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  1. 2012 Feb 27

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: Knee-Jerk Reactions (2/27/2012)

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    - Erstad’s club played like a team on a mission this past weekend, one with something to prove.

    - Highlights from Nebraska’s 15-0 win over Utah:

    - Saturday’s notebook: Men’s basketball 34, Baseball 21.

    - Several Nebraska basketball fans are finding themselves with a feeling far more dangerous than anger towards the program’s current state: Apathy

    - Unless you play roundball for Connie Yori. Upsetting the No. 8 Ohio State on Senior Day is the kind of last home game dreamt of.

    - One of the funniest comments heard following Sadler’s embarrassing loss: Cut the basketball program to save money.

    1.) Spend millions on new arena and practice facility.
    2.) Cut basketball program.
    3.) ?????
    4.) Profit

    - The NCAA’s decision to move kickoffs to the 30, thus increasing touchback probability is idiocy. A well-managed 80-yard drive can be fun to watch, but Nebraska fans seemed to enjoy watching Ameer Abdullah zip between would-be tacklers.

    - Love the inking of the game with BYU. Even though the contest is three years off, that’s a long time for things to change in the world of college football.

    - Stop complaining about Idaho State. Gus Malzahn’s going to be a pain with Arkansas State and every school needs a track meet. Ask any top SEC team. They seem to be doing well.

    - Tom Osborne turned 75 last Thursday and apparently works out 60-plus minutes per day. Several egos took a hit after reading that sentence.

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    Tags: darin erstad, baseball, basketball, connie yori, tom osborne, ameer abdullah, byu, idaho state

  2. 2012 Feb 17

    Husker Heartbeat 2/17: Minter II at NU, Osborne on Huskers' Drug Testing and Cowboys With an Eye for Dennard

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Husker legacies Mike Minter, Jr. and Josh Banderas will be attending Nebraska's Junior Day

    - AD Osborne is confident in Nebraska's drug testing policy in wake of TCU scandal

    - Creighton Prep alum and NU freshman Kyle Kubat will take the mound for the Huskers on Sunday

    - Dallas is another very possible destination for Alfonzo Dennard

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    Tags: recruiting, tom osborne, baseball, kyle kubat, alfonzo dennard

  3. 2012 Feb 08

    Husker Heartbeat 2/8: T.O. on Sadler, Meets with Former Husker Strickland and Future NFL Huskers

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Osborne on Sadler's future:"We'll see how it plays out."

    - Osborne meets with former Nebraska roundballer Strickland to discuss helping the hoops squad

    - The Washington Redskins should take a good, long look at Alfonzo Dennard

    - Lavonte David looks like a solid value pick for the Vikings

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    Tags: tom osborne, doc sadler, basketball, lavonte david, alfonzo dennard

  4. 2012 Jan 16

    Husker Heartbeat 1/16: Solich to be Honored?, Plus-One Player Penalty and Turnovers Rob Bo

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Tom Osborne feels it's finally time to officially honor former player and head coach Frank Solich

    - Osborne also warns that players could take a hit with a Plus-One system

    - A Top 25 ballot for the offseason

    - Turnovers have been a big part of why Pelini's gained losses and not wins

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    Tags: frank solich, tom osborne, bo pelini

  5. 2011 Dec 31

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: The OFFICIAL Husker Locker Podcast 12/31 - 2012 Capital One Bowl Pre-Game Edition

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    On the docket:

    A podcast featuring questions and topics submitted ONLY by you, the Husker Locker fan base:

    - The Tom Osborne Effect
    - Offensive and defensive coordinators
    - The focal point of recruiting for the 2011-2012 cycle
    - Bowl games to watch
    - Twittergate
    - The crew from Half Cocked stop by to give the Gamecock perspective of the Capital One Bowl

    Have a topic or question that you'd like to hear discussed? Send us an e-mail or a message to any of us on Twitter.

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    Tags: tom osborne, bowl games, twitter, capital one bowl, podcast, podcasts

  6. 2011 Dec 26

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: A Splash of Citrus Circa 1991

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    By James Stevenson

    This postseason, the Huskers travel to Orlando, Florida to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. It marks the appearance No. 20 in a Sunshine State bowl game for Nebraska, with the Huskers' record standing at nine wins and ten losses in such contests.

    While the vast majority of the Floridian appearances were in Nebraska’s former perennial destination, the Orange Bowl, the Huskers began Bo Pelini’s official tenure as the Big Red’s head man with a trip to the Gator Bowl. A win over fellow new head coach Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers was the result.

    While this is Nebraska’s first trip to the “Capital One Bowl,” the Huskers have played in this game before when it was simply known by the stadium name, the Florida Citrus Bowl (Capital One began its naming sponsorship in 2001). The No. 19 Cornhuskers took on No. 2 Georgia Tech on January 1, 1991.

    The Huskers were 9-2, having lost to No. 1 Colorado, while the Yellow Jackets were 10-0-1. As the nation’s only unbeaten team, Georgia Tech was playing with a goal of coaxing pollsters into crowning them national champions. This was a remarkable climb for a team that had started the season unranked.

    The 1991 Huskers entered the Citrus Bowl after having lost two of their previous three games, including losses to Colorado, the season’s Big Eight Champion, and rival Oklahoma. Despite this, Tom Osborne's Cornhuskers were named the favorite against the Yellow Jackets.

