Minnesota football team will play in Holiday Bowl

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota football team will play in the Holiday Bowl, reversing a threat to boycott the game because of the suspension of 10 players accused of sexual assault.

The players made the announcement at a news conference Saturday after a group of seniors from the team met with the board of regents, university President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle on Friday night.

The school declined the players’ request to reinstate the suspended players. However, the team rescinded its boycott and will play Washington State on Dec. 27 in San Diego.

“As a team we understand that what has occurred these last few days and playing football for the University of Minnesota is larger than just us,” said wider receiver Drew Wolitarsky.

Player suspensions, boycott could upend Holiday Bowl

The players said they received assurances from the university the suspended teammates will receive a fair hearing, helping them agree to lift their boycott.

The players also were promised the school will “show support for our team and the character shown by the great majority of our players,” while working to highlight the issue of sexual assault.

No criminal charges were filed against the players for what happened on ept. 2 matter. But a school iinvestigation concluded this week the athletes violated university policy. On Thursday, players said they wouldn’t practice or play unless their teammates’ suspensions were revoked.