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University of Minnesota clears three football players in sexual assault case

TCF Stadium, home of the Minnesota Gophers, prior to an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Three Minnesota Gophers players will be allowed to return to the team after being cleared of sexual harassment allegations stemming from an incident in September that resulted in the suspension of 10 players.

Defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr., running back Kobe McCrary and quarterback Mark Williams had appeals of a one-year suspension upheld.

“These couple of months have been nothing short of a nightmare for me and I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me and shown nothing but love,” Winfield posted his Twitter page on Monday. “Today I have officially been cleared and I am excited to tear up the field for my brothers and my gopher fans.”

The suspensions led to a two-day boycott from Gopher players leading up to the Holiday Bowl. They eventually dropped the boycott and won the bowl game, but Minnesota fired head coach Tracy Claeys.





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