Several football players suspended for bowl game

Some players have been disciplined for violating team rules, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday night.

Gopher defense celebrates a fourth down stop at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Gophers beat the Badgers 37-15 for the first time since 2003.

Tony Saunders

Gopher defense celebrates a fourth down stop at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Gophers beat the Badgers 37-15 for the first time since 2003.

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The Gophers are expected be without at least six players for the Quick Lane Bowl due to disciplinary action taken by the team for a violation of team rules, according to reports from Star Tribune and Pioneer Press. The players are not allowed to practice with the team and face suspension.

A representative for the team said he could not comment on the situation as of Wednesday. The representative said that head coach P.J. Fleck will be available to the media on Dec. 19.

The suspension is not expected to be related to any act of violence or assault, rather for undisclosed disciplinary action.

This suspension marks the second time in the last three years that Gopher players will be kept out of a bowl game. In 2016, 10 players were suspended prior to the Holiday Bowl in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

The Gophers (6-6) are set to take on Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26. The team qualified for the bowl after defeating Wisconsin 37-15 on Nov. 24.

Jack Warrick contributed to this report.