If it comes down to it, Purdue will win out over Minnesota to play in the Sun Bowl, with Wisconsin bumping both teams if available, the bowl's chairman said.
John Folmer, longtime chairman of the Sun Bowl, said Tuesday that his committee voted earlier in the day to take the Boilermakers ahead of the Golden Gophers in the likely case that those two teams would fall to that bowl.
"I can tell you this -- if the decision came down today, we'd take Purdue," Folmer said. "And we'll take Wisconsin if they're available to us."
The prevailing sentiment seemed to favor Purdue's better conference record, head-to-head victory over Minnesota and season-ending flourish -- the Boilermakers won three of their last four, losing only to Ohio State in the fourth quarter, Folmer said.
Minnesota ended the regular season losing four straight.
MRI is negative on Bennett's ankle
Minnesota Vikings running back Michael Bennett's ankle isn't broken, an MRI exam revealed Tuesday.
Bennett underwent the MRI on Monday, and the NFC's second-leading rusher is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Two local players named finalists for Gagliardi Trophy
St. John's receiver Blake Elliott and St. Thomas receiver Andrew Hilliard were named finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the outstanding football player in NCAA Division III.
Gophers guard ready to shine after a summer of shooting
Kevin Burleson kept waiting for Maurice Hargrow to miss a shot.
"All summer, we played pickup games," Burleson said. "And I can't remember a single game where he was off. He was hitting the whole summer. The whole time, he was on fire. And that surprised me. I knew then how much he'd improved."
Hargrow, who enters his sophomore season as one of the first Gophers off the bench, said he spent the summer working not only on his jump shot, but also in gaining the trust and confidence of his fellow Minnesota players.
"My main goal in those games was to get my teammates to believe in me, to let them know they could rely on me if they needed a big bucket," said Hargrow, who scored 21 points in the Gophers' season opening 87-81 win over UNC-Asheville. Minnesota (1-0) hosts Georgia (1-1) Saturday at Williams Arena.
Coach Dan Monson was asked to compare the old Hargrow, who came to Minnesota last year as a skinny freshman out of St. Paul's Highland Park High School, with the new version.
"It's not really even fair," Monson said, "because it's almost like he's a completely different player. He has so much more confidence, so much more strength and his shot is so much more consistent. You can see how hard he worked, and how comfortable he is out there now."
Hargrow said he was comfortable staying home, and that's why he was excited to play for Minnesota.
Twins' RH Mays recovering from elbow surgery
Joe Mays will need six to eight weeks to recover from surgery he had to repair a bone spur in his right elbow, but the Minnesota Twins right-hander is expected to be ready for spring training. Mays had the surgery on Friday, team spokesman Sean Harlin said Tuesday.
Wild sign Stevenson
The Minnesota Wild signed veteran left wing Jeremy Stevenson to a contract, the team announced Tuesday. Stevenson is currently playing for the Houston Aeros, the Wild's affiliate in the AHL. He has five points in six games and ranks third in the team in penalty minutes with 50.
St. Peter named Twins president, Bell to lead parent company
The Minnesota Twins promoted senior vice president Dave St. Peter to president Tuesday to replace Jerry Bell, who was promoted to president of CRP Sports, the Twins' parent company and a new cable sports network.
The Twins and the new network, Victory Sports One, are owned by Carl Pohlad.
"It's exciting and an awesome responsibility," St. Peter said. "It's an honor and a privilege to be part of this organization to head up the pursuit of a division championship."
St. Peter is the team's fourth president in its 42-year history. He will oversee the club's business departments including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, community affairs, communications, broadcast, stadium operations, human resources and finance.
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