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min­neapo­lis» More than 400 “con­cerned ci­ti­zens” signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the Univer­sity of Min­nesota to fire foot­ball coach Tracy Claeys for his re­sponse to a re­cent player boy­cott.

Re­leased on Mon­day, the pe­ti­tion cen­ters on the Dec. 15 tweet Claeys posted hours after the team an­nounced its boy­cott, which came in re­sponse to the Big Ten school sus­pend­ing 10 play­ers for in­volve­ment in an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in­volv­ing a fe­male stu­dent. Min­nesota play­ers be­gan the boy­cott be­cause they be­lieved team­mates had been de­nied due process from the univer­sity’s Ti­tle IX of­fice, es­pe­cially five play­ers who were never in­ves­ti­gated by Min­neapo­lis po­lice or Hen­nepin County pros­e­cu­tors.

Claeys tweeted: “Have never been more proud of our kids. I re­spect their rights & sup­port their ef­fort to make a bet­ter world!”

UConn fires Coach Di­aco

B storrs, conn.» UConn said it fired foot­ball coach Bob Di­aco after only his third sea­son with the Huskies.

UConn of­fi­cials an­nounced their de­ci­sion, say­ing Di­aco would be re­lieved of his du­ties ef­fec­tive Jan. 2.

Ath­letic direc­tor David Bene­dict said in a state­ment that the foot­ball pro­gram needs a new leader for long-term suc­cess.

Di­aco said he hoped things would have played out dif­fer­ently but that he will con­tinue to root for UConn to suc­ceed.

The Huskies were 11-26 un­der Di­aco in three sea­sons, in­clud­ing 3-9 this year. UConn’s best fin­ish un­der Di­aco was last sea­son, at 6-7 and a los­ing trip to the St. Peters­burg Bowl.

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