Rose-Ivey subsequently explained why the players made the gesture and told reporters of some nasty responses he had received for doing so. He also said the majority of the feedback was positive.
To his credit, university president Hank Bounds responded with a lengthy statement Wednesday defending the rights to free speech for all involved.
“I have served in the military,” Bounds statement said. “I understand love of country and love of the flag and I know that freedom is not free. I recognize that some are upset by what they saw on Saturday night.
“But let me be clear. The University of Nebraska will not restrict the First Amendment rights of any student or employee. Our position on this issue is abundantly clear. As stated in Board of Regents policy, which has been in place for almost a half-century: ‘Members of the academic community have the right to extensive latitude in making their opinions known… The public exploration and resolution of differing views can be successful only when groups and individuals discuss the issues in forums where the right to disagree, speak freely and be heard is preserved.’”
The undefeated Cornhuskers host Illinois on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln.