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Friday Flakes: Most Recent Nebraska Commit Goes from Zero to Four Stars

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Slated for a Broadway play...

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What a ride for Eteva Mauga-Clements. He played football this past season in the small town of Pleasant Hill, CA at a junior college.

Zero stars.

Then Nebraska recruits him and gets a commit from the young man. He had contact from the likes of LSU, but nothing. After the commitment to Nebraska the following happens. It is perfect for a Hallmark movie!

Rivals recruiting service gives him 4 stars.

24/7 recruiting service gives him 3 stars.

Unbelievable. It would only be more believable if it was during the Christmas season!

Former Husker Correll Buckhalter Could Be In Trouble

Legally,

It looks like the former Nebraska running back is one of around ten former NFL players who allegedly attempted, somewhat successfully, to defraud the NFL’s health program to the tune of $3.4 million.

From the ESPN article:

According to the indictments, the players made claims for expensive pieces of medical equipment -- such as hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, ultrasound machines and electromagnetic therapy devices -- that weren’t purchased or received. The typical claim was for $40,000 to $50,000.

Several of the former players are accused of recruiting other players to join the scheme and would make the claims in return for kickbacks of up to $10,000.

The indictment alleges they fabricated letters from health care providers about using the medical equipment, fabricated prescriptions that were purportedly signed by health care providers and created fake invoices from medical equipment companies in an effort to prove the equipment was purchased.


On to flakes...

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“STICK TO SPORTS!” Nah.

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