensive coordinator.
Jan 10 - 4:27 PM

Football Scoop reports that it is unlikely that Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will join P.J. Fleck's staff at Minnesota.

Football Scoop had been hearing rumblings on Monday that Warinner could be heading over to Minnesota, but on Tuesday relayed that "the move is not expected to come together." This is a good beat for the Buckeyes, as they had already lost QB coach Tim Beck to Texas. Former Indiana HC Kevin Wilson has been reportedly drawn in as new Ohio State offensive coordinator, though that move has not yet been made official.
Jan 10 - 1:51 PM

Minnesota hired Arkansas DC Robb Smith as defensive coordinator.

Smith may have been on the outs with Arkansas following a down season on defense. He was previously mentioned as a DC candidate at Wake Forest but instead joins new Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck's first staff. Smith was previously defensive coordinator at Rutgers and Maine. Fleck hopes to have hire staff hirings done by Thursday.
Source: ESPN
Jan 9 - 3:07 PM


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