Minnesota Golden Gophers
suspended men’s basketball player
indefinitely after he was arrested Sunday on probable cause of criminal sexual conduct, the school announced in a statement.
Lynch is being held without bail at the Hennepin County Jail.
“As an athletics department and a University, we are committed to respect toward all members of the community, and we hold all of our student-athletes accountable to the highest standards,” the statement read.
Lynch averaged 9.5 points at
Illinois State Redbirds
two seasons ago, then transferred to Minnesota. He sat out last season but was expected to play a key role next season for Richard Pitino’s Gophers.
This arrest is, as the Star Tribune points out, the latest bad news for Pitino’s program. From the Star Tribune:
Last August, former player
pleaded guilty to third-degree assault charges. McNeil was charged in November 2014 of felony assault and felony domestic assault for allegedly beating and strangling his girlfriend. The domestic-assault-by-strangulation charge was dismissed. In February, three players were suspended after sex videos appeared on the social media sites of
, then a freshman. The involvement of the other two players —
— is not clear. The team later announced Dorsey would transfer from the program. No charges came out of that incident.
Meantime, Norwood Teague resigned from his position as Minnesota’s athletic director last August after multiple women accused him of sexual harrasment. Associate athletic director Mike Ellis, who followed Teague from
to Minnesota, resigned three months later.