… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Mr. Bonzo reports from the Associated Press:
By AMY FORLITI Associated Press Writer
Article Last Updated: 04/06/2007 11:37:27 PM CDT
MINNEAPOLIS- Three University of Minnesota football players were in police custody Friday, undergoing questioning after allegations of criminal sexual conduct, the university said in a statement.
Coach Tim Brewster immediately suspended the players until the investigation is complete. The allegations come on the eve of the team's spring intrasquad game.
According to a police report, an 18-year-old woman was raped sometime between late Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The victim, whose name is not being released, was examined at a local hospital.
University Police Chief Greg Hestness said in a statement that his department learned of the allegation early Friday, and the players were being questioned that evening. Once the investigation is complete, he said, the case will be submitted to the Hennepin County attorney for possible charges.
"Obviously, this is disappointing news for any coach to receive," said Brewster. "There is an ongoing investigation and we will cooperate fully with law enforcement on this matter."
This is Brewster's first season as Gophers head coach. He replaced Glen Mason, who was fired after 10 seasons with Minnesota.
Brewster spent the last two seasons as the tight ends coach with the Denver Broncos, and also served as an assistant with the San Diego Chargers and in college under Mack Brown at Texas and North Carolina.
The Gophers spring game is at noon Saturday at the Metrodome.
I think I’ll pass on this…
a depressed Bonzo
From the Star-Tribune:
Last update: April 07, 2007 – 12:02 AM
Gophers football players arrested in assault case
By Chip Scoggins and Tom Ford, Star Tribune
The Gophers football spring game scheduled for today has been marred by news late Friday night that three players were taken into custody by university police investigating a complaint of criminal sexual conduct.
Brewster did not return messages left on his cell phone Friday night. Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi said he was disappointed by the news but said he needs to gather more information about the incident.
"Obviously we will cooperate fully with the investigation," Maturi said. "We will take the appropriate action once we know more facts about the case."
After police looked into the report, they arrested the players early Friday evening, Wolter said. They were being questioned Friday night.
"After receiving a complaint early this morning, we began an aggressive investigation," said university police Chief Greg Hestness in a written statement. "Three individuals have been taken into custody and our investigation is ongoing. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be submitted to the Hennepin County attorney for consideration of charges."
This is the first serious incident in Brewster's short tenure, and it is certain to overshadow today's spring game, which the school has dubbed the "Gopher Nation Celebration." The news broke around the same time Brewster held a reunion for a large number of former Gophers players.
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Bail has been set at $100,000 for three University of Minnesota football players jailed on suspicion of rape charges, the Hennepin County Jail reported this afternoon.
As of this morning, the players had not been formally charged with any crime.
The players were arrested Friday on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old, University police said.
Meanwhile, U athletic officials tried not to let news of the arrests infiltrate this afternoon's annual spring scrimmage, in which several thousand alumni and fans turned out at the Metrodome.
Players were told by communications staff not to discuss the situation, which has resulted in suspensions for the three players, and reporters were told that if they raised the issue, interviews would be cut short.