Gophers' Reggie Lynch suspended after alleged sexual assault

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Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The nation's third-leading shot-blocker has been suspended from the University of Minnesota's campus until August of 2020, according to a report from the Pioneer Press. He's planning to appeal the suspension, a process that could take some time before a final decision on his playing status is made. He was allowed to play this season while the school investigated the new allegation.

University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch has been suspended from athletic competition by the school following a sexual misconduct investigation.

While Coyle told reporters that the university "appropriately and swiftly" handles any allegations involving students, critics on Friday blasted the university for not doing enough to respond to the allegations against Lynch.

After his arrest, Lynch was suspended from the team and Minneapolis police investigated the case. Sexual misconduct includes the following behaviors: sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual or gender-based harassment.

Lynch was arrested on suspicion of "criminal sexual conduct" in 2016 but ultimately not charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's office and was cleared by a school investigation, which said they had insufficient evidence for a case. Per University rules, Lynch can request a hearing by the Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee (SSMS) if he disagrees with the EOAA's finding. The Star-Tribune is reporting that the accuser reported the incident this fall.

Lynch, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 10.1 points, 8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game for the Gophers.

It was the second EOAA investigation into an alleged sexual assault by Lynch, a senior who transferred to Minnesota after two seasons at Illinois State.

He can appeal the suspension, but if it goes forward, it will effectively end his college basketball career.

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