How low can the University of Minnesota go?

Former Fargo Force goalie Mike Lee enjoyed a banner night Friday, stopping 40 shots as St. Cloud State defeated the University of Minnesota 5-2 in men’s hockey.

The men’s hockey team lost back-to-back games to WCHA newcomer Nebraska-Omaha just a weekend ago. But that program is hardly alone in its struggles.

There just aren’t too many teams playing in the Dinkytown region of the Twin Cities that are in better shape than they were, say, five years ago. Really, other than men’s basketball, is there one?

The football team seemingly hits a new low every time it takes the field. The men’s hockey team is certainly not off to a good start. And the women’s basketball team, which enjoyed a resurgence thanks to Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville, has falled on hard times again too. They finished in last place in the Big Ten last season.

That’s three pretty big programs that are having some really big-time struggles right now. I’m just left wondering how much longer Minnesota AD Joel Maturi will last. Maturi supposedly gets to make the call on hiring a new football coach, which is a pretty big responsiblity. I have to assume that’s a vote of confidence for him. Hard to believe they’d let him hire a football coach, then can him shortly thereafter.

As a native Minnesotan, it’s tough to see some of the big programs on that campus struggling so much.