Petition Calling for Firing of Gophers Head Football Coach Delivered to University

December 28, 2016 08:42 PM

A petition calling for Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys to be fired has made its way to the University of Minnesota.

The woman behind the movement showed up at the university's athletic building late Wednesday morning and delivered the petition with 2,400 signatures. It cites a "failure of leadership and lack of sound judgment." A copy of the petition was also delivered to university President Eric Kaler's office.


The call for Claeys to be removed is the latest twist in the controversy surrounding the football team amid a sex assault investigation that led to the suspension of 10 players.

RELATED: Minnesota Players to Boycott All Football Activities

Claeys has come under fire for going against his bosses and supporting his team's brief boycott of football activities leading up to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, which the team won Tuesday night.

RELATED: Gophers Head Football Coach Claeys Discusses Player Suspensions, Team Boycott

Nancy Bitenc created the online petition on

"I believe coach Claeys shouldn't have shown support to the 10 players in question," she said. "He should have showed support to the victim." "This should not be tolerated," she added. 

Claeys made it very clear after the team's Holiday Bowl win against Washington State that he wants to continue to build the team and make it stronger.

RELATED: Gophers Top Washington State 17-12 to Win Holiday Bowl

The university's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office investigated the alleged assault at a Dinkytown apartment Sept. 2 and created a confidential report detailing its findings. KSTP obtained that 80-page report and released it earlier this month.


Scott Theisen

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