Report: Court rules B1G must provide more info on decision to postpone football in lawsuit filed by 8 Huskers
The B1G is going to be required to provide more information on its decision to postpone the football season and other fall sports in 2020, a Lancaster County (Nebraska) district court has ruled. Evan Bland of the Omaha World-Herald reported the news.
Eight Nebraska football players represented by lawyer Mike Flood filed a lawsuit against the B1G for its decision to postpone fall football. Now, the B1G will have 10 days to “produce additional documents in its decision to postpone fall sports,” Bland is reporting.
However, Bland does state that the information does not have to include meeting minutes from the presidents and chancellors meetings and won’t include specific medical information or data that may have led to the decision.
Still, it will force the B1G to provide a little more clarity on the situation.
The Omaha World-Herald reported last week 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 was filed in the District Court of Lancaster County.
The eight Huskers represented in the lawsuit are:
- Garrett Snodgrass
- Garrett Nelson
- Ethan Piper
- Noa Pola-Gates
- Alante Brown
- Brant Banks
- Brig Banks
- Jackson Hannah
Per the Omaha World-Herald those student-athletes have families who are “core” members of the Nebraska football parents group. The parent group has sought for answers and explanations from the B1G and commissioner Kevin Warren, but have received next to nothing.
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,” Flood said in a statement. “Sadly, these student-athletes have no other recourse than filing a lawsuit against their conference.”
The B1G was the first Power 5 conference to postpone the college football season. Three others — MAC, Mountain West and Pac-12 — have done the same.
Warren released an “Open Letter to the B1G Community” two weeks ago, attempting to clear up some of the vagueness in the league’s decision. However, the document still spoke in vague generalities and many players and parents have still not been satisfied with the response from the conference or its commissioner.