Posted September 20, 2018 12:59:16 The Nebraska football program has been hit with another crippling budget crisis as it struggles to pay for its players and coaches.
The state of Nebraska is facing a $7.5 million shortfall this season, according to a report from The Omaha World-Herald, and the state is expected to need $6.7 million more to remain solvent.
Nebraska’s current financial situation is a result of the NCAA’s sanctions against the school in the wake of a scandal involving sexual abuse allegations involving football players.
The NCAA issued a $25 million fine to Nebraska and suspended the football program indefinitely after the NCAA levied its own sanctions against its football program in January 2018.
In addition to the $7 million shortfall, the NCAA suspended the Nebraska football team for the 2017 season and the 2017 postseason.
The 2018 season is scheduled to begin in October and will likely last at least six months.
The current state of the team is not encouraging for fans, especially considering the team has won just two games all season.
On Sunday, Nebraska’s coach, Charlie Weis, said he is optimistic the team can make it through the 2018 season.
“We’ll continue to work hard, we’ll continue the process,” Weis told reporters, per The Omaha Journal Star.
“But we have to have a plan that works for us, and we have a good plan for that plan.”
The 2018 Nebraska football season has been cancelled.
It will not be televised because of the penalties, but the NCAA will televise the regular season and postseason games.
This year, the Nebraska men’s basketball team is still in limbo as it awaits an appeal of its sanctions by the NCAA.
The team has yet to find an attorney to represent it.
The Nebraska women’s basketball program has yet again been in limbo.
Nebraska has also faced financial difficulties, as the NCAA imposed an $11 million fine on the school, forcing the school to cut its athletic budget by 20 percent.
Nebraska football players have been suspended, which has hurt recruiting and kept the program from playing in the Big Ten.
Nebraska coach Mark Mangino was also suspended from coaching.
On Friday, the school announced the resignation of the head coach, Joe Cocker, for the second time this season.
Mangino and the entire Nebraska football staff were suspended for their involvement in the sexual abuse scandal.
In a statement, Mangino said the “conduct of the entire football staff and the men and women who work with them is the reason I have been given this opportunity.”
“The integrity of our program, and our commitment to providing the best possible education and experience for our student-athletes, is my highest priority,” Mangino continued.
“While I have not yet been offered any new opportunities at the University of Nebraska, I am very thankful for the opportunities I have had.
The integrity of the program and the commitment to offering the best available education and opportunities for our students will always remain the top priority for me.”
A number of former Nebraska players have also resigned, including quarterback Tyreek Hill, receiver T.J. Green and running back Corey Grant.
The school is currently seeking to recruit new recruits to fill its athletic scholarships.
The athletic department’s athletic director, Mike Reedy, also resigned Friday, but he was replaced by former Nebraska defensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who was hired as the new athletic director.
Nebraska is still one of the Big 10 schools, but it has struggled financially and is currently ranked 17th.
The University of Southern California (USC) also has a football team that is currently under suspension, and USC’s athletic department has faced financial problems.
In May 2018, the university suspended football coach Clay Helton indefinitely after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a player in 1998.
USC’s president told the Associated Press that Helton is no longer an assistant coach on the football team.
USC athletic director Greg Byrne told the AP the school will work to replace Helton with someone with a different level of commitment.
The university announced in January that it was launching a sexual assault prevention program.
The USC football program is currently suspended for the 2018 football season, which is scheduled for October.
USC announced the suspension of football coach Mike Bobos tenure on Friday, saying it was necessary to address a culture of sexual misconduct on the team.
Bobos was fired by USC in April 2018, after six years as the school’s head coach.