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  1. 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

  2. 2011 Mar 08

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

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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.


    *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

  3. 2011 Feb 08

    Husker Heartbeat 2/8: A Word from the Administration

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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.


    *We like to knock Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini for his lack of media acumen - but we'll praise him when the moment presents itself, too. And now that Scott Frost isn't coming to NU, he's doing a nice job of getting out his side of the story with the state's two largest newspaper columnists.

    First, it's OWH's Tom Shatel, who writes that the timing for a Frost-Bo marriage just wasn't right. We join the column in progress with point No. 3.

    It could very well be that the time is not right for the Frost/Nebraska fairy tale ending. Could that time come again? Absolutely. But I wonder if Frost isn’t missing a keen opportunity here, not only to be on the ground level of Pelini’s offense, but to join Pelini’s inner circle. What if Pelini stays here 10 years, 15 years? What if Tim Beck has boffo success and leaves to become a head coach? Would Frost have a better chance at the Husker OC job one day if he had been here and had Pelini’s trust?

    Since Shatel doesn't mention it, we'll talk about a different kind of timing: As in, when Nebraska got around to offering Frost any kind of job, much less one with OC duties.

    The time to offer Frost a lateral move - essentially Ted Gilmore's job - was about 12 seconds after the BCS National Championship game. Or, preferably, before that, with the heat turned up right after the BCS game. By more than a few accounts, that didn't happen. Instead, Frost turned into one of Oregon's best recruiting trail closers, flipping commits throughout the month of January.

    Remember how Bo said he didn't live on a timetable? Well, other people just might. We're not saying Frost accepts a lateral move...but he certainly couldn't make a lateral move after Signing Day. How would that look to the kids he had just helped sign? Much like it looked to Charles Jackson for 24 hours after Marvin Sanders resigned.

    In the Case for Scott Frost posted last week, note this passage: At this point, the offer to get Frost would have to be pretty sweet. And for each day that Bo waits, the offer probably has to get sweeter. A co-offensive coordinator job, natch. A salary north of $250,000 makes sense, considering Watson's salary of $380,000. A role coaching quarterbacks. Maybe playcalling duties.

    You can see how it came to pass.

    We just can't but think Bo's insistence on dealing with these matters his own way may have affected his ability to land Frost at a discount title.

    Shatel continues with an interesting closing argument on this timetable matter:

    So what about Watson and Ted Gilmore? Sources close to Pelini say the coach expects both to leave but is waiting for them to close on job vacancies elsewhere, including the NFL. An announcement on the changes could happen later this week.

    The media and public have insatiable appetites for information and news cycles on our timetable. Pelini has his own schedule. Say this: He’s fiercely loyal to his coaches, even those he is jettisoning. They have families. If they can find another gig and leave with some pride, that’s his wish. Either way, there will be changes. But for Pelini to risk his own public image in order to help a coach is why coaches will line up to work for the man.


    Yes, they do have families. We suspect they'd be well taken-care-of had Watson or Gilmore been fired. Because Watson and Gilmore - unless they were fired "with cause" - which they wouldn't have been - would have drawn some or all of their salary for next year. So let's not put this on families. Gilmore and Watson have several connections in the business; they could have found jobs on their own.

    Beyond that - which coaches are lining up to work for Bo? Perhaps many - we don't see the resumes that come in over the fax machine. But if those guys are lining up to work for him, and Bo still chooses to look at interns for potential promotions, we're not sure what that says.

    We always based our case for Frost on the names we were hearing, not the names who could be had. In the grand scheme of things, Frost isn't nearly the best candidate out there. But he was one of the best candidates for Nebraska and Bo, who isn't built like Will Muschamp or Mack Brown.

    Moving on to LJS Sipple's column about the same matters:

    It goes something like this: Imagine the clamor and excitement throughout the state if Frost was hired at Nebraska, even as a co-coordinator who wasn't calling plays. Frost would be an instant celebrity, constantly in the limelight, always in demand by media and fans alike. Would he have been completely comfortable in that environment?

    Yes, Frost would have to become accustomed to such an existence if he ever becomes a major-college head coach (those close to Frost say that's his goal). However, as a Husker co-coordinator/assistant who's not calling plays, Frost likely would've found himself in awkward situations. What if the offense was sputtering? Because of his exalted status in the state, media and fans would've turned to him for answers.
    If that were the case, one surely could understand why he might want more control of the offense.

