HOLIDAY BOWL: Huskers Out of Snow, in San Diego

By at December 26, 2009 | 1:04 PM | Print

The temperatures in San Diego weren’t exactly balmy – mid-50s, slightly too chilly to get a good surf on – but they were certainly better the blizzard-of-the-new-century that Nebraska’s football team left behind in Lincoln.

After conducting its first “game week” practice Christmas Day inside the Hawks Center, NU’s team plane got of the snow safely and landed at the Holiday Bowl site soundly Friday night. The Cornhuskers went through their second workout Saturday morning at San Diego State University.

Head coach Bo Pelini said Nebraska had only a few players late for workouts on Friday because of the blizzard that thumped the eastern half of the state, dumping 12 inches on Lincoln itself.

“If the people of Lincoln plowed their roads it wouldn’t be very hard,” Pelini said, not joking. “I don’t know where our property taxes go because they don’t seem to clear any roads. That made it more difficult on us.

“But it was good to get here. We got our work done (Friday).”

Nebraska will practice and conduct meetings in the morning at San Diego State. The rest of the day is for the players to enjoy, either in organized activities or on their own. The latest curfew is 1:30 a.m., getting earlier as the game approaches.

“We have a mature team,” Pelini said. “They know what’s ahead of them, what they need to do, what the expectations are. I feel real good about it.”

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