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Forum News Service, Published December 18 2013

Only football remains on probation at Minnesota West

WORTHINGTON, Minn. - Sanctions have been lifted for most athletic programs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, school President Richard Shrubb said.

Only the football team remains on probation after receiving a recent letter from the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

“It’s probation for football only,” Shrubb said Tuesday. “They lifted probation off the other programs, which was great. It’s probation for football only for two years; cleanliness of the facility after we leave and the supervision at even away games, which is typically not what colleges do. Usually the home team supervises the facility.”

The entire MW athletic program was placed on probation following an incident after an Oct. 26 football game in Brainerd. Minnesota West players crossed the field to approach the host team, and an altercation followed in a parking lot.

Shrubb appealed the decision.

“The MCAC reconsidered its decision, so technically we were never on probation,” Shrubb said. “What they did was reconsider putting all our teams on probation.”

Shrubb said head football coach Jeff Linder will continue in his role and was not reprimanded.