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Gophers end boycott

The Holiday Bowl matchup between Washington State and Minnesota is finally settled.

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Last night it seemed like the Minnesota Golden Gophers would carry their boycott into Saturday over the suspensions of ten players after the university conducted a sexual assault investigation. This morning, however, the boycott came to an end and Minnesota will start preparations to play WSU in the Holiday Bowl, according to the Star Tribune.

Just a few days ago it was announced that Minnesota had plans to boycott the Holiday Bowl after the university suspended ten players, including a handful of defensive starters, over sexual assault incidents that had happened earlier this year. While Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys tweeted out his support for their boycott, Minnesota president Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle did not.

After two nights of deliberation with Kaler and Minnesota administration, "it became clear that our original request of having the 10 suspensions overturned was not going to happen," read a statement the team released Saturday morning.

So it’s set: the Washington State Cougars will face Minnesota ten days from now on Dec. 27, as opposed to Northern Illinois who figured to be a replacement team had the boycott carried through Saturday.


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University of Minnesota football players ended their boycott of the team Saturday morning and "will immediately begin preparations" to play in the Holiday Bowl.


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