    If the offense was flourishing, Frost might've been given too much credit.

    If he was in constant demand with the media, how would've older and more experienced staff members reacted? Egos easily could've been bruised. Staff chemistry always must be a consideration.

    Bottom line, Pelini has to consider myriad factors in deciding staff hires. Hiring Frost would've made sense in a lot of ways. He would've brought fresh ideas on offense and no doubt would've conveyed them well. He probably would've bolstered recruiting.

    No question, Frost would have been a popular hire. But would he have been the right hire at the right time?


    Good analysis from Sip. Our retort:

    ^Frost would have been available once a week. Just like Watson was - or Beck will be. Since when has media demand ever dictated anything around North Stadium? We're still waiting for Taylor Martinez's first mid-week interview.

    ^Sip's right that fans would have wondered, right from the jump, whether Frost should be calling plays. What interesting about him being right, though, is that it flies in the face of the constant drumbeat that Bo "doesn't care" what the media thinks.

    But we liked Sip's column more. We think it pinpoints the real concern: That Bo wasn't ready to look at Frost the way Frank Solich once looked at Bo. Remember that Bo, as DC of the 2003 staff, worked with guys who had more "experience" in college football. Jeff Jamrog. Marvin Sanders. Jimy Williams. Seemed to go OK, though, as we recall. Well enough that Bo invited Sanders and Jamrog back to the staff.

    *Tim Beck is used to tough rebuilding projects. Nice story that asks two of Beck's best players on the 2007 Kansas team - Todd Reesing and Jake Sharp - about NU's presumed new OC:

    Is the 44-year-old ready for the role? According to a couple players who saw Beck's work up close -- former Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing and running back Jake Sharp -- the answer is yes.

    Sharp doesn't like to use the term "player's coach" but uses it anyway to describe Beck.

    "He's not going to sit back and be the colonel and tell you to go and get your butt kicked," Sharp said. "He'll jump in the pit with you."

    Beck, who coached at Kansas from 2005-07, was the Jayhawks' passing-game coordinator in 2007 when KU went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl.

    That year, Kansas was second nationally in scoring offense, eighth in total offense and 17th in passing offense. Husker fans will remember with a bout of sickness that KU put 76 points on Nebraska that year, scoring touchdowns on 10 straight possessions.

    "Coach Beck and (former Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner) made that pass game something that was special for Kansas and one of the better spread teams around," Reesing said. "I think he's kind of got a lot of that knowledge base. And with Nebraska, if he changes things up, I think he can definitely bring some good stuff to the pass game. And from what I saw this year, that could definitely use some help."
    Reesing points to Husker sophomore-to-be quarterback Taylor Martinez.

    "Obviously, he is more of a running threat, but I think to get to the next level I think he's going to turn into more of a threat in the pass game and get some schemes that he can understand and execute well," Reesing said. "Because, if he can do that, with as well as he can run the ball, he can definitely be one of the premier guys in the nation."


    *Mike Anderson's formula for success this year? Late-inning relief pitching featuring Casey Hauptman and small ball on offense.

    You'll recall NU has tried in recent years putting one of its best starter in the closer spot. And it hasn't really worked. Hauptman, one hopes, can reverse the trend.

    *In Big 12 hoops, it's the Big Two - Texas and Kansas - and Little Ten. That's about right. The league is weak. Lee B's rankings, too.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, tom shatel, ljs sipple, bo pelini, scott frost, baseball, casey hauptman, big 12 hoops, lee b

  4. 2011 Jan 12

    Husker Heartbeat 1/12: Big Ten Moves

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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.


    *Nebraska is No. 3 in the early, early Big Ten Power Rankings from ESPN.

    *Big get for Penn State: Rob Bolden doesn't transfer after all.

    *ESPN's early top 25 for next year.

    *Pedey gambles on the spread offense of Tulsa's Todd Graham.

    *Awesome image from the national championship game.

    *Lee B's Big 12 Roundup includes his usual bits of wisdom and latent elitism for which love him.

    *Steve Sipple explains his final AP ballot.

    *ESPN does well in the ratings for the BCS games - but everybody knew that the network would. Not as much as it did on ABC.

    *Drake Beranek liked his first taste of Big 12 basketball. He'll take some more please.

