Minnesota Basketball Players Acused of Rape
January 1986 Madison, WI
Dane County investigators questioned Gopher players and on January 24th, they arrested three players who were later charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old Wisconsin student the Concourse Hotel after a party.

The University of Minnesota forfeited a game against Northwestern, and basketball coach Jim Dutcher resigned over the alleged incident. Dutcher's resignation came amid criticism that he did not exercise enough control over the student-athletes who played for him. Even though the accused players were acquitted of rape, critics complained the circumstances reflected inadequate supervision.

The players involved:
  • Kevin Smith (21), of Lansing, Michigan
  • Mitchell Lee (21), of Carol City, Florida
  • George Williams Jr. (20), of Oakland, California