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As bowl preparation began, Nebraska fans got a jolt of bad news when senior starting center Mike Caputo was cited for driving under the influence. Assuming the worst, and taking Bo Pelini’s precedent from the previous year, most fans assumed Caputo would be suspended for the bowl game.
But Caputo was ultimately charged with reckless driving, not driving under the influence, by the Lancaster County Attorney. As a result, Pelini did not suspend Caputo, opting instead for “internal discipline” for the senior.
Whether the charging decision was a favor done to Pelini by the county attorney’s office, or an accurate reflection of the facts as reviewed by the prosecutor, Caputo’s presence will give Nebraska a much better chance to win the game against South Carolina.