    *Brady Hoke has plenty to prove at Michigan, says ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. Mark our words: Hoke is a terrific hire for the Wolverines. They nailed this one.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, lee b, steve sipple, rob bolden, brady hoke, penn state, michigan, big ten, polls, mens hoops

  5. 2010 Nov 08

    Husker Heartbeat 11/8: Suh Tries His Hand at Kicker

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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.


    *Nebraska's defense struggles to adjust to opponents' offensive twists.

    *NU graduate assistant Joe Moglia gets a UFL job.

    *Ndamukong Suh misses an extra point - yes, you read that right - in the Detroit-NY Jets game, which comes back to haunt the team later.

    *Iowa still has a shot at the Big Ten title.

    *Lee B weighs in a "bizarre" day that wasn't really.

    *The KLIN ploy to sync its radio broadcast with the TV broadcast so Husker fans could turn down their sets didn't really work. Here's why.

    More legitimate groaning about Paul Rhoads two-point gamble.

    See also: How NU Stuffed ISU's 2-Point Conversion

    Tags: husker heartbeat, ndamukong suh, lee b, blackshirts, isu game

  6. 2010 Oct 26

    Husker Heartbeat 10/26: Mizzou on the Move

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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.


    *Great stuff from the Columbia Tribune, which always covers the heck out of Missouri football.

    *Tom Shatel says it's Nebraska's brand that earned an invite to the Big Ten.

    *Blaine Gabbert has altered his approach to playing - and it's working.

    *Missouri doesn't expect any letdown after a historic win over Nebraska.

    *Lee B's and Curt McKeev's Big 12 rankings.

    *Baylor is finally on the radar.

    *Are the Huskers spoilers? The LA Times thinks so.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, blaine gabbert, tom shatel, lee b

  7. 2010 Sep 28

    Husker Heartbeat 9/28: Red October

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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.


    *Lee B looks at the Big 12 games in October that may define the league in 2010.

    *Lee B and Curt McKeev's Big 12 rankings.

    *Husker Max breaks down recent games with his special commentary.

    *It's the apocalypse at Kansas State! Or just some funky storm clouds.

    *Auburn's War Eagle scares the crap out of people in a too-close-for-comfort flyover.

    *Here's why Nebraska's wheelchair accessible seats aren't on the sideline.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, lee b, curt mckeev, kansas state

  8. 2010 Sep 21

    Husker Heartbeat 9/21: Suh's Debut in Detroit

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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.


    *Tom Shatel says Nebraska's unsung star from Saturday was Mike Caputo.

    *Lee B's and Curt McKeev's Big 12 Rankings.

    *Marcel Jones hopes to be back by Big 12 schedule.

    *Why it's important to respect SDSU.

    *Ndamukong Suh's off to a big start in Detroit.

    *Lee B is not a believer in Texas A&M.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, lee b, ndamukong suh, marcel jones

  9. 2010 Sep 07

    Husker Heartbeat 9/7: Around the Big 12, Big Ten and Boise

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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.


    *Lee B's Big 12 Rankings.

    *LJS McKeever's too.

    *ESPN's Big Ten power rankings.

    *Does Boise State belong in the national title discussion?

    *The ground game is back in the Big 12 with three players eclipsing 200 yards in week one.

    *Colorado beats itself up each year with brutal non-conference schedules.

    *On the final crazy play of the Tulsa-East Carolina game, Tulsa had two players on the field with the same number.

    *By failing to deliver at BYU, did Washington's Jake Locker fall out of the Heisman race?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big 12, big ten, colorado, lee b

  10. 2010 Aug 04

    Husker Heartbeat 8/4: Big Ten, Bo, Texas and Kevin Cosgrove

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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.


    More from Big Ten Media Days: The fun with fans. What the LJS learned. Shatel sets the scene. Lee B talks to Ron Zook, who once coached Bo Pelini and rubbed shoulders with Steve Pederson.

    *Nebraska still recruiting Texas with [url]gusto[/url]. We’ll see if that continues with any consistency after this year.

    *HI’s Sean Callahan talks to Minnesota’s head coach about current Minny DC Kevin Cosgrove. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

    *In the long run, Nebraska was wise that Houston Nutt didn’t get on that plane, says SI’s Stew Mandy.

