Minnesota starting center and reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Reggie Lynch has been suspended indefinitely following an investigation that found him responsible for a sexual misconduct violation.
Reports from both the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune indicated that the University's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action suggested that Lynch be banned from campus and all university activities until 2020, following an investigation of the allegations. However, athletic director Mark Coyle said in a Friday press conference that Lynch is suspended from athletic competition indefinitely, but is still a member of the Minnesota basketball program and will be allowed to practice with the team.
The allegations against Lynch are the second such accusations, following a May 8, 2016 incident for which Lynch was arrested on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old woman in an on-campus apartment. Following an investigation, Lynch was cleared of charges after it was found Lynch likely believed the act was consensual.
The accusations that led to Lynch's most recent suspension allegedly occurred in a separate incident in the spring of 2016 in Lynch's dorm room. The alleged victim is a 20-year-old female who attended a separate university. He was not immediately suspended for the most recent allegations because there was no police investigation, according to reports.
Lynch is averaging 10.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Gophers this season, who are 13-3, 2-1 on the year.