    Osborne led the Huskers against an all-star coaching staff for Georgia Tech including head coach Bobby Ross, offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen (most recently Maryland's head coach of ten years) and defensive coordinator George O’Leary (head coach at Central Florida).

    Nebraska’s role of the superior team didn’t last long. Yellow Jacket quarterback Shawn Jones slipped out of the backfield on a play-action pass, scrambled for 46 yards and set up an easy score on the game’s opening drive.

    Even more impressive was Georgia Tech’s defense. George O’Leary brought pressure early and often, not allowing Nebraska quarterback Mike Grant any room to operate. The Huskers didn’t record a first down until late in the first quarter. Nebraska ended the quarter fortunate to be trailing only 7-0 after giving up two 40-plus yard plays.

    The Big Red’s luck didn’t last into the second quarter. On Nebraska’s first play of the period, I-Back Scott Baldwin fumbled on the Huskers’ 22-yard line. Two plays later, Georgia Tech extended the lead to 14-0. David suddenly felt like he could beat Goliath, and on the Yellow Jackets’ next drive, they scored again taking a seemingly overwhelming 21-0 lead.

    Unwilling to go down without a fight, Osborne put in backup quarterback Tom Haase, who completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Johnny Mitchell. A short time later, new I-back Derek Brown rushed for a 50-yard touchdown and closed the gap to 21-14. The Nebraska Blackshirts flexed their muscle and forced a punt, but the ball was muffed by multiple Husker players, allowing Tech to recover and close the opening half with a 37-yard field goal.

    The Huskers went to the locker room down 24-14, but stormed back onto the field with a purpose. Fate was against the Huskers though, as an eventual field goal try was blocked. Georgia Tech mounted a drive that swung momentum in their favor, converting key third downs and finally scoring to put the Huskers in a 17-point hole.

    Nebraska’s Haase didn’t concede the game, firing a 21-yard touchdown strike to his other tight end, William Washington, bringing the Huskers back within 10. Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets dominated the fourth quarter, piling on two more touchdowns to defeat Nebraska 45-21.

    The Cornhuskers were held to 127 yards rushing, over 200 yards below their season average. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech had a record-setting day on offense, scoring the most points of any Nebraska bowl opponent.

    Yellow Jacket quarterback Shawn Jones finished 16 of 23 for 277 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown. Running back William Bell finished with 126 yards (one yard shy of the Huskers’ entire output for the day) and three touchdowns.

    Georgia Tech went on to split the national championship with Colorado, taking the Coaches Poll. They were the only undefeated team in college football’s 1991 season, finishing with an 11-0-1 record.

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    Tags: capital one bowl, citrus bowl, tom osborne, blackshirts

  7. 2011 Dec 11

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Sunday Husker Conversation

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Neil Raus: Who is going to replace Carl (Pelini)?

    BC: That’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it? The three names everyone has been tossing around are Mike Stoops, Ron Zook and John Papuchis. I think you can pretty well cross Papuchis off of that list as promoting another coach to learn a high-level position on the job isn’t a good move by Pelini.

    Peter Bruno: Who’s the next quarterback after Martinez?

    BC: Rex Burkhead. Seriously. With the lack of playing time that you saw Brion Carnes get, it’s pretty obvious who the No. 1 guy is, but let’s say Martinez went down. I think you’d see something similar to 2010 when Burkhead stepped in as a Wildcat quarterback.

    Kaleb Henry: How many conference championships will be won this year and which sport will be the first to win a national championship in the Big Ten era?

    BC: Well, the volleyballers already notched one. I could see some track and field titles, maybe softball and even baseball if some luck graces Darin Erstad’s first year. When it comes to national titles, I’d give the volleyball team the inside track.

    Lance Badousek: If we don't win a conference championship next year how much longer will Bo have a job?

    BC: That depends on how bad any losses are and if Nebraska looks just plain out of it like they did against Northwestern this season. That kind of performance will get you a loss in the Big Ten nearly every time. It seems like Pelini’s teams are good for a few surprising wins and a few shocking losses. 2012’s schedule doesn’t get any easier, either.

    Patrick Farrell: When will we find out about the new defensive coordinator?

    BC: I’m honestly surprised we haven’t already.

    Beverly Kay: What's next for Turner Gill?

    BC: At this point, I think a trip back to the mid-majors would do Turner well. It’s a shame he didn’t snag the UAB job as he’d do well there. If he can coach Buffalo up, I’d trust him with about any mid-major. I know what you’re thinking and I severely doubt he’ll be back at Nebraska as long as Bo is head coach.

    Shane McKinney: When we get to our usual 17 points against South Carolina, will we once again shut down the offense?

    BC: It’s possible. Watch for a heavy dose of Burkhead as Carolina’s strength is defending the pass. They’re a little more susceptible to a powerful running game. Alfonzo Dennard is going up against one of the best receivers in the country in Alshon Jeffery, but Jeffery’s playing with a busted finger. Dennard still needs to treat him like he’s 100 percent. The lack of South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore really evens the playing field.

    Caleb Gorham: Can we have another Tom Osborne?

    BC: Another T.O. will never come along. Not for Nebraska or anyone else. Coach Osborne’s a special guy on a number of levels. There will be new coaching masterminds, but only one Tom Osborne.

