U of M Athletics Director Addresses Football Player Suspensions

December 14, 2016 10:52 PM

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle discussed the suspension of 10 Gopher football players Wednesday at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.

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Coyle read a brief statement and then took questions.  He answered only one of them directly. 

RAW: U of M Athletics Director Mark Coyle Discusses Football Player Suspensions

“My first day, I’ve talked about students achieving at the highest level, academically, athletically and socially,” Coyle said. “That will always be our goal. As we work toward that goal, our department will never lose sight of our responsibility to uphold the university’s values and provide a great experience for all university students.”

“When we make decisions, including difficult decisions like I made in consultation with Coach (Tracy) Claeys recently, it will always be with those values in mind,” he added.

“Please know I’m in constant communication with our campus to ensure our mutual understanding, our mutual commitment to treating all students fairly, respecting all students’ rights, and upholding all university values,” Coyle said.

At the news conference, KSTP reporter Beth McDonough asked, “How many of the students are being recommended for expulsion?”

“Due to student privacy laws, I can’t comment on that," answered Coyle.

KSTP sports reporter Darren Wolfson asked, "Why mention the names of the ten players involved?"

Coyle responded in a similar fashion.

“Again, due to student privacy laws, I can’t comment on that.”

The possible punishments at the school level include expulsion, a one year suspension from the team or probation.  An attorney representing the players says they'll appeal. It's not clear if they'll get a court hearing before the bowl game. 


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