Texas Tech Red Raiders inside receiver Cornelius Douglas (2) rushes for a touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Kansas State defeated Texas Tech 41-34. (Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)
Both the Red Raiders and Golden Gophers will be down players when the teams take the field in the Meinecke Car Care Bowl.
Texas Tech has suspended starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas, Chris Payne (a linebacker who played mostly on Texas Tech’s special teams), and backup defensive tackle Leon Mackey. The school’s athletic department has not yet divulged what rules, exactly, were violated, but the three will not be playing in the bowl game.
The same can be said for Minnesota wide receiver Andre McDonald. The freshman will be out after committing a violation of team rules. He is seventh on the team with 10 receptions.
The news of the suspensions for Tech comes on the heels of the abrupt departure of former coach Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville reportedly left three recruits in the middle of dinner to hop on a plane to take over at Cincinnati.
The onus has thus been on interim head coach Chris Thomsen, who made the decision to suspend his players prior to the team’s bowl game.
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