6th UPDATE: 9:37 p.m. EST: Latest details from the Star-Tribune.
Quarterback Mitch Leidner, receiver Drew Wolitarsky and tight end Duke Anyanwu stood in front of the full team.
“As a player, it became more than a game for me,” Wolitarsky said. “And I know it did, as you can see, for the whole team. It’s about the livelihood of these kids, after football. Because that’s why we came here; we came here to get a degree. We come here to make a life for ourselves, and these kids’ reputations have been ruined.”
The players on Thursday night called out university President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle, saying the school leaders supported and delivered unjust punishment.
5th UPDATE: 9:26 p.m. EST: Tweet from account associated with head football coach Tracy Claeys: Have never been more proud of our kids. I respect their rights & support their effort to make a better world!
4th UPDATE: 9:10 p.m. EST: Based on what you’ve read so far, what is your immediate reaction to the controversy?
A. Players appear to be right here
B. Administration has done the right thing
3rd UPDATE: 8:54 p.m. EST: Statement from the university’s president and athletic director can be found here
2nd UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. EST: Tweet from the Gophers’ defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel: I have always been proud of our players at Minnesota – and forever will be !!!!
1st UPDATE: 8:33 p.m. EST: The Star-Tribune has more details on the allegations against the players.
ORIGINAL POST: The Minnesota Daily has the story and the background.
The Gophers football team plans to boycott the team’s appearance in a Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl game, following the suspension of 10 players Tuesday over a sexual assault investigation.
The entire team congregated at the University of Minnesota Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex for a 6:30 p.m. news conference Thursday, in which they requested a private meeting with Board of Regent members Michael Hsu and Darrin Rosha, and a reversal of the suspension from athletics director Mark Coyle.