Over the last few years, there seems to have been a heightened number of sexual assault cases across the board in college football. Nebraska head coach Mike Riley doesn’t want that to happen with his team or have a repeat offense of what happened during his time with the Oregon State Beavers.
When Riley was coaching in Corvallis, a female student, Brenda Tracy, was raped by a group of men, two of which were football players. The charges were later dropped and Riley suspended the players for one game.
He brought in Tracy to speak with his Cornhuskers about the situation and to encourage them not to do anything like she had to endure. Riley spoke about the situation during his time with the Beavers on Thursday.
“Doing the right thing is the key,” Riley said on Thursday. “What I’ve learned is that some things that are not negotiable about the opportunity to be on a team. One of those is certain kinds of assault, and one of them is anything to do with guns.”
Tracy talked about Riley and commended him on letting her share her story.
“I despised that man,” Tracy told The Oregonian, speaking of Riley. “I hated him with every cell in my body. This is a coach who victimized me, and now I’m going to stand in front of his football team and tell them how I felt.”
This might be the best thing for the Cornhuskers going into the future especially after three players were connected to an alleged rape situation. They were never charged in the incident.
Mike Riley has certainly done a great job with the Cornhuskers and this should certainly help bring his team together even more.
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