Nebraska hasn’t played a game of football in nearly three weeks but it has come back into the media spotlight for off the field issues. Defensive end Eric Martin was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and center Mike Caputo was arrested on the suspicion of drunk driving.
Bo Pelini clearly has some work to do in order to straighten out his team.
The football team is the face of the university and it cannot afford to look like a place with a lot of criminals, especially after all of the trouble Ndamukong Suh has had in the NFL. These players need to be punished by the team.
At this point, the only sufficient punishment would be to suspend both players from the Huskers’ bowl game against South Carolina. If Auburn’s Michael Dyer can get suspended for a violation of team rules, surely two incidents like these will get players suspended
Bo Pelini can be an angry guy and you know that he is not going to tolerate any legal issues for members of the team, particularly when they come on the same day.
And he is well aware that these issues need to be handled now before this snowballs into something very serious. The team figures to be pretty good next year and is trying to bring in some of the nation’s best recruits.
None of that happens if players are getting arrested. Pelini needs to get the focus back on the bowl preparation by using this to show his players that this is not the way a Husker should act.