Pacyga said the university's burden of proof is lower in student disciplinary proceedings than it is in criminal cases, which makes the allegations harder to defend against.
Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Abby Simons of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweeted out quotes.
Pacyga said he agreed that society needed a "correction. but there might be a little bit of a hysteria going on" in the rush and desire to correct past wrongs.
Pacyga said Lynch fully cooperated with the university's investigation without the presence of a lawyer-even though he had the right not to.More news: Is Grace Mugabe's Phd Legitimate? Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Body Investigates
Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle had already suspended the 6-10 senior on January 5, a day after a university investigation found him responsible for sexual misconduct in two incidents in April 2016. He did not play Saturday against IN but has been practicing with the team.
Requesting a hearing from the Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee is the next step for students who want to appeal an EOAA ruling.
Hutton and Pacyga were involved with the 10 Gophers football players in last year's case of an alleged sexual assault.
Lynch has appealed the findings from the two April 2016 incidents, the first of which he was arrested for.
Pacyga's news conference was held one day after it was reported that a second EOAA investigation found Lynch responsible for sexual misconduct.More news: French league suspends goalline technology after cup errors
"Reggie Lynch categorically denies all of these allegations in both instances", Pacyga said.
The accuser, who wished only to be identified as Alex, called Pacyga's discussion of her case a "violation of privacy".
"We've got the #MeToo movement right now", he said. That's what happened here.
Two more allegations have come to light since.
The EOAA investigations began in October 2017, around 18 months after the alleged incidents occurred. Law enforcement could have come in and collected the bedding, could have had the accuser do a sexual assault exam where she would have DNA swabs done and they would test for DNA and semen. They would look for all of these scientific methods that we have the technology to do that can either incriminate someone or clear their name. "Reggie Lynch is in for the fight of his life and I'm afraid because he's already been denied a fair investigation by virtue of evidence that can not be collected".More news: No. 4 Michigan State shrugs off loss, focuses on Rutgers