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Floyd of Rosedale

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Good afternoon Big Ten fans! I hope you are enjoying the Mobile Tour's stay in Minnesota as much as we are. Tomorrow is Saturday and that means game day here at the University of Minnesota and everyone's getting geared up for a big game!

One of the great highlights on this Big Ten Mobile Tour is the exciting Stagg-Paterno Big Ten championship trophy. All twelve teams in the Big Ten are competing to get a change to play for this great trophy. The road to Indianapolis is not an easy one, however. Minnesota will play twelve games before December 3 rolls around. Tomorrow is not only a Big Ten match-up game for the Gophers, but it is also one of three trophy games the Gophers play this year. The Gophers played Michigan earlier in the season and battled for the Little Brown Jug and will play Wisconsin on November 12 for Paul Bunyan's Axe.

This weekend the Gophers will be up against the Iowa Hawkeyes as they come to town to fight for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. Last year the Gophers took the Floyd of Rosedale back from Iowa with an exciting win over the Hawkeyes, 27-24. This year Iowa returns to TCF Bank Stadium for the second year in a row and they have their eye on the prize.

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The Floyd of Rosedale trophy has been awarded each year at the Minnesota vs. Iowa football game since 1935. Minnesota leads Iowa in number of wins for the Floyd of Rosedale, 40-34-2. The trophy is a 98.3 pound hog made of solid bronze and is a prize both teams look forward to playing for each year. The Floyd of Rosedale originated in 1935 when the governor of Minnesota, Floyd Olson, bet the governor of Iowa, Clyde Herring, a prize hog for the win that year. Iowa's governor accepted and the Gophers went on to not only win against Iowa, but win their second straight national championship. Clyde Herring did not back down on the bet and personally delivered a hog from Rosedale Farms in Iowa to the Governor's office in Minnesota and thus a tradition was born.

This weekend the Gophers look for a second straight win against Iowa as they take on the Hawkeyes tomorrow. In the meantime, take a look at the video of the excited fans storming the field after the 2010 win here! The Mobile Tour is loving the enthusiasm the Gopher fans have, so keep it coming! We hope to see all of you at the soccer game tonight! We'll be there starting at 6 p.m., but follow us on Twitter for all the up to date news on the Mobile Tour.

Coach Kill Offering Game Day Lunch

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The Big Ten Mobile Tour made its way to the University of Minnesota Campus yesterday and students are loving it! We enjoyed showing off the Stagg-Paterno trophy and talking with fans at the Recreation Center yesterday evening as well as at Joe Senser's earlier in the day. Big Ten and Gopher fans are great and it is what helps make up our legendary team. 

Another important aspect that makes our team a vital part of the Legends Division is our head coach, Jerry Kill. As mentioned earlier in the blog, Jerry Kill visited Joe Senser's yesterday and expressed how excited the team is for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy game on Saturday. Not only will he show his excitement on the field, but he and his wife, Rebecca, have decided to show their great appreciation for the University of Minnesota student fans! Watch Coach Kill's video from Gopher Athletics below for all the information:

On Saturday Coach Jerry Kill and his wife will be hosting a lunch, free to students, outside the gates at TCF Bank Stadium and Coach Kill will even be out there meeting students at 12:20 p.m. Coach Kill has spent much of his time here at Minnesota interacting with fans and students, getting to know this campus. He has done many events handing out free tickets, items, and taking photos with many loyal fans and students. His enthusiasm and passion is what makes him a great coach for Minnesota. 

Jerry and Rebecca Kill would love to see students out at the lunch before the game, so head out there and be sure to stop by the Mobile Tour on the way! The Mobile Tour will be at TCF Bank Stadium's Gate E before the Minnesota vs. Iowa game on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m., so come out to see us before heading in to see your Minnesota Gophers take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 2:30. GO GOPHERS!

First Stop: Gopher Football Weekly

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The B1G Mobile Tour was out at Joe Senser's today live tweeting from Gopher Football Weekly With Jerry Kill. We had a great time talking with all the Gopher fans who came out today, but if you missed the radio show, listen to a full replay right here!

Fans loved seeing the brand new Stagg-Paterno trophy and the trophy the Gophers will be competing for this weekend, the Floyd of Rosedale. Coach Jerry Kill came at about 12:00 p.m. for his weekly live radio show, Gopher Football Weekly. Fans were excited to see the head football coach as well as get their photo taken with the two great trophies. Check out some of the photos below!


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We had a great time at Joe Senser's and are getting geared up for the next event which will be held at the University of Minnesota's Recreation Center from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. We hope to see many student fans this afternoon! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and GO GOPHERS!

Welcome to Gopher Nation!

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Good afternoon Big Ten fans and welcome to Golden Gopher Nation!

My name is Kate Garcia and I will be keeping you informed and updated on everything Minnesota this weekend as the Big Ten Mobile Tour is here. We are so excited to be hosting the Mobile Tour this Halloween weekend and cannot wait to show off what we have to offer here at the University of Minnesota! Be sure to follow us on YouTube and Twitter and, of course, the Mobile Tour Blog right here!

In order to prepare for Saturday's big game against the Iowa Hawkeyes we will be out at Joe Senser's Sports Theater in Roseville at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday morning to check out Gopher Football Weekly with Jerry Kill. This will be broadcast on KFAN Radio and will be a great opportunity for fans to see our head coach and see the one and only Stagg-Paterno Big Ten championship trophy. I would love to see fans come out to Roseville and get their picture taken with the trophy, and who knows, they might see their face right here on the Mobile Tour Blog!

