MINNEAPOLIS (AP) There's a significant new addition at Minnesota this season.
New hire? No. Most of coach Jerry Kill's staff has been together for decades. There's a fresh wave of talented recruits, too, but that's not the answer, either. This rookie has arrived in the form of heightened expectations, from both outside and inside the program.
Coming off a second consecutive 8-5 finish, including rare wins at Michigan and Nebraska last year, the Gophers have reached another pivotal point in their progress. Winning the Big Ten West Division, which would've happened in 2014 had they beaten Wisconsin, has become an attainable goal rather than a distant hope.