Four Minnesota football players will not be charged in sexual assault case

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Four Minnesota football players will not be charged in an alleged sexual assault case, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.

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Authorities said they are declining to file charges on the grounds of insufficient, admissible evidence in the case.

Defensive end Tamarion Johnson and defensive backs Dior Johnson, KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford were all suspended prior to the team’s opener against Indiana State last month. The four Gophers were being investigated after a woman filed a complaint that she was sexually assaulted but none of the players were arrested in conjunction with the case.

Head coach Tracy Claeys is expected to address the status of the players on Tuesday. Of the four, only Buford was expected to significantly contribute this season after earning the starting job at cornerback following fall camp.

Minnesota hosts Iowa on Saturday in their next outing.