SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nebraska football Coach Tom Osborne said Friday that none of his fourth-ranked Cornhuskers tested positive for drugs and all will be eligible to play in the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl against third-ranked Florida State.
Osborne said "about 135 to 140 players" made the Christmas Day trip here--"just about everybody who practiced this season on the varsity level."
Drug tests were taken on campus earlier this month, per National Collegiate Athletic Assn. mandate for bowl-bound teams.
"We had no one positive," Osborne said. "The day before yesterday, somebody called from the NCAA in Kansas City and told our trainer that no one tested positive. I don't have a signed and sealed document from the NCAA saying this. I'm getting this information second-hand. Don't put it in bronze yet.
"But I hear we're clean and that's good. That's two years in a row for us. Last year, they were testing just for steroids, This year, they were testing for street drugs--marijuana, cocaine and the whole ball of wax."