Nebraska’s Terrell Farley Faces Seven Charges; College Career Over
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ On the same day that authorities charged Terrell Farley with seven misdemeanors stemming from his alleged drunken driving, Tom Osborne confirmed that the linebacker’s career at Nebraska was over.
Farley, already on probation for a previous drunken driving conviction, allegedly fled from police on foot last Wednesday after his speeding automobile hit two parked cars. He was captured minutes later.
Osborne said Monday that the case ended Farley’s career.
Farley, 21, was charged with second-offense drunken driving, refusal to submit to a chemical test, driving under a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding, resisting arrest and refusing to obey an order from a police officer.
A second drunken driving conviction would bring a minimum jail sentence of seven days even if Farley again received probation, according to city prosecutor Norm Langemach. Farley could be jailed for 30-to-90 days, he said.
Farley is scheduled to appear in county court Dec. 9.
Osborne suspended Farley immediately after his arrest last week. Osborne said that unless something extraordinary happened, such as the charges against him being unfounded, Farley would be off the team for good.
On Monday it was clear Osborne had closed the door completely.
``You’ve got to do what you say you’re going to do, so at this point he will not play for us,″ Osborne said. ``He ... will not play again for us.″
Osborne said he had visited with Farley and his father.
``He obviously needs help,″ Osborne said of Farley. ``We’re going to see to it that it’s available to him.″
Farley was charged Aug. 30 with drunken driving and subsequently was suspended for Nebraska’s first two games, including a 19-0 loss to Arizona State. A guilty plea led to a sentence of one year’s probation, a $200 fine and a six-month license suspension.
Nebraska, which moved up a notch to No. 4 this week, plays No. 5 Colorado on Friday to decide the North Division berth in the Big 12 Conference championship. Both teams are 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12.
Farley’s August arrest dredged up memories of the 1995 season when several players faced serious legal problems.
Defensive end Jared Tomich, a Husker co-captain, said the team was disappointed but would rebound.
``We’ve had things like this happen before and we’ll come back,″ Tomich said. ``But as a team I think we’re pretty disappointed and pretty upset, especially since this was his second time.″