Saturday, December 31, 2005

Trooper Had to Guard Nebraka Athletic Director

Disturbing news out of Nebraska. A state bodyguard was assigned to Cornhusker Athletic Director Steve Pederson at Nebraska's final home game — Nov. 12 against Kansas State — after it was determined that a "legitimate threat" was made against Pederson and his family, state officials said. This came after Nebraska was drilled by Kansas, 40-15, ending the Cornhuskers' 36-game winning streak against the Jayhawks. The response also was in part to a column written by Ben Schwartz in the North Platte Bulletin, Pederson's hometown. One segment of the column read: "Tell me it's wrong to call up Steve Pederson's house at 3 in the morning, breathe heavily into the phone and then whisper, 'I'm going to kill your children.' " Schwartz later apologized (registration).

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