The B1G has responded to the lawsuit filed by eight football student-athletes at Nebraska.

On Thursday, Evan Bland of the Omaha World-Herald reported that eight football players at Nebraska filed a lawsuit against the B1G for its decision to postpone the fall football season. A few hours later, the conference released a statement.

Below are the contents of the message, as shared on social media by Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald:

“The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors overwhelmingly voted to postpone the fall sports season based on medical concerns and in the best interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes. This was an important decision for our 14 member institutions and the surrounding communities.

“We share the disappointment that some student-athletes and their families are feeling. However, this lawsuit has no merit and we will defend the decision to protect all student-athletes as we navigate through this global pandemic. We are actively considering options to get back to competition and look forward to doing so when it is safe to play.”

The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that it received a copy of a 13-page complaint that contends the B1G’s decision to postpone the season on Aug. 11. The lawsuit is to be filed in the District Court of Lancaster County.

The complaint raises three issues with the B1G:

  • Wrongful interference with business expectations
  • Breach of contract
  • Declaratory judgment

“Our clients want to know whether there was a vote and the details of any vote, and whether the B1G followed its own rules in reaching its decision,” attorney Mike Flood said in a statement. “Sadly, these student-athletes have no other recourse than filing a lawsuit against their conference.”