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  1. 2011 Apr 14

    Husker Heartbeat 4/14: Is It Cody's Time?

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Since Taylor Martinez is expected to be limited for the Red/White Spring Game, the contest could turn into an interesting battle between Brion Carnes and Cody Green.

    *Prince Amukamara said he owes his success to Bo Pelini. Now - where will he land in the NFL Draft.

    *Joe Paterno talks college football, Husker football and "Tommy" Osborne.

    *More new guys profiles: Ross Els and Corey Raymond

    *Memorial Stadium gets bigger. Is it better?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, cody green

  2. 2011 Apr 13

    Husker Heartbeat 4/13: Big Ten Bonanza (and Husker Baseball)

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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 Big Ten writer's pool got its first taste of Bo Pelini Tuesday when he participated in the Big Ten Legends Division Teleconference. The league did the Huskers no favors in terms of scheduling, but a highlight includes a budding rivalry with Iowa. More fun ensues on Wednesday, as Jim Tressel and Joe Paterno talk to the press.

    *Speaking of Tressel, he's not too worried about his uncertain future, especially now that QB Terrelle Pryor has confirmed he will be returning for his senior season and not testing the waters of the NFL Supplemental Draft.

    *The Texas Bowl has a new sponsor.

    *Nebraska baseball gets a key win over Wichita State on the road. A sweep over Kansas State this weekend at home would be good for the Husker soul.

    *Nebraska and Creighton's softball teams have some heavy hitters at catcher.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten

  3. 2011 Apr 12

    Husker Heartbeat 4/12: Beck, Fish, Big Ten, Ballpark

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Meet Rich Fisher, one of Nebraska's new offensive assistants. Meet John Garrison, too.

    *Not a good dayfor the Husker offense Monday.

    *Carl Pelini has had a lot to say in recent days about Nebraska's offense. Not only will it be much better than it was last year, but Taylor Martinez is growing into the role of leader at quarterback, too. Why is Carl Pelini opining so much on the offense? He must feel very, very confident about his defense. We'll just say this - don't make any premature conclusions about the offense or the quarterback job just yet.

    *Brett Maher and Mauro Bondi will be the guys battling to replace Alex Henery this fall.

    *Terrelle Pryor was apparently considering the NFL Supplemental Draft - which is pretty much an idiot's or miscreant's way of getting into the NFL - but he tweeted last night that he would return.

    *Iowa embraces a new rivalry with Nebraska. Well, they oughta. There are enough of us living there and enough of them living here.

    *The new Omaha downtown baseball park, TD Ameritrade, is ready for its first pitch. Tom Shatel writes that the park has a big-league feel. He also writes this about spring games in the Big Ten. Interesting:

    "Some corners of the Big Ten may find that Nebraskans are a little intense about their football. Or maybe the others are laid back. Take the spring game, for instance. Over at Iowa City, for instance, they don’t hold a spring game. The final spring practice — set for this Saturday at noon — is a part-scrimmage, part-practice that’s open to the public. It generally gets 10,000 to 15,000 fans. No score or stats are kept."

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  4. 2011 Apr 08

    Husker Heartbeat 4/8: Big Red/Big Ten Weekend Buffet

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    *The Nebraska linebackers are building bonds in prep for the Big Ten where bigger, sturdier defenses are needed.

    *Michigan's hockey team is on the cusp of a national title after upsetting the believed-to-be-unstoppable North Dakota.

    *Another installment of Prince Amukamara's NFL Draft diary.

    *Anthony Blue just wants to see the field in some way - any way - after suffering a second severe knee injury last year.

    *Ohio State's true freshman QB, Braxton Miller, seems to be settling in as spring practice progresses.

    *The Penn State quarterback race is heating up with Rob Bolden taking a more vocal role with the offense.

    *An Auburn gymnast weaves Cam Newton's Heisman Trophy pose in her routine...during a meet at Alabama.

    *TCU got its Rose Bowl rings. They're fairly gaudy and ridiculous. In two years' time, we're sure, you'll see a few on EBay or Craigslist. They always land there.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten, spring football 2011, will compton, anthony blue

  5. 2011 Apr 05

    Husker Heartbeat 4/5: A Full Big Red Buffet

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Bo and Carl Pelini never stop evolving as defensive minds, and a new spin on the 50 defense is their latest development.

    *In a fairly candid interview with the AP's Eric Olson, Bo talks about living and learning after the 2010 season.

    *The Big Ten Network rolls into town and likes what it sees from the Huskers' workouts.

    *No shortage of depth on the defensive line.

    *Brandon Kinnie is adjusting to life with a more vocal, encouraging position coach in Rich Fisher.

    *Both the Big Ten and Big 12 bloggers rank NU at No. 13 in their spring top 25. Not that it's worth a whole lot.

    *OWH's Tom Shatel figures NU's baseball team can benefit from the new TD Ameritrade park - even if Creighton plays its home games there.

    *LJS Sipple suggests that the NCAA find a way to get more money to college football and basketball players. Perhaps increasing the scholarship limit? How is that going to be Title IX compliant? How will schools that make almost zero money somehow afford that.

    *Punter/kicker Brett Maher is ready to fill the shoes of Alex Henery. Maher came quite close to beating Henery for the punting job last year. He'll at least have that job next year. More than that? We'll see.

