Nebraska QB Lord to Start Saturday
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord will start Saturday at Oklahoma State despite being charged Tuesday with disturbing the peace.
Coach Frank Solich said Tuesday that Lord would be disciplined, but the misdemeanor ticket did not warrant any sort of suspension.
``I know that Jammal was issued one ticket. There was cooperation from that point on to my knowledge,'' Solich said. ``The system that we have in place and probably most systems around the country would not kick a young man out of playing or a starting role.''
Nebraska volleyball and basketball player Greichaly Cepero, who was at Lord's apartment when police were called to it around 3 a.m. Sunday, was cited with disturbing the peace and failure to obey a police order. Police said Cepero, who had asked officers to take her home, later grabbed at officers' arms and pushed one officer away from Lord.
City prosecutor John McQuinn said charges were filed against both athletes Tuesday. Cepero was also charged with failing to obey a police order. The charges are misdemeanors with maximum fines of $500 and up to six months in jail.
Volleyball coach John Cook announced Tuesday that Cepero would not play Wednesday night when the Cornhuskers play at Oklahoma.
``Right now we are learning lessons that have nothing to do with winning and losing,'' Cook said. ``This is about being responsible and upholding the values of Nebraska volleyball.''
Cepero, voted the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year after leading the Huskers to the 2000 national championship, has missed just one match in her career.
Cook said Cepero would be entering a diversion program to take care of her legal problems.
The tickets were issued hours after Lord led Nebraska (5-2) to a 24-13 win over Missouri and Cepero and the Huskers beat Iowa State 3-0. Both players, who are 21, spent the rest of the night in a detoxification center, but were not cited with any alcohol related offenses.
Both Cook and Solich were clearly concerned that alcohol was involved for two players during the season.
``I did talk to our team as a whole yesterday about alcohol in general and the problems that exist,'' Solich said. ``It seems like a good share of those come from the use of alcohol. It's a problem that's on every campus in this country.''
Lord has not spoken with reporters for three weeks. He had five turnovers in consecutive losses to Penn State and Iowa State and was on the verge of losing his starting job, but appeared to be back on track by leading the Huskers past McNeese State and Missouri.
His legal problems aren't likely to get him to open up again any time soon.
``Any time I've seen a player that has been involved in any type of incident that reflects badly on himself and on the program, they have all taken that to heart,'' Solich said. ``Certainly Jammal has also done the same.''