Minnesota coach hurt outside bar; police trying to figure out what happened

Mike Christopherson

The detective in charge of the investigation into how University of Minnesota-Crookston coach Jeff Oseth suffered a serious head injury early Monday morning outside a downtown Grand Forks bar told the Times today that it's going to take some time to piece together what happened.

Lt. Rahn Farder said several people interviewed at the time of the incident had been consuming alcohol, and as part of an effort to get clearer, more reliable information, police will interview several people again.

"We need to talk to folks after they've had a little time to think about what happened and what they saw," Farder said. "This is going to take awhile. We're going to interview several people, and we need to get them all in here."

Oseth, head coach of the UMC men's Golden Eagles basketball team, is in a private room at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks on Wednesday after being removed from the intensive care unit Tuesday. He suffered a fractured skull and a broken eardrum outside Gilly's Bar and Grill in Grand Forks early Monday.

Farder said Oseth had been drinking in the bar and had been asked to leave. Oseth complied, the lieutenant said, and the preliminary investigation indicates that he was injured outside the door of the bar and grill, located on Third Street.

"What we're looking at is, ‘Did he fall or did something else happen?’" Farder said. "There's no evidence to indicate a big brawl or fight, but that there was a small disturbance in the bar and that he'd been asked to leave."

He said he'll want to interview Oseth as well, when he's up for it.

Krista Lemos, director of communications at UMC, told the Times today that the campus' first concern is for Oseth's speedy recovery, and that the campus community is keeping Oseth and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Oseth's wife, Lea, is a childcare teacher in the UMC Children's Center.

Beyond that, Lemos said she won't comment on personnel matters, other than to say that the university is aware that there was an accident, Oseth suffered a head injury and that the Grand Forks Police Department is conducting an investigation.

Crookston Daily Times