Nebraska coach Scott Frost isn’t happy with the Oregon State Beavers coaching staff.
According to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman, Nebraska placed Oregon State on the list of schools running back Greg Bell couldn’t contact because of a belief the Beavers prematurely contacted previous transfers.
The Beavers have recently added a trio of former Nebraska players – quarterback Tristan Gebbia, wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and linebacker Avery Roberts.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that those kids were probably in touch with some people that they formerly knew that were here,” Frost said.
He added, “…if someone is contacting our kids while they’re still our kids, then I’m not going to be a fan of that.”
Earlier this week, Bell was granted his release and tweeted out a short list of “blocked” schools, but quickly deleted the tweet and provided an updated, longer list that included the Beavers.
Thank you to Coach Frost The Support Staff And The Fan Base For The Opportunity. Forever thankful.
I have decided to transfer. Considering all opportunities. pic.twitter.com/6NJdDYlcbr
— Greg Bell (@GregBell_) October 8, 2018
Oregon State declined to comment.
The accusation marks the second time this recruiting cycle that Oregon State has been accused of inappropriate contact with transfer students.
In early May, Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich posted a tweet displaying Oregon State recruiting packets addressed to current players on his roster.
“My apologies for our players not being able to attend your Spring game,” he wrote. “Ours was the same day, bad timing. Quick question, in the 203 years of coaching, none of you realized you couldn’t actively recruiting another school’s players? Sent to campus? #leakydam #sloppybeavers.”
Oregon State immediately admitted to the mistake, self-reported the incident and was given a secondary violation barring the program from contacting the individual going forward.
Beginning Monday, new NCAA rules go into effect prohibiting programs from blocking former student-athletes from attending schools.
Clearly, however, Frost wanted to send a message.