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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 Feb 14

    Husker Heartbeat 2/14: The Legacy of Watson

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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.


    *Now that Bo Pelini's put his stamp on this coaching staff, the various scribes are beginning to weigh in with solid perspectives.

    ^Our Husker Monday Takes

    ^OWH's Mitch Sherman interviews Barry Switzer and Pat Jones about why coaches need to hire their guys.

    ^LJS Sipple chats up Frank Solich to unearth some praise for Ross Els. Sipple also suggests Bo might simply announce his coaching hires with a press release. That'd be just like Bo - but a mistake.

    ^Tom Shatel, meanwhile talks to Tom Osborne about his first major staff turnover in the 1970s. After a slew of ugly losses to Oklahoma and some other disappointing setbacks in the mid-1970s, Osborne began to alter his coaching staff to fit his own identity.

    Interestingly enough, when Osborne hired Bo Pelini to return to NU, he didn't let Bo exactly bring his own offensive staff. He suggested Bo retain Shawn Watson. A good idea for exactly one year.

    Shatel seems to think that was OK. We don't. Again: You hire a guy for the job, he's gotta hire his guys, whoever those guys might be. Bo could have hired Rich Fisher three years ago; folks might have batted an eye, but he would have been here. Ditto for Tim Beck being offensive coordinator. He's really no more qualified for the role now than he was in 2008, is he? If that was Bo's guy back then - why retain Watson?

    It goes back the complex nature of NU's program. And it's a tough ending for Watson. Here's a guy who could have gone to Alabama, coached a true passing quarterback (Greg McElroy) and probably won a national title. He stayed loyal, however, to a school that seemed loyal to him. It was supposed to pay off in 2010. It didn't. He's gone, probably off to the NFL. Which isn't where Watson belongs.

    ^Finally John Bishop's puts in his two cents with a Special Sunday School. Any chance Bishop can find his way back on Sports Nightly to replace the two mouthpieces who currently host the show?

    *Five-year recruiting ranking average for Big Ten teams. Ohio State and Michigan are on top.

    *2011 recruit Todd Peat Jr. had plenty of preparation for college football - his dad, Todd, Sr., played in the NFL. As for Todd's brother Andrus, another highly-touted recruit...NU will have start all over to recruit him.

    *Even Hollywood doesn't want Sam Keller to win his lawsuit against the NCAA.

    *OWH's Mitch Sherman interviews Barry Switzer and Pat Jones about why coaches need to hire their guys.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, shawn watson, tim beck, rich fisher, mitch sherman, tom shatel, steve sipple, recruiting, todd peat, sam keller

  3. 2011 Jan 24

    Husker Heartbeat 1/24: Zac, Niles and Hagg

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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.


    *Zac Lee talks about the 2011 season, the injury he sustained in the Missouri game and why he didn't play much during the year.

    Pretty safe, smart answers from Lee - what we've come to expect from him.

    *Husker Eric Hagg now headed to the Senior Bowl, too.

    *The LJS breaks down the remaining targets on Nebraska's recruiting radar.

    *Updated recruiting rankings from the three major services.

    *LJS Sip writes about Bo's full plate right now and all the trips he's been making on planes. That's a subtle reminder that, apparently, Bo needs a private plane. Sip also writes about Saturday's big basketball game vs. Texas A&M:

    "Why won't Nebraska-Texas A&M be televised? It's basically because NU partner FSN is prohibited contractually from showing games during ABC-ESPN's 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (CST) broadcast window on Saturdays. "We determined it's not worth it to have to get our fans to the game that late," said Marc Boehm, NU executive associate athletic director.

    Wise move."


    Two thoughts here:

    *Why isn't worth it to bring fans to a game late?
    *Why is it a wise move?


    Really late night games can be a lot of fun - especially in the arena. For the magnitude of the game, NU should have considered an 8 p.m. start and moved the women's basketball game to earlier in the day.

