LINCOLN — Nebraska basketball player Deverell Biggs was suspended for the first three games of next season for a violation of team rules, coach Tim Miles announced Friday.
Biggs, a junior guard from Omaha Central, pleaded no contest in April in a driving under the influence case. Miles said in April that Biggs would be suspended and that he would determine the length of the penalty at a later time.
Biggs will miss the Huskers’ exhibition game and the first two games of the regular season, including the Nov. 8 opener against Florida Gulf Coast.
“We are obviously disappointed in Deverell’s actions,” Miles said. “It’s inexcusable. I know he has learned from it, and he will proceed accordingly to improve all areas of his life.”
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Biggs did not play last season because of a redshirt year. In late December in Omaha, Biggs was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. His blood-alcohol content was .134, over the legal limit of .08. Biggs was 20 at the time.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and fans for my actions,” Biggs said in a statement. “I understand the seriousness and the consequences of my actions, have learned from the situation and worked hard to move forward. I look forward to representing Nebraska in a positive manner on and off the court.”
Biggs was sentenced to nine months’ probation and fined $300. Judge Jeffrey Marcuzzo also ordered a six-month license revocation, mandatory alcohol-education classes and abstinence from alcohol for six months.
Biggs’ attorney said restitution already has been made to the driver of a Mercedes, whose car suffered about $1,500 in damage when Biggs backed into it at a stoplight in downtown Omaha. Biggs then left the scene and was later arrested.
Biggs was an All-Nebraska selection for Omaha Central. He then earned first-team national junior college All-America honors two seasons ago at Seward County (Kan.) Community College.
The 6-foot-1 guard is expected to contend for a starting job in the coming season for the Huskers.