Friday, July 20, 2007
Huskers' Purify reinstated, but must comply with probation, stiffer team rules
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Maurice Purify, who led Nebraska in
receiving yards last season, was reinstated to the team Friday
after pleading no contest earlier this week to criminal charges
Coach Bill Callahan said Purify will participate in workouts
next week and will report to training camp Aug. 5.
He will be suspended for the season opener against Nevada, and
will face "continued additional discipline within our football
program," Callahan said in a statement.
"I met with Maurice Purify this afternoon and I believe that he
has made a sincere effort to redeem himself and move forward in a
positive direction," Callahan said. "During his suspension from
our program these past six weeks he has complied with all the
requirements imposed upon him by the legal system, the general
expectations of a student-athlete in our program, and the specific
additional conditions demanded of him as a result of his actions."
Purify was found guilty of driving while intoxicated, assault,
disturbing the peace and hindering arrest. All those charges stem
from two incidents earlier this year. Callahan suspended him from
the team in June.
A Lancaster County judge on Wednesday sentenced Purify to a year
of probation and fined him $1,250.
If Purify follows terms of his probation and other stipulations
set by the football staff, Callahan said, he'll be allowed to play.
During probation, Purify won't be allowed to enter a bar or any
other business that primarily sells alcohol, and he'll have to
attend drug and alcohol counseling.
And for 60 days, Purify will have the choice of either not
driving or having a device attached to his car ignition that will
make sure he is sober before he can start the car.
Purify also could face judicial action by the university, "but
those actions remain a private matter," Callahan said.
Purify was arrested May 5 and charged with two counts of
assault, among other things, in connection with an altercation at a
Lincoln bar. Last month he was cited on suspicion of driving while
As part of the agreement with prosecutors, one of the assault
charges and a charge of refusing to obey a police order were
dropped. Also, a trespassing charge was reduced to disturbing the