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Today Maryland athletics takes an in-depth look at the University of Minnesota.
#ThinkB1G In-Foe-Graphic Series: Minnesota
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/13/2014

In conjunction with Maryland's historic move to the Big Ten Conference on July 1, Maryland athletics will be taking an in-depth look at its future Big Ten foes. Today we continue the series by profiling the University of Minnesota.

June 2: Illinois; June 4: Indiana; June 6: Iowa; June 9: Michigan; June 11: Michigan State; June 13: Minnesota; June 16: Nebraska; June 18: Northwestern; June 20: Ohio State; June 23: Penn State; June 25: Purdue; June 27: Rutgers; June 30: Wisconsin


About Minnesota

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Founded: 1851

Enrollment: 52,557

President: Eric Kaler

Athletic Director: Norwood Teague


Minnesota Athletics

School Colors: Maroon and Gold

Nickname: Golden Gophers

Joined Big Ten Conference: 1896

Football Stadium (capacity): TCF Bank Stadium (50,805)

Basketball Arena (capacity): Williams Arena (14,625)

Varsity Teams: 25

Most Successful Sport: Football/men's ice hockey - 7 national titles each

First B1G event at Maryland: November 19, 2014 - Volleyball


History

Basketball

• All-time basketball record: 1507-1199 (.557)

• Conference Championships: 8

• Head Coach: Richard Pitino

Football

• All-time football record: 659-492-41 (.570)

• Conference/National Championships: 18/7

• Head Coach: Jerry Kill


Notable Former Athletes

Basketball: Kevin McHale, Mychal Thompson, Kris Humphries, Joel Przybilla

Football: Lou Holtz (coach), Tony Dungy, Charlie Sanders, Carl Eller


Notable Alumni

Walter Mondale: former U.S. Vice President

Hubert Humphrey: former U.S. Vice President

Bob Dylan: musician

Henry Fonda: actor


Fun Fact: "Ski-U-Mah"

This famous Minnesota phrase, pronounced SKY-YOU-MAH, is more than 115 years old. In 1884, two Minnesota rugby players, John W. Adams and Win Sargent, tried to think of a fitting team yell.

They used the word "Ski," a Sioux battle cry meaning victory, and combined it with "U-Mah" (representing the University of Minnesota and rhyming with "rah-rah-rah") to create a team cheer. The phrase stuck and was incorporated into both official school songs, "Hail Minnesota" and more commonly in the "Minnesota Rouser."




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