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UMD Football Players Suspended, Scholarships Lost for Alleged Underage Drinking Incident

Updated: 09/02/2014 10:39 PM
Created: 09/02/2014 5:56 PM WDIO.com

UMD head football coach said the University took action right away, upon learning about the underage drinking from Sunday night.

"We had a team meeting on Monday. And then we met with each player individually," Curt Wiese said. "We do have quite a few sanctions for team members. Some are suspended, some have lost scholarships, and two have been stripped of their roles as captain."

Names and individual consequences are not being released, but UMD's website no longer has senior linebacker Gavin Grady and senior offensive lineman Andrew Muer listed as captains. Both were among five players named as 2014 team captains back in May.

Wiese said that the party was hosted by football players. "It's a disappointment that our captains let this happen. These guys made a mistake, and the full team will feel the affects because not all of them will take the field on Saturday.

Coach Wiese acknowledged there will be an impact in their plans for the game.

"I would say five of the players who would have been out there for a significant time on Saturday will not be playing," Wiese said.

Duluth police said they responded to 1010 E. 9th Street, around 11:30 on Sunday night, on a report of a large party. Documents said that about 75 people were there. Officer Matt Nevanen said that about six officers handled the party, and were there for about an hour and a half sorting out people and writing citations. "They were cooperative and polite, more so than most parties we respond to," he said.

In total, Duluth police went to 32 party-related calls over move-in weekend, which Nevanen said is pretty tame.

As for the football team, Wiese said now it's time to move forward. "We're going to use this as a lesson moving forward, and make sure it doesn't happen again."

Eyewitness News asked for Chancellor Lynn Black to weigh in, and the University said only Coach Wiese was going to comment at this time, on behalf of the school.

UMD's season opener is on Saturday at home against Concordia-St. Paul.

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