LINCOLN — More than an hour before Saturday night’s Nebraska-Creighton game, Husker students had filled the center-court Red Zone section. Only a few blue shirts had invaded the most-coveted real estate inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
To the three dudes in suits at the southeast tunnel of the arena, that was a few too many.
NU students Jacob Sullivan, Cameron Collier and Sam Wiegand dressed as FBI agents. They wore the sunglasses and ear pieces. Wiegand’s blond hair stuck straight out, like he’d pulled an all-nighter.
The trio of Husker fans were there to make sure Creighton fans — and specifically coach Greg McDermott — were reminded as often as possible of the Bluejays’ link to an FBI investigation into college basketball.
CU was implicated in a recent federal trial by the father of basketball player Brian Bowen. He testified that a basketball agent told him Creighton offered to give the Bowen family $100,000 and a job had Bowen signed with the Jays. Creighton, in a statement, said it had done its own thorough review and took the allegations “very seriously.”
Husker fans on Saturday took the opportunity to poke fun.
“We’ve got checks for $100,000 for an average basketball player,” Sullivan said. Indeed, the NU student section had a check.
Before the game, the three were trying — mostly in jest — to keep CU fans from sitting in the center-court student section.
“If you're wearing blue, you have to sit in those stands,” Sullivan said. "If your (Husker) friends want to come with you, that’s fine, but you can’t sit over here.”
Eventually, after a minute of guff, the Creighton fan was allowed through.
“I guess he’s not going to follow protocol,” Wiegand joked.
Collier was surprised more Creighton fans didn’t try to make it in the arena.
“I think NU is a great place for opposing fans to come because we treat them so well,” Collier said.
“Except today,” Collier said.
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