Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley says he hadn’t heard anything about rape allegations at the home of his football players until being pulled out of a staff meeting Tuesday.
Lincoln police say a 20-year-old woman reported during a hospital visit Sunday she had been raped. The sexual assault is alleged to have taken place at the home of quarterback Tommy Armstrong, receiver Jordan Westerkamp, and another Husker, Trey Foster.
Riley says the news caught him by surprise.
“Right now, we’re really early in all this,” Riley tells reporters after practice Tuesday. “So, it’s one of those deals that we will follow exactly what the policies are within our Athletic Department and our university as everything goes forward. Whatever they find out, whatever they deem, we’ll follow it right to the core.”
Riley says any disciplinary action will be out of his hands.
“It is really the university administration and the Office of (Institutional) Equity and Compliance, working with law enforcement; so the university is totally involved with what’s going on and that’s who’s obviously capable of finding out,” according to Riley.
Riley says knows very little at present and hopes to keep the team focused.
“I can’t deny that it’s not a distraction,” Riley says. “We try to avoid these all the time.”
This is a bye week for the Huskers as they prepare for the final game of the regular season, the day after Thanksgiving. Nebraska hosts Iowa, currently ranked 6th in the country, undefeated at 10-0.