Official Husker Locker Blog
2011 May 17
Husker Heartbeat 5/17: Big 10 Spring Meetings, Bubba Starling and Tom Osborne
A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory
* The Bubba Watch continues and it appears that he’ll take his time to decide.
* Big Ten spring meetings are underway.
Amongst the topics to be discussed: nine-game schedules, television start times and women's basketball attendance.
Most Big Ten schools’ schedules are already planned out through the 2014 season with Purdue’s taken care of through 2015.
At the center of the debate is trying to find appropriate and often expensive competition to fill a school’s schedule versus utilizing teams already available within the Big Ten.
One example of this is Nebraska’s contact with North Dakota State athletic director Gene Taylor regarding a game during or beyond the 2015 season.
* The nation voted on five 2011 Big Ten matchups to determine the most exciting heading into the season. Three included Nebraska. Which contest won out?
* If fan reactions are any indication, an intense Iowa-Nebraska rivalry may not be such a far-fetched idea.
* Ndamukong Suh’s record-setting TweetUp is official.
* Athletic director Tom Osborne still has plenty of work to do at Nebraska. He also doesn’t question Jim Tressel’s integrity.
Osborne’s work is certainly admirable. He walked away from the coaching game at the right time, but his competitive spirit never let him slow down. His efforts were vital in assisting UNL chancellor Harvey Perlman in talks regarding Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten conference.
He has already made it clear that his health isn’t an issue and that he has no timetable on retirement. "There are things I want to get done. When the time comes, that'll be it."
When will that be?
Logic seems to dictate that Osborne wants to oversee the expansion of Memorial Stadium and construction of new practice facilities. He recently gave Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson a vote of confidence, but with Anderson’s 4-22 series record since 2009, one has to wonder if Anderson has that same self-confidence as this season winds down.
Osborne is a man who can see the big picture. It would make sense that he wants to see Nebraska’s basketball and baseball programs on the same level as women’s volleyball and other athletic clubs that have shown consistent success.
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