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    by Published on 05-11-2014 12:49 PM     Number of Views: 2897 
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    It’s one of my favorite Sports Illustrated covers. The date: November 20, 1978. “Nebraska bursts Oklahoma’s bubble” shouts a bold teaser under the SI masthead. “Rick Berns shreds the Sooners” comes a secondary thought.

    Berns, a tall lanky I-back from Wichita Falls, Texas, shared backfield duties with Isaiah (I.M.) Hipp and both were key contributors to 1970s-style Husker football navigated by coach Tom Osborne.

    Recalling that SI cover brings back memories ...
    by Published on 04-23-2014 01:41 PM     Number of Views: 6537 
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    When I watched Nebraska roll over and get road graded by Wisconsin in the 2012 Big Ten Title Game, I knew there had to be a larger story. Even though we all know Nebraska's defense had a low floor, I expected at some point in the distant future, some player would tell of some dastardly event in the week before the game. Last Monday, PJ Smith ...
    by Published on 04-20-2014 02:18 PM  Number of Views: 6919 
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    What needs to happen before the Cornhusker football program regains national prominence? Last month, I discussed the primary need – the defense needs to regain its dynamic Blackshirt identity. But that’s not the only ingredient. ...
    by Published on 04-15-2014 10:20 AM     Number of Views: 5485 
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    I attended Nebraska's spring game with low enthusiasm on Saturday, and the on-field product matched my experience. Maybe it's because this Bo Pelini's seventh year here at Nebraska, with coordinators going into their fourth and third years, that it just feels like there wasn't a lot to see. ...
    by Published on 04-13-2014 12:06 AM     Number of Views: 839 
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    Nebraska held their annual spring Red-White scrimmage today. The highlight of the day happened before the game started. Head Coach Bo Pelini lead the team out for their traditional Tunnel Walk carrying a cat.

    Yes. A football coach with a reputation for being surly carried a cat onto the field in front of 61,000 fans. And then proceeded to hold it up in the air Lion King style.

    The video can be seen here.

    Here is the quick back story: There is a Bo Pelini parody account on Twitter (@fauxpelini) that is brilliant and hilarious. The avatar Faux Pelini uses is Bo's face Photoshopped onto a guy in a sweater holding a cat. Bo has used Twitter to respond to Faux, and their tweets usually center around the cat. So far in 2014, Bo has taken the cat on a
    by Published on 04-07-2014 10:31 PM  Number of Views: 6623 
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    It took a little while, but the report card is in. I've graded the members of the Nebraska football coaching staff on how well they coached their positions and developed their players. It is time to see who passed, who needs to consider summer school, and who should update their resume. Click here to see last year's grades.

    Methodology: Last year, my approach was rough. While I utilized the same criteria below, there was no hard and fast rule to how the grades were issued. Looking back, there are some grades that were tough for me to justify. So this year, I'll assign a letter grade (A through F) for each of my four factors and then give each coach an overall GPA (using the standard 4.0 scale).

    Here are the things I'm grading the coaches on:

    • On-field performance. Did the unit made the team better or were they a weakness? Did they live up to the hype or a big disappointment? Coordinators are also judged on the overall performance of their area.

    • Improvement. Did the position group play better in 2013 than in 2012? Better in November than September? Or did they take a step back?

    • Positional depth. How many players were in the mix for playing time? When injuries occurred, was there a noticeable drop off to the backup? I think this is a fair representation of "coaching up" the talent to a level where they can contribute and/or succeed on the field. If a starter playing at 60% health is still better than his backup, that says something about how the coach is getting his players ready to go. On the flip side, if a several guys are injured and the unit plays as well as (or better than) they have been, that reflects well on a coach. Obviously, things like injuries, suspensions, and protecting redshirts were considered, but recruiting busts do not. In my opinion, a good coach should be able to turn most lemons into lemonade - even if it takes a lot of squeezing.

    • My gut opinion. I was at every home game, ...
    by Published on 01-09-2014 09:53 AM     Number of Views: 3161 
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    The 2013 Nebraska Football Season was one of a lost promise. The Huskers went into the season with a fourth-year starting quarterback, four senior offensive lineman, and a schedule that didn't have Ohio State, Wisconsin, or an Indiana team waiting to be a disastrous match-up. With eight home games, ten wins seemed like a lock until Taylor Martinez and half the offensive line got hurt. Lack of injuries didn't get enough credit for Nebraska's success in 2012, but are getting a lot of mention for Nebraska's struggles this year.

    Which calls into question whether or not Bo Pelini and his staff did the best job considering the circumstances. 2013 looks like every other year Pelini's been here: Nebraska ...
    by Published on 01-07-2014 11:56 PM  Number of Views: 4669 
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    It has been said that bowl games originally served as vacation inspiration. Fans of teams in cold weather states should take a trip over the holidays to watch their beloved school play a game in some warm and sunny city (Pasadena, Miami, San Diego, Tempe, etc.). Along the way, the idea got all twisted and confused as decidedly non-exotic vacation destinations like Boise, Shreveport, and Detroit also got bowl games. But it is tough to argue with spending a week or two in sunny Florida - unless you're in Jacksonville during what appeared to be the rainy season.

    Despite the relatively poor weather, it appeared as if the Huskers had a good trip. Players were rewarded for a good (but not great) season, the seniors got one last chance to play with the "N" on their helmets, and most importantly, the team got an extra few weeks of practice that can only help their chances in 2014. Being able to beat a ranked team from the SEC? That is a just a cherry on top.

    There are some who say that bowl wins don't matter, but I disagree. This was a good win, for reasons we'll dig into below. Besides, it is good to return to the days when Nebraska was regularly beating the SEC in bowl games. Hopefully next time it will be as meaningful as the victories over LSU, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee that helped Nebraska win four of their five national championships.

    So what did we learn?

    Husker Nation's glass will be half full until the Red/White Scrimmage, if not August 30. There is nothing like a bowl win to raise the mood of the fan base and their opinion of the program - especially when that win is over a ranked team from the big, bad SEC. The Huskers' win ensures that the discussions around the team will be more positive than negative, which has a huge impact on the collective mood of the state.

    Don't believe me? Just think of the doom and gloom being proclaimed from the radio hosts, message boards, bloggers, and print media writers if Nebraska had blown that lead against Georgia. What would your opinion of Pelini and ...
    by Published on 01-01-2014 11:03 PM     Number of Views: 806 
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    Bulldogs Beaten by the Blackshirts, a Bomb and a Bigtime Bobble in the Bruised and Battered Bowl


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    by Published on 01-01-2014 06:11 PM     Number of Views: 9414 
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    As I write this recap, I'm at bit of loss as far as what to say. Not because Nebraska won when they should have lost-I have written that recap ad nauseam. It's that Nebraska won a competitive game under Bo Pelini by maximizing their opportunities and minimizing their errors and opponent's opportunities. For two years, Pelini's Huskers needed late game theatrics because of their ...
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