Off-field problems continue to hurt Minnesota's program, as running back Shady Salamon is the latest player to get in trouble with police.
Salamon was cited for underage drinking Jan. 8 along with his former high school teammate and current Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. The 20-year-old Floyd told police that he had been involved in a fight near the Minnesota campus and had been drinking. Salamon, 19, also admitted he had been drinking.
A team spokesman told the Star Tribune that head coach Tim Brewster is aware of the situation and will deal with it internally. Two other Gophers players, offensive lineman Ryan Wynn and running back Kevin Whaley, were involved in incidents in Arizona following the team's appearance in the Insight Bowl. Whaley since has been granted his release from the team.
"Obviously, we're bothered by it,'' Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi told the Star Tribune. "I think any issue is an issue we're concerned about, but when you have multiple issues, you're more concerned. .... Obviously, we're not successful getting our message across [to Minnesota athletes]."
Salamon started two games at running back in 2008 but wasn't in the mix there this fall. The team auditioned him at defensive back during bowl practices, and Salamon recorded six tackles on special teams.