Ineligible Cornhusker told he was 'in clear'

January 02, 1992|By Los Angeles Times

MIAMI -- Nebraska fullback Omar Soto, who was ruled ineligible for last night's Federal Express Orange Bowl because he violated NCAA rules in 1986, defended himself yesterday.

Soto was deleted from the roster when it was discovered that he had participated in a preseason scrimmage at Mount San Antonio College in 1986 before leaving the school. Combined with two years at Arizona Western Junior College and three years at Nebraska, Soto exceeded the number of seasons allowed by the NCAA.

"I was told there would be no problem, so I never brought it up because I thought I was in the clear."

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