Gopher Fans React to Lynch Suspension

January 07, 2018 03:07 PM

As the Gopher men's basketball team played its first game since the suspension of defensive star Reggie Lynch, fans say university officials did the right thing.

The U of M center faces suspension after he reportedly violated the school's sexual misconduct policy, according to a source.

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Athletic director Mark Coyle announced Friday Lynch was suspended from competition, but could still practice with the team.

RELATED: Gophers Center Reggie Lynch Suspended; Denies Sexual Misconduct Policy Violation Allegation

As fans poured into Williams Arena Saturday afternoon, many said for the team, losing Lynch is a disappointment.

"It's obviously unfortunate for the team," said freshman student Ben Schaupp. "His blocks always changed the tide of the game and he'll be missed."

Schaupp said, however, he thought Coyle made the right decision.

"They just got to put their foot down and know that if they do this, they will get caught and they will face serious penalties," Schaupp said.

Others were frustrated about the lack of information around the allegations.

"We've been Gopher fans for 50 years and to see somebody go down and not really know what's going o and having had it happen such a long time ago, why didn't this all come to the surface quicker," questioned Sandy Buchan.

RELATED: Twin Cities Sexual Assault Awareness Advocate Speaks About Lynch Allegation

Buchan said given past examples of misconduct within the University's student athletes, she thinks officials are trying to move past the controversy.

"I think they're trying really hard to put programs in place to educate the kids and the students, so they don't get involved in things like this," Buchan said. "Their future is so affected when they do stupid things."

 

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