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9-4, 4th in Big Ten - West

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Wake Forest is hiring former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel for the same position. A deal was finalized earlier Wednesday. Sawvel served as Minnesota's defensive coordinator in 2016 but was let go along after the team's victory in the Holiday Bowl. He has coached defensive backs at Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Ferris State. This is a strong move by Wake Forest, which lost defensive coordinator Mike Elko to Notre Dame last month.

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Kaler: Players struggle with sexual assault issues

Minnesota president Eric Kaler says his school needs to do a better job of training its student-athletes on sexual assault issues because something isn't getting through, according to a report.

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Big Ten bowl superlatives

The Big Ten went just 3-7 in bowl games, but there were plenty of strong individual efforts and outstanding plays worth remembering.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

When asked what his first priorities at Minnesota are, new Gophers' coach P.J. Fleck said "recruiting, recruting, and then when we get done recruting we're going to recruit some more. And then after that we're going to recruit even more."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is walking the green carpet at the American Football Coaches Award with a slice of pepperoni pizza in his hands.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Minnesota is hiring Ed Warinner as offensive line coach. Warinner spent the five seasons in a coordinator role at Ohio State and also coached offensive line and tight ends. With Ohio State hiring Kevin Wilson as offensive coordinator, Warinner needed a fresh start and gets it at Minnesota. Sports Illustrated first reported the hire.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Minnesota is hiring Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith for the same position. An official announcement is expected later this week. Smith had been mentioned as a candidate at Wake Forest but instead will join P.J. Fleck's new staff. Arkansas could look internally for Smith's replacement, and defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads is a possibility there.

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Ranking the Pac-12's bowl games

The Rose Bowl, featuring USC vs. Penn State, was a high-drama, high-scoring affair that rates among the best of the season.

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Gophers ready for new start

P.J. Fleck officially left Western Michigan on Friday to take over Minnesota. His debut is scheduled for Aug. 31 at home against Buffalo.

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Fleck says 'change has arrived' to Minnesota (1:05)
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How P.J. Fleck ended up at Minnesota

The Gophers just won nine games under Tracy Claeys, but he was fired following his support of a team boycott. P.J. Fleck was introduced as the Gophers new coach on Friday.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck says recruiting will be his No. 1 priority. "This has to be more than football. I am more than football... It will be different. I am different."

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck starts his introductory press conference by saying "Ski-U-Mah meets Row The Boat."

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