Minnesota’s Reggie Lynch Suspended, Barred from Campus

Huge news came out of Minnesota, and bigger news could be on the horizon. Reggie Lynch has been suspended by the University of Minnesota and barred from campus until 2020. This comes after Lynch was found responsible for a sexual assault claim that was placed in April of 2016. An appeal is still an option, but Lynch will not play if he goes that route. It is more likely than not that he has played his last game at Minnesota, possibly ever.

Lynch was averaging 10 points and 8 rebounds for Minnesota this season. He was a significant role piece to a Golden Gopher club looking to return to the NCAA tournament. This suspension is disturbing, especially with all the reports of sexual assault that have surfaced over the past months. More disturbing is that this is the second allegation against Lynch of this nature. He was arrested on a separate occasion with the suspicion of assaulting a different female student. Lynch was suspended then, but eventually cleared of charges by both the County and the University.

What’s even more disturbing is the time the incident took place. This incident took place over a year and a half ago. Lynch never sat out a game despite being the center of an investigation. There is zero excuse for that to happen. Especially when he it’s more than one account. Innocent or guilty, if someone is accused by multiple people of sexual assault, that person should be excused from a program ten times out of ten. Lynch was not.

In a press conference earlier today, Richard Pitino said he and his staff never saw “any red flags,” when Lynch was transferring to Minnesota from Illinois State. While that may be true, when it happens a first time, there’s your red flag. And when it happens, a second time, that flag starts to hit you in the face. But not to Richard Pitino apparently.

Pitino ended a relatively unhelpful news conference by adding “I don’t know..I’m just the basketball coach.” Sound familiar? That’s what his dad said just months ago when he paid a recruit $100,000 to come to Louisville. What we learned then, stands true now: a basketball coach knows everything that is going on inside their program. They’re not a good coach is they don’t. It would have been tough to believe Pitino had no idea before. It’s even tougher now with everything that’s gone on in college basketball and the NCAA scandal.

Put simply, there is no place for this. Not just in sports, but anywhere. It’s sad and sickening that headlines like this have to hang over what has been such a fun college basketball season already. There will be more to come out about this story, but Reggie Lynch’s career at Minnesota appears to be done (rightfully so) and Richard Pitino’s could soon follow. Here’s to hoping the darkness in college basketball changes soon.

NCAA Embarrasses Themselves Again: Suspends UH Guard Rob Gray

Opening night in college basketball an exciting night for everyone. Fans, coaches and especially players relish in the feeling of their team taking the court for real, for the first time. After all, you only get one opening night a year, unless you are Houston guard Rob Gray.

Gray, who was the leading scorer in the AAC last season, did not get the same opening night experience his teammates did on Friday. He was suspended one game by the NCAA for playing in a church league basketball game this summer. According to NCAA, Gray’s participation in this game violated their rules. This suspension just further proves the NCAA seems to have no grasp on handling situations of this nature. Don’t worry though, Jay Bilas is making sure everyone knows how dysfunctional they are.

So far this year we have seen a player forced to sit out the year for enrolling in classes early. We have seen a program get away unharmed for players taking fake classes. And now, we have a player suspended for (gasp) playing basketball. Does any of that make sense?

The answer it no, it does not make sense. You can make a case about Braxton Beverly deserving to sit this season after enrolling at one school and transferring to another to try and play. You’d be wrong, but you can make a solid point. You can say UNC is a big money maker so of course they just got a slap on the wrist for making up classes. But how can you justify suspending a player for playing in a rec basketball game?

At this point players should just sit at home all off-season. Don’t practice, don’t study. Heck, don’t eat because you never know where that food came from and who served it to you. The “by the book” mentality that Mark Emmert and the NCAA is adhering to is starting to become a joke, and it’s affecting hard working players.