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    Tags: taylor martinez, rex burkhead, mike stoops, ron zook, john papuchis, carl pelini, brion carnes, darin erstad, turner gill, south carolina, alshon jeffery, alfonzo dennard, tom osborne

  8. 2011 Dec 02

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: An Interview with "Dan Beebe"

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    By Erin Sorensen

    Former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has a Twitter presence whether he wants it or not. When asked if he had ever seen his parody account, @DanBeebe, Beebe’s response was simple, “That guy’s funny.”

    With nearly 16,000 followers, “Danny Dan” has created quite a fan following while sharing interesting tidbits about his everyday life, or as he calls it now, “the buyout life.” I was fortunate enough to sit down with “Dan Beebe” and get some insight into his views on the state of college athletics and life after his Big 12 tenure.

    Erin: Hi Dan. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for HuskerLocker.com. How are you today?

    DB: I'm spectacular. Danny Dan was made for the buyout life. I'm having a snifter of Danny Dan Juice as we speak. I mean hey, it's Friday, right?

    Erin: Alright, let’s get to it: What is life like for Dan Beebe now?

    DB: I get up at about noon, noon-thirty, maybe one or two, flip on QVC for the latest deals and then decide if I want to go play 18 or not wear pants that day. I usually choose no pants.

    Erin: Have you taken up any new hobbies that you didn’t have time for before?

    DB: Well, Texas A&M and Mizzou have opened me up to the world of the SEC, and now I have time to figure out just what's so special about that conference. After listening to the Paul Finebaum Show, all I can deduce is that “fanbases filled with Tebow-humping hillbilly conspiracy theorists" has a much more powerful draw than I ever could have imagined.

    Time for drink number two.

    Erin: It appeared that after you were fired as Big 12 commissioner that you were done with Twitter. What brought you back?

    DB: I couldn't easily desert my thousands of fans in the #BeebeNation. To that end, I find that it is important to network and help those that I respect. Right now, in fact, I'm working on getting my good buddy Rick Neuheisel back in the college ranks, and I think with the right amount of Direct Messages to Bill Byrne, we can do it.

    Erin: You have nearly 16,000 followers on Twitter. How does that make you feel?

    DB: It's a wonderful feeling. 2,000 more people and I'll have more followers than Baylor's average football attendance.

    Erin: Do you want to be the commissioner of any other conference? If so, which one?

    DB: I've never really thought that the Big Ten has done things the right way because if I was going to take a school from another conference I DEFINITELY wouldn't send me a text message that says “everything's cool” because it WASN'T COOL, DELANY.

    I mean, I never really liked Tom Osborne and I'm about 50 percent sure he's some sort of Dementor from Harry Potter or something but it was still backhanded how that whole process was handled.

    So the Big Ten, I guess.

    Erin: A Craigslist ad was posted this week that many determined was about needing seat-fillers for the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis. If you were in Jim Delany’s shoes, how would you have avoided this situation?

    DB: Here's how I would avoid that avalanche of crapness. I would hold my conference title game in Cowboys Stadium. I would make sure Texas or Oklahoma was in it every year. And I sure as hell would figure out a better city than Indiangoddamnapolis to send fans for a football game.

    WAIT, I ACTUALLY DID ALL THOSE THINGS, AND YET JIM DELANY HAS A JOB AND I DON'T! RIDDLE ME THAT, BATHUSKER!

    Erin: Another rumor started circulating today that Mack Brown plans to retire after this season. Care to comment?

    DB: No, YOU need to cut back on the Danny Dan Juice. I’m AN ADULT. I GET TO MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS ABOUT ME.

    Erin: Speaking of Texas, The Longhorn Network – What are your thoughts?

    DB: I JUST SAID RWHAT M Y THUOFHTS WERE GET ME morE DANNY DAN JCIUE

    Erin: Who do you think will win the Heisman Award this year?

    DB: I THINK CRAIG JAMES WILL PRAOBEBLY WIN THE NEXT FIVE FOR HISE TIME AT SMU AND THEN LOSE EM AND WE'LL ALL BE LIKE #REMEMBERTHESMU5

    oH WAIT #BAYLORTARP4HEISMAN

    Erin: What about the National Championship?

    DB: the nahtoinal chpampingonship is probaly goi ng to be lplatyed by LSU and ALabama, whichsounsds okay to me becauoe if therets one thing wer all werre thinkgjng after ther first time rthey played, iut was GIME SICXTY MOREJ MOINUTES OF THATA

    dannydanjuuuuuuuuuuiiiicccceeeeeeeeeeee

    Erin: What bowl do you predict Nebraska will go to, who will they play, and what will the score be?

    DB: ahahahahahah my vote is taeg theys shouled go to the insighte bowl and htaet zombie biill snyder acan be all like GIVE ME PELINIS BRAINS then when he gets to bo and finds tahtw all thats inside is a warm goo he wont have any brains to eat adn i guess the corn mihgt win

    Erin: Any final thoughts for the Nebraska fans reading this?

    DB: hoep ruuyou ajhve ofun uitjkj n jyou r bigh TEN OH OUYOU HAVE SO MANT YTHEAMS HNOW HEHT SELL OUTH ITS THE JAN ROBEOHJ GARPAOEEE

    Erin: Thank you again for taking the time to chat with me, Dan. I very much appreciate it.

