Nebraska Football: Update on Arik Gilbert could be on the way

Jul 1, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; Tight end Arik Gilbert participates in drills at The Opening at the Ford Center at The Star. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 1, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; Tight end Arik Gilbert participates in drills at The Opening at the Ford Center at The Star. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Nebraska football team just got another sign that the NCAA might provide an update on Arik Gilbert, even if that update isn’t positive.

The length of the wait on news about Arik Gilbert long ago passed ridiculous. The season is here, there were many games this past weekend. And yet, Nebraska football is still wondering whether it will have one of its top weapons available to play.

On Monday a new sign that there may be movement on one of the top tight ends in the sport this year emerged. That’s as long as we can read the tea leaves on what is happening with the North Carolina Tarheels.

Inside Carolina’s Adam Smith reported that UNC head coach Mack Brown believes the NCAA could give them some news on their own player waiting to be cleared.

"“We still haven’t heard anything from the NCAA on Tez. We’re hoping to hear something, at least on the process, today.”"

The Tez, in this case is wide receiver Tez Walker, who was billed as one of the Tarheels’ top offensive weapons coming into the 2023 season. Now, like the Nebraska football program, UNC is sitting and waiting and wondering if that weapon will be made available at all this year.

Nebraska football could get news on Arik Gilbert soon

Like the Huskers, North Carolina was likely a bit shook by a wave of denials of waivers issued by the NCAA earlier this month. However, Walker and Gilbert weren’t denied. Unfortunately, they also weren’t approved.

Both players continue to sit in limbo. At the end of last week, Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule had similar promising comments about hearing … something from the NCAA this week.

"“It is still in progress. We are hoping before we head to Minnesota, we will have a little more finality on it. There have obviously been some twists and turns and things going back and forth, and out of respect for Arik, I have not really broadcasted all of those different things, but we are still looking for some finality, and everybody is working hard to get it done.”"

Obviously, it’s just a few days before Nebraska football heads to Minnesota. It would certainly be nice if the NCAA stopped dragging its feet and issued a ruling one way or another. Perhaps that’s coming later on Monday or early Tuesday.