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A deep review of the 2012 Husker recruiting class

A winter home in the north after days in the wilderness. A lounge in the middle, a roaring fire, your favorite meal waiting in the kitchen just up a few stairs. The moment before you rise from a room-length sofa of your choosing, you glance outside at darkening skies and feel... comfort. Gladness, even. Let the world be punished with whatever hell the weather brings with its latest cold front. You've just built this house to gird against it. You couldn't feel more secure in it, and strife merely brings its strength into relief.

That's Nebraska football in February 2010. Chuffed. A ...

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CWS Sandlot at 15th and Dodge returning for another season

The CWS Sandlot is returning to 15th and Dodge Streets during the College World Series.

The sandlot is a mini baseball field open to the public for pickup games using plastic bats and balls. The field will be open June 5 to 11 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. barring special events. The schedule was expanded from four days last season to eight days this year.

The ballpark will be located at 15th and Dodge Streets and measures 90 feet to the foul poles with 45-foot base paths. No outside bats, balls or other equipment will be allowed in the CWS Sandlot and security will be present on si...

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht discusses Tim Miles contract and Big Ten scheduling

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about Tim Miles' contract extension, recruiting, Big Ten scheduling and more.

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TBL: Steven Pivovar talks CU baseball, CWS predictions and more

World-Herald staff writer Steve Pivovar joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about the Creighton baseball season, the Big Ten Conference, his picks to make the College World Series and more.

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks Ty Hansen, Nebraska baseball and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about his story on Fremont's Ty Hansen, the Nebraska baseball team, the NBA playoffs, the Nebraska 100 and more.

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Video: Mike Riley discusses player interviews, position concerns, recruiting and more

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley was in Omaha on Wednesday to address the Rotary Club. 

The meeting, held at Field Club, featured Riley talking about the final player interviews, his early years in coaching, position concerns, recruiting strategies and more.

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Notes: Husker Fan Day moved to evening; Abdullah blogs for OTAs; NU finances

Nebraska football Fan Day is moving from Friday afternoon to Wednesday evening.

The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Memorial Stadium. In recent years, Fan Day was held on Friday afternoons.

Fan Day traditionally is a chance for Husker fans to meet the players and coaches. There will likely be more details on this year's event in the coming weeks.

The Aug. 5 date is exactly one month before the Huskers kick off the season against BYU at Memorial Stadium. NU starts fall camp later that week.

In other news:

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Recruiting: Huskers offer 2016 prospect from Keyshawn Johnson's contingent

In a week where Nebraska got a commitment from a second quarterback prospect, there haven't been a ton of scholarship offers by the Huskers. But there was a notable one.

NU made at least three offers for 2016 — but the one that sticks out most is California defensive back Marquel Dismuke, who visited the Huskers along with Keyshawn Johnson's contingent in early March. Dismuke is committed to Cal, but Nebraska still made the offer and the defensive back seems open to other options.

The coming weeks will be big for the Huskers. June 5 and 12 Nebraska will host three-hour Friday...

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Husker women to face N.C. State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

For its latest game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Nebraska women's basketball got a home game against a team on the rise. 

The Huskers will host North Carolina State on Thursday, Dec. 3. The Wolfpack finished 18-15 last season in a rebuilding campaign. They return four starters from a team that advanced to the third round of the WNIT, including their top two scorers. 

 "We're excited about adding another quality opponent to our home schedule this season," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said in a press release. "We know that N.C. State is a great basketball school with outstan...

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Mad Chatter: Husker baseball's baffling statistic, Jack Sock's assault on Paris, a mile I won't forget

Whether you lose a baseball game 10-0 or 7-6, a loss is a loss. But there is value in studying run differential: the runs you score versus the runs you allow. It’s a good gauge for long-term success. 

If a team, for example, goes 3-3 for the week with three blowout wins and three narrow losses, there’s a good chance that team will do better next week. Over time, luck evens out.

So let’s look at run differential in Big Ten baseball 2015.

Illinois won the league. Run differential of +96.

Iowa finished second. Differential: +57.

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TBL: Sam McKewon talks Husker football recruiting, summer movies and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about Husker football recruiting, summer movies and more.