    DB: Cheaourehighilbilbfslfbslhfbsibfshlpizza…

    **@DanBeebe is a parody account and is in no way associated with the real Dan Beebe.**

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    Tags: dan beebe, tom osborne, big 12, big ten

  9. 2011 Nov 12

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: The Top Five Things to Watch For Against Penn State

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    By Erin Sorensen

    It’s hard to believe that the scandal at Penn State broke only one week ago today. With the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, Penn State’s football program has been in a state of severe disarray.

    Discussions of forfeiting today's game cropped up. As game day grew closer, it was apparent that the show must go on. Nebraska walks into a situation this morning that no team has experienced before. What will the Cornhuskers need to be prepared for?

    1. Pressure on Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden

    For the second week in a row, Nebraska faces a dual quarterback rotation featuring junior Matt McGloin and sophomore Rob Bolden.

    Penn State has made a living off of starting Bolden first with McGloin coming in later. However, Husker fans should be looking for the upperclassman to start against Nebraska today. Why the switch-up?

    The Nittany Lions' best decision-maker when passing is McGloin. While running is not his strong suit, he can pick apart a team’s secondary. With Nebraska’s defensive backs struggling, this presents an opportunity for the Nittany Lions to get ahead early. Don’t expect to see Bolden on the sidelines too much, though.

    With Nebraska’s inability to stop the run against Northwestern, Penn State likely will have an opportunity to run through some big holes. The front seven Blackshirts are going to have to play lights-out to guarantee Bolden goes nowhere.

    Husker fans should expect to see a much tougher defense against Penn State, though. If the defense plays to the level that they did against Michigan State, Nebraska fans should know this: That was Bo Pelini’s defense, not Carl’s.

    Depending on today’s plays, it will be quickly apparent who was in charge the last week. For the sake of this game, the Nebraska faithful better hope it’s Bo.

    2. The Ability to Adjust

    Offensive coordinator Tim Beck is a stubborn man. He’s said as much. When a play isn’t working, Beck has a tendency to call the play again hoping for a different result.

    In some cases, he works with a limited playbook as he did against Northwestern. By the end of the first half, I-Back Rex Burkhead had far more carries than he should have, yet the offense kept running similar plays.

    Beck needs to be able to adjust against Penn State. If running the ball isn’t working, it’s time to let Martinez throw quick passes to Brandon Kinnie. If the fast strikes stop working, go back to the ground game.

    The ability to adjust will be a key factor yet again. It’s been a rollercoaster ride with Beck so far. It is time he starts to level things out.



    3. Taylor Martinez’s Game Management

    Martinez played one of the best games of his career against Northwestern, if not the absolute best. Unfortunately, a poor defensive showing and a loss overshadowed it.

    The positive is that he silenced many critics one pass after another. Proving he could keep a level head, Martinez made a campaign for a comeback. Had the defense held up their end of the deal, the sophomore quarterback could have pulled it off, too.

    Against Penn State, Martinez needs to mirror his game management skills from the Northwestern game. Staying stable and keeping a level head against a defense that will be gunning for him yet again is vital.

    He needs to be a leader once more and is poised to be just that. If he can block out the pressure of this game, Martinez can build on his successes against Northwestern.

    4. The Use of Young Running Backs

    Hopefully Rex Burkhead got a lot of rest over the last week, because he will be carrying a big load over the next two away games.

    With both Penn State and Michigan to face, Burkhead’s strength, speed, and leadership will all be tested. However, it is not crucial to run him ragged. Beck should take advantage of his three young running backs at times.

    All three are capable of making big plays and a few extra rotations will not kill the offense. In fact, a little extra resting time for Burkhead might give him the ability to produce bigger numbers.

    While Superman will never say he’s tired, Beck needs to understand he can’t run his workhorse to death. Nebraska has the depth. Using it would not be a bad idea.

    5. Team Composure

    It has been nothing short of an interesting week for Nebraska. As Penn State’s world crumbled, Husker players and coaches have tried to tune everything out.

    While Pelini was quick to say his team was not going to focus on the issues at State College at all, it would be ludicrous to believe the team has absolutely no idea what they’re walking into. It is clear from their Twitter statuses alone that they know.

    Security is heightened and Tom Osborne has asked fans not to wear red. The environment will be surreal, to say the least. This is a time for Nebraska to stand together as a team like no other. When kickoff comes, we will watch as a group of young men attempt to battle intense media frenzy by playing football.

    The outcome of this game will be a telling one as Nebraska needs to win to keeps its chances at a Big Ten Championship alive. A loss would practically guarantee that a trip to Indianapolis will not happen.

    The Huskers need to find it within themselves to win a game in front of many who are not necessarily watching for the right reasons.

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    Tags: penn state, joe paterno, matt mcgloin, robert bolden, tim beck, bo pelini, carl pelini, taylor martinez, rex burkhead, ameer abdullah, aaron green, braylon heard, brandon kinnie, tom osborne

  10. 2011 Nov 07

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: The Evolution of The Nebraska Way

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    By Brian Towle

    Fans toss the term around like crumpled pieces of paper that eventually find their way to the bottom of a wastebasket. A constant reminder that how things are done at the University of Nebraska are carried out differently or are unique to our state and school.

