MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota junior center Reggie Lynch has been reinstated to the team, after his arrest this spring on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct didn’t produce charges.
The Gophers confirmed Thursday that Lynch has returned from the suspension that was issued after he was jailed briefly following the May 8 incident. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office declined to take the case, citing insufficient evidence proving a crime was committed.
The 6-foot-9 Lynch, who played at Edina High School in suburban Minneapolis, sat out last season per NCAA rule following his transfer from Illinois State.
For Illinois State, Lynch led the Missouri Valley Conference in blocked shots as both a freshman and a sophomore, averaging 2.8 per game. In the 2014-15 season, he averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 22.2 minutes.
Minnesota has also hired Ed Conroy as an assistant men’s basketball coach.
The hire of the former head coach at Tulane and The Citadel was announced Thursday by Gophers coach Richard Pitino.
Conroy was fired by Tulane in March after posting a 92-103 record over six years there. That included a 20-15 mark in 2012-13, the first 20-win season by the Green Wave in 13 years.
Prior to that, Conroy went 49-76 over four seasons at his alma mater The Citadel. The native of Davenport, Iowa, was the Southern Conference coach of the year for 2008-09.
Conroy has 25 seasons of coaching experience, also serving as an assistant at North Carolina State, VMI, Furman, Tulsa, Tennessee and Coastal Carolina. Conroy is a cousin of the late best-selling author Pat Conroy.
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