Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers
School: University of Minnesota
Division: Big Ten West
National Titles: 7
Conference Titles: 18
Head Coach: P. J. Fleck
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a legacy football team that has been around since 1882, making it one of the oldest teams in college football. Although they've had their ups and downs, the Gophers consistently win more often than they lose. The Gophers' current head coach, P. J. Fleck, is known for slightly unconventional practice sessions and a player-focused mentality. After the Gophers thoroughly trounced the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl, fans are filled with the optimistic hope that Fleck will lead the team into a new golden era as did previously successful coaches Henry L. Williams and Bernie Bierman. The Minnesota Golden Gophers' colors are maroon and yellow, and their mascot is Goldy the Gopher. The Gophers are responsible for current NFL players like Eric Murray, Damien Wilson and Blake Cashman. The Gophers are at the start of something new — buy tickets at StubHub and see for yourself!
The Minnesota Golden Gophers play at Huntington Bank Stadium, located on the University of Minnesota campus. Huntington Bank Stadium opened its doors in 2009 and can seat 50,805 fans. Want to be one of them? Then snag your Golden Gophers tickets at StubHub today!
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have five ongoing rivalries. Their rivalry with the Wisconsin Badgers is the most played in Division I; the teams have met over 128 times. The trophy for the Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry is Paul Bunyan's Axe. Minnesota also holds heated yet friendly rivalries with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Michigan Wolverines and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Since their first season in 1882, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have won nine national championships, seven of which have been officially claimed. The first three of these championships took place in the early 1900s under the leadership of coach Henry L. Williams. Five championships were won by coach Bernie Bierman between 1934 and 1941. In 1960, coach Murray Warmath also brought home a consensus national championship.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have produced a wide list of players who have made it into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Notable names include Charlie Sanders, Leo Nomellini, Carl Eller and Bobby Bell.
As of 2019, the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers is P. J. Fleck. Fleck has been with the Gophers since 2017; before then, he coached for the Western Michigan Broncos. He brought the Western Michigan Broncos to place first in their conference in 2015 and 2016. Fleck is known for a modern and player-focused coaching method. His practice sessions are shorter but more intensive than the traditional norm. The Gophers have gone up in their division as Fleck spends more time with them, and the team won the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl by a landslide.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are an optimistic team with a long legacy of success. Their coach is patient but tactical, and he's perfectly willing to try something new. This results in exciting, edge-of-your-seat games with close scores and surprising endings. The Gophers are known for remaining friendly with their rivals and generally maintaining a great rapport with their fans.
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