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Mad Chatter: Husker recruiting struggles in Omaha, Tim Miles' B1G schedule, Royals' chase for 100

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover Tim Miles and Bill Snyder, Darryl Dawkins and Serena Williams, that wacky, unpredictable sport they call baseball and much more.

But first, Kirk Ferentz strikes again.

>> This morning, Omaha South standout Noah Fant committed to Iowa, which is a nice program close to home. But it's not exactly Oregon or Alabama. Fant's commitment claws at an old wound. 

In August 2012, I wrote a long examination of Nebraska's recruiting slump in Omaha. Here's an excerpt:

For decades, a recruiting pipelin...

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Husker recruiting target Noah Fant commits to Iowa; Hawkeyes 'showed me the most interest'

Omaha South tight end/defensive end Noah Fant's scholarship offers have had a domino effect. On March 4, Fant was offered a scholarship by Wyoming. That same day, Nebraska coach Mike Riley called to extend an offer. Soon, the prospective schools started piling up.

Iowa. Vanderbilt. Cal. UCLA. Even Notre Dame and Oregon were showing interest. On Friday, Fant made his decision: the University of Iowa.

"They're the school that showed me the most interest," Fant said.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect announced his choice early Friday on 1620 AM's "Sharp and Benning in the M...

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'Defining moment' for Texas Tech: Not hiring Tom Osborne

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is revisiting some of the defining moment's in Texas Tech football history. One of the features was on this question: What if Texas Tech had hired Tom Osborne when it had the chance?

It's an interesting question. Osborne, then an assistant at Nebraska under Bob Devaney, went in to interview for the Red Raiders' open head coaching position in 1969. 

Ultimately, Texas Tech chose Jim Carlen, who had head coaching experience at West Virginia. Osborne remained at Nebraska, where he took over for Devaney four seasons later. You probably know the rest. ...

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Women's Basketball: NU's Big Ten schedule features brutal January slate

The Big Ten announced the 2015-2016 women's conference schedule on Thursday, and Nebraska will face one of its toughest months in recent memory in January.

The Huskers will play nine of their 18 league games in the month, and six of them will be on the road, including games at Maryland, Northwestern and Rutgers, all of whom made the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Two more of the January road games are against Purdue and Penn State, traditional Big Ten powers that had down years last season.

Because of the glut of early road games, Nebraska will play its final three Big Ten games — aga...

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Practice report Aug. 27: Huskers take day off from contact

The Huskers were originally scheduled to practice Thursday. They reported to the facility and went through meetings. But coach Mike Riley decided not to have them suit up for on-field work.

According to defensive coordinator Mark Banker, the NU players deserved the break — which will help them get refreshed mentally and will also allow for strains, pulls and bruises to heal a bit as they inch closer to the Sept. 5 opener.

"Coach Riley felt that guys have done everything we've asked them to do," Banker said. "They've been working hard."

Below are a few other notes from B...

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa dives into the Huskers' nonconference schedule

How will the Huskers fare against BYU? South Alabama? Southern Miss? Miami? 

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to break down Nebraska's early football schedule, including a tough season-opener against BYU, and a potentially key battle with the Hurricanes. 

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Video: CBS Minnesota features Husker commit JD Spielman

Nebraska football commit JD Spielman, the son of Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, was featured on the WCCO news broadcast on Wednesday.

A three-star recruit, Spielman became the first receiver in Nebraska's 2016 class.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, also had offers from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa State.

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses Alex Gordon, the AP top 25 poll and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include Alex Gordon, Steve Sarkisian, the AP top 25 poll, the Washington Redskins and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Actor John Beasley discusses his career, time playing football and more

Actor John Beasley, an Omaha native, joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his path to being an actor, projects he has worked on in the past and now, his time playing football, working with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and much more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Big Ten football talk and more with Lee Barfknecht

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include the FWAA 75th Anniversary All-America Team, his Minnesota pick to win the West, Ohio State, recent Rutgers football news, Nebraska Basketball's trip to Spain and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Video: Mike Riley, Jack Gangwish speak after Husker practice

Husker football coach Mike Riley and defensive end Jack Gangwish spoke to the media after Tuesday's practice.

Among other topics, Riley talked about injuries and true freshmen who will see the field this fall.

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Practice Report, Aug. 25: Riley talks injuries, true freshmen who will play

Coach Mike Riley let out a brief grunt when asked about tight end depth, which has grown thin after junior Trey Foster sprained his ankle in Monday's practice. Foster wore a boot on Tuesday and is listed as week-to-week.

"With Trey not in there, we were maybe just on the edge of 'Do we have enough depth or not?'" Riley told reporters after practice. "This is a little bit scary. Anything we might want to expand to with two tight ends in the game is hard to do."

In Foster's absence, juniors Cethan Carter and Sam Cotton, plus senior David Sutton, are the primary tight ends. Fres...

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TBL: Iowa Western football preview with coach Scott Strohmeier

Iowa Western football coach Scott Strohmeier joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the upcoming season, the program's rise in dominance and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Sam McKewon dissects the Huskers' personnel

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined “The Bottom Line” on Tuesday to break down the Huskers’ personnel on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. 

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Video: Tommy Armstrong, Danny Langsdorf, Jamal Turner, Jerald Foster speak after Husker practice

Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, wide receiver Jamal Turner and offensive lineman Jerald Foster spoke to the media after Monday's practice.

Among other topics, Langsdorf talked about seeing improvement from the Huskers running the ball.

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Aug. 23

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? We've got you covered.

Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of training camp and preseason shots.

Updates this week include Ndamukong Suh, Kenny Bell and more.

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Huskers fail to make Top 25 in AP's preseason football poll

The Nebraska football team was unranked in AP's preseason football poll after falling short of the Top 25 in the rankings released Sunday.

The Huskers did receive six votes, placing them 34th among vote-getters. NU had tied for 32nd in the coaches' preseason poll.

Ohio State was the uanimous No. 1 team in the AP poll, leading the three Big Ten teams that were ranked. Michigan State was fifth, while Wisconsin came in at No. 20.

The Big 12 landed two teams in the Top 5, with TCU ranked second and Baylor fourth. Alabama rounded out the Top 5, finishing at No. 3.

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