Minnesota football players threaten to boycott Holiday Bowl

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MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota football team has threatened a boycott of the Holiday Bowl over the suspension of 10 players involved in a sexual assault investigation, the Minneapolis StarTribune reported Thursday.

Minnesota Golden Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys watches the action during the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas on December 28, 2015 during the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Minnesota Golden Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys watches the action during the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas on December 28, 2015 during the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Police filed no charges in the September incident, but the school’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office has opened its own investigation, which led to the suspension.

According to the StarTribune, players met and declared they will not participate in any team activities, including the December 27 Holiday Bowl game against Washington State, if the players are not reinstated.

Of the 10 players, two are starters and two are key reserves.

The school’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office recommended expulsion from school for five of the players involved, the StarTribune reported.

Mark Neville, Executive Director of the National Funding Holiday Bowl, issued the following statement Thursday:

“We are continuing to prepare for the National Funding Holiday Bowl on December 27, however, we are aware of the situation at the University of Minnesota and are monitoring it closely.”

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