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Campus Rumors: Did Taylor Martinez Quit The Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team?

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 13: Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers hands the ball to Rex Burkhead #22 during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Andrew RobesonAnalyst IINovember 22, 2010

An ugly rumor was circulating Nebraka's campus late Sunday.

A day after Bo Pelini was seen getting physical with quarterback Taylor Martinez, people were saying Martinez quit the team.

The rumor got so intense that Pelini was forced to address the matter on Sunday night and state that Martinez was still with the team, while Martinez's father declined comment.

On Saturday against Texas A & M when Martinez returned to the field following an x-ray, Pelini could be seen yelling expletives at him and poking him in the chest.

Despite his injury Martinez returned to the game in the second half.

Martinez was noticeably indifferent to Pelini's actions, begging the question if "he had checked out."

Martinez, a former Heisman candidate, could potentially cripple the program for years if the rumor proves to be true. Having a star quarterback "quit" would be awful for recruiting, and just the rumors themselves could be potentially damaging.

At this point in time, all signs point to Martinez remaining on the team, but more will be known when coach Bo Pelini has his weekly press conference at 12:20 p.m. EST.

An even bigger implication could be the future of Pelini at Nebraska. Chancellor Harvey Perlman told reporters that Pelini's behavior during Saturday's game was unacceptable, and that they would be having a conversation.

If Pelini's behavior caused his star quarterback to quit, then it would add fuel to a fire that is already too big for Nebraska athletics.

Another thing to consider is that the Huskers have still not clinched the Big XII North, which once seemed like an assured thing.

If Martinez quits, will the remainder of the team "quit" against Colorado and cost Nebraska a chance at a Big XII Championship news?

The tension between Pelini and Martinez is at fever pitch, and regardless of the outcome this is not good for a team fighting for a Big XII Championship. Is it possible one of these two men be gone by the end of the week, or after the season?

*At Coach Pelini's press conference he stated that him and Martinez were "on the same page." He also said that Martinez was never considering quitting, and that Pelini's job with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has always been secure. 

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