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Report: Minnesota players planning to threaten boycott of Holiday Bowl over suspended teammates

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Report: Minnesota players planning to threaten boycott of Holiday Bowl over suspended teammates

Could the 10 suspensions handed out at Minnesota lead to a boycott of the Gophers' bowl game?

That's the latest from the Star Tribune, which reported Thursday that after a players-only meeting, the team is planning to threaten a boycott of the Holiday Bowl over indefinite suspensions handed out to 10 players, five of whom are reportedly facing expulsion from the school.

Obviously, the team is opposed to those suspensions, hence the team's action.

Earlier this week, the university announced the suspensions for 10 players, which stemmed from an investigation into an incident in early September, where a sexual assault was alleged.

A police investigation into that incident yielded no charges, and restraining orders against a handful of players were lifted in early November. But this new investigation done by the university's office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action produced far different results.

Ten players have been indefinitely suspended. Five are facing expulsion: KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson and Carlton Djam. Four are facing a one-year suspension: Antoine Winfield Jr., Seth Green, Mark Williams and Kobe McCrary. And one, Antonio Shenault, could receive probation. All those details from the Star Tribune.

The Gophers are slated to take on the Washington State Cougars in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Diego.

Northwestern University supports Ifeadi Odenigbo at George Floyd protests

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Northwestern University supports Ifeadi Odenigbo at George Floyd protests

Northwestern University tweeted support for one of their football alumni who’s participated in the protests over George Floyd’s death in police custody.

Ifeadi Odenigbo played for the Wildcats from 2012-2016 and finished his four years there with 23.5 sacks.

Odenigbo now plays in Minneapolis-- where these protests began-- for the Minnesota Vikings.

Besides getting out and marching with protestors, Odenigbo has been active on Twitter retweeting posts related to the unrest, including a message from his former coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Odenigbo is the first person in his family to be born in the United States. His parents immigrated here from Nigeria.

RELATED: Nick Foles shares thoughts on George Floyd death protests

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Illinois came close to adding Divison I hockey team before coronavirus spread

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Illinois came close to adding Divison I hockey team before coronavirus spread

After trying to add a Division I men's ice hockey program at the University of Illinois for nearly three years, the school was finally close. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The Chicago Tribune reported Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman told media on Monday that the university was forced to "hit the pause button" on the hopes and dreams of alums, sports fans and young hockey players with midwest ties. 

“Clearly with everything that’s changed here in the last six weeks, it makes sense for us to hit the — at least the short-term — pause button on that project while we wait and let things unfold in the weeks and months ahead,” Whitman said.

According to Whitman, U of I was about a month away from forming the program before the pandemic changed things.

The state of Illinois produces the fourth-most college hockey players but has no Division I hockey team yet. 

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