Nebraska Volleyball Coach John Cook opened his weekly news conference on a discouraging note that had nothing to do with the team’s first conference loss to Penn State this weekend.
“Days like this I wish my kid was a sorority girl,” Cook stated.
Cook said he couldn’t comment in depth about accusations that his daughter, standout volleyball player Lauren Cook, left the scene of an injury accident in Lincoln Sunday.
Lincoln police report Cook was arrested after allegedly running over a motorcycle stopped at the side of a city street. The motorcyclist suffered a broken leg. A rider was treated for scrapes and bruises. Cook called police to report the accident a few blocks from the scene. Police arrested Cook for Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident (Class III Felony) and Driving Under a Suspended License.
Cook explained that Lauren had been driving to campus for treatment when the accident occurred. He emphasized that there had been no accusations of alcohol or drug use or that Lauren had been texting when the accident occurred.
Nebraska, number one in the nation, lost its second game of the year, its first in conference, this weekend against number eight Penn State 3-1. The Huskers return home this weekend to host Michigan. It hasn’t been determined whether Lauren will play against Michigan. Back-up setter, Brigette Root, would substitute for Lauren if necessary.
“That we’re working through with how we’re going to resolve that,” according to Cook. “We have procedures in place and we have ways we deal with that. It depends on how fast we can get through all that.”
Coach Cook added that he has consulted with NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne with how best to proceed.
Cook said he hopes his players derive a message from the incident.
“Things can change in a split second and I think that’s hard for kids that think they’re invincible and on top of the world. I don’t care if it’s Lauren, or a football player, a basketball player, it doesn’t matter,” Cook stated. “Things change very quickly. It’s shocking, but it’s part of life.”