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Lawrence Phillips tragedy continues to haunt former Nebraska coach

Lawrence Phillips tragedy continues to haunt former Nebraska coach

Nebraska football might have hoped the tragedy of Lawrence Phillips could have been slammed shut behind a lengthy 2005 jail sentence. Silence and confinement, it seemed, would keep the university from getting dragged out, next to his name, in the public tribunal. No such luck. Every bad thing we believed in 1995 about Phillips, the former Nebraska star tailback, was reinforced when news broke that Phillips was a suspect in the murder of his cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison. My effort here is not to dredge up another "we were right" campaign about Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne's ill-fated decision in 1995 to reinstate Phillips after a serious domestic abuse assault...

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