When Greg Bell chose to transfer late last week, Nebraska granted a release from his scholarship but blocked him from all Big Ten teams, nonconference opponents through the 2021 season and Oregon State.
The Beavers have taken three Husker transfers in the past two months — linebacker Avery Roberts, quarterback Tristan Gebbia and receiver Tyjon Lindsey. Coach Scott Frost said Thursday that Oregon State enjoys an advantage in attracting transfers because of its academic calendar and quarters system, which begins school later and allows students to add classes into early October.
Oregon State was able to successfully enroll Lindsey, who left NU last week.
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“Right now, with the way the transfer rule is, quarters teams are at an advantage,” Frost said. “We couldn’t get a player in — if they wanted to transfer here — right when the season started. Some of these quarters teams are still taking them. I think that’s an unintended consequence of the rule they made, but it doesn’t create competitive balance.”
Frost said he had “no doubt” that Roberts, Gebbia and Lindsey were in touch with “coaches who were formerly here.” In this case, that’d be Trent Bray, now an assistant with the Beavers, and former Nebraska coach Mike Riley, an analyst at Oregon State who’s going to be coaching in a new spring football league in 2019.
“It’s hard for me to criticize (Oregon State coaches) without being hypocritical,” Frost said, noting that he talked to Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton on his birthday Wednesday night. “But at the same time, if someone is trying to contact our kids while they’re still our kids and trying to get them to transfer, then I’m not going to be a fan of that continuing to happen. I’m not saying it did happen.”
Bell, who signed with NU out of Arizona Western, was not recruited by Nebraska’s former staff, which did not sign any junior college players during Riley’s tenure.
A new NCAA rule that goes into effect Oct. 15 makes Nebraska’s blockage list moot anyway. Athletes will be able to transfer wherever they like without a school’s permission, entering a nationwide database that allows schools to contact the athletes.
Frost doesn’t know what will happen when the new rule goes in place.
“It’s already gotten a little messier this year; I’m sure it’ll continue to get messy,” Frost said. “The bottom line is, in this day and age, a lot of people want what they want and they want it now. There’s not a lot of patience, there’s not a lot of willingness to fight through and change their circumstance. People have the tendency to think the grass might be greener somewhere else. I hope it doesn’t become the wild west and (like) college basketball with everybody transferring.”
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Nebraska running back Ahman Green is consoled by an unidentified husker fan after Nebraska was upset by Arizona State University on Saturday night, Sept. 21, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. ASU defeated Nebraska 19-0.
In 1973, in his first season as Nebraska's head football coach, Tom Osborne obliges a young fan with an autographed football. In his first year as coach, Osborne had a 9-2-1 season. The Huskers finished 7th in the AP poll and had a Big 8 Conference record of 4-2-1.
Nebraska fans cheer the Huskers on to a 34-17 victory over Florida State on Saturday, Sept. 6, 1986, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1986, Nebraska finished 10-2 with a final AP Poll ranking of No. 5.
Lincoln fans see the Nebraska football team leave Burlington Station in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a parade through downtown after returning from the 1941 Rose bowl. It was the 27th Rose Bowl Game with the #7 ranked Cornhuskers taking on the #2 ranked Stanford Indians. The final score was a 21â€“13 Stanford victory.
Disappointed Nebraska cheerleaders take in the moment after Nebraska lost in the 1984 Orange Bowl to the University of Miami on Monday, Jan. 2, 1984, in Miami, Florida. Nebraska failed on a two-point conversion attempt with 48 seconds left that would have won the game and the national championship. A successful kick would have tied the score. Miami's Ken Calhoun broke up the conversion pass from quarterback Turner Gill to I-back Jeff Smith, leaving the inspired Hurricanes with a 31-30 upset victory over the top-ranked Cornhuskers. "We were trying to win the game, " Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said. "I don't think you go for a tie in that case. You try to win the game. We wanted an undefeated season and a clear-cut national championship."
Amanda & Jeremy Stutzman of David City, Nebraska, wait with other Huskers fans outside of the Rose Bowl before the game on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, in Pasadena, California. The Miami Hurricanes defeated the Huskers 37â€“14 to win their fifth national title.
Fans crowded the Lincoln, Nebraska, Municipal Airport to greet the Nebraska Cornhuskers Friday afternoon, Jan. 2, 1987, as they return from their 30-15 Sugar Bowl win over Louisiana State University. All-American middle guard Danny Noonan was stopped for an autograph by Georgia Payne of Lincoln, one of Noonan's former teachers at Bethany Elementary school.
A fan sends a message from the stands as Nebraska played Oklahoma State University in Big 12 college football action on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Oklahoma State defeated Nebraska 45-14.
University of Kansas student Andrew Claassen, left center, taunts University of Nebraska fan Adam Loecker after Kansas went up 48-21 in the second quarter during the Nebraska Cornhuskers' football game against the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Claassen and Loecker are friends from high school in McPherson, Kansas. Loecker said he was not surprised by the Nebraska performance in the first half. Kansas defeated Nebraska 76-39.
Mick Wiater of Papillion, Nebraska, enjoys pre-game festivities as the Nebraska Cornhuskers prepare to take on the Clemson Tigers in the Gator Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in Jacksonville, Florida. Nebraska defeated Clemson 26-21.
Larry the Cable Guy, aka Pawnee City, Nebraska, native Dan Whitney, signs autographs for fans before the game. The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Clemson Tigers in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 1, 2009. Nebraska defeated Clemson 26-21.
Nebraska fan Rose Crowley of Omaha, Nebraska, sports a hat she bought in 1982. She said she wears it to every homecoming game. Nebraska played Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0.
Eli Spencer, 11, from Denver, Colorado, shows his Blackshirt crossbones. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played a football game against the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 30, 2010. Nebraska defeated Missouri 31-17.
Nebraska seniors from left: Tyler Legate, Austin Jones, Jim Ebke and Lance Thorell take the field ahead of the rest of the team on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, before playing Tennessee Chattanooga at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Huskers defeated Tennessee Chattanooga 40-7.
Fans tear down the goal posts following Nebraska's 52-7 win over Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 31, 1992, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Huskers finished the season at 9-3.
From left: Nebraska fans Diana Bolton, Mary Edwards, and Marilyn and Al Vyhnalef watch the Cornhusker's 31-7 victory over Colorado in the rain on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1971, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Usher Carissa Kay Moorer of Fairbury, Nebraska, keeps under wraps but maintains her spirit as fan Patrick Collins of Omaha, Nebraska, cheers Nebraska's second touchdown during a football game against Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 28, 1985. Nebraska defeated Oregon 63-0. The Huskers finished the 1985 season 9-3.
Joelle Freed of Omaha, Nebraska, cries as she and her grandmother Kathy Freed of Bellevue, Nebraska, left, meet NU quarterback Taylor Martinez with a life-sized cutout in his likeness. Joelle Freed said her family gave her the cutout for Christmas and admitted that she's more of a fan of Martinez than of Nebraska football. Football fans met the Nebraska Huskers during Fan Day at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.
Nebraska fan James Ellis cheers on the Huskers as they leave the field following their 27-24 win over Northwestern. Nebraska played Northwestern in a football game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Nebraska fans such as Mark Leffler, center, yelled down to the field from the stands after they disagreed with a play called by officials in the second quarter as the Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Nebraska lost to Michigan State 41-28.
Nebraska fan James Leffler sits in the stands as the Huskers played the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. With ticket stubs in his hat dating from as far back as 1965, Leffler said he has attended every game since then and is a huge fan of the Nebraska Huskers. Nebraska lost to Michigan State 41-28.
Nebraska fans take cover before the start of the Gator Bowl. The Huskers played the Georgia Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The Huskers defeated Georgia 24-19.
Omaha's Sue Gardner shows off her football bling. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played a football game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on August 30, 2014.
Anna Weigandt, left, of Kokomo, Ind., uses a beer funnel to drink a beer as Jeff Bedwell, of Chicago, gives two thumbs up during tailgating festivities. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played a college football game against Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Nebraska defeated Northwestern 38-17.
Nebraska football player Dana Brinson signs autographs in this undated photo. Brinson joined the Huskers in 1985 after earning a scholarship at the wingback position. At 5'9" and 170 pounds, Brinson came to Nebraska after playing previously at Valdosta, Georgia. He is from Valdosta.