Minnesota football team will play in Holiday Bowl

Posted at 9:56 AM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 12:09:29-05

The University of Minnesota football team will play in the Holiday Bowl, reversing a threat to boycott the game because of the suspension of 10 players accused of participating in a sexual assault.

Arizona State University was one of just a few teams that were expected to be in the running to replace Minnesota in the game, had the players followed through with the boycott.

The players announced Saturday they will play Washington State on Dec. 27 in the game in San Diego.

No criminal charges were filed against the players, but a school investigation concluded this week the athletes violated university policy. On Thursday, players said they wouldn't practice or play unless their teammates' suspensions were revoked.

A group of seniors from the team met with the board of regents, university President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle on Friday night.

The school declined the players' request to reinstate the suspended players.