Monday, May 7, 2012
Roundup: Huskers' Brown will not testify
By Adam Rittenberg
Catching up on Big Ten news from the weekend ...
Huskers' assistant chooses not to testify
Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown has decided not to testify against a proposal in Lincoln that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Brown, who in March spoke out against a similar proposal in Omaha, told the Lincoln Journal Star that the media attention surrounding his involvement swayed him from testifying at a meeting today. His position on the proposal remains the same, and his job isn't in jeopardy.
The proposal in Lincoln would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes of people protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
"Everything inside of me said, 'I don't want the media to stop me from going,'" Brown told the Journal Star. "Then I realized it was going to be a circus, and everybody already knows how I think. My views stand the same. As I prayed about it, I thought it was not in the Lord's will for me to testify."
Although Brown has drawn criticism from regional and national media, he would have been allowed by the university and his boss, head coach Bo Pelini, to testify at Monday's meeting. Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said Brown's beliefs don't reflect those of the university, but the university allows its employees to express their opinions.
Pelini told the Journal Star, "I hired Ron Brown because of who he is and the type of person he is. He's never brought negative attention to our program."
Brown also wrote a letter to Journal Star readers explaining his position. It read in part: "I have and will embrace every player I coach, gay or straight ... but I won't embrace a legal policy that supports a lifestyle that God calls sin." Brown signed the letter, "Ron Brown, private citizen of Nebraska."
Wisconsin's Ball cited during block party
Montee Ball clearly loves the college life, but the Wisconsin star got swept up in it a bit too much this weekend. Ball was among hundreds of people cited Saturday during the Mifflin Street Block Party. The Badgers running back was on the porch of a resident who didn't want him there.
Police said Ball, who received a $429 fine, was cooperative during the process, and alcohol wasn't an issue with his citation.
A Wisconsin spokesman told the Associated Press that head coach Bret Bielema likely would address the incident with Ball, who has had no major disciplinary issues during his career.
Big Ten prospects in action at Columbus NFTC
For those recruitniks out there, and I know there are plenty of you, be sure and check out ESPN's coverage from the Nike Football Training Camp on Saturday in Columbus.
It was a good event for some Michigan and Ohio State recruits, and it marked a showcase for two high schools, one in Michigan, one in Ohio.
Michigan quarterback recruit Shane Morris earned MVP honors at the Columbus Elite 11 regional. Several other Big Ten quarterback recruits, including Matt Alviti (Northwestern) and Danny Etling (Purdue), competed in C-Bus.
In other recruiting news, Nebraska and Illinois both picked up lineman recruits for the 2013 class.