    *Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini said no to the Big Ten Network when it came to broadcasting the Red/White Spring Game. Osborne and Pelini believe the full house for the spring game is a great recruiting tool for visits.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, tim beck, tom shatel, ljs sipple, brett maher, tom osborne, 2011 spring game, rich fisher

  6. 2011 Apr 04

    Husker Heartbeat 4/4: Kenny, Cody, Khiry, Case, Beebe and Zou Zou

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Because of his speed and competitiveness, Kenny Bell has the full attention of his teammates. So is Jamal Turner.

    *Nice story about three NFL-caliber players - Jared Crick, LaVonte David and Alfonzo Dennard - choosing to play one more year of college football.

    *The Longhorn Network is officially here, sporting black in its logo for some bizarre reason. Because UT has a lot of black in its team colors. In Texas' spring game, Case McCoy - Colt's younger brother - appears ready to challenge Garrett Gilbert for the starting QB job.

    *Khiry Cooper is content to play two sports even if slows his progress at either one.

    *Andrew Green, finally healthy after two years of struggling with a variety of injuries, has moved to cornerback where new coach Corey Raymond is helping him with technique.

    *Always willing for a chat, Cody Green says again: He won't transfer. He'll also change positions if it will help the team.

    *Dan Beebe backs the Fiesta Bowl in the wake of the stupendous corruption revealed in a fraud probe.

    "I feel good about their commitment to do the right thing," Beebe told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday. "There hasn't been a reluctance or pushback [from Fiesta officials] at all."

    Beebe said he has been in contact with Fiesta Bowl officials often in recent weeks and they have asked for help and suggestions for how to reform the organization's leadership structure to ensure similar mistakes won't be made again.

    "I don't feel good about what happened," Beebe said. "I'm saddened by what occurred."


    Of course there's no pushback now.

    *After getting shot down by Purdue's Matt Painter, Missouri more or less settles for Miami's Frank Haith, who has been to one NCAA Tournament in his tenure in the ACC.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, spring football 2011, cody green, andrew green, big 12, texas, missouri, fiesta bowl

  7. 2011 Mar 31

    Husker Heartbeat 3/31: Hubba Bubba (Starling) and Big Ten

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *He has a big decision to make sometime over the summer, but for now Nebraska quarterback recruit Bubba Starling - and his family - appears to be learning toward enrolling at NU instead of playing Major League Baseball right out of the gate.

    ESPN and The Chicago Tribune rolled into town on Monday and came away with a variety of stories on NU's transition to the Big Ten Here they are:

    ESPN - Taylor Martinez 2.0
    ESPN - NU's adjustment to the Big Ten
    CT - A Q&A with Tom Osborne
    CT - Advantages to moving to the Big Ten
    CT - Keeping the offense under wraps

    *Jamal Turner works a little at wide receiver while Curenski Gilleylen tries his hand at running back for a day. We expect the Turner move to stick throughout spring practice; he's an athlete you have to get on the field somewhere. Gilleylen, on the other hand, may transition back to wide receiver eventually.

    *A number of players want replace Pierre Allen at the Nebraska defensive end spot.

    *After Brandon Kinnie, Nebraska's receivers are relatively unproven - but reputedly talented. They'll get their shot this spring.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten, bubba starling

  8. 2011 Mar 30

    Husker Heartbeat 3/30: Fiesta Fiasco

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *As Taylor Martinez moves forward as a leader, Yoshi Hardrick gets past his frustration of not starting last year.

    *What a mess the Fiesta Bowl has on its hands, as it fires its sorrowful CEO John Junker, who expensed all kinds of nonsense on the officially non-profit bowl's tab to sway politicians and power brokers to keep the BCS in Phoenix. Now the NCAA says the bowl may lose its license.

    One story reads: Within minutes after initial questioning by investigators began, Junker became emotional, talking about his family and his 30-year career with the Fiesta Bowl. The report describes him choking up, saying, " 'It wasn't just a job,' and then (he) began to sob quietly saying, 'I'm sorry . . . It was our lives.' "

    In another, Junker described why the Fiesta Bowl felt it necessary to go to strip club and expense $1,200: "We are in the business where big strong athletes are known to visit these types of establishments," he said. "It was important for us to visit, and we certainly conducted business."

    One columnist blamed the BCS.

    *LJS Sipple argues that NU should stop after this next expansion of Memorial Stadium so as to preserve the home sellout streak. New capacity for the stadium once the addition is finished will be just slightly north of 92,000. He writes:

    This isn't Michigan (with a stadium that holds 109,901). Or Penn State (107,282). Or Ohio State (102,329). Nebraska fans' passion as a whole may be unlimited, but we have a limited population. You don't have to be Dave Ramsey to figure out the economics. Plus, some folks have more pocketbook limitations these days than they used to.

    *Who makes a big move on special teams? The BRN wants to know!

    *In keeping with that conversation - what's the real value of an athletic scholarship? The USA Today attempts to measure it.

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  9. 2011 Mar 29

    Husker Heartbeat 3/29: Big Ten, T-Mart, Prince and More Kiffin

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *On his first trip to Lincoln, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg raves about Nebraska's facilities.

    *As Taylor Martinez meets the press, more details about the Husker offense emerge from Monday's practice.

    *BRN likes the pickup of Mike Marrow. Also: Nice analysis on Big Ten running games.

    *More coverage of Prince Amukamara, who quickly becoming one of the more interesting stories of the NFL Draft.

    Here's an interesting passage:

    When Amukamara was 18, he went to the University of Nebraska. A state champion in track and basketball and the Arizona player of the year in football, he expected to play running back for the Cornhuskers. After all, he had rushed for 2,106 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior.

