MINNESOTA COACH SAYS HE RISKED LOSING HIS JOB BY BACKING HIS PLAYERS
minneapolis» Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys said he knew he was risking his job last week when he expressed support for his players who boycotted practices and threatened to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates who were suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren’t reinstated.
Claeys also said in a radio interview on Sunday that he plans to donate $50,000 to support victims of sexual assault.
The players backed down Saturday and said they will play in the Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl against Washington State in San Diego, even though Minnesota officials declined to reinstate their suspended teammates.
Claeys said his players weren’t condoning sexual assault or harassment, but believed their suspended teammates were denied due process, and that it was “pretty easy” to support them despite the risk of losing his job at the Big Ten school.
Southern Miss wins New Orleans Bowl
B new orleans» Allenzae Staggers set New Orleans Bowl records with 11 catches for 230 yards and also scored a touchdown to help Southern Mississippi defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 28-21 on Saturday night.
Nick Mullens, Southern Miss’ all-time leader in yards passing and touchdown passes, finished his college career by throwing for 346 yards and two TDs.