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Big Red Breakfast: Barrett Ruud says Huskers planning for Minnesota tight ends

Barrett Ruud said his final NFL game two years ago came against the New England Patriots, who at that time were terrorizing opponents with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

Gronkowski was out with an injury, but Hernandez caught eight passes that day.

"My last game was a like a nightmare-type," said Ruud, the former Husker linebacker who's now on NU's staff as a graduate manager.

So Ruud, speaking at the Big Red Breakfast on Friday morning, said he can completely relate to Nebraska's linebackers this week as they prepare for the tight ends on Minnesota's ro...

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa gives his takes on the Nebraska-Minnesota game

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined “The Bottom Line” on Thursday with host Mike’l Severe to discuss Nebraska’s upcoming game with Minnesota and more.

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Faux Pelini, Goldy Gopher bet on game, create greatest Big Ten trophy idea ever

Goldy Gopher, the mascot for Minnesota, tweeted at Faux Pelini on Thursday offering a wager on Saturday's game, when the Gophers travel to Lincoln to face the Huskers.

The tweet was simple yet intriguing, and Faux, the satirical account based on Husker coach Bo Pelini, of course fired back with his usual violent-but-funny retorts.

Here is the full conversation:

Hey @FauxPelini, how about a friendly wager for this weekend's game? Team that gets the most points gets a conference win? Seem fair? — Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 20, 2014

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Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah named Paul Hornung Award finalist

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award on Thursday, given to the most versatile player in college football.

The senior I-back ranks 10th nationally in rushing yards with 1,319 and has 17 rushing touchdowns this season. Abdullah, who also returns kickoffs, averages 178.6 all-purpose yards per game.

He is one of five finalists for the Hornung Award, joining running back B.J. Catalon of TCU, running back Marcus Murphy of Missouri, wide receiver Ty Montgomery of Stanford and linebacker/running back Shaq Thompson of Washington.

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Bo Pelini: 'I'm going to keep coaching the best I possibly can'

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini said on Sports Nightly that he won’t be satisfied “until we win ’em all,” but offered a matter-of-fact response Wednesday night to a caller questioning whether the Husker program was going in the right direction.

“If that isn’t the right direction, then you have a conversation with (NU Athletic Director) Shawn Eichorst and they’re free to go in another direction,” Pelini said.

“But until that happens, I’m going to keep coaching the best I possibly can and do everything I can for these kids, because that’s why I’m in this business. That’s what...

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Bo Pelini among highest-paid coaches in college football

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is the 24th-highest-paid coach in college football, according to salary data released by USA Today on Wednesday.

The Huskers, who rank 23rd in the latest College Football Playoff poll, have had Pelini as their head coach since 2008.

Pelini has an annual salary of $3,077,646 after the extension he received earlier this year. That puts him just behind Baylor's Art Briles ($3,135,146) and West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen ($3,080,000), and just ahead of Mississippi's Hugh Freeze ($3,018,000) and Louisville's Bobby Petrino ($3,000,000).

The Big Ten has...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks Husker football and college basketball

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss Nebraska football, college basketball and more.

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Former Creighton switch-pitcher Pat Venditte signs with A's

Former Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte signed with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, according to his agent.

Venditte is a switch-pitcher, meaning he pitches with both his left and right arms. He spent the first seven years of his professional career in the Yankees minor league system.

He signed a minor league contract with the A's, and it comes with an invitation to spring training. His agent announced the deal on Twitter:

Client @PatVenditte has signed a minor league deal w/an invitation to #mlb spring training with the @Athletics. @MiLB @mlb @Yankees — Marc Kligma...

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht talks Husker basketball, NU football and more

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined “The Bottom Line” with Mike’l Severe on Wednesday to talk Nebraska basketball, Husker football and the latest Big Ten news. 

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Former Huskers Will Shields, Roger Craig named Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former Husker offensive lineman Will Shields and running back Roger Craig were among 26 semifinalists named for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Shields, who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011, played for Nebraska from 1989 to 1992 and won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman as a senior.

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Shields in the third round of the 1993 NFL draft, and he played for the organization his entire career before retiring in 2006. Shields went to the Pro Bowl 12 times and was named to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2012.  Read more »

Huskers' Ameer Abdullah named semifinalist for Doak Walker Award

Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.

This marks the second straight season Abdullah has been a semifinalist for the award. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah ranks among the top 10 nationally in all-purpose yards per game (third), rushing touchdowns (fourth), scoring (seventh) and rushing yards per game (ninth).

Abdullah has rushed for more than 200 yards four times in 2014, tying a Nebraska school record. He has also produced a pair of games with better than...

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Mad Chatter: Do Bo Pelini's sideline tirades cause Husker meltdowns?

The timing doesn’t look good for Bo Pelini. 

Nebraska is thumping Wisconsin 17-3. Melvin Gordon dashes down the sideline 62 yards. Pelini spends at least 75 seconds on the sideline reaming Daniel Davie. The Badgers promptly score the next 49 points.

