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Reggie Lynch Suspended from Minnesota Indefinitely Following Arrest

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst III

Northwestern's JerShon Cobb, left, guards Illinois State's Reggie Lynch during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team has suspended center Reggie Lynch indefinitely after he was arrested on "probable cause of criminal sexual conduct" on Sunday, according to Marcus R. Fuller of the Pioneer Press.

The junior did not play last year because of NCAA transfer rules. He spent his first two years of college basketball with the Illinois State Redbirds.

Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Lynch was arrested Sunday afternoon but has not been formally charged.

"Lynch will remain suspended from team pending conclusion of the investigation," Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino said, per Rayno.

"I am deeply disappointed with the recent allegations and the impact this situation has on all involved," Pitino added, per Marcus R. Fuller of the Pioneer Press.

This is the third time since 2014 that Minnesota is dealing with a controversy. Former player Daquein McNeil was dismissed from the program in January 2015 after being arrested in November 2014—he eventually pleaded guilty to assault charges. This season, three players were suspended in February after sex videos appeared on freshman guard Kevin Dorsey's social media account, per Rayno.

Lynch is the latest name to join the controversial list, and he was expected to be a vital contributor for the Golden Gophers after they went 8-23 this past season. Bakary Konate is the only other center on Minnesota's roster, and he averaged only 4.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last year.

Lynch's defense and athleticism set him apart from others on Minnesota's roster. He averaged 2.8 blocks per game in his sophomore year at Illinois State.

Last season was a struggle for Minnesota, and with the continued drama surrounding the program, Pitino is in for more than a traditional rebuilding process.

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