    But something got lost in translation between when he committed and when he arrived in Lincoln, Neb., the following summer. He was moved to cornerback. He stuck it out through his freshman year, playing on special teams and a little bit on defense, and planned to transfer after that.

    But the old coach, Bill Callahan, was fired, and the new one, Bo Pelini, met with Amukamara one-on-one after arriving. Pelini told him there are many 6-1, 205-pound running backs in the NFL and that they don't last long. But a 6-1, 205-pound cornerback with Amukamara's skills could play a long time in the NFL and make a lot of money.

    At first, Amukamara thought he was just being told what he wanted to hear. Then he started making plays in practice, lots of plays. Today, Amukamara wouldn't switch back if he could. Running backs endure too much pain.

    "I'd rather be on the other side, giving it," he said.


    Bo didn't just save Ndamukong Suh from transferring, did he? And notice closely how Bo's NFL experience - of which he had plenty - factored in to how he framed his conversation with Prince.

    *Lane Kiffin, movie star.

    *Former Nebraska recruiting target Tyler Wilson is ready to take over at Arkansas.

    *UNO gets a new logo.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, spring football 2011, taylor martinez, prince amukamara, more kiffin, big red network

  10. 2011 Mar 28

    Husker Heartbeat 3/28: Bo, Doc, Big Ten and Clowney

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *LJS Sipple says Bo Pelini is growing into a CEO role as Nebraska's head coach. More support from the Omaha Nighthawks' Joe Moglia, who worked with Pelini for two years.

    Sipple does have an interesting line near the end of the column:

    "Speaking of pressure, vultures are circling Jim Tressel at Ohio State, Bo's alma mater. For what it's worth, I've never gotten the sense from him, during interviews and conversations dating to 2003, that he has a deep yearning to take over the Buckeye program. It's just a gut feeling. Maybe I'm reading him wrong."

    Bo's never been one to talk at length about his Ohio State roots. That's a strength, in a sense. He'll have to this fall, of course - we'll pull the guy's teeth, but he'll do it - but if Bo has a great desire to return to the Horseshoe, he keeps those impulses pretty close to the vest.

    If the OSU job ever opened up, we think Bo would certainly be on the list - but so would some pretty accomplished names. Urban Meyer would be there. Jon Gruden would be. Nick Saban? Don't kid yourself. One day - and it may be reasonably soon - Saban may find he's run out of things to win at Alabama. The Tide administration already gave the guy a statue. What will it do? Tear it down?

    *NU's getting another fullback for the 2011 season: Mike Marrow.

    *The OWH's Spring Football Preview by position and its Big Ten football preview, too.

    *Excellent analysis from Lee B on whether the Big Ten suits Doc Sadler's preferred coaching method and playing style - it does - and whether he can pull key recruits out of Big Ten country. We'll have to see about that. For now, Sadler still seems to be looking for the quick fix of a JUCO guard or a transfer. The Big Ten doesn't do much of either, frankly. Over at Husker Hoops Central, they're still asking - why didn't the Huskers go dancing in 2011?

    *Breaking down Iowa's spring practice presser. What Kirk Ferentz's answers mean.

    *At Indiana, Kevin Wilson searches for a QB.

    *The Jerry Kill era begins at Minnesota.

    *The nation's No. 1 recruit, Jadeveon Clowney, was frisked by the cops at 2 a.m. outside a bar last weekend. Following in Stephen Garcia's shoes, are we?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, steve sipple, big ten, iowa, mike marrow, doc sadler, lee b

  11. 2011 Mar 23

    Husker Heartbeat 3/23: Doc On the Clock, Hockey Off The Map

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Doc Sadler tells the LJS that Jorge Brian Diaz and Andre Almeida may need offseason surgery, and his team needs to get mentally tougher. LJS Sipple rightly points out that mental toughness is something a coach has to develop and instill in his players.

    Folks wondering why Diaz seemed distant and despondent, well, most of the year should know, according to Sadler, "He can hardly walk."

    We didn't go to enough men's basketball practices to know how many of them Diaz missed. When we were there, he was practicing most of the time - which, of course, necessitated walking.

    That's harsh, but the injury "disclosure" is one of the older gambits in the book. Needing offseason surgery didn't stop Cam Meredith and Jeremiah Sirles from enjoying strong seasons on the football team. It didn't stop Diaz from logging 26 minutes per game - second most on the team to point guard Lance Jeter.

    Look: Diaz is a decent frontcourt guy with good offensive skills. Injury or no, Nebraska fans generally know what to expect from the kid. He needs to shoot free throws better, because a 51 percent average robs NU of two or three crucial points per game. He also doesn't draw enough fouls. That probably has to do with officials being unwilling to give him shooting fouls because of his lack of upper body aggression.

    One more thing: Sadler said he could sign as many as "3 or 4" players this spring. He only has one scholarship available - and that may go to LSU transfer Bo Spencer. Clearly, he thinks there's an opportunity for some players to leave. Whether they will or not...we'll see. A few always seem to.

    *As the Big Ten chooses to create a new hockey conference, don't expect Tom Osborne's Nebraska to join in on the fun.

    *Five Sleepers in Spring Camp, plus 5 Players On The Mend.

    *Brent Qvale and Andrew Rodriguez don't have much time to grow into starters - they have to do it now.

    *Early speculation on offensive and defensive depth charts.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, doc sadler, brent qvale, andrew rodriguez, jorge brian diaz, mens hoops

  12. 2011 Mar 22

    Husker Heartbeat 3/22: Big Ten Goody Bag

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *First, 4 new views of the Haymarket Arena, just released. What do you think?

