The Nebraska Cornhuskers have just taken a huge blow for the opening game this season. It was reported Thursday afternoon that head coach Mike Riley had suspended five players for the BYU game.
According to Scout.com, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune sat in on a Nebraska coaches’ meeting in Lincoln on Thursday. The meeting was intended to show off Riley’s different style of coaching, as he plans to run the team like a CEO would a company.
That wasn’t the biggest part of the meeting as the coaches discussed who would not be playing for the first game of the season. It was said that five players, including a defensive starter, would miss the game because of suspensions.
While there were no names given on what players would be suspended, it is certainly a huge blow for the Cornhuskers. If there ever were a time for the Cougars to steal a win over a Power Five conference team, it would be now.
It’s not like BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall hasn’t been in this situation before. He and his Cougars have knocked off five Power Five conference teams to start the season in the past. Those teams are: Oklahoma, Washington, Northwestern, Washington State, and Ole Miss.
The game on September 5 just got a whole lot more interesting.
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