    *Niles Paul busts his tail to get ready for the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

    *Stafon Johnson received the unanimous support of USC coaches and players for 16 months after his near-death in a weight training accident. So, naturally, an ambulance chaser got him to file a personal injury lawsuit against the school.

    *Mack Brown calls his QB race "wide open."

    Tags: husker heartbeat, zac lee, niles paul, eric hagg, steve sipple, texas, mens hoops

  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 Dec 21

    Husker Heartbeat 12/21: Ek's Departure, Prince and Hagg and the $8 Million Miss

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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.


    *Mike Ekeler learned a lot at Nebraska, but he decided to move to Indiana because it was time for a change, LJS Sipple writes.

    *Eric Hagg and Prince Amukamara loved competing with and against each other for four seasons at Nebraska.

    *Sorry girls, Jake Locker's taken.

    *After a long book plug for the OWH's Big Red Rivals, Tom Shatel settles in for some sports takes.

    *Football stands in the way of justice at Auburn. Well, of course it does.

    *Tennessee football players got the VIP treatment in Knoxville.

    *The $8 million miss.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, mike ekeler, steve sipple, tom shatel, eric hagg, prince amukamara, boise state

  6. 2010 Dec 16

    Husker Heartbeat 12/16: Zac's (All The Way?) Back

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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.


    *Zac Lee is confident he can make all the throws if asked by the Husker coaches to do it in the Holiday Bowl.

    *Steve Sipple likes the young offensive talent coming through the pipeline.

    *Alfonzo Dennard is pondering entering the NFL Draft, his teammates say.

    I suspect he'll come back. The lockout is no joke. Why leave early in the midst of all that?

    *Life as Ndamukong Suh. It isn't easy being an agile 305-pound man.

    *After striking out on Dana Holgerson, who then decided to become the coach-in-waiting at West Virginia, Steve Pederson hired Miami of Ohio's Mike Haywood.

    * Do you like your yellow first down line on the TV? Look for it in a stadium.

    *The five most disappointing teams of 2010.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, zac lee, steve sipple, barney cotton, steve pederson, alfonzo dennard

  7. 2010 Dec 13

    Husker Heartbeat 12/13: The Coaching Carousel

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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's Monday column includes an emotional Bo Pelini.

    *Will Muschamp heads to Florida, Gus Malzahn goes to Vanderbilt, Al Golden goes to Miami while Northern Illinois plucked Wisconsin's defensive coordinator.

    *Arkansas has some of its prospective recruits pose in team photos with personalized jerseys. You can't do that, folks.

    *Joe Paterno seriously plans to coach 5 or 6 more years.

    *Not a word from the Michigan AD on RichRod.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, steve sipple, big ten, joe paterno, will muschamp, richrod

  8. 2010 Dec 07

    Husker Heartbeat 12/7: Rumorville, Bo, Martinez and Watson

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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 Pelini is frustrated by persistent rumors surrounding Taylor Martinez, says LJS Steve Sipple.

    A quote:

    "It's hard to deal with it, because people are going to believe what they want to believe. It affects the whole program, that's what people don't understand."

    Pelini also says it's "crazy" to think Martinez operates under a different set of rules. But he adds that: "I'm going to do what I feel is in the best interest of a kid and the team at the same time."

    I've talked to Bo about this issue once before, and he's spoken about in press conferences, too: Different players need different approaches. And he's right. They do. Bo's approach with Taylor isn't the same as his approach with Joe Ganz. The principles behind it are the same, but the application of those principles has to change based on the personality of the kid.

    What the column doesn't mention - and perhaps Sipple didn't ask - is why Bo thinks it is a good idea to let Martinez run silent with the press, which in turn is forced to ask all of Martinez's teammates about the kid. And they're tired of talking about him.

    Part of the maturation process is doing the hard work of answering for your mistakes. It's called accountability. Bo's disregard of the press - and by proxy Nebraska fans who like to read about the team - creates a bad perception around Martinez.

