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Minnesota's Broback returns from leave of absence

MINNEAPOLIS -- Forward Jamie Broback, Minnesota's top
returning scorer and rebounder, was reinstated to the team Tuesday
after a weeklong leave of absence.

Broback met with coach Pam Borton and her staff before practice,
and Borton decided to allow Broback to resume weightlifting and
other activities with teammates and then rejoin the Gophers in
practice next week.

Borton didn't specify exactly why Broback was dismissed, simply
describing the absence for "personal reasons," but she indicated
that academics were part of it.

"Jamie has taken steps to take care of business off the
court," Borton said. "Everybody is happy that she's back with the
team."

No. 16 Minnesota opens its season at home Saturday against San
Francisco in the Subway Classic. The 6-foot-3 junior, who averaged
14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and was an All-Big Ten
honorable mention choice last season, will be on the bench but not
in uniform, Borton said.

"There are certain things that Jamie needs to take care of to
integrate herself into the team," she said.