Suspended 'Husker Incognito enrolls at Oregon
Posted: Tuesday September 28, 2004 9:54PM; Updated: Tuesday September 28, 2004 9:54PM
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Center Richie Incognito, who was suspended indefinitely by Nebraska after repeated discipline problems, has enrolled at the University of Oregon.
Incognito, who also was convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge, is ineligible to play this season under NCAA rules, but could join Oregon practices in the next week pending physical exams.
Oregon coach Mike Bellotti has stipulated that Incognito complete an anger-management course and adhere to a strict code of conduct.
"My point is, he will not represent the University of Oregon on the football field until next year -- if he makes it through everything we do," Bellotti said. "He is committed to it, his parents are committed to it. He will be going through certain things that will help if he has anger-management issues."
Incognito, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound junior from Glendale, Ariz., was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year by The Associated Press. He has one season of eligibility left.
The Cornhuskers suspended him indefinitely for what coach Bill Callahan called repeated violations of team rules.
In February, Incognito was charged with three counts of assault stemming from a fight at a party. He was found guilty of one misdemeanor assault charge after a three-day trial in June and paid a $500 fine.
Another charge was dismissed and he was found innocent of the third.
In the spring of 2003, former Nebraska coach Frank Solich suspended Incognito for unspecified reasons. Incognito was reinstated and went on to start all 13 games last season.
As a freshman in 2002, he was ejected for fighting from the Huskers' game against Penn State, then sat out the first half against Iowa State game the next week.
"In doing this I don't feel there's a risk to the community. I don't feel there's a risk to the student body," Bellotti said. I think the risk is to Richie Incognito and this is one final opportunity for him."
Oregon athletic director Bill Moos said Dan Williams, Oregon's vice president for administration who oversees athletics, and university president Dave Frohnmayer were made aware of Incognito's transfer.
The university also announced Tuesday that sophomore wide receiver Jordan Carey had been dismissed from the Ducks for repeated violations of team rules.