Barry Collier did it. Doc Sadler tried it. Now, Tim Miles is the latest Husker Hoops coach to poke a stick at Creighton basketball before he coaches a game.
I hope that's the last time Miles emulates Collier or Sadler.
Miles has a sharp sense of humor. Whatever his motivation by saying NU is “the only show in the state,” he succeeded in ruffling a bunch of Bluejay feathers.
I know of at least one Creighton alum who couldn't have liked that one: NU women's coach Connie Yori, whose hoops program actually wins and plays for conference championships and in the NCAA tournament.
Around gyms in eastern Nebraska, Eric Behrens' Omaha Central program gets more buzz than Husker Hoops.
Creightonians should relax. Laugh. You're above getting riled up by Nebraska basketball. The Jays are a top 20 program now, with an All-America kid and their sights set on the Sweet 16.
CU coaches and players are focused on trying to beat North Carolina in the NCAA tourney. They aren't thinking about Nebraska. They also know that the only time Husker Hoops is the show is when it's playing Creighton.
Maybe Miles can change that. It would be nice for a Nebraska coach to make the news by signing a big-time player. Or making the NCAA tournament.
>> The species that is the Iowa Hawk fan has always intrigued me. They have their own tolerance level and standards. I have a feeling we Saturday sociologists are going to learn more about the species this season. Anybody know how much coach Kirk Ferentz makes?
>> A reader asked if there was more pressure on Nebraska coach Bo Pelini to win the Big Ten this year — because the Big Ten stinks. That's a question Tom Osborne never got.
Interesting point. I think that there's pressure on Pelini to deliver the first league title since 1999 the longer it takes to win one. If there's any urgency, it's that window that Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke may shut in a couple of years.
>> Coach Bo handled questions about urgency and expectations well on Monday. Of course he wants to win. The issue this season is Nebraska's consistency. Can it do what a Pelini team has not done yet — stay focused and find a way to be the last team standing? That's the question only Pelini's team can answer.
>> What in the world is going on at Oklahoma? Something's missing there. Except pressure. Oklahoma City TV anchor and former Sooner quarterback Dean Blevins tweeted Monday night he doesn't remember seeing the natives this restless, other than losses to Texas or Oklahoma State.
>> Bill Snyder happened to OU. Sooner fans better give the man some due. I didn't think that the second act of Snyder at K-State could be better than the first, but it might.
>> I'm not allowed to tell you what I'm thinking about my Heisman vote in two months, but if I were to tell you, I would say I absolutely love this quarterback named Collin Klein at K-State. Klein and KSU will have a showdown to settle a lot of things at West Virginia in a few weeks. Then I'll tell you again where I would stand if I could tell you where I stood.
>> Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is going to teach his team a lesson after a sloppy win on Saturday by making players off limits to the media this week. Boy, I bet they're really upset about that.
>> “The Replacements” was a football movie. The “Replacement Refs” is a reality TV series that airs each Sunday and won “Best Comedy” on the Emmys Sunday night. Clete Blakeman, please report to work. Your country needs you.
>> Bobby Petrino and Sean Payton are the early leaders for “Coach of the Year” in college and pro football. Look what their former teams are without them.
>> The buzz in college hoops is that Doc Sadler has a great shot at replacing his chum Billy Gillispie at Texas Tech. That would be a great fit. Doc once recruited well as an assistant at Tech.
>> Kids say the darndest things. So does my 7-year-old Kate. Before Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium, she saw an ambulance parked out front and asked, “Is that Bo Pelini's ambulance?''
>> The Nighthawks are inching closer to something called a 2012 season. The club announced on Monday that tickets can be purchased for four home games at TD Ameritrade Park (yes, the stadium has been secured). Season tickets range from $35 to $150 and single-game tickets range from $10 to $40. That's what I call affordable. And low budget expectations.
>> Shameless plug: The second “Sports with Shatel” lunch series at the Omaha Press Club continues Tuesday, Oct. 2, with special guest Kevin Kugler of the Big Ten Network and Dial Global Sports (formerly Westwood One). For reservations, call the OPC at 402-345-8008.
>> Prediction: Rory McIlroy beats Tiger Woods in singles on Sunday, but the USA beats Europe by one to win the Ryder Cup at Medinah.
>> Shout Out: To Akoy Agau, the Omaha Central senior who committed to play basketball at Louisville. It's hard to disappoint the home folks, but it's harder to say no to Rick Pitino. Good luck, Akoy.
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