Gopher FB,HKY,BB News 04 Sep 13

 Golden Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood is out of a walking boot and feeling better.  The junior tailback suffered an ankle injury in last Thursday’s season-opening Minnesota win over UNLV, 51-23.  Head coach Jerry Kill says Kirkwood is working hard to try to be ready for this Saturday night’s game at New Mexico State.  If Kirkwood cannot go, then Kill says Rodrick Williams and David Cobb would get most of the carries out of the backfield.  Williams was held out of the first half of last week’s game because he was late for a team meeting earlier in the week. 

 Big-Time Hockey Classic Set For January

There will be big time, outdoor hockey in the State of Hockey this winter.  Officials announced Tuesday the 2014 Hockey City Classic will be at TCF Bank Stadium on the U-of-M campus Friday, January 17th.  The Golden Gopher men’s team will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten game that night.  The two-time defending national champion Gopher women’s team will host Minnesota State-Mankato in a game right before the men’s contest.  Tickets go on sale October 22nd.  A special pre-sale will be held for Gopher season ticket holders prior to the public sale of tickets.

 Gophers Hoops Will Not Have Buckles

The NCAA denied an appeal from the University of Minnesota men’s basketball program to try to make Rakeem Buckles immediately eligible to play for the Golden Gophers.  Because the appeal was denied, Buckles will not be a part of the Minnesota program and is not enrolled in school.  Buckles had signed a tender to play for the Gophers in August in hopes of transferring from Florida International, where he was going to play for new Minnesota coach Richard Pitino.