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Court Orders Big Ten to Produce More Documents and Information in Nebraska Players Case

One of the more intriguing developments in the ongoing saga of Big Ten and the postponement of Fall football season is the suit brought by eight Nebraska football players against the conference. It was this case that led the Big Ten to reveal their presidents’ and chancellors’ 11-3 vote earlier this week. Now, the Lancaster County District Court is ordering the Big Ten to produce more documentation and information surrounding the vote, and giving them a deadline of 10 days from now to do so.

Sean Callahan, who covers Nebraska football for Rivals, shared the following statement from the players’ attorney Mike Flood:

Earlier this week, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and President Donald Trump had what both sides characterized as a productive conversation about returning to play. This phone call was brokered by Outkick founder Clay Travis.

Since then, Dan Patrick reported that the conference was “targeting” October 10th to return to play; Ohio State had football practice today, a day after their president Kristina Johnson expressed optimism for a path to returning this Fall.

The bottom line: This story is NOT boring, and it’s not going away.

 

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. This is good news, but shaming the Big10 is slow and likely too late for this year.

    Didn’t Ryan report that some Big10 schools don’t have their teams together at all for practice. You can’t just wind them up and expect magic.

    This suit should have been filed earlier and with more vigor. Big10 is stalling for political purposes.

  2. This matter is on a VERY fast track. from what i see here, the court is contemplating holding a hearing on a TRO/preliminary injunction as early as Monday 9/14. That means that the Court could invalidate the no-play order as early as that date. don’t sleep on this. Many laypeople don’t understand that this type of action moves much more quickly than a normal lawsuit.

  3. Good for Nebraska for taking the lead on this. This decision has impacted on other sports beyond football and has impacted so many student-athletes like Swimming/Diving at Iowa (as an example). Imagine training your whole life for an opportunity to compete at the collegiate level and it’s taken away by University Presidents.

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