October 6, 2008

Pelini addresses Daniel's spitting claims

After some personal investigation into Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel's accusations that a Nebraska player spit on him during Saturday's game, NU head coach Bo Pelini said the issue has been resolved, but gave no further detail.

During the weekly Big 12 coaches' teleconference on Monday, Pelini was asked what he had learned about Daniel's claim and whether he was able to find any truth to it.

"We communicated with Missouri and investigated it and addressed the allegations," Pelini said. "At this point it's a moot issue. It's over… It's a lot of he said, he said, you know what I saying? I don't think either coaching staff was really aware of it. Like I said, we did our investigation, and it's over. I did address it with the team, and that's it."

Pelini was then asked if he was able to identify the Husker who Daniel claimed spit on him, but no name was given.

However, Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has since shed some light on the situation when he reportedly told Maurice Drummond of Team 1380 radio after the game that he "wasn't going to name names" as to who spit on Daniel...but then followed by saying, "Number 93."

If Weatherspoon's accusations are true, that would point to senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as the spitting culprit. Pelini would not identify any player by name after his personal investigation, saying the matter "was a little bit gray."

However, Pelini said Sunday that if he found Daniel's accusation to be true, it would be "unacceptable." Since Pelini did not name any players by name, Suh's status for next week's game against Texas Tech remains unchanged, but it should be monitored heavily throughout the week.

Two weeks ago against Virginia Tech, Suh was flagged for a late hit personal foul penalty on a crucial third down in the fourth quarter. The Hokies were able to turn the drive into what ended up the game-winning touchdown.

On the ensuing extra point, Suh was flagged again for unsportsmanlike conduct, though no reason was ever given for the penalty.

***Senior linebacker Cody Glenn is currently listed as day-to-day after suffering an injury during Saturday's loss.

Pelini said not having Glenn at 100 percent for the entire game was a significant loss, but it was hardly the determining factor against the Tigers.

"It hurts any time you lose a good football player like Cody," Pelini said. "But that in no way determined the outcome of the game. We got out-played and out-coached."

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