    *The Omaha World-Herald is officially turning in all of its stock on Shawn Watson.

    Tom Shatel calls Watson's playcalling in the Big 12 Championship "indefensible." Shatel isn't one to veer mindlessly into a harsh, caustic opinion (I've been known to do it from time to time) so his words would represent a sea change:

    This was a flashback to the days of Bill Callahan, where a smart guy outsmarted only himself by trying to change up what was working. In a three-point game, the best kicker in the country was left wasting on the sideline. Like the Yankees not calling on Mariano Rivera in game seven of the World Series.

    There’s something Norv Turneresque about Watson. Smart offensive guy. But there’s always a flaw in execution or plan or management. One game it looks great, the next leaves you wondering. By the end of the season, you’re right back where you started.

    Watson’s had some very good games this year. But after
    Martinez’s injury, it was like the offense was based on the 80-yard run. Where was Plan B?

    Or he can’t stand prosperity. Against Iowa State, the Wildcat was brilliant. Then it went away. Watson rammed the ball down Mizzou’s throat. But he couldn’t stick with that plan against Oklahoma?

    Offensive coordinators are like Thanksgiving turkeys. They all get picked apart until there’s nothing left. But at some point you ask: What’s going on here? Where is this going? This isn’t just about scheme. Being an OC is about development, adjustments, game management. Sometimes it’s there. Sometimes it’s not. Winning championships is about consistency.


    Those aren't small words.

    *Meanwhile, the OWH's Dirk Chatelain, who often does a terrific job of marrying stats to a larger narrative, looks at what Shawn Watson did in pressure situations - when trailing or tied during the second half. The results are not encouraging, although perhaps a big small in sample size.

    We'll stand on this: It's easy to point the finger at Watson and suggest he doesn't know how to call plays, that he refuses to stick with the Wildcat.

    But let's be perfectly clear: The only team I've ever seen run Wildcat for a whole half is Arkansas in 2007. And let's recap the three guys the Hogs had running it:

    -Darren McFadden, two-time Heisman runner-up, first-round draft pick and the NFL's 11th-leading rusher this year.

    -Felix Jones, first-round draft pick and the Dallas Cowboys' top running back.

    -Peyton Hills, the 2010 breakout star of the NFL who's 10th in rushing and tied for second in touchdowns.

    Arkansas used McFadden as the trigger man, Jones as the sweep back and Hillis as the dive back. Three NFL guys - all the best running backs on their respective teams - running the triple option.

    Now, yes, that combo will work for a whole half.

    Rex Burkhead out of a single wing with Tim Marlowe as the sweep back and Roy Helu as the dive back will not.

    So, at some point, you gotta pass. And if that's Taylor Martinez, with his bad mechanics and injured feet, you roll the dice.

    The question: Is it Watson's call to play Martinez? Or Bo's?

    Furthermore: Watson has changed the offense five times in three years.

    -After the 2008 Mizzou game, Watson shifted from his preferred, two-tight, ace-set running game to a shotgun-based running game that he had begun to develop in 2007.

    -After the 2008 season, he further refined the shotgun running game, adding counter sweeps, more of the zone read and a two-back running game.

    -Midway through the 2009 season, because of injuries, he switched to the most conservative offense known to man, a triple-tight power running game with a deep playaction passing game.

    -Before the 2010 season, to accommodate Martinez, he switched to a heavy heavy zone read game with playaction passing sprinkled in.

    -Before the Iowa State game, he reintroduced the Wildcat and has run it quite a bit since then.

    Watson's done himself no favors by putting the sunniest possible disposition on everything, including Martinez's passing skills. And he vacillates too easily between conservative and desperate.

    Maybe Watson's biggest weakness is that he's too amenable. He had an offense in mind when this season began, and it looked like the offense in the 2009 Holiday Bowl. Instead, Nebraska rode Martinez in a West Virginia/Michigan offense, without any of the easy throws that Michigan and West Virginia use to help a quarterback. Why? Because Watson adheres to a West Coast passing principle that emphasizes big receivers running combo routes.

