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Gophers suspend Reggie Lynch after criminal sexual conduct arrest

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota center Reggie Lynch has been suspended indefinitely, after he was arrested Sunday on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, according to a statement by the school. Lynch, a transfer from Illinois State who sat out last season, per NCAA rules on transfers, was booked into the Hennepin County Jail around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

As of Sunday evening, Lynch remained in custody, according to the Hennepin County Jail logs. He is being held without bail. Lynch has not been charged.

"Men's basketball student-athlete Reggie Lynch has been arrested on probable cause of criminal sexual conduct," the university's statement said. "As a result, he is suspended from all team activities indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation. As an athletics department and a University, we are committed to respect toward all members of the community, and we hold all of our student-athletes accountable to the highest standards."

Lynch, who averaged 9.5 points per game and 2.8 blocks per game for Illinois State in 2014-15, is expected to play a significant role for Richard Pitino's squad next season.

Lynch's arrest, however, extends a pattern of problems that have defined Pitino's tenure. In March, three players, Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer and Kevin Dorsey, were suspended for the duration of the season after a sex tape was released on one of the player's social media accounts.

In February, Pitino kicked Carlos Morris off the team for violating team rules. He also dismissed two players in 2014-15 due to separate incidents. Zach Lofton was dismissed for failing to "meet the expectations and obligations of the team," and Daquein McNeil was kicked off the team after he was charged with domestic assault.