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The Minnesota Gophers Fancy Themselves A Legitimate Big 10 Team

Gary Tinsley Cedrick McKinleyTim DandridgeThe Gophers get a brand new football stadium and now the players think they can act like a big-time, Division I college football team. At least sophomore linebacker Gary Tinsley (above left) apparently thinks so. He was busted by campus police early Sunday morning and has now been cited for underage drinking and fleeing police.

According to the police report, officers arrived at the house after receiving a call about a fight involving 15 to 20 men. Police were responding to a 911 caller who reported that several members of the Gophers football team were en route to the house in the 700 block of 15th Avenue SE to assault him. Upon arrival, according to the report, police found that a member of the Augsburg College football team had been assaulted.

Tinsley has not been suspended yet at this point, but it certainly appears that the Gophers football team is trying to make up for lost time. Head coach Tim Brewster already suspended defensive end Cedric McKinley and safety Tim Dandridge earlier this week for two games, including Minnesota’s key matchup with Wisconsin this Saturday, for unspecified violations of team rules. Inital reports are that the suspension of McKinley (above center) and Dandridge (above right) and the Tinsley situation are unrelated.

So, good for you, Minnseota Golden Gophers football team. With a new stadium and a new attitude, you guys are finally on your way to (dis)respectability), just like all of the other big shot programs. Before you know it, you’ll be brawling with the men’s basketball team. Then you’ll know that you have arrived.

U linebacker cited for drinking, fleeing police [Star Tribune]
Brewster suspends 2 defensive players [Star Tribune]