    There's a lot of details to examine, of course. And if Watson's the guy who has to go, then Bo better find someone

    Tags: husker heartbeat, shawn watson, bo pelini, tom shatel, taylor martinez, steve sipple, dirk chatelain

  9. 2010 Nov 23

    Husker Heartbeat 11/23: Penalty Parade

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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.


    *The Omaha World-Herald examines each of the 16 penalties incurred during Saturday's game and the disparity between NU's flags and opponent flags in three games worked by Greg Burks' crew.

    Is this too much coverage on the penalties?

    *Tom Shatel doesn't like Bo's scary side and Steve Sipple wonders why Harvey Perlman landed a pre-emptive strike on Bo.

    *Now that the Magic is gone, can Cody Green step in?

    *The psychology of Bo Pelini's outbursts, and what some NU administrators and professors think.

    *Colorado is on a roll.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, cody green, tom shatel, steve sipple

  10. 2010 Nov 22

    Husker Heartbeat 11/22: Big 12 Conspiracy Theories and Offensive Woes

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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.


    *OWH's Tom Shatel takes a closer look at penalties called against Nebraska in the Big 12...and the lack thereof against NU's opponents.

    *LJS Sipple examines the negative energy surrounding the program right now.

    *OWH's Dirk Chatelain takes dead aim at Nebraska's offense, and suggests a major overhaul is necessary.

    *The Grand Island Independent calls Saturday's performance a "black eye."

    *NBC argues that Ben Cotton's kicking response was justified.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, tom shatel, dirk chatelain, steve sipple, big 12, tamu game

  11. 2010 Sep 29

    Husker Heartbeat 9/28: Throw Taylor Throw

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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.


    *Excellent analysis from OWH's Dirk Chatelain on how Nebraska recruited Taylor Martinez and why the pressure is on now to improve his passing.

    *Why Joe Moglia walked away from being Ameritrade's CEO to become a coach not making a dime

    *Carl Pelini scoffs at the idea that Nebraska's run defense is struggling.

    *Memorial Stadium is terrific as advertised, says a South Dakota photographer.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, taylor martinez, dirk chatelain, carl pelini, steve sipple

  12. 2010 Sep 27

    Husker Heartbeat 9/27: Bolosophy

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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 sees Bo growing into a calmer persona. We'll see.

    *LaVonte David gets a helmet sticker from ESPN.

    *Saturday was still a great night for Jim Ebke, who attended South Dakota State for a semester.

    *Is a close win actually better than a blowout?

    *Mark Mangino and Kevin Cosgrove - both on the Minnesota payroll.

    *Husker Mike's SDSU Report Card.

    *Many universities - not Nebraska - are raising student fees to support athletics.

    *Does Alabama force certain players into medical hardships to clear scholarship space?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, steve sipple, bo pelini, sdsu game, mark mangino, alabama

  13. 2010 Sep 08

    Husker Heartbeat 9/8: Perfection only option for Blackshirts

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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.


    *Bob Devaney will now get a makeover for volleyball - a $27 million makeover.

    *All of North Platte may turn out to watch Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle, a North Platte native.

    *Looks like the Heisman trust will strip Reggie Bush of his Heisman for taking cash in college.

    *LJS Sipple says Taylor Martinez deserves time to get used to the spotlight.

    *The defense strives for perfection.

    * An interview with Quincy Enunwa.

    *Notre Dame-Michigan - not as relevant as it used to be, but still full of hype.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten, michigan, blackshirts, steve sipple, idaho week, nathan enderle

  14. 2010 Sep 02

    Husker Heartbeat 9/2: Big Ten Division Reax

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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.


