Gopher Football Boycott Continues
Administration Stands By Decision
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Most of the Twin Cities football drama continues to revolve around the Golden Gopher Football team who are on day two of their boycott of football activities in response to the suspensions of ten teammates under a Title Nine Sexual Assault investigation.
The players say they will not participate in any football activities until due process is followed, suspensions are lifted, and the school’s president and athletic director apologize.
AD Mark Coyle and President Eric Kaler released a statement last night saying that decision to suspend was based on facts and reflective of the universities values, adding that federal laws regarding student privacy prohibit sharing further information. Later on Friday Kaler issued another statement saying that the players have thus far declined an invitation to meet and discuss the boycott.
Gopher head coach Tracy Claeys appears to fully support his players, saying in a tweet Thursday night that he’s never been more proud of his kids and respects their rights.
This could mean that Minnesota will decline to play in the Holiday Bowl on December 27th in San Diego against Washington State.
Kaler, Coyle and leaders from the football team reportedly met on Friday night to discuss the situation.