MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a non-coronavirus world, Minnesota was poised for another strong season following the 11-2 record and No. 10 ranking in the final Associated Press poll for 2019.
Most of the starting offense stayed intact, highlighted by quarterback Tanner Morgan after his head-turning sophomore year. The long-frustrated fan base had come to life around coach P.J. Fleck’s program, fueled by statement victories over Penn State and Auburn.
The Big Ten’s decision to cancel fall sports figured to hit the Gophers as hard as any team in the conference, naturally, applying a hard freeze on the hot streak they enjoyed last fall. Viewing the loss of the 2020 schedule in a vacuum, however, is never the perspective that Fleck and his staff and players would take.
”First of all, we don’t believe in momentum,” Fleck said. ”It’s kind of make-believe. It’s pixie dust.”
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