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MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS

Darius Taylor and Drew Viotta will be joining the team for 2023.
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The NCAA said this week conferences can now select the two teams for their championship game in any way they see fit
Minnesota (26-25), the No. 3 seed in the four-team regional, faces a must-win game in the double-elimination event Saturday afternoon
In head coach P.J. Fleck’s six recruiting classes since taking over the program in 2017, the U has signed an average of 3.6 scholarship players from Minnesota, ranging from a high of five in 2017 to a low of two in 2021

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The Gophers have put 22 in-state high school football players on scholarship since head coach P.J. Fleck’s tenure started in 2017
Otomewo, selected with the No. 165 overall pick, got a four-year, $3.97 million contract with a signing bonus of $309,048 and will count $782,262 on the 2022 cap
The NCAA now allows student-athletes one opportunity to transfer schools and not be forced to sit out a season. The 6-foot-11 Garcia used that when he went from Marquette to North Carolina between the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
The NCAA set Sunday as the deadline for players to leave their current school and still maintain eligibility at their new destination next season
With Daniel Faalele being picked in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, Minnesota’s 16-year lull without having an offensive lineman selected has come to an end
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Otomewo became the first Golden Gophers player drafted by the Vikings since they took linebacker Nate Triplett in the fifth round in 2010

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Playing at Xcel Energy Center for the first time since he was a Delano high schooler five years ago, Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Ben Meyers had his own cheering section of former Gophers teammates in his return to Minnesota.
“It was euphoric,” Mafe told local media members. “My phone was sitting on the table and then all of sudden, I got a call."
“We are disappointed to move the game indoors,” head coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement.

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