Nebraska football fined $10,000 after breaking NCAA coaching rule

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska football program has been fined after violating a coaching rule, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Nebraska football violated NCAA rules for countable coaches.  Scott Frost also broke NCAA head coach responsibility rules.

After an investigation, the University of Nebraska, Scott Frost, and an NCAA enforcement staff all agreed that a former special teams analyst had been providing “technical or tactical” instruction to student-athletes during practices and film sessions.

The analyst also assisted in decisions during games.  Since the analyst was a “noncoaching staff member,” giving instruction to student-athletes was in violation of NCAA rules.

Frost did not properly monitor the analyst or notify compliance staff of the violations, which was a violation of the head coach’s responsibility rules, the NCAA says.

A full list of penalties approved by the Committee on Infractions includes:

  • A one-year extension to the current probationary period (through April 2023).
  • A $10,000 fine.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the football head coach, plus a five-day suspension from all coaching duties during the championship segment of the 2022 football season.
  • A reduction of the number of football countable coaches by one for two days of practice during the spring 2022 season.
  • All noncoaching staff members will be removed from practice and competition for five consecutive days during the championship segment of the 2022 season.

Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts released a statement regarding the NCAA violation.

“I am appreciative of the diligent efforts of our University of Nebraska staff in working to bring this matter to a close.  We have had outstanding collaboration with the NCAA, and I want to thank the NCAA staff for their time and professionalism throughout this process.  It is important for the Nebraska Athletic Department and football program to put this matter behind us and turn our full attention to the upcoming season.  We are pleased with the outcome and believe the negotiated resolution is fair and equitable.  At Nebraska we are committed to running an athletic department that is fully compliant with all NCAA rules.”

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