Gophers release Zach Lofton from men’s hoops program

MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino announced today that junior guard Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the team, effective immediately, for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team.


“While decisions like this are always difficult, we felt it was in the interest of our program to move forward at this time,” said Pitino. “We wish Zach nothing but the best in the future.”


Lofton, who played his high school basketball at Columbia Hts will be able to remain at the University under scholarship for the duration of the 2014-15 academic year.


The Gophers open the season officially on Friday, November 14, when they face Louisville in the ESPN Armed Forces Classic at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico.

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