P.J. Fleck Values Will Be Perfect for Minnesota Football Program

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In 2016, P.J. Fleck went 2-1 against the B1G (wins at Northwestern, Illinois before a loss to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl). In 2017, as the new leader of the Minnesota football program, he’ll have the chance to see if he can maintain, or even improve that 67% winning percentage in the league.

According to official statements issued by both schools, Fleck now leaves his post at Western Michigan to become the next Head Minnesota football coach. From an entertainment value stand point, this is an upgrade so tremendous that it’s difficult to put into words.

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B1G Basketball Power Rankings: Every Team as a Past or Present Presidential Candidate

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It’s November 8th B1G basketball fans! Huzzah, if you’re reading this it means that we actually made it through the strangest, ugliest and most low brow election cycle in the history of our glorious democracy. Election Day fell on the latest possible day that it possibly could, and that’s unfortunate, given how one poll showed that 13% of respondents preferred a meteor hitting the Earth to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

Hey, it’s all over tomorrow and then we can all move on to other past times like college hoops, which tips off its season on Friday.

Viva la Revolucion!

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All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns


Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2006 and their most recent title came in 1997.

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings


Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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Rutgers vs Minnesota Basketball: this game COULD KILL YOU!


WARNING: Use of this product could result in severe damage to your health. Serious and sometimes fatal incidents have been known to occur. Rutgers (6-21, 0-14 in Big Ten play) versus Minnesota basketball (7-19, 1-13) is about as horrid as the game that began with a peach basket can get. It’s a contest of teams that have combined to go 13-40 overall, 1-25 in Big Ten play.

The general awfulness here is truly off the charts. If you watch the Rutgers at Minnesota basketball game tomorrow night the television could actually kill you.

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Gophers Coach Jerry Kill resigns, effective immediately


Minnesota Head Football Coach Jerry Kill, who has dealt with severely epilepsy for a decade, resigned today, effective immediately. Jerry Kill attended practice yesterday after suffering two seizures and has had additional seizures during the past year.

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Gophers football game preview (week 5 at #16 Northwestern)



Minnesota Golden Gophers football will be a part of the Big Ten West race. Everybody’s favorite to win the West, Wisconsin, will be without their best and most important player, Corey Clement for awhile. The Badgers will be just fine, as we’ve seen, Taiwan Deal will the fill the void nicely.

However, the west just isn’t going to be handed over to Wisconsin.  Nebraska, the team everyone picked to finish second in the division, has even bigger issues. The Mike Riley regime is off to a rough start, and it’s hard to picture the Huskers finishing higher than third or fourth in the West Division right now.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Richard Pitino has Gophers recruiting, program moving in the right direction


Richard Pitino has brought some legitimacy and relevancy to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He led the Gophers to a school record 25 wins last year* (The 1997 Final Four, #1 seed season was vacated) Richie Pitino’s first recruiting class with a full recruiting cycle yielded a very stellar class. Here are the Golden Gophers 2015 commits (National rank):

PG Kevin Dorsey (No. 86)
SG Dupree McBrayer (No. 135)
PG Jarvis Johnson (NR 3-star)
PF Jonathan Nwankwo (NR 3-star)

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (10/30/14)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. [Read more…]