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Wrestler: Hard to follow the money
By Dark! Diehl
As far back as 1995, allege sever
al former Comhuskers, payments
were made from former Coach Tim
Neumann to Nebraska wrestlers in
order to free up scholarship room.
Neumann resigned Tuesday “in
accordance to university personnel
policy,” Athletic Director Bill Byrne
Kalin Makaiwi, who wrestled
under Neumann from 1994-1996,
said he was one of the wrestlers who
was taken off scholarship to clear
room for recruits.
Makaiwi said his roommate in
college, Chris Steele, was receiving
the same illegal benefits.
Steele could not be reached by
the Daily Nebraskan but admitted in
Thursday’s Lincoln Journal-Star that
he had been given money while at
NU from 1994-1996.
Neumann declined comment on
the allegations Wednesday night,
saying he was no longer coach.
Makaiwi said he was given a
monthly payment from Neumann
during Ids second year at NU after he
was taken off scholarship. The
money was used to cover things,
such as his rent and bills.
“I don’t know how he worked it
out with everyone else,” Makaiwi
said from his home in Allensburg,
Wash. “But I wasn’t the only one get
But after Neumann became unre
liable with the payments and the
wrestler’s living conditions were
threatened from the money crunch,
Makaiwi said he asked to be put back
on a legitimate scholarship. When he
wasn’t, Makaiwi quit the team and
has since moved back to his home
state of Washington.
“The main reason I decided to
stop was because it became such a
hassle,” Makaiwi said.
Another of Neumann’s former
athletes, who wished to remain
anonymous, confirmed that while he
was wrestling at NU, several
wrestlers were receiving money
under the table.
Former NU Assistant Coach
Brad Penrith, who was with
Nebraska from 1992-97, said he had
no knowledge of any benefits that
might have been passed to wrestlers.
“I didn’t know about it if any
thing like that was going on,” said
Penrith, who coaches at Northern
Iowa. “I wasn’t aware of it.”
The mystery that remains with
the payments is their source.
Neumann makes a little more than
$64,000 a year.
Makaiwi said he and other
wrestlers didn’t know of the money’s
” I don’t know how he worked it out
with everyone else. But I wasn’t the
only one getting money.”
“(Steele) and I used to think that
he has to have a whole bunch of bank
accounts that even his wife doesn’t
know about,” he said. “There was a
lot of money and a lot of players.”
Nebraska Wrestling Booster
Club President Bob Houser
adamantly denied that the booster
club ever supplied Neumann with
“Absolutely not,” Houser said.
“We wouldn’t do that. Ever.
“When I started this booster club,
former NU wrestler
it was under Bob Devaney, and I
would never do anything to hurt that
man, and I would never do anything
to hurt this program.
“Anyone that wants to see our
books is welcome to.”
Makaiwi said he thinks the situa
tion isn’t just limited to Nebraska, as
other schools aren’t following the
“It happens everywhere, I think,”
he said. “In order to keep top recruits
happy, you’ve got to give them
money whether you like it or not.”
By Sean Callahan
The Nebraska softball team has had
a memorable week.
It first started in Oklahoma last
weekend when the Comhuskers split
series with No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 22
Oklahoma State to keep diem only one
game out of first place in the Big 12
This week the Huskers took care of
conference foe Iowa State 6-0, riding
sophomore Leigh Ann Walker’s 11
The big moment of die week came
on Wednesday night when senior pitch
er Jenny Voss reached her 100* career
victory with a 3-1 decision over in-state
Now NU (35-18, 9-2) awaits the
challenge of going to College Station,
Texas, to take on Texas A&M (25-14,5
4) in a must-win situation Saturday.
“We’re not playing on Easter
because it’s Easter,” NU Coach Rhonda
Revelle said. “The nice thing about this
trip is we get to charter.”
On a normal road trip, NU would
play two games in two days or go to a
nearby city and play somebody else.
Because it is Easter weekend,
Revelle said she thought this would be
the best thing for her team, so they can
be home with their families Sunday.
“We’ve got the pitching staff to go
two,” Revelle said. “That’s the nice
thing about playing a double header.”
In years past, Revelle would have to
rely solely on the arm of just one pitch
er to get die job done.
This year, Revelle almost has been
spoiled to have three different pitchers -
Penny Cope, Voss and Walker - that she
can go to at any time.
There have been a couple of occa
sions where Revelle has used all three
of her pitchers in one game. Before this
year, Revelle said she can’t ever
remember doing something like that
Senior Jennifer Lizama, who is still
trying to fully recover from a hamstring
injury she received on March 22, said
she realizes how important it is for NU
to win both games against the Aggies.
Lizama said it is important for
Nebraska just to treat these final confer
ence games like any normal game.
“We just need to focus on being in
our game and to do what we need to
do,” Lizama said. “We know if we take
care of business, we’re going to come
out on top.” x
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NU looks to beat struggling A&M
By Dane Stickney
The Nebraska baseball team’s
matchup with Texas A&M this
weekend is a tale of opposites.
The Comhuskers look to extend
their 10-game winning streak, which
is the second longest in the country
behind Georgia Tech’s 15.
The Aggies will try to break their
nine-game losing streak, the longest
in school history.
NU (28-11) is surging after twice
demolishing Western Illinois 18-5
and 19-6, while the Aggies lost 7-5
to Rice on Tuesday and look to avoid
their third straight Big 12 sweep.
Despite Texas A&M’s slump,
NU Coach Dave Van Horn said it is
still a quality ball club.
“They’ve been so good over the
^ They’ve been so good over the
years, but right now they’ve kind of
hit a down spell.”
years, but right now they’ve kind of
hit a down spell,” he said. “They’ve
certainly got good talent, but most of
their players are young.”
Shane Komine is expected to
open the series on the mound in
Friday’s game, which is scheduled
for 6:30 p.m. at Buck Beltzer
Komine has struck out 33 hitters
in his last two games.
Trevor Bullock and Chad Wiles
are scheduled to take the bill in
Dave Van Horn
NU baseball coach
Saturday’s doubleheader, which
begins at 2 p.m.
The Aggies are led by outfielder
Dylan Holt, whose 14 home runs
lead die conference.
But Huskers Dan Johnson, who
has 12 home runs, and Matt Hopper,
11, are second and third in die con
But Hopper said baseball isn’t
about individual statistics.
“We do everything as a team,” he
said. “Right now we’re trying to win
the conference as a team.”
Van Horn said the team is clos
ing in on some team goals, and a
strong showing this weekend would
“By the end of the season we
hoped to have 38 to 40 wins,” he
said. “We’re on pace to get there if
we keep playing well.”
In order to reach 40 wins, the
Huskers need to win 12 of their last
Nebraska is tied for third in the
conference with Texas Tech. Both
teams have 13-8 conference records.
Hopper said the team is eager to
keep its winning streak rolling.
“When you’re this hot, all you
want to do is come to the park and
win some ball games,” he said. “1
hope we keep it going for a long
time, and I think it will if we stay
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