LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Frank Solich suspended kicker Josh Brown for one game on Tuesday for the player's conviction on misdemeanor assault charges from a fight this summer.
Brown, who was left off the 105-man roster that was allowed to report last week, will miss the Pigskin Classic on Aug. 25, against Texas Christian.
"I believe that him not being part of the 105 and missing a game is pretty strong, but certainly appropriate," Solich said.
Solich also ordered Brown and running back Thunder Collins into
counseling for anger management.
Collins was arrested for fighting with his girlfriend about a
week before Brown's arrest. Collins avoided a trial Monday by
agreeing to enter a diversion program for first-time offenders. He
had pleaded innocent to two counts of misdemeanor assault.
Solich did not suspend Collins because he said the running back was not convicted and did not admit guilt in his legal case.
"There's no question that this has gotten publicity and that kind of publicity never serves the team or the program well," Solich said. "In my mind it's a situation that's in the past. Both those young men understand what it has meant to this athletic program."
Brown was arrested June 16 for fighting with a man who was on a
date with Brown's ex-girlfriend. Police said Brown had been
drinking and waited for the couple outside her apartment. The woman
tried to get between Brown and the other man, Brown threw her to
the ground before tackling the other man and punching him, police
Brown pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault in July.
Brown, a junior from Foyil, Okla., was left off the early roster and can't report until Aug. 24, the day before the season opener.
Brown's suspension leaves the kicking duties to freshman Sandro DeAngelis, who was 3-for-3 in the Red-White spring scrimmage but has yet to play in a game.
Solich said Brown and DeAngelis would compete for the position
when Brown returns.