Nebraska player allegedly assaults Missouri fan

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Frank Solich is investigating the alleged assault of a Missouri fan by one of his football players after Saturday night's game in Columbia, Mo.

The incident occurred as fans stormed Faurot Field after Missouri's 41-24 victory.

Solich said during Monday's Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters that he had spoken with the player who was involved. Solich did not identify the player.

Video by Columbia television station KOMU shows Nebraska's Kellen Huston knocking down the fan, reporter-photographer Ben Arnet said. Huston, a junior from Ankeny, Iowa, is the team's place-kick holder.

KOMU managing editor Randy Reeves said the video shows the player "decking" a Missouri fan when the two crossed paths. The player continued running toward the Nebraska locker room while Missouri quarterback Brad Smith helped the fan get up off the ground.

No arrest was made and no complaint had been filed in the matter, said Jack Watring, University of Missouri police chief.

Solich said he is uncertain of the details surrounding the incident.

"We'll try to view the tape of it," Solich said. "Other than that, I don't have much knowledge of what transpired."

Solich said there was mass confusion on the field after the game and that emotions were running high. He said he tried to hurry his players off the field and that he regretted it if a fan was hurt.

"It was a situation where there were a lot of people moving a lot of different directions," he said. "Any time people charge the field, you do, as a coach, get concerned for the safety of your other coaches. You get concerned for the safety of your players. I certainly was in that mode."

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Smith told him what he saw and that Smith was visibly upset.

"I don't know more about that other than that he (Smith) saw the number of the guy who did it," Pinkel said.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: