KMTV-3 Sports Director Travis Justice reported Thursday that two separate sources close to the Nebraska football program say Nebraska football Coach Bill Callahan told his team before Thursday's practice that he was asked to resign.
"Both of the sources tell Action 3 News that coach Callahan told the team to play for themselves as the coaching staff will more than likely not be around next season," read a story posted on the station's website.
Justice defended his report Friday, which has resulted in a flurry of Internet message board postings and several spin-off stories by other media outlets.
"I got tipped off late last night, checked it out this morning, verified it and ran with it," Justice said on the "The Big Show" on KXSP (590 AM).
"People are really upset about me that I didn't say who asked him (Callahan) to resign," Justice said. "It may have been Tom Osborne. I don't know. I reported what was said at practice yesterday.
"To me, the big part of the story is that this is the first time that he has taken time with his players to say 'we're in dire straights right now.'"
The Associated Press' Eric Olson first asked Callahan during Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference whether he had been asked to submit his resignation. The question drew a nine-second pause before Callahan sidestepped the question.
If Callahan is fired at the end of the season, his contract calls for Nebraska to pay him more than $3 million.
Friday, November 9, 2007