LINCOLN — Boyd Epley said Wednesday that Nebraska would recognize all athletic performance testing records from recent years, after some were previously taken down for what Epley called “inconsistency in testing procedures in various sports.”
The decision to restore all marks followed some minor backlash Wednesday from both former and current Husker football players.
Epley returned to NU in 2014 and serves as assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning. He has overseen the recent move of testing to the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab in East Stadium.
Epley had said in a December interview that he would be resetting school records in athletic testing and starting over for a standard benchmark.
Reached Wednesday night, Epley said that records in recent months were adjusted on the 80-inch television that displays them in the weight room in the Osborne Complex.
“I had good intentions, but the fact is no one wants to have their record taken away,” Epley told The World-Herald. “But there are two sides to that story: The person who had that record and the person who set the record with different procedures.
“After looking at all this, it made more sense that we’re going to restore those records, and just kind of move forward.”
Epley said the existing records will be restored in the next few days. He said the university also is in the process of updating all marks on Huskers.com that haven’t been updated since 2005, shortly after the completion of his 35-year stint as head strength coach and his time as the architect of Husker Power.
The NU football strength program was overseen by Dave Kennedy from 2004 to ’07 and James Dobson from 2008 to ’14. Mike Riley hired Mark Philipp shortly after becoming head coach, and Philipp works in conjunction with Epley.
In an NU statement, Epley said:
“When I returned to the Athletic Department in 2014, we began the process of making our Husker Power testing more consistent across all sports utilizing the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab. In doing so, we found inconsistency in testing procedures in various sports. With that, it was hard to validate testing numbers and records that were achieved using different timing procedures and equipment.
“All records will be restored and displayed regardless of testing procedure, as we want to recognize all of our record holders regardless of the timing and testing system. We are really proud of our athletes who worked hard in our strength and conditioning program to achieve great things.”
Addressing the recent adjustments, former NU receiver Kenny Bell wrote on Twitter:
That hurts. Was told that because "we didnt train right" our records in the weight room at our Alma Mater are removed? Ouch.— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 6, 2016
NU senior center Dylan Utter responded:
Those who were around know the truth. Dobsons one of the best in the business. https://t.co/aKsaG1dykv— DUtter (@DylanUtter66) April 6, 2016
Epley said later Wednesday that several choices were discussed “to be fair to both parties.”
Here's some other social media reaction from current and former players regarding the performance records:
Forgettin the old regime I understand, let's move forward. But guys that gave 5 years to the program? @Ameerguapo deserves to b in that room— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 6, 2016
I am not complaining, and i am not angry. I am genuinely saddened. I love that program and the guys that are apart of it. Disappointed.— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 6, 2016
This has NOTHING to do with the football staff. That kind of decision comes from the 3rd floor, the Administration level.— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 6, 2016
Appreciate the clarity Mr. Epley, just wanted an explanation https://t.co/jNVooUy3L9— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 6, 2016
@AFRO_THUNDER80 I feel you bro... My record is gone as well and I'm a current player. Worked so hard to get it all taken away.— Sam Foltz (@samfoltz27) April 6, 2016
History is so easily forgotten theses days... Well ignored rather.— Ameer Abdullah (@Ameerguapo) April 6, 2016
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