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Report: Northern Illinois Would Replace Minnesota In Holiday Bowl If There's A Boycott

If Minnesota boycotts the Holiday Bowl, another team is lined up to replace them.

Minnesota's football players announced a boycott tonight of all football activities until suspensions are lifted for the 10 players indefinitely suspended for an alleged sexual assault incident.

That boycott could, potentially, include the Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl against Washington State.

The Holiday Bowl released a statement, saying they are monitoring what's going on.

Statement from Mark Neville, Executive Director, National Funding Holiday Bowl:

“We are continuing to prepare for the National Funding Holiday Bowl on December 27, however, we are aware of the situation at the University of Minnesota and are monitoring it closely.”

If Minnesota does end up boycotting the game, there is another team lined up to replace them, according to ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy.

Northern Illinois, which went 5-7 this season, is next in line and "would likely play" according to McMurphy.

The Holiday Bowl is set to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The contest is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.