    *Five Sleepers for Spring Camp - guys whose name you haven't heard yet - but will.

    *Changes abound in the Big Ten, as ESPN's Adam Rittenberg releases his final coaching scorecard. He also takes a quick look at Wisconsin's opening of spring ball.

    *A short feature on Ciante Evans. He'll be challenged for the starting spot more than this article suggests.

    *UNO will lose some booster bucks in the wake of shutting down football and wrestling. But apparently not the big booster bucks that Tom Shatel thinks will build the new hockey arena.

    *The Big Ten will make a six-team hockey league.

    *OWH's Dirk Chatelain thinks Kansas should have a smooth ride to the Final Four now that the bottom half of its bracket has been blown to smithereens. KU probably does. Of course, it's also KU - which makes a career out of choking in these next two rounds.

    *ND suspends Michael Floyd indefinitely for a DUI. He could, in theory, declare for the NFL's Supplemental Draft if he so chooses. Alabama's best defensive player, Mark Barron, was arrested, too.

    *Chuck Long finally sells his San Diego home - for a big loss.

    *The Purdue quarterback race begins.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten, uno, tom shatel, ciante evans

  13. 2011 Mar 21

    Husker Heartbeat 3/21: QBs, OLs, Big Ten, Big 12, and More Tressel

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *First, some sweet Husker License Plates from Texas. Hopefully those Lone Star folks leave this great Big Red fan alone when he tools around with those on his truck.

    *Our Husker Monday Takes is jam-packed with good stuff. Is Barney Cotton actually Tim Beck's new "pair of eyes?" How does Sean Fisher fit in to the Huskers' defense? Plus, more thoughts on Doc.

    *Now to the Nebraska quarterbacks, where the offense is asking them to make more plays and be more confident with their leadership. Meanwhile, Tom Shatel looks for Taylor Martinez to evolve as a quarterback. He writes:

    This is the part where I’m supposed to say Martinez would do himself good to talk to the media. That facing the music every day would help him mature, make him the man who would lead the Huskers through the thorn bushes and to the Rose Bowl.

    There’s some truth to that, I believe. But the fact is, reporters want Martinez to talk because they want a story.

    Martinez looks like a fascinating story. On those rare occasions he did speak after games last year, he flashed a raw innocence. He wasn’t wide-eyed. But there was a certain naiveté about him. He was fresh.

    I’d like him to open the door and let us get a better look. A lot of us have questions. We like to think it comes with the territory of being the Nebraska quarterback.

    Would it help beat Ohio State? No. Will it make Martinez a more capable leader? Nope.


    We don't agree on two fronts:

    1. A silent Martinez has been, in a sense, a terrific story. His silence is the story. And man, does it have legs to it. That's part of why the kid should talk - because, after he did, he'd no longer be the kid who doesn't talk.

    2. As on-field leaders, quarterbacks should answer questions after losses. That's part of the deal. They speak for the offense. Martinez never spoke after a single loss, and he only had the reasonable "injury" excuse after the Texas A&M game.

    *UNO's loss of football could be Nebraska's gain if Mavericks' All-America kicker Greg Zuerlein can get eligibility granted by the NCAA to jump to Division I. Zuerlien's leg is every bit as big as Adi Kunalic's booming right foot. He'd play - perhaps quite a bit.

    *Nebraska finished third behind Texas and Oklahoma in terms of football-related revenue in 2009-2010. Texas won by, let's see, $35 million. Its gap over OU is larger than the entire revenue made by eight other schools.

    The Longhorns better not have another losing season, in other words.

    Here's the list:

    University of Texas $93,942,815.00
    University of Oklahoma $58,295,888.00
    University of Nebraska $49,928,228.00
    Texas A&M $41,915,428.00
    Oklahoma State $32,787,498.00
    University of Colorado $26,233,929.00
    Texas Tech $26,201,009.00
    University of Missouri $25,378,066.00
    Iowa State $19,974,924.00
    University of Kansas $17,885,176.00
    Kansas State $17,570,624.00
    Baylor University $14,355,322.00


    Is it becoming more clear now why schools like Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State are pretty much doomed in the new league? The finances are hilariously out of whack.

    *Of the 40 2011 recruits you need to know in the Big Ten, here's Nos. 30-21. Speaking of Big Ten, here's College Football News' Big Ten preview. Pretty basic, bland stuff there.

    *LJS Sipple cautions fans making too harsh a judgment on Jim Tressel. He writes:

    Think about it. Tressel every day sees those 102,000-plus seats in Ohio Stadium and understands his fervent fan base wants more, more and more. It's potentially intoxicating, the consistent success and pressure to expand on it.

    It can make a good man make poor decisions.

    Reading "The Winners Manual," it becomes clear Tressel is thoughtful, with plenty of humility. He stresses that he doesn't have all the answers and is searching like the rest of us.

    You hesitate to pass judgment too harshly on Tressel, because you understand that if he can stumble this badly, well, perhaps almost anyone in his shoes could. Many already have.

    "Jim Tressel's situation, that's jaywalking to me," former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer said recently. "This stuff has gone on forever."


    If we're Jim Tressel, we don't think we want Switzer being the voice of reason on this thing.

    We're not sure Tressel caved to the pressures of expectations, though. He could have built a perfectly good team without Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey last year. Maybe the Buckeyes lose, oh, three games instead of one. But the OSU fan base would have understood - and probably applauded Tressel for it.

    Rather, we think Tressel stepped outside the bounds of his job description - which is to manage an entire football team - to watch out for a couple of lost sheep. We can argue the merits of that - and whether there's a useful religious distinction to make. But we'd critique Tressel more as an enabler - a parent trying too hard to shield his "kids" from consequences - than a reed blown by the wind of every nasty fan letter.

    *Ivan Maisel, meanwhile, says fans shouldn't feel too bad for Tressel - considering he won't miss any prep time during the week.

    *Remember Tyler Gabbert? He's making his move in a bid to win Missouri's starting quarterback job.

    *ESPN's Adam Rittenberg tabs Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan as the best Big Ten player of 2010. The best returning player: Denard Robinson.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, barney cotton, taylor martinez, tom shatel, ljs sipple, jim tressel, big ten, big 12

  14. 2011 Mar 16

    Husker Heartbeat 3/16: Delany, Cassidy, Rex, Doc and Big Ten

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *We start with Big Ten commish Jim Delany this morning, who talked at a business ethics conference in Omaha, specifically about how the NCAA must be more transparent about its investigations. Delany even suggested that conferences start publishing self-reported violations, of which there are about 300 per year in the Big Ten.

    Lee B asked a perfectly good question: Why shouldn't the Big Ten just lead the way?

    "“If we do it by ourselves and others don't do it,” Delany said, “it looks like we're the ones who have all the issues and all the problems.”"

    And here is where Nebraska folks will begin to have a small-but-real frustration with Delany and the Big Ten. High talk. Not quite as much sacrifice to go along with that talk.

    *Austin Cassidy will play Peso or safety - whatever gets him on the field more quickly.

    *Ron Brown will help make the running backs a tougher bunch, Rex Burkhead believes.

    *More on UNO, as a state senator tries to save football and wrestling and Tom Shatel adds a few more thoughts to his two published columns.

    *Thanks to Huskers Brandon Ubel and Caleb Walker, Nebraska basketball has some sense of Wichita State

    *In volleyball, John Cook is preparing his team for a move to the Big Ten - where the volleyball is more about power than speed.

    *In Happy Valley, Penn State wants one of several young QBs to take firm control of the starting job. One of them, Robert Bolden, considered transferring after the year because he wasn't allowed to win back his starting job after an injury at Minnesota. PSU QB coach Jay Paterno took the appropriate heat for it:

    When Bolden got hurt against Minnesota, he got Wally Pipped. McGloin started the last six games, completing 118 of 215 passes for 1,548 yards with 14 scores, nine picks and a rating of 128.48. Bolden stewed through the second half and considered a transfer. A meeting with head coach Joe Paterno convinced Bolden to stay.

    “Bolden didn’t play much down the stretch,” Jay Paterno said. “He probably should have. That was on me, not on him. He wanted to know, 'Is the competition going to be realistic? Have you guys made your mind up?' Joe said no. Joe told him and his dad, ‘I’ve been doing this for 60-something years. I’ve built up a lot of trust. If I tell you it’s an open competition, you have to have a little faith in me.'”

    *South Carolina's Stephen Garcia has been suspended again.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, ron brown, austin cassidy, rex burkhead, john cook, mens hoops, tom shatel, big ten, jim delany

  15. 2011 Mar 15

    Husker Heartbeat 3/15: Trev, Big 12, Tressel Toil and Trouble

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    *The plot thickens on UNO's decision to drop football. David Sokol, a prominent Mav football booster - and former mentor of Frank Solich - said a protective instinct for Nebraska football among regents made certain that UNO could never make the jump to Division I.

    David Sokol said Athletic Director Trev Alberts told him last year there was talk that the University of Nebraska Board of Regents would never approve a step up to lower Division I for the Mavericks, out of concern that the move would undercut the Huskers.

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Tom Osborne, who coached Alberts during his All-America football career in Lincoln, also had told Alberts he couldn't support such a move, Sokol said.

    Alberts “had mentioned to me he had been told it was highly unlikely the regents would approve Division I football, and he knew that was a major hurdle,'' Sokol said. “Trev said even Tom told him he would not be supportive of that.''

    Alberts vehemently denied the Sokol scenario. Osborne said he could recall no such conversation with Alberts.

    “I absolutely respect David Sokol and his emotions, but I want to make one thing very clear: Tom Osborne never told me he wouldn't support UNO football to Division I,'' Alberts said.


    So either Sokol's lying - or Alberts is. We don't know who to believe. Is there some truth serum we can administer?

    Parsing Alberts' answer, though, one sees that Trev doesn't deny believing the regents' would block UNO football's jump to Division I. The whole idea of believing that has to come from somewhere, right? There has to have been some conversation about the matter that indicated to Alberts the regents would block such a move, right?

    And why does NU have an opinion anyway? UNO moving to Division 1-AA is going to, what, rob the Huskers of some walk-ons? Nebraska loses more in-state scholarship recruits to Iowa than it ever would to the Mavericks. You could take 12 walk-ons and they'd never add up to one Gale Sayers, who spurned the Huskers for Kansas.

    Of course, it's the supporters of the wrestling team - cut because UNO's new conference, the Summit League, doesn't have wrestling as a sport - who have been the most vocal. Alberts couldn't be bothered to deliver the news in person that he was cutting Mike Denney's sport. Alberts' reputation on the UNO campus will take years to repair for that one mistake. That was a foolish, relatively thoughtless thing he did. It'll be a harsh lesson learned. Husker coaches - who will have a big say when it comes to picking Osborne's successor - aren't going to appreciate that decision one bit.

