Entries tagged with “Gophers” from Kathryn Elliott's News Blog

Gophers on trial

      The day before Thanksgiving, Gopher basketball freshman Royce White will go to court on charges of shoplifting and fifth-degree assault, the Pioneer Press said.

      The incident occurred on Oct. 13 in a Mall of America parking lot, where White was arrested by Bloomington police, The Star Tribune said.

      White joins teammate Trevor Mbakwe on the sidelines. Mbakwe may redshirt for the rest of the season due to repeatedly delayed trial dates for a felony assault charge, The Star Tribune said.

      To complicate matters, White has been identified as a potential suspect in a computer theft at Territorial Hall, although he has not been charged nor arrested, the Pioneer Press said.  Both his lawyer and the police are investigating tapes showing his entry and exit from the residence hall.

      White's attorney, F. Clayton Tyler, says he wants to resolve his client's legal issues quickly. Tyler told the Pioneer Press, "Being away from the sport that he loves is difficult."

Gopher football players brawl in Dinkytown

     Police responded to calls that 15-20 men, including members of the football team, were fighting by the McDonald's near Fourth Street and 15th Avenue SE, according to a police report.
     Gary Tinsley, a Gopher linebacker, was cited for underage drinking and fleeing police late Saturday night during the rowdy conflict, the Minnesota Daily said.
     Police dispersed the crowd by firing a chemical irritant, kare11 said.
     A University spokesperson would not comment on the case but called it an "internal matter," The Star Tribune said.
     The Gopher athletic director, Joel Maturi, has warned players about the need to guard reputations.
     "It's disappointing when people conduct themselves in a manner inconsistent with that," Maturi said.
     The Daily's article about this uses one source: the police report. It repeatedly presents information then cites the report. The difference between a school paper, however well staffed, and a major daily like The Star Tribune becomes apparent here.
     The Strib was able to get comments from Maturi, the athletic director, and Tim Brewster, the head coach.





U of M plans to improve next game day at TCF Stadium

     In response to complaints regarding the new stadium, the U of M is making changes intended to improve the experience for fans at the Saturday match.
     The Star Tribune reported that the university is increasing concession staff, reworking the shuttle system and opening doors a half-hour earlier for round two.
     Joel Maturi, the U of M athletic director, told KARE 11, "The things that we did went extremely well. But we had some challenges, and I think we learned from it." Such challenges from the first game included massive traffic jams, backups at the food vendors, difficulty hearing in the stadium and unsolicited noise in surrounding areas.
    The Gophers will be playing the California Golden Bears on Saturday at 11a.m.. To view a media tour of the TCF Stadium, hosted by head coach Tim Brewster, click here.  

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