Over the past year, Husker players reflected on these competing parenting styles, how they impacted the coaching transition and how comfort finally paved the way to progress. Players loved Bo Pelini because he nourished them with daily inspiration, direction and guidance. Mike Riley is playing a longer game.

Tom Osborne wanted to have Dan Alexander go out into the community with some Nebraska players as part of his recruiting visit, but made sure to warn Alexander about his companions for that service project. “He told me they were a little rough around the edges, a little crazy, but said, ‘I think you’ll have a good time,’ ” Alexander said.

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Football schedule

April 16: Red-White spring game
Sept. 3: Nebraska 43, Fresno State 10
Sept. 10: Nebraska 52, Wyoming 17
Sept. 17: Nebraska 35, Oregon 32
Sept. 24: Nebraska 24, Northwestern 13
Oct. 1: Nebraska 31, Illinois 16
Oct. 15: Nebraska 27, Indiana 22
Oct. 22: Nebraska 27, Purdue 14
Oct. 29: at Wisconsin, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Nov. 5: at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ABC)
Nov. 12: Minnesota, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Nov. 19: Maryland, TBA
Nov. 25: at Iowa, TBA
Big Ten championship game
Dec. 3 in Indianapolis


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