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
• Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Founded: 1851
• Enrollment: 52,557
• President: Eric Kaler
• Athletic Director: Norwood Teague
• 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
• All-time basketball record: 1507-1199 (.557)
• Conference Championships: 8
• Head Coach: Richard Pitino
• 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
• 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."