Report: Multiple Nebraska football players suing the B1G of decision to postpone season
Eight Nebraska football players have filed a lawsuit against the B1G, seeking a reversal of the conference’s decision to postpone fall sports and the college football season until spring. Evan Bland of the Omaha World-Herald reported the news on Thursday.
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 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,” attorney Mike 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” last week, 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.
Could this finally get the B1G to provide some answers? So far, nothing else has worked.