I wrote today about Nebraska’s penchant for sudden meltdowns. Several emailers pointed to the Davie situation. Here’s a sampling:

From Jerry: The odd thing to me is that Pelini can't seem to see the forest for the trees....... He can't figure out why the kids overthink plays and try not to lose instead of playing to win.  H...

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Practice update: Seven Huskers take off Blackshirts

In the wake of a 59-24 loss to Wisconsin — in which the Huskers gave up more than 500 rushing yards — seven Nebraska defenders chose to take off their Blackshirts in Tuesday's practice. 

That list includes five defensive linemen (Randy Gregory, Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine, Greg McMullen and Kevin Williams) and two defensive backs (Corey Cooper and Daniel Davie). 

The eight players still wearing their Blackshirts include four defensive backs (Josh Mitchell, Jonathan Rose, Nate Gerry, Josh Kalu and Byerson Cockrell) and three linebackers (Trevor Roach, Zaire Anderson and ...

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Video: Armstrong, Bell address media after Tuesday's practice

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong and wide receiver Kenny Bell talked with the media after Tuesday's practice.

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Women's basketball: Nebraska at Washington State

When: 10 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, Washington

TV: Pac-12 Network

Radio: 93.3 FM KFFF

WASHINGTON STATE (2-0)

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Practice report Nov. 18: Players, coaches decide who wears black

There used to be 15 Husker players wearing black practice jerseys. That number was trimmed to eight Tuesday.

Why weren't those seven other Nebraska defenders in black?

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said after practice Tuesday it was a collective decision between he and the unit. But he declined to elaborate any further.

"We ended up making the decision as a group, as I talked to the players (about) how we wanted to handle it and I prefer to keep that in house," Papuchis said.

The eight guys who remain Blackshirts are Josh Mitchell, Jonathan Rose, Nate Gerry,...

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TBL: Sam McKewon, Nov. 18

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined “The Bottom Line” on Tuesday to discuss the latest Husker football headlines, including the loss to Wisconsin and the upcoming game against Minnesota.

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They said it: Minnesota coach Jerry Kill talks Huskers

Check out the complete text of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill's portion on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday. Transcript provided by ASAP sports. See Rich Kaipust's breakdown of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's interview (with the full audio) here.

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Jerry Kill's opening statement: Well, we get ready to you know, kids are coming in today and go to work on Nebraska. We had a good team meeting on Sunday, and kind of reevaluated kind of where we were at the beginning of the year, where we wanted to be, what our mission statement was, et cetera. 

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Women's basketball: Huskers move up to No. 15 in coaches poll

The Nebraska women's basketball team on Tuesday moved up one spot in the coaches poll and now sit at No. 15.

The Huskers (2-0) beat Pepperdine 100-65 and Alcorn State 83-49 last week.

Michigan State (1-0) was the No. 15 team before narrowly beating Eastern Michigan 69-61 and falling to No. 17.

Other Big Ten teams in the coaches rankings are No. 8 Maryland, No. 18 Iowa and No. 24 Rutgers.

Stanford moved up to No. 1 in the poll after ending Connecticut's 47-game winning streak on Monday. UConn fell from No. 1 to No. 4.

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Big Ten teleconference: Bo Pelini says Gophers don't stray from identity

Nebraska won’t be waiting for Minnesota to stray at all from its game plan Saturday, because that’s something the Gophers generally don’t do.

It’s a big reason behind Minnesota sitting 7-3 and heading for a third straight bowl game under head coach Jerry Kill.

“I think they have an identity,” NU head coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference. “They know what they want to do. They stay committed to running the football. They don’t get discouraged out of running the football. And I think they do a good job with it.”

The Gophers rank sixth in the Big Ten i...

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TBL: Nebraska football recap with former Huskers Carriker, Kellogg

Former Huskers Adam Carriker and Ron Kellogg joined "The Bottom Line" Monday to break down Nebraska's loss to Wisconsin.

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Video: Carriker on TBL, Nov. 17

Video: Kellogg on TBL, Nov. 17

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TBL: ESPN's Adam Rittenberg talks Big Ten football

ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg joined "The Bottom Line" on Monday to talk Big Ten football with host Mike'l Severe.

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TBL: Tom Shatel joins Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line"

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel discussed Husker football and basketball and more on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Monday.

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Women’s basketball: Creighton at South Dakota State

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Frost Arena, Brookings, S.D.

Radio: 1180 AM KOIL

CREIGHTON (0-1)

F Alexis Akin-Otiko, 5-11, Sr., 6.0

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Recruiting: Kendall Bussey reaffirms commitment to Nebraska

Kendall Bussey is firmly back aboard the 2015 Nebraska recruiting train. 

After Bussey's dad, Kendall Bussey, Sr., said his son — a top 100 recruit according to Rivals — was considering an offer from Tennessee, the younger Bussey told Husker Online Monday he was done with the process. No more calls. No more visits. 

Bussey, who plays for New Orleans Isidore Newman, had an injury scare last week, but appears healthy enough to play in the Louisiana state playoffs.