MIN­NESOTA TEAM ENDS BOY­COTT THREAT, WILL PLAY IN HOL­I­DAY BOWL

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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