Nebraska coach Mike Riley will follow through on a promise to invite Brenda Tracy, the victim of an alleged sexual assault involving two Oregon State football players in 1998, to speak to his team.
Tracy was allegedly gang-raped by four football players, two of whom did not go to Oregon State, at an apartment near the Corvallis, Ore., campus 18 years ago. The charges were eventually dropped and the Oregon State players were given a one-game suspension by Riley, who was the head coach at the school at the time.
“One game for my rape,” Tracy said to the Oregonian. “One (expletive) game.”
Before taking the job at Nebraska prior to the 2015 season, Riley extended an offer to speak one-on-one with Tracy about the incident and allow her to address his players on the impact that a sexual assault has on a survivor.
The offer was again given to Tracy when Riley left for the Cornhuskers, and she is scheduled to meet with the team on June 22.
“Doing the right thing is the key,” Riley said on Thursday. “What I’ve learned is that some things that are not negotiable about the opportunity to be on a team. One of those is certain kinds of assault, and one of them is anything to do with guns.”
Riley believes that it is important that his players learn from Tracy.
“I think kids have to always understand it’s about choices,” Riley said. “The other basic thing to understand is how you treat people. It’s one more piece. I really appreciate Brenda reaching out, stepping out to do this. I think it will be a real-life thing. I think that’s what players need to know about. There’s people's lives involved here and how it affects them.
“I think they have to know that.”