James, who replaced John Means in the fall, guided the Golden Gophers to their first Big Ten Championship in 30 years and became the first northern school to win the NCAA Championship since Ohio State in 1979. The team also did it in the most unlikely of circumstances.
The school decided in April that men's golf would be cut due to budget restrictions, but they could play one more season. The players' families, fans and alumni launched a grass-roots campaign and have raised $2 million of the $2.7 million needed to keep men's and women's golf around for three more years.
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