Minnesota announced Thursday that center Reggie Lynch has been reinstated to the team.
If you recall, Lynch was suspended in May amid suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. Lynch sat out all of last season after transferring in from Illinois state.
— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) September 8, 2016
“I can confirm that Reggie has been reinstated for all team activities,” Dan Reisig, the team’s spokesman, told ESPN.com.
As Myron Medcalf of ESPN also reports, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office said it had declined to press charges against Lynch because it had “insufficient evidence to prove that a crime was committed.”
Lynch, a 6’9”, 260-pound junior center from Edina, Minnesota, was a major contributor for Illinois State in the 2014-15 season. He helped an Illinois State team push Northern Iowa to the limits in the 2015 Missouri Valley Championship after beating Wichita State in the semifinals the day before. The Redbirds would then go on to participate in the NIT before losing to Old Dominion in the second round.
Lynch is coming off a 2014-15 season in which he averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks (which ranked 14th in the country), while being a steady force in the paint. He’ll have two years of eligibility with the Golden Gophers.
Meanwhile in other Minnesota news, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports that Golden Gophers’ coach Richard Pitino has hired Ed Conroy as an assistant coach.
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino has added former Tulane head coach Ed Conroy to his staff.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) September 8, 2016
Conroy, 49, last coached at Tulane where he compiled a 92-103 record in six years (2010-2016) at the New Orleans school. He also coached The Citadel, and has a career coaching record of 141-179.
Minnesota is coming off a trying season in which it went just 8-23 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten.