Antoine Winfield, Jr., Kobe McCrary, and Mark Williams will return to return spring football practice after a final appeal to the university provost. The provost oversaw the university appeal process and ruled on Monday that Winfield, McCrary, and Williams would not face punishment for their involvement in an alleged sexual assault incident. Winfield and McCrary were facing one-year suspensions, but saw both punishments overturned in the initial appeal hearing. The provost upheld that decision.
Winfield sent out a Tweet after being informed of the decision:
Williams, who was facing a one-year suspension after the initial appeal hearing, had that punishment overturned by the provost upon appeal.
Seth Green and Antonio Shenault were already back at practice after having their punishments overturned in the initial appeal hearing.
KiAnte Hardin, one of four players recommended for expulsion, lost his appeal. The three other former Gophers facing expulsion — Ray Buford, Dior Johnson, and Tamarion Johnson — have already transferred to Arizona Western Community College. Carlton Djam, whose recommended expulsion was downgraded to a one-year suspension after the initial appeal hearing, had his suspension upheld by the provost.
All appeals at the university level have been exhausted. If Hardin or Djam wish to appeal their punishments further, it will have to come in the federal court system.