    Various takes from around the Big Ten region on the new league divisions:

    Here's ours
    Mike Babcock
    Tom Shatel
    Steve Sipple
    Dirk Chatelain
    ESPN's Adam Rittenberg
    SI's Stew Mandy
    Wisconsin State Journal
    Columbus Dispatch
    Ann Arbor News
    Des Moines Register
    Detroit Free Press
    Chicago Tribune
    Indianapolis Star
    Lansing State Journal
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Frank The Tank

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten, steve sipple, tom shatel

  15. 2010 Sep 01

    Husker Heartbeat 9/1: Big Ten Divisions, Here We Come!

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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!

    *Here come the Big Ten Divisions!

    *Clever little piece on Husker player rituals before a game.

    *Bubba Starling is a top 25 prospect in the state of Kansas.

    *Steve Sipple and Tom Shatel have their quick takes on the quarterback race.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten divisions, steve sipple, tom shatel, pj smith, pierre allen, bubba starling

  16. 2010 Aug 30

    Husker Heartbeat 8/30: Crystal Balls and WKU

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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.


    *Steve Sipple and Tom Shatel get out their crystal balls and predict Nebraska's season.

    *Multiplicity is the goal of Nebraska's 2010 offense.

    *Nebraska's cornerbacks allow Carl Pelini plenty of freedom to draw up a creative defense.

    *The long climb begins for Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart.

    *Other than running more than he's used to, Mike McNeillfeels pretty snug as a Husker wide receiver.

    *Kyler Reed - Is he ready to make the leap?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, kyler reed, western kentucky, mike mcneill, carl pelini, steve sipple, tom shatel

  17. 2010 Aug 24

    Husker Heartbeat 8/24: The QB Question

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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 asks whether Nebraska wants a game manager or game changer?

    *OWH: Shatel doesn't think Taylor Martinez will start - but he will get time.

    *Missouri linebacker Will Ebner arrested for DWI.

    LJS: Doc Sadler likes Caleb Walker's athleticism.

    *Ricky Henry has his moments, but he's improved his ability to the control the fury.

    *What's in store for USC?

    *Only 14 schools profited from campus athletics in 2009. Nebraska was one. So was Missouri.

    *Tom Osborne opposes a 2 a.m. last call for alcohol in Lincoln.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, cody green, zac lee, taylor martinez, caleb walker, steve sipple, ricky henry, tom osborne

  18. 2010 Aug 23

    Husker Heartbeat 8/23: Bo, West, ESPN, Smokes and Hawkeye Hooligans

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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.


    *Tad Stryker says if NU wants to make it back, the running game will be the answer.

    *OWH: Tom Shatel: Joe Moglia likes him some Bo Pelini.

    *LJS: Sipple rewinds a
    contentious week.

    *LJS: Anthony West hopes to be the next great NU safety.

    *OWH: Ready for some more expensive, plastic rental seats in Memorial Stadium now that you can't bring your own? Of course you are!

    *Could ESPN manipulate the BCS bowl matchups?

    *Terrelle Pryor is the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman.

    *The Iowa City jails just can't hold all the rowdy tailgaters after a Hawkeye game. What the hell is going on over there?

    *No more smokes or house-brought bottled water in the Big House.

    *Volleyball: The Big Ten might be too tough for a 22-game round-robin conference schedule.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, tom shatel, steve sipple, espn, bcs, anthony west, bo pelini, joe moglia, big ten

  19. 2010 Aug 03

    Husker Heartbeat 8/3: A Sampling of Big Ten Media Days

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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 the 1st day of Big Ten Media Days, Jim Delany shows why he's running the show. Chatter from Chicago and Ann Arbor. What other journalists said about Nebraska.

    *Was JoePa sick at Big Ten Media Days?

    *Ndamukong Suh remains a holdout. LJS Sipple thinks Suh needs to get to camp.

    *More on NU's new assistant basketball coach, Tracey Webster.

    *A key defensive player for Oklahoma State is charged with assault.

    *Idaho is all fired up after Boise State's president ripped the school and the town of Moscow.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, big ten, big ten media days, idaho, oklahoma state, joe paterno, steve sipple

  20. 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

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