MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota has fired head wrestling coach J Robinson, effectively immediately.
"I'm terminating Coach Robinson's contract because he was not forthcoming with his superiors when reporting his suspicions about selling and abusing prescription medication," said U of M Athletics Director Mark Coyle, during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. "While he did report drug suspicions, he chose not to share many other important details about what he knew."
Robinson has been embroiled in a scandal which included wrestlers allegedly involved in the sale and use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. In early June, the U of M placed Robinson on administrative leave as part of its investigation. In late June, Hennepin County prosecutors announced no criminal charges would be filed in the case, however, the U of M continued its internal investigation.
A University of Minnesota Police report recently released alleged a former teammate mailed Xanax to U of M wrestlers in shoe boxes. The report also alleged at least 11 people were either selling or taking drugs, or both.
According to the university’s internal investigation report, Robinson offered immunity to his players when he was not authorized to do so, as well as "took possession of and destroyed drugs turned in to him by student athletes."
Neither Robinson nor his attorney returned messages for comment, but in a letter sent to the university dated August 30th, Robinson said much of his actions were mischaracterized in the report.
"I did not tell the student athletes that I would keep their identities confidential,” he wrote.
He added, “The report is filled with excuses for the University's failure to act and masks the lack adequate policy guidance and support to assist coaches in addressing situations involving and helping student athletes with drug issues.”
As far as what could happen to the wrestlers, Coyle said he couldn't comment because of privacy laws, but he added, “We want to make sure people are honest and accountable.”