    Tags: kevin cosgrove, big ten, bo pelini, ron zook, tom shatel, lee b, sean callahan, big ten media days

  11. 2010 Jul 28

    Husker Heartbeat 7/28: More from Big 12 Media Days! (Plus Buckeye Recruiting Violations)

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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.

    Move coverage from Big 12 Media:

    *The Beebster says no court fight between Nebraska/Colorado and the Big 12.

    *Lee B has a six-pack of thoughts while Tom Shatel suggests Kansas State and Missouri will sorely miss Nebraska. Lee B also applauds KSU running back Daniel Thomas.

    *We figured this had been settled, but Walt Anderson was again forced to defend putting one second back on the clock in the Big 12 Championship game. Folks: It was the right call. Let’s all move on.

    *Texas is getting into the energy business.

    *Mizzou’s Derrick Washington called the Nebraska game "a rivalry of pure hate.” We agree. It’s been rather unpleasant since 2003.

    *Bo Pelini recalls for Nebraska high school coaches the time he told Ndamukong Suh you stink.”

    *USC might lose its 2004 national title.

    *Ohio State commits four secondary violations related to the recruitment of Seantrel Henderson.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, lee b, tom shatel, missouri, texas, bo pelini, ndamukong suh, ohio state

  12. 2010 Jul 27

    Husker Heartbeat 7/27: A Full Menu of Big 12 Media Days Coverage

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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.


    Here’s a full plate of Big 12 Media Days coverage:

    *The LJS looks at the upcoming quarterback race (which we still think is Zac Lee’s to lose) while the OWH examines Bo’s confidence in his defense. LJS notes package. NU keeps its focus.

    *LJS Sipple finds Bo to be more polite and confident than before.

    *ESPN’s Pat Forde runs down Dan Beebe for a quote or two about Nebraska’s last year. Beebe talks Nebraska’s "withdrawal fee.”

    *Is Nebraska suddenly a villain? This Dallas Morning News nitwit thinks NU is a bunch of Big Red Weenies. How will Nebraska be treated in its final year? Not well, according to the Powercat folks. Kirk Bohls says Nebraska has no one to blame but itself for a fall from college football grace.

    *Tom Shatel interviewed some reporters in Dallas for their thoughts on Nebraska moving to the Big Ten, including Chip Brown, whom really needs to stop being legitimized by the same newspapers he burned one month ago.

    Tags: big 12 media days, big 12, husker heartbeat, steve sipple, lee b, tom shatel, dan beebe, chip brown, texas

  13. 2010 Jun 28

    Husker Heartbeat 6/28: BTN, Sad Hoops and Mad Men

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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.

    Cool? Cool!


    *Lee B explores the birth of the Big Ten Network and how it benefits Nebraska. Also: How Big Ten and NU values dovetail.

    *An entirely too-long article on why the Big Ten won’t change its name.

    *Recent conference realignment events made it clear: College basketball doesn’t have near the cachet college football does.

    *The LJS examines the across-the-board competitiveness of the Big Ten.

    *New scholarship offer rules will make life a little harder for recruiting Web sites, but not really recruits.

    *AMC, the network behind Mad Men and Breaking Bad, is planning a new dramatic show around college football.

    *OWH tabs Rivals’ Jeremy Crabtree to say Nebraska might recruit more in the summer. Why? Because Big Ten teams are afraid of cold official visits. Shrug. We guess. The Big 12 South does more summer recruiting than just about any grouping of teams in college football.

    *Indiana and Purdue having winning records vs. Nebraska. For now.

    *USC appeals its harsh NCAA penalty.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, lee b, big ten expansion, big ten network, recruiting, usc, indiana, purdue

  14. 2010 Jun 21

    Husker Heartbeat 6/21: Big 12 Winners and Losers

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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.

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    *Former Nebraska assistant Joe Rudolph reflects on his awful 2007 season at NU. [url][/url]

    *While Colorado celebrates moving to the Pac-10, Dan Hawkins is glum and beaten down.

    *How Nebraska’s recruiting will change once NU hits the Big Ten.

    *Roy Helu and Prince Amukamara have appeared so far on ESPN’s best 25 players in the Big 12.

    *Lee B talks winners and losers in the Big 12 realignment game. [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=5291319 ]Pat Forde[/url], too.

    *Should the NU-OU rivalry continue?

    *Trophy games have a unique importance in the Big Ten. Let’s not push it too hard on Nebraska, OK?

