Minnesota basketball center Reggie Lynch faces a career-ending suspension and “complete ban” from campus until August 2020 for violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy in the spring of 2016, multiple media outlets reported Friday morning.
Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office investigated a claim about an alleged sexual assault that occurred in Lynch’s dorm room on April 28, 2016. After an investigation, Lynch reportedly was found “responsible” for the sexual assault claim. The office notified Lynch and the accuser that Lynch’s suspension would begin Jan. 9.
Lynch can request a hearing with the Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee, the Star Tribune reported. In that case, the suspension would not begin on Jan. 9, and the next steps would depend on the decision of the subcommittee.
This marks the second investigation Lynch has been a part of. In May, Lynch was arrested on suspicion that he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman. The charges were dropped in August, and Minnesota cleared him to play this season a month later.
Lynch has been a defensive force for the Golden Gophers since transferring from Illinois State, where he spent his first two seasons. After sitting out the 2015-16 campaign, Lynch earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 106 blocks.
As a redshirt senior this year, Lynch is averaging career highs in points (10.1), rebounds (8.0) and blocks (4.1).