    *Funny stuff - the Wisconsin/Iowa game, narrated like a nature film.

    *The Big 12 is close to finishing a $60-million-a-year deal with Fox. Would this mean an expansion in Big 12 games on Fox? A national Saturday broadcast on the main network.

    *How much does the Big 12 appreciate Oklahoma? Try paying nearly $2 million in Fiesta Bowl tickets so save OU from a financial disaster after the Sooners only sold 5,567 tickets out of its 17,500 allotment. Connecticut actually lost $1.8 million because the Big East wouldn't absorb the cost. Yikes. This is why the bowl system is such a mess.

    *Rivals names its top five recruiting prospects for 2012.

    *Jim Tressel is sorry. So sorry.

    *Chaz Weis talks about being named Florida's offensive coordinator.

    *Dr. Saturday asks a good question: If Blaine Gabbert had his struggles in college, why do NFL Draft experts love him so? The same reason they loved Carson Palmer all those years. Measurables.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, trev alberts, big 12, jim tressel

  16. 2011 Mar 14

    Husker Heartbeat 3/14: No Doubts for a New Bo

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Bo Pelini is ever confident, as he continues to reveal in a nice column from LJS Sipple. As usual, he creates a conflict where there probably wasn't much of one with the intent of using it for motivation.

    Midway through, Sipple writes a very accurate line:

    "Now I think we're seeing Pelini moving back to center. His tenure at Nebraska, in many ways, starts afresh in year four."

    Agreed here. The Big Ten move is part of it. The coaching staff changes are another. It all seems like a brand new project for whole enchilada: Fans, football team, athletic department, university. I don't think Bo gets a grace year - far from it - but fans may not look back much. It will be hard to compare whatever it is Tim Beck is doing with what Shawn Watson did.

    *And what is Tim Beck doing? Restoring some much-needed energy to the offense.

    *Hey There! Join our Tourney Pick Em Contest on Yahoo. Click right here! It's a private group, but the password is gobigred The winner gets a free year's subscription to Locker Pass and a DVD of one of last year's games! Second and third place get Locker Pass subscriptions, too!

    *Doc Sadler's OK with a NIT trip to Wichita State. At least Nebraska made it into a postseason tournament. Baylor struck out entirely.

    *UNO decides to drop football and wrestling and head to Division I in hoops. Good move? We'll see. It's a bold move by Trev Alberts, we know that. Supporters of the wrestling program are pretty fired up.

    *A handful of rowdy Ohio State fans are driving Kirk Herbstreit to move from Columbus to Nashville. We're not kidding.

    "I love Ohio State. Love the Blue Jackets. Love the Reds. Those are my hobbies. I don't like moving. I love living here. I don't want to leave. But I just can't do this anymore. I really can't keep going like this.

    "Eighty to ninety percent of the Ohio State fans are great. It's the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless."


    *There is trouble to be had in Aspen. Ask these two Michigan State football players.

    *Why Jim Tressel is even more a villain than some think, according to this writer.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, ncaa tournament, nit, mens hoops, big ten, jim tressel

  17. 2011 Mar 10

    Husker Heartbeat 3/10: Can-Do Kinnie, and Doc's Day of Reckoning

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    We'll start with the utter flameout of Nebraska basketball of these last several weeks, as NU unceremoniously lost four of its last five games - by a combined total of 16 points - to whiff on its best chance at the NCAA Tournament since 1999. The 53-52 loss to Oklahoma State was a sour capper to a rough close to the season.

    Tom Shatel, in one of his better recent columns, goes right at the heart of the Doc Sadler question: Is he staying at NU for sure, or will he look at a courtship with Texas Tech? Doc publicly said he wanted old boss Billy Gillispie to get the job. But he also said this to Shatel yesterday:

    “I know what you’re going to ask me,’’ Sadler said with a grin. “Let me just say, ‘Coach’ has a lot to do with it. You know this business as well as I do. Coach Osborne is as good as there is.

    “I mean, how long is coach Osborne going to do it?’’

    Have you asked him lately?

    “No.’’

    Are you going to?

    “Yes, I will. Quickly.’’

    It’s quite possible there’s no story here. But Doc bringing up Osborne’s future is a curious thing and could be an interesting loophole if and when Tech calls.

    Doc-to-Tech is burning up the rumor landscape. Billy Gillispie, Doc’s coaching buddy, is the natural “fit” candidate. But will Tech want to deal with Billy Clyde’s baggage?

    Sadler says he’s been talking to “people connected with Texas Tech’’ to pump up Gillispie to them. He says no one from “inside’’ Tech athletics has called him about the job.

    If they did, would he talk?

    “No, not until I talked with coach Osborne,’’ Sadler said. “I want to be at Nebraska.

    “The one thing that you’ve learned about me, man, I want this thing to work. This is something that Nebraska’s never had, and you can put your own stamp on it. I love Lubbock. My oldest, Landon, was born there. My wife likes it there. But we like Nebraska, too. I want to get it done here — and if coach wants me to get it done here.’’