    *Miami quarterback Jacory Harris can be amazing - or average.

    *Ohio State recruit shot.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big 12, roy helu, prince amukamara, lee b, big ten, oklahoma, recruiting, dan hawkins

  15. 2010 Jun 03

    Husker Heartbeat 6/2: Meetins, Crick, 1926 and That Sea of Red

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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.

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    *Big 12 Meetin! Tom Osborne talks, Tom Shatel still figures the Big 12 is headed for trouble and LJS Sipple concludes a doomsday scenario isn’t likely to happen.

    *The Sporting News preseason magazine selects Jared Crick as the best player in college football.

    *News flash: Nebraska fans appear in favor of expanding Memorial Stadium.

    *Nebraska’s 1926 game with Washington ended with a classic drive that fell just short.

    *Tracking the heights and weights of Husker offensive position players since 1960.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, jared crick, tom shatel, big 12, lee b, sipple, memorial stadium, washington

  16. 2010 Jun 02

    Husker Heartbeat 6/2: Big 12 Meetin Edition

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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.

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    *Well, we told you not much was going to happen during those Big 12 meetings in Kansas City. And the early returns appear to confirm that reality. Commish Dan Beebe set a hazy date of April 2011 as the moment when the Big 12 needs to know which teams are in the league and which aren’t. LJS Sipple applauds Beebe’s optimism in the face of a tough situation, while Lee B writes up Lew Perkins’ fairly alarmist comments, which are merely designed to draw concern away from KU’s grease fire. In the wake of no news, Tom Shatel works out this postulate:

    “Here's something else we learned on Tuesday: There's nothing the Big 12 can do this week to keep MU or NU — or certainly Texas — if the Big Ten Lottery people knock on their door.”

    We humbly disagree. There’s nothing that would keep Missouri, that’s true. Finally - finally! - Nebraska news outlets are starting to come around to the reality that it really doesn’t matter if Mizzou walks (even though we’ve been dubious all along that the Big Ten, which could have the Tigers for pennies on the Big Ten Network dollar, really wanted those folks from Columbia). But Texas loves its current position, and Nebraska is crucial to holding the league together.

    *Berry Tramel ranked all 96 Big 12 games for the 2010 season, and NU landed two in the top three: vs. Texas and at Texas A&M. The Huskers also had No. 93 (Western Kentucky) and No. 95 (South Dakota State). Huskers at Washington checks in at No. 10

    *Phil Steele’s rundown on the Huskers.

    *The Mike Leach lawsuit is still alive!

    Tags: husker heartbeat, sipple, lee b, tom shatel, big ten expansion, mike leach, phil steele, washington, football

  17. 2010 May 27

    Husker Heartbeat 5/27: The Mayor, The Mess at Kansas, and Phil Steele's Bold Prediction

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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.

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    *What a mess at Kansas, where a major ticket scandal has rocked the athletic department, and the highest-paid AD in America, Lew Perkins, was apparently clueless about it.

    *Excellent piece from Lee B recounts how ISU basketball coach Fred Hoiberg almost went to NU - to play quarterback. He’s the grandson of a former Husker basketball coach, too.

    *Sean Yost wants to prove he can pitch after a rough 2010.

    *After a terrible year of prognostications in 2009, Phil Steele takes a wild flyer on Oklahoma as No. 1- allegedly.

    *Just because NU’s softball season is over doesn’t mean Rhonda Revelle stops coaching.

    *Texas has had conversations about becoming independent in football.

    *AOL’s John Walters writes a compelling piece about the brokenness of college football, and whether it can be fixed.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, baseball, softball, lee b, iowa state, phil steele

  18. 2010 May 26

    Husker Heartbeat 5/26: All Kinds of Justice (And a Little BCS)

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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.

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    *We start with a national story…keep your eyes on this: The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into college athletic programs that skirt NCAA rules on scholarship limits by oversigning recruiting classes, then booting existing players. The worst offenders can be found here.

    *And here’s another: The IRS is auditing 30 college athletic departments to determine how salaries were arrived at.

    Why does this matter? Because, as the story says: “The report, issued this month, was the IRS' interim look at its Colleges and Universities Compliance Project, which the agency said was part of a larger effort to review the largest, most complex organizations in the tax-exempt sector.”

    Translation: The IRS is sniffing around to see if these organizations should truly be tax-exempt.

