Skip to main content

Gophers surprise Outback Bowl committee with a touch of Minnesota Nice

A personal touch can go a long way.

Handwritten notes might seem like a thing of the past in the modern world, but the value of a personal touch hasn't been lost on the Golden Gopher football team. 

"Wow! Never had this happen before. @GopherFootball players sent us thank you notes for inviting them," the Outback Bowl's Twitter account says

The Gophers haven't said whose idea it was to write the notes, but it likely comes as no surprise to Minnesota fans who have seen head coach P.J. Fleck change the program's culture to match his "Row the Boat" mantra, of which is a goal to constantly grow in four areas: academically, athletically, socially and spiritually. 

This isn't the first time the Gophers have written thank you notes under Fleck. Last year, all of the seniors on the team wrote thank you messages to the people that helped them during their time at the University of Minnesota. 

Minnesota (10-2) will face Auburn (9-3) in the New Year's Day Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. The Gophers' only two losses came at Iowa and at home to Wisconsin, while Auburn's three losses are to national powers Florida, LSU and Georgia. 

Next Up

28987158675_df8dbfc6df_o

3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown

Two people in the house were uninjured.

FeDh7pUWAAg3NMd

Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery

The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.

st. cloud state university hockey

SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher

Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert in Wisconsin: Search for missing 15-year-old girl

Police believe 15-year-old Kryssy King may be with a 22-year-old man.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.

gas

State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Related

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson dominates as Gophers win Outback Bowl

Johnson put a bow on his historic career at the University of Minnesota.

Nick Saban, Alabama

Bowl projections have Gophers facing 'Bama, Auburn, Vols

Minnesota will learn its bowl destination on Sunday.

Daniel Faalele

Marquee bowl games projected for undefeated Gophers

Rose Bowl talk gets real with a win over Penn State.

Screen Shot 2019-11-10 at 9.43.19 AM

Gophers headed to Outback Bowl to face Auburn

The Gophers are heading to their first New Year's Day bowl since 2015.

Rose Bowl

Bound for Pasadena? Gophers projected to face Utah in Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl would be amazing, but the College Football Playoff is within reach.

Bowl-bound Gophers give Fleck a contract extension

It's the second straight year the coach has received an extension.

Which bowl game will the Gophers play in?

Predictions put the Gophers in one of four bowl games.

Bowl game projections for the Gophers are kind of generous

Some national media is putting the Gophers in the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl.