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Nebraska football broke the rule regarding countable coaches

According to a settlement agreement issued by the Division I Committee on Infractions, the Nebraska football team broke NCAA regulations governing countable coaches and the football head coach violated head coach accountability standards.

The institution, football head coach, and NCAA enforcement staff all agreed that a former football special teams analyst instructed student-athletes during practices and film sessions on technical or tactical matters. Additionally, he aided in tactical decisions made during games. Due to his status as a noncoaching staff member, his training of student-athletes resulted in the program exceeding the permitted number of coaches, a violation of NCAA rules

According to the agreement, while the head coach did address concerns about the analyst’s instruction of student-athletes with the analyst directly, he did not appropriately monitor the analyst or notify compliance staff that violations had occurred. As a result, the football head coach violated head coach responsibility rules.

This case was processed through the negotiated resolution process (PDF). The process was used instead of a formal hearing or summary disposition because the university, the involved coaches and the enforcement staff agreed on the violations and the penalties. The Division I Committee on Infractions reviewed the case to determine whether the resolution was in the best interests of the Association and whether the agreed-upon penalties were reasonable. Negotiated resolutions may not be appealed and do not set precedent for other infractions cases.

The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university and the football head coach. The decision contains the full list of penalties as approved by the Committee on Infractions, including a one-year extension to the current probationary period (through April 2023) and a $10,000 fine.




Written by Eren Kilic

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