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U of M police investigation on Lynch continues, attorney says

The University of Minnesota Police’s investigation following Reggie Lynch’s arrest on suspicion of rape earlier this month continues with no indication of an end date, the Gophers player’s attorney told the Star Tribune on Friday.

Lynch, a 6-9 center who played for Edina High School and transferred to the Gophers after two seasons at Illinois State, was taken into custody on May 8 after an alleged incident that ended early that morning. Lynch was never charged and was released two days later.

Since then, nearly three weeks ago, the investigation has remained ongoing.

Attorney David Valentini – who has represented several other high-profile local athletes – said the UMPD contacted him last week to inform him that the investigators were still probing. He said the defense still has not been given any details as to what the officials are looking into or who they are interviewing.

Asked how long he expects the investigation to stretch, Valentini replied, “No idea.”

Lynch, who was not eligible to play last year due to NCAA transfer rules but was projected to play a major role in next year’s team, remains suspended from team activities indefinitely. 

Gophers playing Florida State again in Big Ten/ACC challenge

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team will play Florida State in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge this winter for the third time in five seasons.

Minnesota will travel to Tallahassee to play the Seminoles on Monday, Nov. 28 on the first day of head-to-head matchups between the two conferences, which will face off for the 18th consecutive year.

Florida State, in coach Leonard Hamilton’s 14th season, finished with a 20-14 with wins over VCU, Florida, Virginia and eventual Final Four participant Syracuse. The Seminoles lost in the second round of the NIT to end their season.

Minnesota played Florida State in back-to-back ACC/ Big Ten matchups in 2013 and 2014. The Gophers, who hosted the latter of the two, won both games by a combined 19 points.

The time and broadcast information for the 2016 meeting is not yet available, but ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise all 14 events, which include each Big Ten school and all but one ACC member.

Here is the full lineup of games, which the league announced on Tuesday:

Nov. 28

Minnesota at Florida State

Wake Forest at Northwestern

Nov. 29

Syracuse at Wisconsin

Michigan State at Duke

Pittsburgh at Maryland

Iowa at Notre Dame

Georgia Tech at Penn State

NC State at Illinois

Nov. 30

Purdue at Louisville

North Carolina at Indiana

Ohio State at Virginia

Virginia Tech at Michigan

Rutgers at Miami

Nebraska at Clemson