Eight Husker football players take the Big Ten to court – KETV Omaha

Eight Husker football players take the Big Ten to court.They’re questioning the call to scrub the fall season.”We’re asking the Lancaster County District Court to enter a declaratory judgment that the decision to cancel the fall sports season in the Big Ten Conference was an invalid action,” said Mike Flood, the lead attorney representing the players.The lawsuit was filed on behalf of players Garrett Snodgrass, Garrett Nelson, Ethan Piper, Noa Pola-Gates, Alante Brown, Brant and Brig Banks and Jackson Hannah. The suit claims Big Ten failed to follow its own procedures when it canceled the fall season. And they question the medical information used to make that decision.”All along my clients, both the parents and now eight University of Nebraska football student athletes are interested in knowing how each president and chancellor voted. We’re interested in knowing the discussion that took place before that vote took place,” Flood said.The players’ attorneys also asked Lancaster County District Court judge Susan Strong to order the Big Ten to immediately turn over records relating to the decision. They want to know if there was even a vote among conference leadership.”We’re not asking to depose the two supposed voters in the supposed official vote who publicly stated there was none,” Mark Laughlin said.”We are just asking, ‘Hey is there a formal vote?'” Andrew Luger, the attorney representing the Big Ten, said the suit has no merit.”Eight student athletes from one school out of 14 are seeking to overturn a decision that will affect thousands of people,” Luger said.He said requiring the conference to turn over records would create a slippery slope.”Any student athlete anywhere who disagrees with one of these decisions, you have the right to go rummaging through the files to determine if you can poke holes in the decision. And I want to be clear here. The harm is incredible,” Luger said.The judge gave the Big Ten until Monday to submit a written response.The players are also asking for up to $75,000 in damage due to potential loss awards and business opportunities. But Flood said it’s not about money and damages but about their rights.”It’s unfortunate that we’re here in front of the courthouse but my clients don’t have another remedy,” Flood said.In a statement, the Big Ten said: “The Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) overwhelmingly voted to postpone the fall sports season based on medical concerns and in the best interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes. This was an important decision for our 14 member institutions and the surrounding communities. We share the disappointment that some student-athletes and their families are feeling. However, this lawsuit has no merit and we will defend the decision to protect all student-athletes as we navigate through this global pandemic. We are actively considering options to get back to competition and look forward to doing so when it is safe to play.”

Eight Husker football players take the Big Ten to court.

They’re questioning the call to scrub the fall season.

“We’re asking the Lancaster County District Court to enter a declaratory judgment that the decision to cancel the fall sports season in the Big Ten Conference was an invalid action,” said Mike Flood, the lead attorney representing the players.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of players Garrett Snodgrass, Garrett Nelson, Ethan Piper, Noa Pola-Gates, Alante Brown, Brant and Brig Banks and Jackson Hannah.

The suit claims Big Ten failed to follow its own procedures when it canceled the fall season. And they question the medical information used to make that decision.

“All along my clients, both the parents and now eight University of Nebraska football student athletes are interested in knowing how each president and chancellor voted. We’re interested in knowing the discussion that took place before that vote took place,” Flood said.

The players’ attorneys also asked Lancaster County District Court judge Susan Strong to order the Big Ten to immediately turn over records relating to the decision. They want to know if there was even a vote among conference leadership.

“We’re not asking to depose the two supposed voters in the supposed official vote who publicly stated there was none,” Mark Laughlin said.

“We are just asking, ‘Hey is there a formal vote?'”

Andrew Luger, the attorney representing the Big Ten, said the suit has no merit.

“Eight student athletes from one school out of 14 are seeking to overturn a decision that will affect thousands of people,” Luger said.

He said requiring the conference to turn over records would create a slippery slope.

“Any student athlete anywhere who disagrees with one of these decisions, you have the right to go rummaging through the files to determine if you can poke holes in the decision. And I want to be clear here. The harm is incredible,” Luger said.

The judge gave the Big Ten until Monday to submit a written response.

The players are also asking for up to $75,000 in damage due to potential loss awards and business opportunities. But Flood said it’s not about money and damages but about their rights.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re here in front of the courthouse but my clients don’t have another remedy,” Flood said.

In a statement, the Big Ten said: “The Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) overwhelmingly voted to postpone the fall sports season based on medical concerns and in the best interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes. This was an important decision for our 14 member institutions and the surrounding communities. We share the disappointment that some student-athletes and their families are feeling. However, this lawsuit has no merit and we will defend the decision to protect all student-athletes as we navigate through this global pandemic. We are actively considering options to get back to competition and look forward to doing so when it is safe to play.”

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