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2009 Apr 13

SPRING FB: Pelini Suspends Paul After Arrest

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Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has suspended junior Niles Paul for the rest of spring practice after the receiver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence over the weekend, the Nebraska State Patrol confirmed Monday.

“I am aware of the situation involving Niles Paul, and have discussed it with him," Pelini said. "Niles has been suspended from the remainder of our spring practice, including Saturday’s spring game.”

The 19-year-old Omaha native, who had been having a very strong spring practice, was stopped Sunday in a white Mitsubishi Montero at 2:08 a.m. going 53 miles per hour in a 45-mile-an-hour speed zone on Highway 77 just south of Lincoln.

An officer smelled alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test. Paul failed it. Later, Paul also failed a breathalyzer test, confirmed Nebraska State Patrol Lt. Mike Jahnke. Jahnke did not immediately have Paul’s blood-alcohol content.

He also received a citation for driving under suspension and being a minor in possession.

Paul caught 23 passes for 214 yards last year, and also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the San Jose State game.

Tags: niles paul, springtime with bo

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FOLSOMHUSKER

Let the punishment fit the crime. Stupid? Absolutely! End a career on a first offense? Seems harsh. What were the circumstances? Careful about tossing rocks in glass houses...

– Apr 13, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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clevelandhusker

Do you want to be a big time college football player? Or, a loser getting nailed for drunk driving? Just pick one already and do it to your best ability please. Because we are really getting bored stupid and losing IQ points reading about this crap.

– Apr 13, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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bs55

one word: moron.

– Apr 13, 2009 at 7:10 pm

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deacon

I know these are just teenagers, but he has ties to people in the NFL. You would think there have been enought cases of this type of behavior at NU, that the smart ones would figure it is not worth it to drink and drive as minors. And especially if he had a suspended license. Something like this can ruin their college and NFL careers, but I hope the coach makes an example of this young man. NO ONE shld be above the law.

Dont these young men realize what they are risking by engaging in this type of behavior? Apparently not, I guess they figure they will be the one that wont get caught. I hope ALL of his team mates use this as a wakeup call and to the line at least until they are of age and/or graduate fm NU.

– Apr 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm

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johnnymac71

Have these kids not learned anything from Hunter Teafatiller, Andy Christensen, Thunder Collins, LP, Terrell Farley, et al? These guys are scrutinzed like the President, and being a local kid, he is well aware of that, and of the history pertaining to all of the mistakes made by current and former Huskers. Hopefully the lesson will be learned quickly with him.

– Apr 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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LakewoodHusker

I'm glad to read of BO's response. This is an epidemic amoung college & pro athletes, as well as, the average Joe .That 22 yr old pitcher for the Angels was killed by a drunk driver!!!

– Apr 13, 2009 at 5:38 pm

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huskervan

run him till he pukes, then run him some more. when he pukes again ask him if he wants a beer or if he wants to be part of the team

– Apr 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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husker112

I don't care who he is or how important he thinks he may be, give him the boot off the team and send a message that this will not be tolerated. If he was under suspension, he shouldn't have even been driving in the first place SEE YA NILES

– Apr 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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huskermaniac28

What a freaking idiot! how could you be so stupid?? Idiots like this have everything going for them and they throw it all away for a night of partying! Its so aggravating! Think about it: lawrence phillips probably threw away millions of dollars from the nfl because he couldnt control his temper. michael vick threw away millions of dollars from the nfl because he wanted to gamble for a few hundred extra from dogfighting. youd think these younger guys would LEARN!!!!!!!!!!!! >:^(

– Apr 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

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drtom

ARRRGGG!!!

– Apr 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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idahusker

I was really looking forward to his play. He was a favorite of mine coming out of high school. I know college kids make mistakes, but players are under such scutiny, they cannot make these kinds of mistakes. We'll see how Bo responds...

– Apr 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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Joy

How stupid is that ?????

– Apr 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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DBlackwell

Nice job, Niles.

– Apr 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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