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Gophers Wrestling Coach Takes Temporary Leave Due To Xanax Incident

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Veteran wrestling coach J Robinson is on a temporary leave from his job assignment with the University of Minnesota Gophers.

Athletic director Mark Coyle announced the decision early Wednesday, a week after the university was shaken by inquiries that wrestlers under the tutelage of Robinson, were using and selling the prescription medicine Xanax, ABC 5 Eyewitness News reported.

The local police authorities of the University of Minnesota were given inside information by the university officials last April. A representative from the university stated that four members of the Gophers wrestling team purportedly hawked the anxiety disorder medication pills for $5 dollars apiece.

In addition, other members of the team amounting to 19 are believed to have blended the pill with caffeinated beverages. The legal counsel of Robinson made public a written information which asserted that their client "specifically notified the interim athletic director, and of his specific desire to have wrestlers tested."

Along with the released statement Robinson's attorney told the website that they have retained a recorded material that asserts that the latter reported the event. 

Robinson assembled a group conference with the wrestlers after learning of the issue and requested the Xanax pills to be discarded in return for an "acquittal."  About 1,400 pills were forwarded to Robinson while the rest were dumped in the waterway, MPR News reported. 

The University of Minnesota released a statement which sternly mentioned that the institution takes such claims never on a light-hearted note and that upon obtaining such valuable data, the school officials immediately made it available to the University of Minnesota Police Department. As a course of action, the university is consenting for the UMPD's own private investigation before the former will also operate an internal investigation of their own, KSTP reported.

Robinson has spent 30 years coaching the program, winning three national championships. He signed a contract extension last summer through 2020. 

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