Former Gopher standout and North Stars general manager Lou Nanne said on ESPN 1500 that he’s “sick” about losing the rivalry with North Dakota.
Nanne made the comments on the Judd & Dubay Show.
“I’m just sick about losing North Dakota and Duluth,” Nanne said, adding that the Gophers would still get to play the in-state schools in nonconference matchups with the North Star College Cup. “To lose North Dakota and not play for three years. . . to lose Denver and Colorado. . . I gotta tell you, I’m sick about it, because to me, the biggest rivalry Minnesota’s ever had is North Dakota.”
Dubay agreed with Nanne’s comments.
Nanne did add that he likes to see the Big Ten schools come to town, as the Gophers routinely played against Michigan and Michigan State when Nanne was in college.
This will be the first time in 60 years that North Dakota and Minnesota do not meet in the regular season. They will not play in 2013-14 or 2014-15 for sure.
UND was holding out hope for a Hall of Fame game or something along those lines for 2015-16. That would be the earliest the schools could meet up again.
UND coach Dave Hakstol has continued to say he wants the rivalry to continue.