PETITION CALLS FOR FIRING OF MINNESOTA COACH AFTER BOYCOTT
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 MoveOn.com 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.