MINNESOTA TEAM ENDS BOYCOTT THREAT, WILL PLAY IN HOLIDAY BOWL
minneapolis» The University of Minnesota football team’s boycott started with a bold demand for apologies and a threat to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren’t reinstated.
It ended less than 36 hours later, the university leadership never blinking, and the players backing down amid pressure from many who read details of the allegations.
The Golden Gophers’ players announced Saturday they planned to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 against Washington State in San Diego, rescinding their boycott after two exhausting days of meetings with attorneys, school president Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle.
“As a team we understand that what has occurred these last few days and playing football for the University of Minnesota is larger than just us,” receiver Drew Wolitarsky said.
The school declined the players’ request to reinstate the suspended players. The team will now go ahead with its game after getting assurances that those accused will get a fair hearing next month.