Nebraska football fans are no stranger to seeing their program in the news lately. Rumors are flying that former Washington wide receiver Demore’ea Stringfellow may be transferring to Lincoln due in no small part to massive mistakes after the Super Bowl.
Sophomore linebacker Josh Banderas was apprehended after allegedly stealing over $1,600 worth of bicycles on Wednesday. Finally, transfer Alex Lewis will be serving a 45-day jail sentence in due to an altercation with an Air Force cadet. Obviously, all are risks to a program that has remained extremely clean under Pelini’s watch.
Starting with Lewis, he knew he had to walk a fine line entering the program. Nebraska’s head coach is criticized for a list of things, but he does seem to instill the one strike, you’re out policy very well. Lewis participated with the team this past spring, from all accounts was a model citizen and had Pelini’s backing.
The courts ruled against his appeal, so he spends 45 days in the slammer. Fair enough.
Let’s examine Avery Moss (not that way). Moss was banned from campus for a year due to exposing himself to a convenience store worker…twice. Now, the ban on Moss was the university’s call, but it’d be straight up foolish to think Pelini wouldn’t be forced to take some measure of action regardless.
Banderas’ situation is weird. Who goes out and steals bikes at 5 p.m.? I’ve seen some of the “Dumbest Criminals” shows, but Bando the Mando doesn’t strike me as that type. Regardless of what the plan was, what he did was theft. There’ve been arguments about what his punishment should be from diversion to being booted from the team.
While Banderas lawyers up and gets his situation ironed out, Demore’ea Stringfellow’s already has been. He was sentenced to five days on a work crew, fined $693 and ordered to attend anger-management counseling. Boom. Done.
If he decides to come to Nebraska, that makes two transfers who will have paid their debt to society. Did they mess up major? Of course, but Pelini’s shown in the past that he isn’t going to put up with that level of crap (See Brown, Thomas and Suttles, Ernest).
Lewis and Stringfellow are also two players that can contribute heavily over the coming seasons. If the former Husky wide receiver can keep his nose clean as Lewis has thus far, there’s no problem in bringing them both in.
Pelini simply needs to make it perfectly clear that once word gets back to him about further shenanigans, Stringfellow’d better have an amazing amount of evidence to support his case.
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