    And, folks, if athletic departments aren’t allowed to be tax-exempt - and we don’t think they should be - everything, and we mean everything, will change about collegiate athletics.

    *SI’s Andy Staples asks an obvious question: Why do the ACC and Big East get auto BCS bids when Mountain West champs outdraw them for bowl followings and TV ratings?

    *Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas headlines NU’s Leadership 101 conference.

    *For now, we’ll begin to indulge the copy coming out of Husker Hype, which discusses the future of Nebraska’s offense. We need to see more from this bunch, though.

    *BRN talks Special Teams.

    *Husker high jumper Audrey Svane looks to recapture the magic she had in February.

    *A Nebraska freshman, Ari Romero, tries out for Mexico’s national team.

    *If you missed Lee B’s weekly OWH chat, here it is.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, clarence thomas, lee b, track and field, bcs

  19. 2010 May 17

    Husker Heartbeat 5/17: The Big Ten Flood

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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.

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    Big Ten expansion galore! Remember, newspapers hold Sundays as sacred still, so most of their longer pieces come out then.

    *Lee B looks at the mutual attraction between the Big Ten and NU.

    LJS Sipple does, too - quoting Gary Barnett, who basically left the Big Ten for the Big 12. We gotta stop here to post this quote, because it’s, uh, you know, utter balderdash:

    “In the Big Ten, (Barnett) said, “everybody’s close. You never felt like anybody would or could get away with doing things that weren’t on the up and up. There was just a constant feeling of oversight.”

    How about the time 11 Northwestern players were tapped for gambling on games? Or the unprecedented academic fraud that stripped Minnesota basketball of a trip to the Final Four? Or when Maurice Clarett was in the midst of massively defrauding Ohio State? Or when OSU’s Andy Katzenmoyer was taking a golf and AIDS class to stay eligible? Or when the Fab Five took all kinds of cash and gifts while playing basketball for Michigan? Or when former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O’Brien actually admitted to paying one of his players? Or the recent Michgan mess involving RichRod? Or a bunch of Michigan State football players getting suspended for brawls? Or the Iowa basketball team‘s long rap sheet? Or the Penn State football team’s long rap sheet? Or Bob Knight keeping his job at Indiana despite choking one of his players in practice, only to be fired a handful of months later for physically accosting a kid who yelled at him “Hey Knight!” Or Kelvin Sampson effectively cheating the Indiana basketball program into ruin?

    How much longer do you want the list grow?

    Look, folks, don’t buy that the Big Ten is somehow this squeaky clean, all-for-one, one-for-all vanguard of integrity. It has its warts just like every other league. Yes, of course, there’s only one Dave Bliss, and he coached at Baylor, and he tried to cover up a murder. It’s reasonably hard to top that. But let’s not kid ourselves about Barnett’s comments - and let’s not buy into a cliché that can’t hold up when you travel 15 minutes into the past.

    Meanwhile, Tom Shatel writes what amounts to a thanks and good luck to the Big 12. The LJS considers what a shift to the Big Ten might do to NU recruiting in Texas, while the OWH breaks down the facts of donations, titles and whatnot between NU, Missouri and the rest of the Big Ten. You’ll notice Mizzou pretty much bringing up the rear there.

    *The Oklahoman jumps in feet first with some “not-so-fast!” from Oklahoma, which better move fast if it wants to keep Nebraska in the Big 12. OU’s president, meanwhile, think the Big 12 will stay completely intact.

    *Could a game-day train between Omaha and Lincoln actually work? Sure, but it’ll never exist. The powers-that-be in Lincoln in Omaha would never do something that mutually benefits one another if it isn’t a 2 a.m. closing time on bars.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten expansion, tom shatel, steve sipple, lee b

  20. 2010 Apr 27

    Husker Heartbeat 4/27: Athlon, Neighbors and Baseball

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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.

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    *Athlon magazine looks at the Big 12.

    *Nebraska basketball’s in-state neighbor to the northwest, Creighton, hires Greg McDermott away from Iowa State. Doc Sadler’s a fan of McDermott, so maybe NU and CU can get together on a holiday tournament deal that benefits both parties.

    *Lee B’s Big 12 chat, coming up today.

    *NU baseball heads to Iowa to end a tough spate of losses.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, lee b, preseason mags, baseball

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