MIN­NESOTA COACH SAYS HE RISKED LOS­ING HIS JOB BY BACK­ING HIS PLAY­ERS

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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.

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