The 1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1960 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled an 8–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 228 to 88.
The team was selected national champion by four NCAA-designated major selectors in Associated Press, Football News, National Football Foundation, and UPI/coaches with some selections made prior to the Gophers’ loss to Washington in the 1961 Rose Bowl. The University of Missouri beat 3 nationally ranked teams and finished 11-0 under Dan Devine. They were selected as National Champion by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poling_System. Both Minnesota and Ole Miss were consensus national champions.
Guard Tom Brown received the team’s Most Valuable Player award. Brown was also a consensus first-team All-American, won the Outland Trophy, finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten most valuable player. Brown, end Tom Hall and center Greg Larson were named All-Big Ten first team. Tackle Frank Brixius was named an Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten.
The eighteenth tournament’s champion was Minnesota, coached by Dick Siebert. The Most Outstanding Player was Joe Ferris of third-place Maine.
The Gophers women’s ice hockey team is a six-time NCAA champion and seven-time national champion. In women’s ice hockey, the Gophers belong to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In all other sports, they belong to the Big Ten Conference. Most of the facilities that the teams use for training and competitive play are located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus. There are arenas for men’s and women’s basketball (Williams Arena) as well as ice hockey (Mariucci Arena and Ridder Arena). The Gopher football team began playing at TCF Bank Stadium in September 2009. The women’s soccer team plays on the St. Paul campus in Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
College Sports Established
University of Minnesota
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1907 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1896 – Present / Big 10
Golden Gophers – The University Mascot is derived from a nickname for the state of Minnesota, “The Gopher State.” The original design was based on the thirteen-lined ground squirrel. The state nickname derives from a political cartoon by R. O. Sweeny, published as a broadside in 1858. The cartoon depicted state legislators as gophers dragging the state in the wrong direction. The nickname was associated with the university as early as the publication of the first yearbook in 1888, which was titled “The Gopher”. Other early yearbooks included depictions of gophers as well, and the University of Minnesota football coach Clarence Spears officially named the football team the Gophers in 1926. After the radio announcer Halsey Hall began referring to the team as the Golden Gophers due to the color of their uniforms, the team was renamed under coach Bernie Bierman.
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