    Let's pause here to say something: Doc Sadler is a shrewd man. And that's precisely the word for it: Shrewd. He'd probably scoff at the description, which is another part of that shrewdness. Sadler plays the "aw shucks" role quite a bit, but underneath that is a smart, calculating person who knows the absolute best thing he could say to Nebraska basketball fans after flushing a NCAA Tourney bid down the toilet relates to tickling their football funny bone: Dr. Tom. He doesn't want money. He doesn't want private jets. He just wants a good boss whose reluctance to meddle in any sport - after he recommended Bo Pelini keep Shawn Watson and Ted Gilmore, of course - is pretty legendary. Osborne believes in a long-term process. And that fits Nebraska basketball just fine and dandy.

    And yet there's the collapses late in games. The surprising lack of energy at the beginning of those same games. Drake Beranek, a senior who left Nebraska-Kearney to play a smaller role for NU, told several reporters he felt like the constant criticism of Husker hoops was part of the problem:

    "I think a lot of people in Nebraska are pretty judgmental toward Nebraska basketball," Beranek said. "I think if more people would have faith in the basketball team, (instead of) at the first sign of trouble criticizing it, I think this program would be a lot better off."

    Other players strongly defended Sadler after the game. As most players often do.

    Sadler, meanwhile, pointed to a bright future. He also employed some curious math to measure his tenure at NU.

    "I don't mean it wrong, but you look at it and it should be my third year here," Sadler said. "I mean my first year (in 2006-07) you get in here and you get the job in August. At least for me, I think we finally have some things to work with, consistent things to work with? I think for the first time we've got enough pieces coming back with a lot of experience."

    We're going to let this week breathe a little bit before we weigh in with our full thoughts. But know this: We'll take dead aim at this "third year" comment.

    *BRN focuses its attention on the defensive ends. It's a good place to start, considering NU won't have much proven talent there in the spring.

    *Brandon Kinnie wants more out of his senior season, especially when it comes to being a vocal leader.

    *After getting the snub from the NFL Combine - why? Never have figured it out - Mike McNeill has to do his real work at NU's Pro Day Thursday.

    *Indiana begins its spring camp.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, brandon kinnie, mike mcneill, mens hoops, doc sadler

  18. 2011 Mar 09

    Husker Heartbeat 3/9: Bo, Beck, Doc, Logan Tressel and the Big Ten

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    We got a big one today...enjoy!

    *Early reactions from Nebraska's stuffed spring football presser are in from Sam McKewon, LJS Sipple and Tom Shatel.

    We start with Tom, who gets a fireside chat with Bo Pelini after Bo's formal presser, allowing the head coach a considerably wide berth to explain his odd hiring and firing/parting ways/finding guys other jobs practices over the last two months.

    To the column!

    You want to know Bo? Don’t pay attention to the words. Pay attention to the actions.

    Pelini offered a peek into his soul this winter. Even as people were railing on about how he delayed the announcement of firings and hirings, Pelini was showing his wares.

    He didn’t want Watson or Gilmore on the streets until he had helped them find a job. Watson landed a quarterbacks coaching job at Louisville, without Pelini’s help. Gilmore landed at USC with Pelini’s assistance.

    “I had a plan the whole way,’’ Pelini said. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do, how I wanted to get there. I wanted to do it the right way for me, and for the guys. People may not agree with how I did it, but I have to do it the way I see fit.’’

    Would you do it the same way again?

    “Absolutely,’’ he said.

    “If I start making decisions based on what the fans want or what the media want ... I have to do it the way I feel is the right way. It may not be the right way for everybody. But at the end of the day, that’s how I had to do it. I stuck with it, and I’m happy I did.’’

    An ironic twist: Pelini said Watson wanted to leave. It was an amicable parting.

    “I consider Shawn a friend,’’ Pelini said. “He’s a tremendous coach. It got to the point where he couldn’t be right no matter what ...

    “There was such a negative air around everything ... It was his decision as much as anything. He had said, ‘I’ve got to move on.’ You get to the point where you get beat up the way he was getting beat up, I mean, he has goals. He’s done a lot in his career. It had become like the snowball was running so fast, it was out of control. He wanted to remove himself from the situation as much as anything else.’’


    Bo appears to be putting Watson's "parting of ways" on the fans and media. We're the source of negativity.

    To which we shrug. The recent past is still the past, but Watson was given parameters last year that made it very difficult for him to be right in the ways he wanted to be. Negativity wasn't that high on Watson through the first half of the year. Not even after the Iowa State game, when his Wildcat attack saved the Huskers' hide. But when Taylor Martinez returned as a starter considerably less than 100 percent, and Watson's up there using his usual "man, he's great" one-liners, it creates the wrong impression.

    LJS Sipple focuses on the potential strength of the defense and Carl Pelini's ascension to full-time defensive coordinator.

    *Ohio State's Jim Tressel gets atwo-game suspension and $250,000 fine after OSU self-reports a major NCAA violation. To hear Buckeye AD Gene Smith say it, a Yahoo report detailing that Tressel knew about a couple of his players selling bowl swag to a tattoo parlor dude eight months before his superiors did had nothing to do with the punishment. tOSU knew about Tressel's transgressions before the story hit the Interwebs.

    We buy that. What we don't buy were some of Tressel's ludicrous assertions about why he didn't alert his bosses to potential eligibility issues the minute he realized that two of his players were part of a relatively-unrelated federal investigation.

    ESPN's Mark Schlabach, who usually does a pretty middling job of writing anything, found a little anger for this one, and wrote perhaps the best of the national columns on the matter.

    Facing the biggest crisis of his career, Tressel never once apologized for knowingly breaking NCAA rules during a news conference on the Ohio State campus on Tuesday night. Worse, Tressel never owned up to not telling his bosses or NCAA investigators that he was aware that at least two of his players might have accepted improper benefits from the owner of a tattoo parlor in Columbus, Ohio.