    Included are: How to treat players, the media, those who to cheer for and how to adhere to it. This is “The Nebraska Way.”

    Somewhere along the line, one very important aspect was lost: How to win using The Nebraska Way. Saturday’s 28-25 loss to a Northwestern team that had far inferior talent than the Big Red (at least on paper) was a glaring example of the issues this team has. The more maddening, almost incomprehensible, other issue is the acceptance of performances like this.

    Some Nebraska fans say that a national championship wasn’t a realistic goal with this team, which is fair. However, with the loss to Northwestern, we made sure that two years are still relevant to Cornhusker football history:

    1999: The last time Nebraska fans bought conference championship shirts. In San Antonio, the Huskers took care of the Texas Longhorns and earned a Fiesta Bowl appearance.

    2002: The last time Husker fans paid for tickets to a BCS bowl game. Even though that team was arguably undeserving of appearing in the national championship game, Nebraska was in the national spotlight.

    The Nebraska Way includes excellence in player recruitment and development. Where has this gone? Ask yourself that as you see Ciante Evans whiff on defending a slant route resulting in an 81-yard touchdown scamper by the visiting team.

    Ask this again as Lance Thorell is torched time after time, and wonder why players such as Corey Cooper, Courtney Osborne, or Stanley Jean-Baptiste sit on the sidelines. Using your depth to maximize your attack on offense, this is The Nebraska Way.

    Where has this commitment gone? It seems a fair question to ponder as Ameer Abdullah, Jamal Turner, Braylon Heard and Aaron Green sit on the sideline as an obviously hurting Rex Burkhead gets bulldozed into a line that provided no daylight. Why is Tyler Moore not logging minutes as Yoshi Hardrick plays on a busted wheel?

    The Nebraska Way also includes taking every game seriously and to strategize accordingly. To be out-schemed, out-coached, and embarrassed on your home turf by a team that quite honestly had no business being on the same field with Nebraska is simply appalling.

    Don’t discredit Northwestern entirely, though. Pat Fitzgerald realized that Nebraska was to be had, kept his foot on the gas pedal and did what Mike Krzyzewski‘s Duke basketball teams are famous for: Running plays that work until the other team proves they can stop them.

    There were bright spots for Nebraska, of course. Taylor Martinez’s passing was a pleasant surprise, as was the play of defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler. However, there are no truly great performances in losses.

    That’s a shame, because the quarterback that several call a liability (author included) was an asset last Saturday, and his performance will be nothing but a random statistic as time rolls on.



    There should be rage over this loss. The defeat in Madison brought screaming, berating, and other rants to sports talk radio, message boards, and social media outlets. However, the tepid, melancholy response to this past weekend’s results is wide-spread.

    This, my friends and enemies, is the scariest thing of all. A sign that after years of expecting conference titles, bowl games played in January and double-digit win totals every season, the Nebraska Cornhusker fan base has come to a point where we’re alright with it.

    Much like we’re alright with a Blackshirt “tradition” that has gone from 11 black practice jerseys hanging in lockers two weeks before the season opener to 20 being handed out come Halloween.

    There was much talk about a Big Ten title in July and early August. That has changed to hoping the Capital One Bowl still is interested in a team that may get one more loss in the next three weeks. However, the feel good crowd will point out that if 2011 ends with nine wins, that result was good enough for Tom Osborne.

    Tom Osborne would have made this 2011 squad realize that there cannot be a single game taken lightly. Even against a team with their sights set on the Pinstripe or TicketCity Bowl. Coach Osborne would have also taken ownership of what happened in front of 85,000-plus first and foremost.

    Then there’s the matter of several students demanding better or even more seating from Osborne that couldn’t make a 2:30 PM kickoff or be bothered to stay around with ten minutes to go as their team needed them.

    How will the Take Back Game Day movement address that little matter? Can’t be beat? Won’t be beat? Do they know if their team was beat in the first place?

    Finally, Osborne would have realized the issues with this team over the last two years. The inability to stop dual-threat quarterbacks, an offensive line and play calling that can easily be liabilities, and the steadfast refusal to start playmakers who, while young, still give Nebraska the best chance of winning.

    There’s no reason to hold anything back in November. Teams that win constantly put the best 11 out on the field. Does anyone think the 1995 national championship season happens if Ahman Green is held back at all?

    Imagine that happening now and you see the frustration some have with Turner, Ameer, Braylon and SJB among others riding the pine.

    Welcome to the new Nebraska Way where losing games that should be afterthoughts are tolerable. Where handing out 20 Blackshirts eight games into a season, three or four losses, and a late December bowl game is considered a successful campaign. Where wins are a team effort, but losses are under-addressed, excuses are made and promptly accepted.

    For the foreseeable future, get used to your surroundings, Husker fans. Take in the atmosphere, and accept it for better or worse.

