Well, this isn't probably the news you need for your Wednesday evening now.
Nebraska Defensive Tackle Chase Rome has decided to take a vacation from Nebraska football for the time being:
At this time, DT Chase Rome is not with the Husker football team, coach Bo Pelini said after practice today— Jon Nyatawa (@JonNyatawa) September 12, 2012
The reasoning? Well, not to say we know, but words on the interwebs put up by people other than us say that Rome was upset at playing time:
Interesting to hear the reason why Rome left was he was upset with his playing time. When you give up 653 yds nobody has a leg to stand on.— Sean Callahan(@Sean_Callahan) September 12, 2012
There has been some talk around the Nebraska team that, after the 650+ yard gashing UCLA administered on the BlackShirts (or Slackshirts as EDSBS's Holly Anderson calls em) would be implementing a 3-4 "over" look on defense. Chase didn't like that, so he's taking some time away with a non-definite return.
Also revealed today by Bo was this:
WR Tyler Wullenwaber (Kenny Bell's backup) tore is ACL & is out for the year, Pelini announced today. Injured during a special teams drill— Jon Nyatawa (@JonNyatawa) September 12, 2012
While the Wullenwaber story was heard yesterday, the confirmation today is both noted and saddening. Even though Nebraska is pretty stocked at Wide Receiver, losing both Tyler and Tim Marlowe is a development that no one wanted to deal with. This could be why Brion Carnes was moved to WR earlier this week too.
Nebraska is a 24.5 point fave over the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Saturday morning. That line may come down with the removal of Rome, and it may not. One thing is for certain, this is quickly becoming one of the most trying weeks in Bo Pelini's coaching career by far.
One note about all this: This is the third man to leave the team in the last 3 months, following Aaron Green and Tyler Moore. To simply say this is all about the athlete is wrong, but it's also wrong to say this is also all about the coaching staff. Eventually, when a young man is in a program for more than 2+ years like Rome has, there has to be something that triggers an action like this. While the statement of playing time have been out there and such, there is no true knowledge of what goes on between player and coach, so it's not fair to label one singular person as the bad person here. Action spreads reaction, and Rome was a reaction to an action of someone or something or a combination of both. Let us remember that in the comments.