Minnesota launches “Row the Boat” ice cream with P.J. Fleck’s favorite flavors

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We’ve seen fans name their pet after head coaches and restaurants label a ginormous hamburger after a famous player but it seems the University of Minnesota really wants to capitalize on all the red-hot energy surrounding the football program this year by rolling out a new desert for the Gophers that is just a few notches above freezing.

A report from the Minnesota Daily says that the school’s meat and dairy store has rolled out a new ice cream flavor this week inspired by football coach P.J. Fleck. Naturally there was only one name to call the concoction: ‘Row the Boat.’

“The main thing is getting the ingredients in and just playing around with them a little bit,” said Ray Miller, the university’s food processing facility coordinator who developed the flavor. “There’s unlimited potential with what you can try. You just have to kind of know what you’re doing before you try it if you want it to turn out right.”

This isn’t just any old ice cream flavor though, as ‘Row the Boat’ combines many of their head coach’s favorite flavors in sweets and includes “fudge-coffee swirls and peanut butter-filled football candies in vanilla ice cream.”

We’ve seen ice cream flavors give a nod to head coaches before — fellow Big Ten school Penn State’s famous creamery remarkably still sells Peachy Paterno — but we have to hand it to the Gophers that the Fleck-inspired ice cream sounds absolutely delicious.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.