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    Tags: the nebraska way, bcs, ciante evans, lance thorell, corey cooper, courtney osborne, blackshirts, capital one bowl, tom osborne, ahman green, stanley jeanbaptiste, ameer abdullah, jamal turner, braylon heard, aaron green, rex burkhead, tyler moore, yoshi hardrick, northwestern, pat fitzgerald, taylor martinez, baker steinkuhler

  11. 2011 Oct 27

    Husker Heartbeat 10/27: Osborne a Spartan?, Dennard Already a First Round Pick and Brown's Coaching Progress

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - There was a time when Tom Osborne may have became a Spartan

    - A former teammate of Bo Pelini's says that he's "Pelini is all about Nebraska"

    - The Huskers work to counter the Spartans' blitzing ability

    - Alfonzo Dennard finds himself ranked as a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft

    - Ron Brown continues to mold Nebraska's three true freshman running backs

    - Doc Sadler's basketballers are pegged to finish No. 11 in the Big Ten this the upcoming season

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    Tags: tom osborne, bo pelini, alfonzo dennard, ron brown, doc sadler, basketball

  12. 2011 Oct 14

    Husker Heartbeat 10/14: Pelini Chastises Booing, Devaney & Osborne Ranked and Helu Breaks NFL RB Mold

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Bo Pelini: Memorial Stadium is no place for booing

    - The Legends division race may result in a photo finish

    - The bye week has been the perfect opportunity for the Huskers to heal, adjust and refocus

    - Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne ranked as two of the top college football coaches of all time

    - Ex-Husker Roy Helu is a different type of NFL running back

    - The new hoops/wrestling training facility is officially open

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  13. 2011 Oct 13

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: The Angst and Adulation of Bo Pelini

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    By Brett Baker

    If you had told me prior to the 2011 season that Nebraska would rally from 21 points down in the second half against THE Ohio State University to beat the Buckeyes, I would have downed a celebratory shot, danced a jig and reached for my iPad. I'd need to use the Orbitz app to scout trip prices to Indianapolis for the inaugural Big Ten Championship game. Sadly, that's not what I did last Saturday night.

    No, this win, while exhilarating, was not what one dreams of when envisioning victory. This was a depleted Buckeye squad that owned Nebraska for the better part of the game. Don't get me wrong, I respect the comeback as much as the next guy.

    Those young men in scarlet and cream did themselves and their school proud, but let's be honest. The Cornhuskers should have rolled THAT Ohio State Unveristy football team. After a deep exhale and a few high tens following the game, I gathered my stuff from my buddy’s place and headed home with my daughter.

    Before I got there, heck, before I got halfway to my doorstep, my Twitter feed started to fill with chatter about some kind of "moment" between the Huskers head coach Bo Pelini and Omaha World Herald reporter Dirk Chatelain.

    Apparently, Bo had taken exception with Dirk's article from the day before. This was an article that was critical of both Taylor Martinez's play and of Pelini's handling of his sophomore quarterback.

    Fellow Husker Locker contributor Brian Towle had sent the piece to me shortly after it was posted online and I'll be perfectly honest - I thought Dirk nailed it and I've said as much long before now. Evidently, Bo did not share that sentiment. Brian also said that "the gloves were off." Apparently, this is a sentiment that Bo shared.

    As I began to piece together the events of that postgame press conference, I thought, “We should have seen this coming.” Nebraska fans should have seen it coming because personally, I think Bo was ready to pop before Saturday. During his brief meeting with the media on Thursday, he went out of his way to tell the assembled members of the press how little their work affected him or his players.



    He went on to say that they neither read, watched, nor cared what was written or said about them. He said this in a manner as to belittle the people who were there to do their jobs. I recognized this behavior the moment I saw it.

    Having covered San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich for more than a decade now, I'm more than familiar with the snide, back-handed manner in which a perfectionist and condescending genius can regard the media.

    Popovich can be charming and playful during one session with the media, then dismissive and sarcastic the next. Why? I have no idea. Perhaps he does it because he can. When you are the biggest fish in the nation’s seventh-largest pond, you don't really have to worry about pleasing the media when you have brought four NBA championships home.

    Spurs fans love him because he wins, so they don't need for the media to love him. The thing about San Antonio is that it's a softball media town. It's not Philadelphia, Chicago or New York.

    There is no adversarial relationship with the press because sadly, most of them are fans more than they are journalists. What they also know is that to cross Popovich is to risk being shunned, mocked or cut out of the process more than they already are.

    I see a lot of Gregg Popovich in Bo Pelini.

    Over the past few days, a number of people have taken sides in the fallout of the Pelini & Chatelain brouhaha which is ridiculous, but to be expected. As I was sorting through the aftermath, I asked a friend of mine (a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist) for his take on Chatelain's piece.

    Since he's not a Nebraska fan, I figured he'd be a fair barometer of where the piece really fell. He said that while it was critical, it was far from unfair.

    To some Cornhusker loyalists, anything other than complete and total support of Pelini is nothing short of treason. Then are those that remember what The Nebraska Way used to mean. I know it's beyond reasonable to expect another coach to match the level of success established by Tom Osborne.



    However, I don't think it's beyond reasonable to expect the head coach of any University of Nebraska athletic team to carry themselves in a manner that honors Osborne and the way he has presented himself for the more than 40 years he's been associated with the University.

    This is where Pelini fails. He says he doesn't care about what the media writes or says, but his actions betray his words. If he didn't care, then this wouldn't be an issue. He would have let Chatelain's article pass like a leaf blowing in the wind, but he does care, so when he says he doesn't, he's being disingenuous. Why? What's with the tough guy facade that's used to bully people who want nothing but a few minutes from him? Why not be honest? Why not be civil?

