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Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley, Oregon State Named In Title IX Lawsuit From 1999

Mike Riley made a statement this morning on the lawsuit, which stems from a 1999 sexual assault case.

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach Mike Riley and Oregon State Beavers Athletics were named in a Title IX lawsuit, the Oregonian stated in a article Wednesday morning.

The person, who was not named in the suit, is naming Riley and Oregon State due to Riley's failure "to correct a hostile and sexually violent culture among football players that contributed to her being raped".

The lawsuit, which is different than the Brenda Tracy rape allegation that happened in 1998, states this happened in October of 1999, a year later.

The lawsuit seeks $7.5 million dollars in damages from Oregon State's "deliberate indifference to prior sexual violence", and Mike Riley "of deprivation of due process and violation of equal protection".

Mike Riley issued the following statement through the University of Nebraska's Athletic Department this morning:

"Yesterday, I was made aware of a complaint filed in the State of Oregon concerning a previously unknown incident to me in October 1999.  I cannot comment on any matter in the legal process.  However, I am committed to a harassment-free culture in our football program and I am continually seeking ways to expand our student education program.  Sexual assault is a horrendous crime and has no place in our society."