Fans to get another peek at Gopher gridders

If you're in town this weekend, you've got another chance to check out the Gopher football team live and in person. Also, memorial services have been set for former Gopher and Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks, and a Gopher athlete has been named a preseason All-American.

Gopher football coach Glen Mason has been criticized in some circles for being a bit too secretive with his program. If the start of this season is any indication, he's out to prove those critics wrong.

For the second time in a week, Mason has invited fans and media members to the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex in Dinkytown to watch the Gophers scrimmage in preparation for their Aug. 30 season opener against Tulsa.

This Saturday, Aug. 16, doors will open at 2:15 p.m. for a 2:45 scrimmage at the outdoor practice facility. The Gophers' scrimmage last Sunday also was open to the public.

Meanwhile, memorial services have been set for hockey legend Herb Brooks, who was killed in a one-car crash Monday on I-35 north of the Twin Cities.

The Cathedral of St. Paul will be the site of a visitation on Friday and Saturday. Mourners are invited to pay their respects from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Brooks' 1980 Olympic captain Mike Eruzione and former Gopher star Bill Butters are scheduled to deliver eulogies. Brooks' longtime friend and fellow hockey legend Lou Nanne will be one of the pallbearers.

And ending on a positive note, Gopher women's basketball star Lindsay Whalen was one of 30 players named to the Wooden Women's Award Preseason All-American Team. The players are candidates for the inaugural John R. Wooden Women's Award, which will be given to the national player of the year.

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