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Husker Dan

The author's columns published before spring of 2016 are archived here.

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    May 7, 2017
    , Husker Dan
    Help us salute the members of our armed services!
    Husker fans: If you like to play golf and would like to support our nation's veterans, troopers, wounded warriors and Gold Star Families, you don't want to miss Husker Fans Salute The Troops' Fourth Annual Golf Scramble.

    Husker Fans Salute The Troops is an all volunteer 501(3)(c) organization that each fall honors our nation's true heroes and their families with a special Husker football weekend. This year's celebration (Tenth Annual Celebration) will be the weekend of...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Apr 18, 2017
    , Husker Dan
    Husker Dan's Take on the Husker Spring Game
    Well, the 2017 Husker Spring Game is in the books. It was another step closer to fall camp and to the September 2nd season opener vs Arkansas State. There was a lot to like in the game, but many of the 78,312 red-clad Husker fans who were waiting to see the unveiling of Bob Diaco's 3-4 defense were left scratching their heads. Why? Because it was nowhere to be found. More about that later.

    On with my take on the game.

    As I just mentioned, new Husker DC...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Apr 12, 2017
    , Husker Dan
    Four things Nebraska needs to develop between now and Sept. 2
    Dress rehearsal
    "The final practice of a play, opera etc., using all the clothes, objects that will be used for the actual performance."
    --Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

    New Husker Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco said at Tuesday's press conference that Saturday's spring game won't be an audition for his new 3-4 defense. He said it would be more like a dress rehearsal.

    But according to the above definition, the spring game will be anything but a dress...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Mar 29, 2017
    , Husker Dan
    Mark this April event on your calendar
    Nebraska football fans looking for a football fix to tide them over until fall camp and Sept. 2 when the season begins need to mark another April Husker event on their calendars.

    Yes, the Husker Spring Game is coming up in Lincoln on April 15, but there is another Husker football event two days before that.

    What is it, you ask?

    It's a one-of-a-kind roast featuring legendary former Husker defensive coordinator Charlie McBride. For all you little whippersnappers who might be too young to...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Jan 24, 2017
    , Husker Dan
    The Huskers get a new defensive coordinator
    "You've to crack a few eggs to make an omelet."
    -- Proverb

    The Husker "D" will be playing (or trying to play) "Bobby Ball" this fall. Why? Because Bob Diaco, the newly hired Husker Defensive Coordinator, replaces longtime Mike Riley friend and assistant, Mark Banker. Diaco will install a 3-4 defensive scheme that will take the place of the Huskers' base 4-3 defense.

    Back to Banker in a second.


  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Dec 21, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    A look at the Music City Bowl and NU's chances
    Okay, Husker fans. It is bowl time for the Big Red. And this year, unlike last year, the Huskers didn't have to back into a bowl game. Nope. This year, the 9-3 Huskers get to play Tennessee in the Music City Bowl in beautiful Nashville, TN.

    Had the Huskers not been embarrassed at Iowa last month, Nebraska might be the team playing Florida in the Outback Bowl in sunny and warm Tampa, Florida instead of Iowa.

    The Huskers will be making their first visit to the Music City Bowl...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Nov 21, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Josh Banderas has helped the Huskers turn around the season
    Nebraska has made a huge turnaround from last year's disappointing 6-7 season that was filled with unique ways to lose football games. But since the embarrassing loss at Purdue last season, the Huskers have gone 11-3 with wins over Michigan State, UCLA, Oregon, Northwestern, Wyoming and Minnesota.

    Not great, but certainly not bad. One of the major reasons for the change has been the leadership of the Husker seniors.

    And Saturday's 28-7 win over Maryland was accomplished primarily by...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Nov 8, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    For now, the Huskers need to have a short memory

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Nov 2, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    How does NU stack up with another ranked team on the road?
    Double, double, toil and trouble
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    From Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    Witches and spells are the stuff that go well with the Halloween season. The above line from Macbeth, was said in unison by the three witches who prophesized that Macbeth would one day become king. And the Huskers now find themselves in the midst of their own "double trouble" with consecutive road games against two ranked opponents (last week at...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Oct 24, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Why not enjoy the moment?
    Don't look now, but the Huskers just got their 7th win of the season and are ranked 6th and 7th in the latest polls. (Last year at this time through 7 games, NU was 3-4. Anybody want to trade for that? I didn't think so.)


    A buddy of mine at the gym deadpanned this morning about Saturday's game with Purdue, "That's another disappointing win."

    Funny, but true. Last year, it was about disappointing losses and lots of them for the Huskers. I...