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College football notes: Minnesota may boycott bowl game

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A Minnesota helmet hangs on a sideline heater during a game in Minneapolis against Michigan State on Nov. 24, 2012.
(Paul Battaglia / Associated Press)

The entire Minnesota football team said it is boycotting all football activities, which could include its bowl game, until it gets satisfactory answers from the university about the suspension of 10 players. 

The school suspended the players Tuesday after an internal investigation into a sexual assault case. Police declined to arrest or charge any of the players, but the school suspended them based on its own standards for conduct. 

The team’s players said they haven’t ruled out skipping the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 against Washington State in San Diego. 

“The boycott will remain in effect until due process is followed and the suspensions for all 10 players are lifted,” senior receiver Drew Wolitarsky said, reading from a statement while flanked by all of his teammates. 

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