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Minnesota
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Location:
Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
Current President or Coach Brian Kalathiveetil
National championships ACF: 2010 ACF Undergraduate, 2009 ACF Undergraduate, 2008 ACF Undergraduate, 2008 ACF Division II
NAQT: 2009 NAQT Undergaduate, 2010 NAQT Undergraduate, 2011 NAQT
College Bowl: 1984, 1987, 1989, 2004, 2005, 2007


This article describes the Quiz Bowl Team at the University of Minnesota. For high school Quiz Bowl in the state of Minnesota, see Minnesota Quiz Bowl Alliance.


The University of Minnesota is a four-year public university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota is an active team that participates in nearly all regional tournaments and regularly sends teams to ICT and ACF Nationals.

Long known as a CBI powerhouse, in 2008 the team achieved the unique feat of qualifying teams for the playoffs at both CBI and ACF Nationals, on the same day. Due to an amusing decision in the marketing department, the club has sweatshirts claiming to have won seven national titles from 2004-2011, a fact that neglects mentioning there are two national tournaments (three if you count Division II ICT, which they did) and that a majority of the 'titles' are for undergraduate champion.

The club maintains an international collegiate contact list for clubs in the US, Canada, the UK, and Pakistan which is updated by the current president based off of information obtained from regional teams. The team also host pop culture and special events trivia tournaments for the larger campus community, including serving as on-stage entertainment before OK Go took the stage in 2011.

Tournaments

From 2008 to 2012, Minnesota, or some contingent of recent graduates, produced and hosted Minnesota Open in the fall. The team also wrote the Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament or MUT every spring until 2016. In 2012, MUT was written in conjunction with Illinois.

The team hosts several high school and college tournaments each year, including GINVIT, and MUT.

Current Players

Current Minnesota players include PhD students Sam Bailey and Shan Kothari, law students Peter Estall and Evan Brown, and a large contingent of undergraduates, including Brian Kalathiveetil, John Waldron, Arun Balakrishna, Janet Wang, Tora Husar, Joe Kammann, and Nibir Sarma.

Notable Alumni

Title Succession

NAQT ICT Division I Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Chicago
2011
Virginia
NAQT ICT Division I Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Harvard
2009, 2010
VCU
ACF Nationals Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Carleton College
2008, 2009, 2010
Michigan
ACF Nationals Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Illinois
2008
Ike Jose

College Bowl Title Succession

College Bowl Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
North Carolina
1984
Wisconsin


College Bowl Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Wisconsin
1987
NC State
College Bowl Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
NC State
1989
Chicago
College Bowl Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Chicago
2004, 2005
UCLA
College Bowl Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
UCLA
2007
Rochester