MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - One incident can be considered a problem, but with multiple suspensions since February, fans are starting to see a pattern with the University of Minnesota Men’s Basketball team.
The latest issue stems from the arrest of Reggie Lynch for suspicion of criminal sexual conduct by University of Minnesota police on Sunday morning. The team immediately suspended Lynch -- he is now the fifth player either suspended or dismissed from the Gophers program since the start of the year.
“We simply, as regents, do not tolerate this kind of behavior that has been ongoing in the basketball program,” Minnesota Board of Regents chair Dean Johnson said. “It’s disturbing. It’s bothersome.”
This new revelation also raises a few more questions that pertain to what’s going on in the Gopher basketball program.
“At what point will the Gophers fan base say, ‘We've had enough?” season ticket holder Brian Slipka said. “We’re tired. There have been so many things and it seems like it never seems to end.”
Fans are frustrated with the way things are currently going, but Slipka is optimistic about the future of the program.
“Pitino has us in the right direction,” Slipka said. “I think with the new recruits, some local, they can be part of the turnaround.”
“I would suggest to Mr. (Richard) Pitino that he right the ship and perhaps get a different kind of a player that has a higher standard,” Johnson added. “What has happened in the past is not working, and that’s not acceptable at the University of Minnesota.”
FOX 9 reached out to the Minnesota athletics department for additional comment on the matter on Monday, they are standing by their original statement.