LINCOLN — Less than two days after there appeared to be more turmoil surrounding the Nebraska softball program, all 19 players on the roster showed up for the Huskers’ first day of fall practice.

A two-page statement from the recently-formed College Athlete Advocacy Initiative, a social justice organization based in New York City, criticized Nebraska’s handling of accusations against coach Rhonda Revelle, who was reinstated Aug. 25 after a two-month investigation into her treatment of players.

That statement further detailed allegations against Revelle that players didn’t think were properly addressed by university officials. The investigation by Nebraska’s athletic department began after allegations were shared with school officials in postseason evaluation forms.

One of the options the CAAI statement suggested players were considering was boycotting Sunday’s practice. That didn’t happen.

When the players arrived for the 10 a.m. session at Bowlin Stadium, they headed to either the softball offices or the Gordon Training Center at Haymarket Park before taking the field.

Revelle and her two assistants Lori Sippel and Diane Miller were on the field leading the players through practice. Keith Zimmer, a senior associate athletic director at Nebraska, was also there.

The practice wrapped up in just under two hours. After returning to the clubhouse and seeing a handful of media outside the stadium, there was a players-only meeting.


Afterward, a statement from the players was delivered by a representative of NU’s athletic communications staff. “We started with a great conditioning test that everyone passed. We had a fun, energetic, high-paced team practice. We’re closer than we’ve ever been on and off the field,” the statement read.

Revelle, in her 28th year as Husker coach, declined to comment Sunday.

CAAI Executive Director Tim Nevius, who has been working with some of the players in recent weeks, didn’t immediately respond to a text request from The World-Herald seeking comment on the team practicing and their postpractice statement.

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