Nebraska volleyball coach Cook explains Kayla Caffey transfer situation

CHICAGO, Ill. (KLKN) – The very first question that Husker head volleyball coach John Cook answered when he reached the podium to speak at the inaugural Big Ten Volleyball Media Days was about Kayla Caffey transferring and the middle blocker position.

It prompted Cook to eventually spend over a minute answering what from his perspective what happened.

Cook said that “we were fully committed to two scholarships for her over two years for her to play her super senior year.”

Nebraska was willing to forgo one extra scholarship next season to keep Caffey.

Cook continued to explain the “very unusual situation” saying he asked Caffey if she wanted to come back for her super senior year and she said yes and that she wanted to get a second masters.

Cook asked Caffey why she wanted to come back and she said that she wanted to help Nebraska win a national championship.

So the Nebraska compliance team went through months of work to get her that seventh year of eligibility which was ultimately granted to Caffey.

“Things continued to unfold, we made a couple appeals, some things changed but by May it was all worked out and the ball was in her court.” Cook said. “As far as I knew she was coming back and I was waiting for her to do her announcement.”

Cook said that her announcement never came.

“We were waiting for that, it never happened and last week she said she was done,” Cook said.

Hours after Cook and his players took the podium Cook sent out a revised statement further clarifying his position on if Caffey had a scholarship available to her for the upcoming season.

“To clarify my press conference statement at Big Ten Media Days earlier today, Kayla did not have an athletic scholarship for this upcoming fall semester,” Cook said. Kayla had been working on outside NIL deals that would cover her expenses, but she notified me last week she was going to enter the transfer portal. Kayla was a great Husker. While we anticipated having her be a part of this year’s team, I respect that this is a personal decision for her. We wish her the best going forward.”

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