The University of Minnesota investigation concerning possible use and sale of prescription drugs on the part of some Golden Gopher wrestlers is entering a new phase, with a focus on possible "serious discipline" of offenders, the ABC-TV affiliate in the Twin Cities reported this weekend.
According to KSTP-TV, "a source with direct knowledge of the ongoing investigation" said that university officials will begin interviewing all wrestlers suspected of using the anti-anxiety drug Xanax last season in the next few weeks. The report also said that "any wrestler who is found to have been less than truthful could face suspension or a loss of their scholarship."
State and federal prosecutors have declined to bring criminal charges against any Minnesota wrestlers or head coach J Robinson, who has remained on paid administrative leave since June 1. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum was named acting head coach earlier this month.
KSTP-TV also reported that emails and text messages released by the university on Friday include an email from Eggum which appears to have been sent to a number of wrestlers. It states that someone with the Office of General Counsel may be contacting them about the internal investigation, and that it's a personal decision whether they want to meet with them.
The ABC affiliate said it had contacted university administrators who would not confirm that interviews of many wrestlers are imminent, nor would they comment on the status of the internal investigation because it is still ongoing.
Just last week, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported that exit negotiations between long-time head coach Robinson and the university have stalled.
One month ago, the same newspaper reported that all 39 Minnesota wrestlers were drug tested on Sunday, March 22, the day after the conclusion of the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This weekend's KSTP report claimed that three Minnesota wrestlers tested positive for illegal drugs, but were not tested for Xanax.