    On the day before Dirk's article was published, Bo had the perfect opportunity to tell the media exactly what he thought - That he was, in fact, worried about what had been written and said in the days following the loss to Wisconsin, but he chose not to. In essence he lied, not only to the press, but to himself.

    Unfortunately, he chose an inopportune moment to be honest. He, not Dirk, turned the buzz after the Ohio State game into a hot button topic for Husker Nation.

    A man in charge of his feelings that had a grasp of the situation would have asked Dirk for a few words in private after the press conference, but Bo isn't in charge of his emotions. That much is obvious. His past is his past. The evidence is there.

    Defend him all you like, but you know it to be true. If you or I behaved like he does in our place of employ, we would be out of a job in short order.

    That being said, I do recognize that working in a newsroom, office building or a warehouse isn't anything like being the head football coach at a legendary football program. That doesn't excuse his sideline explosions, though.

    Others like to justify Bo's behavior by saying it proves that he has his players’ backs. Tom Osborne had his players’ backs and he never ranted and raved. He did what he believed to be right and took the slings and arrows of the nation for his actions. I'm specifically referencing the Lawrence Phillips saga.

    Pelini can't even begin to imagine the glare of that spotlight, yet Osborne handled that level of scrutiny with a grace and poise that few will ever possess. However, it's a grace that we can all strive for. Yes, even Bo Pelini.

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    Tags: bo pelini, tom osborne, lawrence phillips, ohio state

  14. 2011 Oct 13

    Husker Heartbeat 10/13: Crick's Draft Status Impact, Top 50 Cornhuskers Ever and Ahman Green's Legacy

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - With Jared Crick out, other defensive tackles work to fill the void

    - Crick's injury doesn't impact his draft status, but his size does

    - A list of the 50 greatest players in Nebraska football history

    - Tom Osborne isn't a fan of some fans' behavior in both Madison and Lincoln

    - Reviewing the halfway point in the Big Ten conference

    - Ahman Green checks in on the list of best Packers in franchise history

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    Tags: jared crick, ahman green, tom osborne

  15. 2011 Oct 12

    Husker Heartbeat 10/12: Pelini Demands Consistency, Jared Crick Update and Tom Osborne Addresses Boobirds

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Bo Pelini is looking for more consistency out of the entire team during the second half of the season

    - Marcel Jones battles back to regain his starting job despite injury-plagued seasons

    - Jared Crick gets a week to heal before returning against the Golden Gophers

    - Tom Osborne is disappointed with the booing that took place during OSU/Nebraska

    - Husker volleyballers hit the road for trips to Madison and Minneapolis

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    Tags: bo pelini, marcel jones, jared crick, tom osborne

  16. 2011 Oct 09

    TeamMates Tailgate Gala October 28th

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    Save the date on Friday, October 28, 2011 in LaVista, Nebraska for the TeamMates Tailgate Gala.

    Comedian Larry the Cable Guy and Omaha investor Warren Buffett will celebrate the mentors in their lives at the TeamMates Tailgate scheduled for Friday, October 28, 6-9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in LaVista.


    The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded in 1991 by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne. TeamMates is a school based, one-to-one mentoring program that matches adult volunteers from the community with students to provide support and encouragement. The goal of the program is to help youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. The TeamMates Mentoring Program serves more than 4,000 youth in 112 communities across Nebraska and Iowa.


    Entertainment: Appearances by Larry the Cable Guy, Warren Buffett and Mary Maxwell

    Honorary Chairs: Howard and Rhonda Hawks

    Event Chairs: Kris and Jessica Covi

    Online Auction: Register to bid online at www.proxibid.com/Teammates

    Questions: Please contact TeamMates Mentoring Program at 1-877-531-8326 or visit www.TeamMates.org

    For more information, contact: Suzanne Hince, Executive Director, TeamMates Mentoring Program, 402-323-6252 shince@teammates.org

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  17. 2011 Oct 06

    Statistically Speaking: Ohio State

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    Every week, Husker Locker is going to present some interesting numbers pertaining to that week’s game. What riddles and truths hide within the numbers? Let’s have a look:

    - 49: Miami (FL)’s rushing offense rank

    - 250: Number of rushing yards the Hurricanes had against OSU in a 24-6 Buckeye loss

    - 9: Nebraska’s rushing offense rank

    - 5.6: Average yardage per Nebraska run

    - 6-2: Bo Pelini's record following a loss

    - 4: Number of times Bo Pelini has had consecutive losses in a season

    - 7-8: Combined record of teams that Ohio State has defeated

    - 1: Number of games Ohio State has played away from home (Miami)

    - 17: Average number of points Ohio State has given up in both losses

    - 14: Number of times Ohio State quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller have been sacked in 2011

    - 6: Number of passes intercepted by Ohio State

    - 4: Number of passes intercepted by Ohio State during their two losses

    - 321,538: AD Tom Osborne’s salary

    - 10: Where Osborne’s salary ranks among Big Ten ADs

    - 836: Number of followers that pro-Taylor Martinez Twitter account @We_for_3 has gained since being created yesterday

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    Tags: ohio state, joe bauserman, braxton miller, tom osborne, taylor martinez, bo pelini

  18. 2011 Sep 29

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Fear and Rushing in Madison

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    By Brett Baker

    "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." - Edmund Burke

    Fear. Scanning the Nebraska football message boards this week, posters are wallowing in it. This seems strange since the team, their team, is undefeated, ranked in the top ten and led by a man that an entire state lobbied for not once, but twice. Yet fear has taken hold of Husker Nation in advance of Nebraska's first ever conference game as a member of the Big Ten, but why?

