Over the last couple hours, the Internet has been abuzz with wild rumors that star Nebraska freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez had quit the team in the wake of the Huskers' 9-6 loss to Texas A&M -- and the epic chewing-out Martinez received from coach Bo Pelini -- on Saturday.
Back away from the cliff, though, Huskers fans; reports of Martinez's demise are likely greatly exaggerated. Here's what WOWT 6 in Omaha has just reported that while Martinez hasn't quit the team, he has likely broken a serious team rule:
Sources tell Channel 6 News Taylor Martinez missed a team meeting following last night's loss, but he has not left the team.
Following this report, Pelini told the Omaha World-Herald (in typically brusque fashion) that Martinez is, in fact, still a Husker:
Reached shortly before 8 p.m., Pelini said the status of his freshman quarterback had not changed since the end of Huskers' 9-6 loss Saturday at Texas A&M.
"He's still on the team," the coach said.
Pelini again declined to offer an explanation for the sideline incident on Sunday.
In all likelihood, this situation isn't fully resolved yet; if Martinez missed a mandatory team meeting, then he likely faces some sort of discipline, so even though he's on the team, his status for the Colorado game still needs to be specifically addressed. But that's a lot different than "has quit the team," so let's actually wait for that to happen before speculating about it.