    When Tressel was asked if he was worried the scandal would tarnish his reputation, he said he's always been his biggest critic.

    "I don't think less of myself at this moment," Tressel said.

    How's that for looking in the mirror?


    Here's another take from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    We'll have our own take later in the week.

    *Speaking of the NCAA, it ruled that Nebraska pitcher Logan Ehlers must sit out 60 percent of this regular season because, the NCAA ruled, Ehlers hired an advisor to figure out whether he should turn pro or not. That advisor could have been construed as an agent. NU is appealing the decision.

    *Memorial Stadium is getting bigger and biggerby the day thanks to greater demand.

    *With his name being thrown around as a potential candidate for the Texas Tech job while he prepares the Nebraska men's basketball team for the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Doc Sadler says he's the coach at Nebraska so long as Tom Osborne still wants him to be.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, ljs sipple, tom shatel, shawn watson, big ten, ohio state, jim tressel, baseball, mens hoops, logan ehlers, doc sadler

  19. 2011 Mar 08

    Husker Heartbeat 3/8: Beck's Whole Language and Jim's Pot of Boiling Water

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Another intriguing interview with Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who suggests his players need to be deprogrammed from old ways and reprogrammed to understand offense in a holistic way:

    "It's hard. That's why your playbook has to be somewhat simple. There have to be enough visual pictures that our players can understand in their brain where they need to go and why they need to go there. Then they almost have the chalk, so they can trump whatever the defense does. Again, it's about understanding not only the plays, but why we're running them and where we're running them."

    Here's Beck on quarterbacks:

    "We're looking for the most consistent guy and the best leader. That's important. Just because you're the starting quarterback does not guarantee that they will be great leaders. Leadership is based on making the least amount of mistakes and guys that "get" the system and figure it all out. There is a lot to teach them and a lot to deprogram so they figure out what they need to do, how to do it and why they need to do it. I'm excited, and I think our quarterbacks are excited about it. We're not really out of the war room yet, though, so it's hard to tell right now where it's all headed."

    Interesting stuff. Rarely do coaches talk in terms of educational philosophy, but much of Beck's interview focuses on a certain kind of teaching. Whole language vs. phonics. Beck can talk, there's no doubt. Fans will eat that up - for now. Until the season begins.

    *Lee B says Doc Sadler's challenge in the Big Ten is simple: Find some NBA-worthy talent to recruit. Is that guy South Sioux's Mike Gesell?

    *John Cook has some sway in his new volleyball conference. He got the Big Ten to budge on moving a couple matches from Friday to Wednesday so they could be on the Big Ten Network.

    *Iowa fans seem to like the move of the NU-Hawkeye game to the day after Thanksgiving.

    *An Ohio State blogger says hello to Nebraska.

    *Speaking of the Buckeyes, it appears Jim Tressel allegedly knew about the Ohio State 5 roughly 9 months before OSU investigated them for selling stuff to a tattoo parlor dude.

    "According to a source, a concerned party reached out to Tressel last April, alerting the coach that memorabilia transactions had taken place between Rife and a handful of Buckeyes players, including Pryor. The selling of items violates NCAA eligibility rules. The source said Tressel was troubled by the information, and the coach indicated that he would investigate the matter and take appropriate action.

    Whether the coach initiated an investigation of the accusation is unclear, but all five players remained on the field in the coming months, playing out the 2010 regular season.

    After Ohio State alerted the NCAA of the memorabilia sales in early December, the NCAA’s student-athlete reinstatement staff ruled the players were banned from the first five regular-season games of 2011. The players also had to repay the improper benefits gained – $2,500 for Pryor, $1,505 for Thomas, $1,250 for Posey, $1,150 for Herron and $1,000 for Adams. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also had to pay $150 to a charity for receiving a discounted tattoo."


    *On the eve of the Big 12 basketball tournament, our final rankings.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, tim beck, jim tressel, doc sadler, lee b, ohio state 5, big ten

  20. 2011 Mar 07

    Husker Heartbeat 3/7: More Beck Basics and Memorial Stadium Expansion

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Tim Beck went from a flexbone to a wide open spread passing attack in his football travels. The lesson: He loves to use the personnel on hand in a way that suits their strengths.

    *Looks like that East Memorial Stadium project is about to get bigger. How big is too big? If Nebraska keeps winning 10 games per year, about 110,000 would be stretching it. Not many programs can sustain that week after and week and maintain any kind of sellout streak. But NU won't top 100,000 anytime soon.

    Here's the better question: If East Stadium really does get bigger by 10,000-12,000 seats, where will all those new fans line up to enter the stadium? And where in the hell will they park in an already-crowded downtown?

    *NU might pick a big-time fullback transfer from Alabama.

    *Nebraska football players have been moved by the fighting spiritof a 9-year-old Husker fan named Darius. Excellent writing from LJS Brian.

    *The LJS tosses out some spring football capsules for the Legends Division and Leaders, too.

    *Oregon football paid a Texas recruiting agent a whole lot of money to produce a pretty crappy product. The NCAA is sniffing around wondering if he steered running back Lache Seastruck to UO.

    *Remember former Colorado running back Darrell Scott? He's baaaack...at South Florida.

    *Bob Knight, as PC as ever.

    *Big wins for Husker baseball, which beat UCLA Saturday and Sunday.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, tim beck, baseball, oregon, ljs brian, big ten, memorial stadium

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