Minnesota Uni fires Tracy Claeys
Tracy Claeys was not fired as University of Minnesota football coach for bad on field performance.
He lost his gig because the university was tired of bad conduct off the field and bad publicity surrounding it. The school suspended 10 players prior to their Holiday Bowl appearance against Washington State as it investigates an incident where a game day operations worker said she was sexually assaulted by football players.
Minnesota initially suspended four players as the victim issued a restraining order against the players and reached a settlement with players. Some players threatened to boycott the bowl game and Claeys supported their decision and that led to his down fall.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner was not happy with the decision.
“This is a terrible decision by the administration,” he said. “This is a pretty sad day for Gopher football.”
Later he said: “No one is happy with administration right now. I don’t know who would want to be part of this program at this time.”
The school’s athletic director Mark Coyle disagreed saying: “Let me be clear. This was the right thing to do. Coach Claeys’ tweet (supporting players) was not helpful.”
The Gophers finished 9-4 and beat WSU in the Holiday Bowl. It was their best season since finishing 10-3 in 2003. Claeys recently signed a three-year contract worth $4.5 million and will be owed $500,000 for the remaining two years of his deal.