Players reportedly consider boycott

Updated: December 16, 2003, 2:39 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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