Members of the Nebraska softball team have discussed boycotting the start of fall practice on Sunday, according to a student-athlete advocacy group supporting the players.
The revelation came in a statement released by College Athlete Advocacy Initiative that criticizes Nebraska's handling of accusations against coach Rhonda Revelle, who was reinstated Sunday after a two-month investigation into her treatment of players. The CAAI statement accuses Revelle and others in the program of persistent verbal and psychological abuse.
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said in a statement Sunday announcing Revelle's reinstatement that "our student-athletes’ well-being will always be the top priority" and "after reviewing the findings (of the investigation), I have concluded that Coach Revelle will continue to lead our softball program."
CAAI says the softball team was informed Sunday of Revelle's reinstatement. Some players requested a copy of the report prepared by outside attorneys, but that request was denied. The players were then put under "university-imposed silence," according to the CAAI. NU's statement on Sunday said there would be no media availability for Moos, Revelle or members of the team.
After the 2019 season, members of the team expressed their concerns about Revelle in surveys and in a meeting with Moos, according to CAAI. After that, outside attorneys were brought in to conduct the investigation into Revelle.
The Nebraska athletic department shared a new statement with The World-Herald on Friday:
“First and foremost the well-being of our student-athletes will always be the top priority at the University of Nebraska. As previously stated, the concerns brought forward by members of our softball program were taken very seriously. We initiated a comprehensive review, and Coach Revelle and her staff understand the seriousness of the student-athlete concerns.
"As a result of the issues that were raised we have worked with Coach Revelle to address and alleviate those concerns moving forward. The University cannot comment further on a personnel matter.”
The CAAI did not immediately respond to requests for comment made Friday by The World-Herald.
The CAAI launched in March 2019 to provide assistance in issues regarding student-athlete welfare. According to a CBS Sports story, the CAAI planned to develop "a strategic advocacy campaign, including athlete-led demonstrations, to raise awareness of critical issues." It partners with the Urban Justice Center of New York, a social justice advocacy group, to provide pro bono legal work for athletes.
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Rhonda Revelle works with a player during a hitting drill at practice on May 12, 1998.
Rhonda Revelle opens up the game ball with her catcher Amber Burgess, left, and pitcher Katie Decker, right, in a pregame ritual before facing Creighton on April 21, 2001.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates Peaches James during a game against Notre Dame on April 23, 2002.
Rhonda Revelle welcomes Ashley Eoriatti to practice on Jan. 13, 2003.
Rhonda Revelle jumps on the back of Lori Sippel after beating Texas A&M on May 2, 2004.
Rhonda Revelle swarms Jamie Waldecker after a game-winning RBI against Texas A&M on May 2, 2004.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates Jamie Waldecker after a grand slam to help beat Oklahoma State on April 28, 2007.
Rhonda Revelle bumps fists Crystal Carwile after Carwile hit a two-run homer against Iowa State on April 29, 2008.
Rhonda Revelle looks at the outfield during a game against Iowa State on April 29, 2008.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates Heidi Foland after a first-inning home run against Creighton on April 7, 2010.
Rhonda Revelle pats Taylor Edwards on the helmet after a third-inning homer against Oklahoma on March 26, 2011.
Rhonda Revelle leads a huddle after Nebraska beat Creighton on March 30, 2011.
Rhonda Revelle removes a bat from the field during a game against Creighton on March 30, 2011.
Rhonda Revelle talks to Taylor Edwards after a RBI hit against Northwestern on March 23, 2012.
Rhonda Revelle looks at something in Gabby Banda's eye before the start of the sixth inning against Creighton on April 11, 2012.
Rhonda Revelle celebrates with Alicia Armstrong after an RBI base hit in the first inning against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle coaches first base during a game against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle sends in a sign against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle walks to first base against New Mexico State on March 15, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle congratulates her team after beating Stanford in a regional final on May 19, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle watches her team practice on May 31, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle discusses strategy during practice on May 31, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle signals safe as players celebrate a game-tying run in the seventh inning against Florida in the Women's College World Series on June 1, 2013.
Rhonda Revelle shouts to her players as they face Creighton on April 25, 2017.
Rhonda Revelle during her team's first practice of the 2015 season on Jan. 12, 2015.
Rhonda Revelle talks with her team during their first practice of the 2015 season on Jan. 12, 2015.
Rhonda Revelle gives advice to Kat Woolman in a game against UNO on April 15, 2015.
Rhonda Revelle celebrates after Nebraska defeats Iowa on April 6, 2016.
Rhonda Revelle cheers on Cassie McClure after a home run in the first inning against UNO on March 22, 2017.