Nebraska football Coach Tom Osborne said that violations that led to the suspension of 60 Cornhusker players weren't serious enough to warrant an eligibility penalty. The suspensions for up to two games, which Nebraska will appeal to the NCAA, were punishment for the misuse of players' game passes last year.
"Our position is simply that that type of offense is not an eligibility matter," Osborne said. "We are hoping we can convince them of that."
The NCAA announced its suspensions last week, but before the NCAA agreed to delay the penalty pending appeal, Nebraska considered forfeiting Saturday's opening game against Florida State. The Cornhuskers won 34-17.
Osborne said a forfeit still is possible if the appeal is denied. He said he would prefer that players who violated the ticket rule be allowed to perform community service rather than be suspended.