Richie Incognito suspended
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Posted Sep 1, 2004


Nebraska’s depth chart on the offensive line has been an issue all of the off-season. Today, the issue got significantly worse. Head coach, Bill Callahan announced that starting center, Richie Incognito had been suspended indefinitely from the team for repeated violations of team rules.

The other shoe dropped as they say, Bill Callahan announcing today that yesterday he had indefinitely suspended Nebraska’s starting center and a pre-season All-American candidate, Richie Incognito.

Callahan was not specific to the reason for this suspension, citing only that it was yet another offense by the interior lineman and as to his possible return, Callahan said he didn’t know. "We’re going to look at that very hard." He said. "We still haven’t decided on the parameters for his return, but we are going to look at that and examine that very closely."

Incognito was already considered one of the four players Callahan announced on Tuesday as having to sit for the home opener against Western Illinois. This stemming from an off-season incident where the Incognito was convicted due to events that occurred during an altercation at a party.

The loss of Incognito puts the center position in dire straits from an experience standpoint, the listed starter Kurt Mann going into just his Sophomore year. The current situation, however, isn’t one that the team is instantly impacted at as Incognito has been absent for most of training camp. "They competed through the duration of training camp without Richie." Callahan said. "They’ve gotten a lot of reps, they’ve maximized their time out on the field and in the meeting room and I think coach Wagner has done a great job at getting Kurt Mann and Gary Pike ready to play."

"I can’t make any guarantees or promises, but I am very confident that they will play hard. It’s unfortunate, but as I said, it’s a privilege to play football here at the University of Nebraska. It’s not a right."

The loss of Incognito will no doubt be the most significant loss for a team not even into the regular season. A line that was sorely depleted coming in with the center position as the only place the starter seemed to be a "lock", now the entire face of the line could easily change week to week.

That’s hardly the scope of the problems or even the least of them for a new head coach and staff and for Callahan himself, he stated that it was unfortunate it got to this point at all. "I’m disappointed because he’s a very good player." Callahan said. "But, like I’ve told the team, no one is bigger than the team."

Nebraska will kick off the game against Western Illinois at 6:00 p.m. central time and can be viewed on Fox Sports Net via Pay Per View.



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