LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lancaster County district court has ruled that the Big Ten disclose additional documents on its decision to postpone the fall sports season within the next 10 days. This comes after eight Nebraska football players sued the conference last Thursday, demanding more clarity on the postponement.
The Big Ten gave some information on Monday, releasing it’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted 11-3 to postpone fall sports, exceeding the 60 percent needed to make such a move per the Big Ten’s bylaws. However, the Husker players’ attorney, Mike Flood, was not satisfied with the conference’s offering.
“The Big Ten has chose to dribble out limited, additional information so it can wrongly claim it has answered our questions while it continues to hide relevant information all the while claiming it has been ‘transparent,’” Flood wrote in a statement Tuesday night.
Among the documents the Big Ten must now produce by Sept. 12, include all documents reflecting whether an official vote was taken on the decision while revealing all of its governing documents and bylaws. The league will not have to show how each president or chancellor voted but several reports indicate the three schools to vote against the postponement were Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State.
Judge Susan Strong did not rule that all of the players requests would be met. The Big Ten will not have to disclose audio and video recordings and meetings minutes.
Strong did write in her ruling that Nebraska football players are not, “completely unjustified, and the defendant has already voluntarily provided some information to the plaintiffs on an informal basis. Thus, requiring the defendant to formally produce a limited amount of information is not unduly burdensome and may expedite the resolution of some of the issues in this time-sensitive lawsuit.”
The eight Husker football players initially sued the conference on Aug. 27. Nebraska’s usual time for discovery is 45 days in Lancaster County district court.
You can view Mike Flood’s full statement on Wednesday’s ruling here: