KGFW SPORTS – Big Ten responds to lawsuit; Gov. Ricketts criticizes the conference

KGFW SPORTS – Big Ten responds to lawsuit; Gov. Ricketts criticizes the conference

LINCOLN, Neb – The lawsuit filed by Husker players has received a response by the Big Ten. The league reportedly submitted a document yesterday clarifying that the Big Ten Presidents voted 11-3 in favor of postponing the fall sports season. It is believed Nebraska, Ohio St, and Iowa cast the votes against the postponement. It’s the first concrete look the conference has provided. It’s unclear how much more transparency on the process the league will provide.

Governor Pete Ricketts is calling out the Big Ten saying the conference made a mistake in both it’s decision and how it handled the announcement of it. He is calling for the league to reconsider and to let University’s handle the situations based on location. Ricketts added football this fall is very manageable in Nebraska.

Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos says the Huskers are open to hosting a pod should the NCAA decide to attempt a bubble format with college basketball. Moos also anticipates a conference only schedule when a decision is finally made on the season. Big Ten schools, including Nebraska are currently participating in on campus work outs with in season camp scheduled to start later this month.

Two former Huskers have been released by NFL teams. Defensive back Prince Amukamara has been cut by the Las Vegas Raiders. Kicker and Kearney native Brett Maher was let go by the New York Jets.

Omaha Public Schools athletes have taken to social media in an attempt to convince OPS Officials to allow fall sports to open. A gathering of athletes and families is also planned outside the OPS office this afternoon. OPS suspended all sports when it shifted to remote learning for at least the first quarter of the school year. It’s the only school district in the state not currently playing sports.

Two area teams remain in this weeks Lincoln Journal Star Class A prep football rankings. Grand Island is 8th and Kearney is 10th. The Islanders open the season Friday at home against Lincoln Pius X. The Bearcats host #2 Omaha Westside on Friday on KGFW.

Former Nebraska women’s basketball player Maddie Simon has signed a professional contract with the Avides Hurricanes in Germany. Simon was a four year letterwinner for the Huskers from 2016-2019.