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TBL: Former Creighton star Anthony Tolliver talks NBA playoffs, Doug McDermott's future and more

Former Creighton Bluejay Anthony Tolliver joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the NBA playoffs, his upcoming camp, Doug McDermott's future and more.

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TBL: D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers talks NCAA baseball tournament, the Big Ten and more

Kendall Rodgers of D1Baseball.com joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the recently released NCAA baseball tournament field, the great year for the Big Ten and more.

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Jake Cotton is CFL-bound

Former Nebraska guard Jake Cotton will try to make it in the Canadian Football League. The Ottawa Redblacks announced Tuesday it had signed Cotton, who started for two seasons at NU, to its roster. The CFL starts playing regular season games in late June, with preseason games firing up in a few weeks. 

Cotton had signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Houston Texans but was waived May 10. 

A senior captain and an honorable-mention all-conference pick in 2014, Cotton started all 13 games at left guard and helped Nebraska to a Big Ten modern-era record of 784 yards of tota...

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Baseball: Five Big Ten teams make NCAA tournament

The much-improved Big Ten will be well-represented in the NCAA's 64-team postseason tournament. Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Indiana and Michigan are all in.

It's the first time EVER that the league's had more than three teams qualify for regionals in the same season.

Seven teams from both the ACC and SEC made the 2015 field. The Pac-12 had six.

No Nebraska. But that's not a surprise. The Huskers struggled down the stretch, losing 12 of their final 17 games. They had the nation's 12th-best RPI at the start of May, but that figure dropped to No. 46 by the season's final wee...

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Crawford throws out first pitch at Chasers game

WBO junior welterweight champ Terence 'Bud' Crawford threw out the first pitch at the Omaha Storm Chasers game Sunday.

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Last week on TBL: Praise of new Husker QB recruit, Ben Stille and more

Join host Mike'l Severe each weekday from 2 to 6 p.m. for "The Bottom Line." Here's a recap of some of the highlights from this week on the show.

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Greg Biggins, who covers California recruiting for Scout.com, said the Huskers found a good quarterback in Patrick O’Brien.

“I actually like him better than the guys USC and UCLA took as quarterbacks. You have this guy in your backyard, and...

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TBL: Tony Boone talks the latest Terence 'Bud' Crawford news

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about the latest Terence "Bud" Crawford news, including upcoming fights, where he deserves to land in the Nebraska 100 and more.

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TBL: Husker recruiting talk with national analyst Greg Biggins

Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about Nebraska quarterback commit Patrick O'Brien, Mike Riley and his coaching staff, the use of social media in recruiting and more.

Also Friday, Husker Online's Sean Callahan joined the show to talk about the Husker QB recruits, scholarship distribution, the coach staff and more.

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht talks Big Ten scheduling, possible future changes

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday from the Big Ten administrator's meeting near Chicago.

Topics discussed included Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his remaining contract, Big Ten scheduling, graduate transfers and more.

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain breaks down the NBA and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss David Letterman, the NBA playoffs, how the center position has changed in the NBA, and much more.

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TBL: Husker assistant baseball coach Ted Silva discusses Big Ten tournament

The Nebraska baseball team kicks off play in the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Illinois at Target Field in Minneapolis.

NU associate head coach Ted Silva joined "The Bottom Line" to discusses what the Huskers must do to be successful this weekend against the Illini, who beat the Huskers twice last weekend in Champaign. 

Other topics included the challenges with inclement weather this season, team conditioning, the pitching staff and more.

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Former Husker Randy Gregory signs with Dallas

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have signed former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, who was projected as a high draft pick but slid to near the end of the second round because of issues off the field.

Gregory is the highest Dallas pick to sign so far. The four-year rookie deal was announced Wednesday. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is worth $3.81 million with a $1.03 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory will have a chance to start as a rookie with free agent defensive end Greg Hardy suspended for the first 10 games because of his role i...

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Husker football team earns second straight honor for Academic Progress Rate

The Nebraska football team on Wednesday was recognized for its high achievement in Academic Progress Rate, meaning the program was in the top 10 percent among football programs nationally in academic success. 

There were 14 FBS teams recognized, with five of those coming from the Big Ten: Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers and Wisconsin. 

The APR is part of the NCAA's academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes. The APR looks at a team's academic success each semester and...

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