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Minnesota ends boycott threat, will go to Holiday Bowl

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The University of Minnesota football team’s boycott started with a bold demand for apologies and a threat to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren’t reinstated. It ended less than 36 hours later, the university leadership never blinking, and the players backing down amid pressure from many who read details of the allegations. The Golden Gophers players announced Saturday morning that they planned to play in the Holiday Bowl, rescinding their boycott after…

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Minnesota suspensions, boycott could upend Holiday Bowl

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University of Minnesota football team is threatening to boycott one of the nation’s top second-tier bowl games over the suspension of 10 players accused of participating in a sexual assault. Prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges, and the players thought the matter was behind them. But a separate school investigation concluded Wednesday that the athletes violated a policy adopted last year that defines sexual assault as anything without a “clear and unambiguous” expression of consent.…

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