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Players reportedly consider boycott

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Without a head coach for two weeks, Nebraska football players have met behind closed doors.

Athletic director Steve Pederson fired Frank Solich late last
month and appointed defensive coordinator Bo Pelini as interim head
coach.

Omaha television station KETV, citing two anonymous sources
close to the football program, said the secrecy of the search for a
new coach led the team on Monday to discuss the possibility of not
practicing, and even a potential boycott of the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl
against Michigan State.

A large number of players, more than 20, indicated they would
leave Nebraska if Pelini is not named head coach, the television
station said.

"We met, and we have some concerns that we're just going to
keep private right now," freshman linebacker Bo Ruud told the
Lincoln Journal Star. "We're not speaking publicly about them
right now."

The Associated Press tried to reach Ruud, but his home telephone number was not listed.

A spokeswoman for the athletic department, Chris Anderson, said the team would never comment on a private players' meeting.

Offensive coordinator Barney Cotton said he knew the players had met, but he had not heard what was discussed.