Category: Nebraska Cornhuskers

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers congratulates teammate Jordan Westerkamp #1 after he scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights  on November 14, 2015 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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No charges filed in alleged rape at Nebraska players’ house


An investigation into an alleged sexual assault at the home of three current Nebraska football players will not result in charges, Lancaster County (Neb.) officials announced Wednesday.

An unidentified 20-year-old female claimed she was raped Nov. 15 at the residence of NU quarterback Tommy Armstrong (pictured, left), tight end Trey Foster and wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (pictured, right). The subsequent investigation could not prove that any type of an assault had taken place.

“Filing charges would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That simply is not there,” district attorney Joe Kelly stated in announcing the decision.  Armstrong had previously claimed that “[f]rom what we’re hearing, everything was consensual.”

The university’s athletic department released a statement in the wake of today’s announcement.

We are aware of this morning’s announcement by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lancaster County Attorney. There is no change in the status of any student-athletes. We will continue to follow University policies.

The school is in the midst of conducting its own investigation into the situation. As it stands now, all three players will be available for Friday’s game against No. 4 Iowa..

Ohio State opens a 2.5-point favorite over Michigan, other Rivalry Week odds

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Ohio State lost to Michigan State but, contrary to popular opinion, the Buckeyes are not packing it in for the rest of the season and folding the program. At least, that’s what the folks in Vegas think.

The Buckeyes opened Week 13 a 2.5-point favorite over Michigan Sunday, according to Vegas Insider. After all, Ohio State is 48-4 under Urban Meyer and has posted a 12-2 record against the hated Wolverines since Jim Tressel‘s arrival in 2001. However, both Michigan wins came in Ann Arbor, as Saturday’s game will be.

Other Rivalry Week opening lines of note:

  • Iowa (-1) at Nebraska
  • Navy at Houston (-1.5)
  • Marshall at Western Kentucky (-10.5)
  • Baylor (pick ’em) at TCU
  • North Carolina (-6) at N.C. State
  • Florida State at Florida (-3)
  • Clemson (-15.5) at South Carolina
  • Georgia (-4.5) at Georgia Tech
  • Texas A&M at LSU (-4)
  • Alabama (-13) at Auburn
  • Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech (-6.5)
  • Ole Miss (-2) at Mississippi State
  • Oklahoma (-3.5) at Oklahoma State
  • Notre Dame (-2) at Stanford
  • UCLA at USC (-3.5)


Report: Bowl industry scrambling to handle 5-7 teams

Tommy Armstrong Jr.
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Between now and Dec. 5, 18 teams teams need to meet the six-win mark or the stuff is going to hit the proverbial fan.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the bowl industry is scrambling to figure out how to fill in all 80 slots of the record 40 bowl teams if 80 eligible teams don’t play themselves into said spots. Since no bowls will go dark due to lack of available teams, bowl projection analysts say some bowls will be forced to accept 5-7 teams.

Problem is, the bowls themselves have no idea how they’re supposed to go about selecting those teams.

The NCAA bylaws say the APR is supposed to serve as the tiebreaker among available 5-7 teams, and that’s where it ends. Can a bowl game pitting the Big Ten and Pac-12 take an SEC team with a higher APR than a 5-7 Big Ten team, or do they have to stay within their conference? No one knows.

“The whole situation is very frustrating,” a source told McMurphy.

So the bowl process could result in picking teams in order of their APR (Utah State and Nebraska figure to be first in line if so), or if the bowl industry will resort back to its roots of backroom deals and good-ole-boy back-slapping.

“Whichever school can promise the most tickets and those sort of things. It will be like the old days of giving out bowl bids (to fill the bowls): like the wild, wild West,” a source told McMurphy.

Report: Police investigate alleged rape at Nebraska players’ house

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Police in Lincoln, Nebraska are currently investigating an alleged rape that took place at the house of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong and wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp. No arrests have been made, and no suspect has been formally or publicly identified at this time.

Details from a Lincoln Journal Star report say a 20-year old woman claims to have been the victim of forced sexual intercourse and claims to know the as of now unidentified suspect. The incident in question is reported to have occurred between 2:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. No arrests have been made at this time, as police are currently investigating and gathering information.

Armstrong is listed as a resident of the house where the incident is reported to have taken place, and Armstrong confirmed he has been interviewed by police. Westerkamp and Trey Foster were also interviewed, according to Armstrong. Armstrong confirmed he and others were partying after returning home from a a game at Rutgers earlier that Saturday.

“I don’t know why that person said that,” Armstrong said in a report by Omaha World-Herald. “We’re confused about the whole situation. From what we’re hearing, everything was consensual.”

“After talking to us, (the police) said you guys should be fine,” Armstrong said.

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley has come under fire before for the way he has handled football players involved in sexually violent crimes during his time at Oregon State. A former Oregon State student filed a Title XI lawsuit that blamed Riley of failing to address an allegedly sexually violent culture at Oregon State that led to a rape in 1999. Needless to say, Riley will be paying close attention to this investigation’s findings.

Bo Pelini still having meltdowns with officials at Youngstown State

Bo Pelini

If you thought a move to the FCS world would simmer Bo Pelini, think again. The former head coach of Nebraska is still raging as head coach of Youngstown State, as Saturday showed in epic fashion.

Here’s the situation. Youngstown State trailed North Dakota State, 27-24, late in the fourth quarter. The Penguins took the ball at its own 30-yard line with a chance to move down field for a tie or perhaps a win against one of the true powers of the FCS. With 29 seconds remaining on the clock and a shot a game-tying field goal about to be had, Pelini’s temper got in the way and drew not one, but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Pelini was upset over a pass interference penalty on a previous series when Youngstown State was on defense. North Dakota State went on to score a touchdown on that drive.

They didn’t like the way I was talking to them,” Pelini said of the officials after the game.

Pelini had plenty of reasons to feel hot under the collar. His Youngstown State team blew a 24-10 lead int eh fourth quarter for the loss.