Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys

Over the last couple weeks, the University of Minnesota football program has drawn a lot of attention for the suspension of 10 players involved in an alleged sexual assault. The story has snowballed to the point that now 400 “concerned citizens” have signed a petition stating the Golden Gophers should fire head coach Tracy Claeys.

After the original suspension of the 10 players, the football team announced it was planning on boycotting Minnesota’s National Funding Holiday Bowl appearance against Washington State on Tuesday. The boycott has since ended and the team will play Tuesday night, but the controversy around the program is still circulating.

Part of the reason why the issue is still lingering is no sanctions have been placed on the program and the petition for Claeys’ firing is gaining more and more traction.

The petition was launched on Monday, and while it focuses on the alleged sexual assault, its main focus is on a tweet from Claeys on December 15th. The tweet was posted hours after the team announced it would boycott the Holiday Bowl. Shockingly, it hasn’t been taken down yet:

About David Lauterbach

David is a writer for The Comeback. He enjoyed two Men's Basketball Final Four trips for Syracuse before graduating in 2016. If The Office or Game of Thrones is on TV, David will be watching.