Minnesota followed proper protocol suspending players during sexual assault case, review says

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 17, 2017

An outside review says the University of Minnesota followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 football players last fall following an accusation of sexual assault. (A police report is available here.) The school conducted a separate investigation, as required by the federal government and suspended 10 players, with five of them recommended for expulsion.

The review, done by the law firm Dorsey & Whitney, also lists several recommendations and areas for improvement within the school's process of handling sexual assault allegations in general and those against student-athletes in particular.

The review released Wednesday blamed "weak leadership" by the coaching staff for a threat by remaining players to boycott the Holiday Bowl.

Then-head coach Tracy Claeys backed the boycott, but players ultimately chose to play and beat Washington State 17-12.

Minnesota defeated Washington State 17-12 in the bowl game, but it wasn't enough to save Claeys' job. He was sacked in January.

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