    To explore this question, I reached out to a handful of friends, die hard Husker fans all, to take their figurative temperature about Saturday's contest against Wisconsin. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of them admitted to having some concerns.

    "The last couple of nights, my usual 3 AM bout of 'what are you doing with your life?' sleeplessness has been preempted by nightmares set inside Camp Randall." says Todd Munson.

    His dread appears to be strictly a nocturnal affair. "By the time the sun starts to come up, my confidence begins to rise and when I finally stumble out of bed, I walk with a bit of swagger knowing that it's one day closer to the day the Badgers have to play Nebraska."

    This seems to be the norm with the men in my very unscientific survey. "(Last) Saturday, I was pretty much on the boat with the idea the game in Madison could be ugly. Then the week started. For some inexplicable reason, over the past couple of days, I have developed hope." Rory Zutavern says.

    One interviewee who asked to remain anonymous had a similar reaction. "After Wyoming, I was at first like, “Wow! We are not going to be ready,” but after I really thought about it, I think we are going to be ready."

    The ladies, on the other hand, have yet to get on board the hope float. "Nervous as hell, my friend. We're on shaky ground." Mikeena Thompson offers. Her concerns were echoed by Tricia Van Diest. "I'm cautiously optimistic. I haven't given up all hope, as it seems others have, but my prediction is a loss for my beloved Huskers."



    "Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering." - Yoda, The Phantom Menace

    The little green Jedi master was onto something. Remember what it was like to be a Husker fan in the 1990's? Every weekend was a name your score affair for the Big Red. They feared no team and the fan base adopted the same swagger.

    Then Tom Osborne retired. This clearly affected the psyche of most fans. He left for Washington D.C. and took that aura of invincibility with him. What confidence remained after Frank Solich's tenure was completely destroyed by the coach who shall not be named.

    This is where Yoda's words of wisdom come into play. While “fear” may not be the right word to describe fans’ feelings about the coach who shall not be named, it does speak to how they felt about what was happening to their storied program. Naturally, when their suspicions were proven over time, this fear did turn to anger.

    I won't belabor the point but there was plenty of hate and suffering in our great state in the fall of 2007. Since that time, the Huskers’ fortunes have changed. They are back among the nation’s best. They have regained much of what was lost, but even with all of the recent success, there is doubt. After all, 2007 wasn't that long ago. What's most evident this week isn't a fear of Wisconsin, but the fear of not measuring up, the fear of losing what has been gained and what is at stake.

    "While this game isn't necessarily on par with a championship game, it definitely has tones to be a historic game. First Big Ten game ever. First time at Camp Randall." says Aaron Palmer. Those things matter because fans recognize the significance. They also recognize what could happen to the team's reputation if the opportunity isn't seized.



    "Fear is the enemy of logic." - Frank Sinatra

    Ultimately, much of the worry may be overblown. "A lot of the dread heading into Madison has been media and message board driven. The players definitely aren't intimidated," says Munson. It's a thought shared by Stephen Brindley. "Pretty much everyone doubts the Huskers chances. I think that the Blackshirts will have a huge statement this weekend and shut down Russell Wilson."

    They aren't the only ones that are dismissive of the doom and gloom types. "In the Pelinis I trust! When you think Nebraska should have no shot, Bo and Carl dial up a defensive game plan that keeps the game close. If they do that again, I truly believe we have a shot in Badger land." says Steve Spriester.

    Maybe the worry and woe garner our attention because they are fairly out of place in the Big Red Nation. When pressed, most fans, like Derek Hernandez, can see a way to victory. "I think (Brett) Maher and our special teams will be the difference and we win a wild one 33-30. Then we'll have this conversation again two months later."

    Two months later?

    Oh yeah, the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis. Suddenly I'm worried again.

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    Tags: bo pelini, carl pelini, wisconsin, frank solich, tom osborne, russell wilson, brett maher

  19. 2011 Sep 02

    Husker Heartbeat 9/2: Pelini's Anxiety, Osborne Supports Reform and A Nebraska Legacy

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Bo Pelini is anxious to play an actual game to properly evaluate his 2011 squad

    - Nebraska vows to give their full attention to the Mocs

    - Husker AD Osborne supports scholarship reform

    - Linebacker Alonzo Whaley gets a reality check

    - True freshman offensive lineman Tyler Moore is on the fast track to starting

    - Former Husker Mike Minter's talented son is in Nebraska's backyard

    - Thousands of NU freshmen can't get football tickets

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    Tags: bo pelini, tom osborne, mike minter, tyler moore, alonzo whaley

  20. 2011 Jul 22

    Husker Heartbeat 7/22: Martinez Oustanding, Osborne Can Say "I Told You So" and Great NU Touchdowns

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Beck says Martinez has had an "oustanding summer"

    - Tom Osborne gets an "I told you so" moment

    - The Huskers have had some of the best touchdowns in college football history

    - The Stateman analyzes Nebraska

    - Nebraska football odds for 2011 (For entertainment purposes only)

    - Husker Athletic Fund Luncheons are coming

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    Tags: taylor martinez, tim beck, tom osborne

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