Per a Nebraska athletic department release, Teddy Allen has left the Nebraska basketball program. The full release is below. I am not sure whether to be completely shocked by this or look at it as par for the course.
We knew that he was having problems with a wrist injury. My understanding was that he could play well until it was bent backwards, something that you’d think would be a common occurrence in the Big Ten due to the physicality of the conference.
We know there’s not much left in Nebraska’s basketball season, barring a miracle run through the Big Ten tournament.
We know that Allen was rather bipolar in terms of contributions. He just set a school record for points in a game, scoring 41 points against Penn State, then played very little in the win against Minnesota.
We also know that Nebraska sports is all about the drama, so let’s commence with those talking points:
- Teddy Allen was immature and a troublemaker and doesn’t represent the sanctity of Cornhusker sports the way I think an athlete should.
- Fred Hoiberg can’t keep his players. Certainly something is rotten in the program!
- Teddy Allen was overrated, a ball hog, couldn’t make free throws and if he passed the ball more wouldn’t have to try so many “tough shots”.
- Teddy Allen has too many tattoos. I don’t like his hair. It’s hoodlum hair.
- He probably listens to hip hop hogwash.
- Kids these days know nothing about COMMITMENT.
- Nobody cares.
FULL RELEASE BELOW
Nebraska Basketball Roster Update
Lincoln – University of Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg announced the departure of junior guard Teddy Allen from the program Monday morning.
“I would like to thank Coach Hoiberg and his coaching staff for allowing me to come back to Nebraska and have the opportunity to play basketball in the best conference in the country” Allen said. “I appreciate the support I’ve received from everyone in the program. I am thankful for the love I have received from my teammates and the relationships we have built over the last year. I also want to give a special thank you to the Husker fans for their encouragement and support.
“After a lot of thought over the last few days, I have made the decision to focus on getting fully healthy in preparation for the next step in my basketball journey. I will continue to stay at Nebraska for the spring semester and work toward graduation. I am looking forward to what the future holds, as I explore my options.”
“I enjoyed the opportunity to coach Teddy over the past year,” Hoiberg said. “We will support him as he finishes the spring semester and wish him nothing but the best going forward.”
Allen played in 22 games for the Huskers this season, averaging 16.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He had 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 41-point performance against Penn State on Feb. 23.
The serious hot take:
I honestly don’t know how to feel about this. Allen could do that hero ball thing, which sometimes hurt the team UNLESS it was at times in games when everyone looked like they were waiting for someone else to score.
I felt like the team moved the ball around better without him. UNTIL he started doing assists, then the guy was phenomenal.
Will Nebrasketball be better off without him?
I have no idea. He was certainly interesting in a season that needed someone interesting. It’s been tough.
I wish Teddy Allen the best with his future.