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Originally published July 19, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified July 19, 2007 at 2:03 AM

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College Football | Four Minnesota stars dismissed in rape scandal

Minnesota coach Tim Brewster kicked four accomplished players off the football team Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the rape...

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota coach Tim Brewster kicked four accomplished players off the football team Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the rape of an 18-year-old woman.

Brewster dismissed standout cornerback Dominic Jones, who was charged Monday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and three teammates who have not yet been charged with a crime — running back E.J. Jones, defensive end Alex Daniels and defensive back Keith Massey.

The new coach, who has spent his first six months on a whirlwind positivity campaign aimed at drumming up interest across the state in a moribund program, said all four violated team and university codes of conduct.

"We spend a considerable amount of time addressing our players regarding their personal conduct and we will not compromise our values," Brewster said in a statement issued by the university.

Dominic Jones, a junior and one of the team's top defensive players, is accused of assaulting a woman who was "physically helpless" after a night of binge drinking at a campus apartment in early April.

Investigators estimated the woman's blood-alcohol content was more than 0.30 percent when they say Daniels used his cellphone to film Jones with the woman. Forensic scientists later recovered a portion of the deleted video from the phone and say they have DNA evidence linking Jones to the woman.

Notes

• Nebraska WR Maurice Purify pleaded no contest to four charges as part of a deal with prosecutors in Lincoln. A Lancaster County judge sentenced him to a year of probation and fined him $1,250.

Purify was found guilty of driving while intoxicated, assault, disturbing the peace and hindering arrest. The charges stem from two incidents earlier this year.

• Rutgers assistant coach Chris Demarest pleaded not guilty to a charge he assaulted his girlfriend in a New Jersey bar Saturday.

Jonathan Beasley, a former Kansas State quarterback, was hired as receivers coach at Montana State.

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