Gophers set up Gary Tinsley Memorial Fund

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gopher Athletics has established a Gary Tinsley Memorial Fund.

The fund has been set up in remembrance of Tinsley, a four-year letter-winner at Minnesota. He was just weeks away from receiving his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing education when he died Friday in his campus apartment. The cause of death remains under investigation.

The fund will help offset Tinsley’s funeral expenses as well as the travel costs for his teammates to attend his funeral in Florida.

Tinsley completed his athletic eligibility at the end of the 2011. He saw action in 44 games during his Gopher career. Tinsley was No. 2 on the team in total tackles with 87 last season. The Jacksonville, Fla., native signed with the Gophers out of First Coast High School in 2008.