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Report: Nebraska’s practice violations include off-campus workouts during pandemic

Nebraska is in trouble and it appears to be on videotape. It looks to be another blow for the beleaguered program.

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Big news from Brett McMurphy of The Action Network this morning, who says the Nebraska Cornhuskers “are under NCAA investigation for improper use of analysts and consultants during practices and games.”

McMurphy alleges two things that would normally translate to Level I violations if past is prologue from the NCAA. If there is “significant video footage” of practice violations (which is what got Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV many years ago), that would likely not be great.

But the allegation of moving strength workouts to off-campus locations so folks on-campus wouldn’t see them would appear to be a big, big no-no.

Also, last year — when the NCAA prohibited organized athletic activities because of the pandemic — Nebraska relocated its strength workouts to an undisclosed off-campus location to avoid detection by non-football school officials, sources said.

The unauthorized organized workouts were held at the direction of NU’s strength and conditioning staff, which was in direct violation of NCAA rules. It is unknown if the NCAA is investigating these specific allegations, a source said.

If that happened, and Frost knew about it, that’s a for-cause firing. Last month Nebraska hired former football player Trev Alberts, formerly the athletic director at Nebraska-Omaha a non-football Division I program.

After three seasons at his alma mater, Frost is 12-17 and has over a $20 million contract buyout. We did check and there is language in there where that is forfeited if he’s terminated “for cause.” That’s Section 12 (a) as well as Appendix C in the link above if you’re curious.

Frost is also accused of using analyst Jonathan Rutledge as an extra assistant coach during practices. Rutledge wasn’t one of the 10 allotted assistant coaches, which would be a major violation if he participated in direct on-field player instruction. Rutledge has subsequently left the program.

If Nebraska knew about this for months as alleged by McMurphy and it’s only coming out now, it’s likely someone is leaking or being authorized to leak. And with the season just three weeks away, the timing is certainly not idea.

Nebraska is a seven-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook vs. Illinois on August 28th for a Week 0 game. Their season win total was listed at 6 (Over -139, Under +110) previously but is currently off the board at press time.