UT-Chattanooga head coach Rusty Wright says team was ready to face Nebraska: 'It's disappointing'
With Wisconsin unable to play this weekend against Nebraska due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Huskers looked outside the Big Ten and appeared to have a chance to play UT-Chattanooga this Saturday to fill that hole in the schedule.
Unfortunately for those in Lincoln, the conference didn’t think that was a good idea. It announced Thursday it would not allow Nebraska to take on the Mocs on Saturday. That left many Husker fans and plenty of people inside the program upset with the decision.
Thursday’s decision came in a regularly scheduled meeting among the Big Ten presidents/chancellors. They decided non-conference games would not be allowed in 2020.
Once that decision was made, it meant there was no chance for the Huskers to host Chattanooga. Nebraska officials came out and gave cordial statements following the decision.
Not only were the Huskers denied a chance at another game, so too were the Mocs:
“Sure, it’s disappointing,” Chattanooga coach Rusty Wright told ESPN. “When you have an opportunity to go to a place like Nebraska and don’t get to go, it’s disappointing. If they had told us to be there Wednesday night, we would have gone on Wednesday night. I’m just thankful I have an administration that’s open-minded about giving kids a chance to play.”
Both sides have valid points here. But in 2020, the biggest frustration is the constant moving of the goalposts when it comes to what’s allowed and what’s not. Unfortunately, that’s just the state of the world at this point.