Hours after Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Richard Pitino said Reggie Lynch had rejoined practice despite being suspended until 2020, the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action has recommended expulsion after a third allegation against the player has surfaced.
The Star Tribune was able to obtain the third complaint on Tuesday. It marks the third woman to come forward accusing Lynch of sexual misconduct.
Earlier on Tuesday, Pitino said Lynch rejoined practice.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Lynch has gotten in trouble for horrific behavior.
An investigation by Minnesota’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office found Lynch was “responsible” for an April 28, 2016 “sexual misconduct incident.” That investigation is a completely different from the one the Star Tribune uncovered on Tuesday.
In May 2016, Lynch was arrested for a sexual assault that also took place in his dorm room. For the sake of clarity, the police declined to press charges, citing a lack of evidence. The university, which did an investigation, cleared him as well.
While a lot of the information in regard to Lynch’s past falls in the scuttlebutt category, sexual assault victim advocate Abby Honold has gone on the record stating that she’s spoken to “numerous” women who have fallen victim to his behavior.
As for Minnesota itself, the university keeps finding itself in the middle of sexual misconduct scandals. Three basketball players were suspended in 2016 for tweeting out a video of a threesome, and the other was about the football program’s gang-rape debacle.