COLLEGE FOOTBALL / BOWL REPORT : LIBERTY BOWL : Louisville Resolves Expenses Dispute
A dispute over travel expenses that led to a walkout by several players of Louisville’s Liberty Bowl-bound football team was resolved Saturday.
A dozen players, including starting defensive players Anthony Bridges and Joe Johnson, skipped the team’s practice Friday.
“Nothing has changed because of the players missing a workout,” Louisville Coach Howard Schnellenberger said. “Our policies, the monies they will receive and the reimbursement plan is exactly the same as it was going to be.”
Each of the players who walked out of the practice met with Schnellenberger before rejoining the team for its Saturday morning practice.
The players said they understood they were to receive money to travel home after returning from the game in Memphis, Tenn., because dormitories will be closed. But they said they were told the money would not be available until after the spring semester begins.
Players can be reimbursed for their travel, but money cannot be advanced under NCAA rules, said Ron Steiner an assistant to Schnellenberger.
The team was scheduled to fly to Memphis on Saturday. No. 25 Louisville will play Michigan State on Tuesday night.