The Stagg-Paterno trophy will be traveling along with the Mobile Tour all weekend long, so check out the schedule below and make sure to visit us, wherever we might be!

Thursday, October 27

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Joe Senser's in Roseville
Gopher Football Weekly with Jerry Kill

4:00 p.m-7:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota
Recreation Center

Friday, October 28

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall - Superblock

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Women's Soccer Match

Saturday, October 29

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium - Gate E
Minnesota vs. Iowa

Keep checking the Mobile Tour Blog for updates to the schedule and to keep track of what's going on here at the University of Minnesota, and as always, GO GOPHERS!

Kate Takes Over

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Minnesota's Kate Garcia is taking over the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour blog, Twitter account and YouTube page while the tour is in Minnesota.

Learn more about Kate by watching her introductory video HERE and by reading her intro below:

"Welcome to the Minnesota Gopher view of the Big Ten Mobile Tour.  My name is Kate Garcia and I am just about to begin my senior year here at the U of M.  I am majoring in communications and hope to work in sports when I graduate this spring.  I was born in Dallas, TX but grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, but am solely a huge gophers fan! I played soccer in high school and continued my school involvement in college by being a part of Delta Gamma sorority.  I help with events and recruitment, but most importantly with our philanthropy, Service for Sight.  My friends through Delta Gamma and I attend gopher games together and are some of the loudest cheerleaders in the stadium. I am extremely excited for the Big Ten season to get under way and am looking forward to the championship game in December. Go Gophers!"

It's all yours, Kate!


On The Road Again

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Northwestern's Kristin Scharkey did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in Evanston!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Next stop: Minnesota

What It Means to Wear Purple

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It was a cold May afternoon, winds blowing in from right field.


Two outs. Bottom of the sixth. Our final game in a double-dip series against Penn State in 2010. We were tied 5-5 with the bases loaded and junior slugger Michelle Batts up-to-bat.


It's a full count, and the next pitch is at Batts' eyes. She swings.


I don't even remember how I got there, but suddenly I was at home plate; jumping up and down and yelling at the top of my lungs. In what seemed like slow motion, Michelle Batts had launched that rise ball over the right field bleachers for a 9-5 win over the Nittany Lions.


I'll never forget that moment; the pure elation and joy that emanated from home plate that day. It's moments like those that characterize what it means to be a Big Ten student-athlete, to attend a university like Northwestern.


As this weekend of the Mobile Tour comes to a close, I find myself piecing together the moments like that to define what the slogan, "Honoring Legends, Building Leaders" means to me...


I remember standing in centerfield as our team got the last out against Loyola (Chicago) last April, chills running up and down my arms as I realized I had just been apart of Northwestern softball's 1,000th win.


It's rushing the court as a freshman after men's basketball beat Purdue; students pouring onto Ryan field after last year's jaw-dropping football victory over Iowa.


I recall screaming at my television as former teammates won the National Professional Fastpitch Championship, the biggest stage possible for women in my sport. It's the university welcoming home our women's lacrosse team with their sixth national championship trophy in seven years.


And it's establishing relationships with Wildcat alumni who paved the way for female student-athletes like myself; learning invaluable lessons from these women who set the standard for what it means to be apart of the Northwestern family...



For the past two years, I've met Northwestern legends; learned from them and been inspired by them. I've learned what it means to be a true leader; on the field, in the classroom and in the community. So when the Big Ten released its new slogan earlier in the year, it was a relief that someone had finally been able to put into words the experience that the student-athletes receive and cultivate in this conference.


In our Sports Performance Facility, there's a sign that reads, "Say what you want to be. Then do what you need to do." That statement echoes in my head when I'm under the squat bar or running 150-yarder after 150-yarder, dripping with sweat beside teammates who all share the same goal as me: to win a national championship.


That statement is in the back of my mind when I'm thrust into the deepest parts of the city of Chicago to do reporting for a journalism class; experiencing the beauty of a city that is just down the shoreline and having my worldview widened in ways that might be intimidating but will only help me in the long run.


I think about that sign as I look over the first half of my time here and how much it epitomizes what being a student-athlete in this conference and at this university is all about; honoring legends and building leaders. It's learning from our past, which has spoken of greatness; and taking the opportunity to now speak it for ourselves.

Thank you all for the opportunity of being your Northwestern blogger for this leg of the Tour. I hope you enjoyed this past Homecoming weekend as much as I did. Don't forget to cast your vote at the end of the season for your favorite student blogger! GO CATS!


Game Day at Northwestern

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Although we would've liked to have gotten the W, Saturday was the perfect evening for a Northwestern football game. 

Tons of food, tons of fun and tons of purple! 

The Big Ten Mobile Tour was down on the sidelines, so be sure to watch all the action right here! Go Cats! 

Day 2 In Evanston

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The Stagg-Paterno trophy was all over campus today, making appearances in Norris at the Northwestern Gridiron Network luncheon and on Sheridan Road in the annual Homecoming parade and pep rally!

Hear from Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Northwestern alum Michael Wilbon and Northwestern Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald in this video recap of the NGN luncheon.

Check out this video of the Homecoming parade and pep rally, with special appearances from Northwestern alums Seth Meyers and Garry Marshall! 


Be sure to follow @B1GMobileTour on Twitter throughout the day for updates on the game versus Penn State! GO CATS!


Day 1 in Evanston!

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Check out some photos from our first day in Evanston! Go Cats!

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Today, the RV will be at Norris from 10:00 am- 1:30 pm. Then, we'll be having a pre-parade BBQ in the SPAC parking lot at 4:30 pm before heading down Sheridan Road with the rest of the parade at 6:30 pm! GO CATS!