Incognito hopes to transfer
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Richie Incognito's career at Nebraska is over.
The offensive lineman, who was suspended from the football team Sept. 1, is no longer a student at the university after withdrawing from his classes Tuesday, the registrar's office said.
In a short interview with The Associated Press, Incognito was vague about his plans.
"Right now nothing is for sure," Incognito said. "I don't want to put anything in jeopardy by saying something. I'll say something about this eventually."
Incognito told Lincoln television station KLKN that he planned to transfer.
After practice Tuesday, coach Bill Callahan said he had released Incognito from his scholarship and that he is now free to pursue a transfer to another university.
Incognito would be ineligible to play at a Division I-A program until next season.
Incognito, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound junior from Glendale, Ariz., was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year by the AP.
Incognito was suspended indefinitely for what Callahan called repeated violations of team rules.
Incognito has had a troubled three years at Nebraska.
He ran into problems with the law in February when was charged with three counts of assault stemming from a fight at a party. He was found guilty of one misdemeanor assault charge after a three-day trial in June and paid a $500 fine upon his conviction. Another charge was dismissed and he was found innocent of the third charge.
In the spring of 2003, former coach Frank Solich suspended Incognito for unspecified reasons. Incognito was reinstated and went on to start all 13 games last season.
As a freshman in 2002, he was ejected from the Penn State game for fighting. He was suspended for the first half of the Iowa State game the following week.
On another occasion, Incognito was caught spitting on an opposing player. He also got into a scuffle in last year's Alamo Bowl game against Michigan State.
Incognito entered this fall on the Rimington Award Watch list as one of the nation's top centers. Two preseason publications listed him as one of the nation's top five players at his position.
"I guarantee you'll hear from Richie Incognito again," said former Nebraska offensive lineman Tim Green, a friend of Incognito. "Whether it's in college or the NFL, you haven't heard the last of Richie. The kid is an athlete and somebody will pick him up."
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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