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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Gophers dismiss receiver after arrest

By Brian Bennett

Minnesota has dismissed wide receiver Ge'Shun Harris after he was charged with financial transaction card fraud.

The charge, which is a felony, was filed against Harris on March 5, and Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said in a statement that he was made aware of the situation Thursday afternoon.

"We had no idea about this situation until today," Kill said in a news release. "Every member of our team is well-aware of our expectations of them and how we enforce our team policies."

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Harris is accused of taking a bag that did not belong to him off the carousel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Jan. 4. He later allegedly used a credit card that had been in the bag to buy gas and $462 worth of merchandise at Macy's.

Police said that when questioned, Harris admitted taking the bag but had done so mistakenly. Police said Harris told them he had used the credit card on four occasions.

The newspaper report also says Harris pleaded guilty to petty misdemeanor theft in December and faces a previous shoplifting charge from an incident at a Walmart in St. Paul.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Harris was a junior college transfer into the program last year. He played in five games and had one catch for 28 yards against Michigan State.