July 23, 2007

NU rallying around Purify

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Since Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan announced the one-game suspension of senior wide receiver Maurice Purify on Friday, there have been several different people on talk radio shows and message boards across the country expressing their opinion about the news.

At Monday's Big 12 Media Days in San Antonio, Purify's one-game suspension was also a major topic with Callahan and his players.

Media Days was the first time either Callahan or his players have spoke publically about Purify's suspension, and senior tight end J.B. Phillips said he's just happy the situation is now resolved so the entire team can move on.

"It was very unfortunate, but I'm glad it's something that's not lingering anymore," Phillips said. "You never want negative things to linger about your school to be out there and you don't want anything negative to be out there about your teammate-Mo is a teammate and a friend. He's a good kid, that made some wrong decisions at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Everybody makes mistakes, but he has lived up to what needs to get done. We're happy to have him back. It's been tough for him, but he's been doing everything he's been supposed to be doing. Coach Callahan will make sure he continues that and Mo will make sure he continues that also. Just to have it all finished up is a good feeling now, because we can focus on football instead of legal litigations."

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