Mad Chatter: The Blackshirts' resurgence, Royals' starters, Big Ten nickname rankings

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Royals fans in cat costumes and burning World Series tickets, North Carolina’s diploma mill and the NFL’s unstoppable pass pattern. But first, evaluating Nebraska’s resurgent defense.

Total yardage has its faults as a measurement. Who cares how many yards you’re giving up if they don’t lead to points? Bend but don’t break, right?

So scoring offense/scoring defense is the best metric? Not exactly. College offenses move at such varying paces, it’s absurd to compare Oregon and Stanford. One is getting 16-18 pos...

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TBL: Rich Kaipust talks Husker football and Omaha Mammoths

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss the Omaha Mammoths and preview Nebraska's matchup with Rutgers.

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Video: Marlin Briscoe talks South O, playing Gale Sayers, his NFL career and more

Omaha native and former UNO quarterback Marlin Briscoe — the NFL's first black starting quarterback who went on to win two Super Bowl championships — joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Friday to discuss having a street named in his honor, being nominated for a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame and more. Watch the complete interview with "The Magician" below, plus scroll down for some key quotes from the Q&A session.

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Faux Pelini talks sellout streaks, color schemes, Big Ten nicknames and more

It's becoming a common theme this season — the local media for Husker opponents tracking down Twitter personality Faux Pelini for a Q&A. This week was, and @FauxPelini's answers don't disappoint. 

One of the best responses came when Faux was asked what a Cornhusker is — a question that led World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain to create his own rankings of the Big Ten mascots.

His answer: "Rutgers is the Scarlet Knights, which is somehow both specific and vague at the same time and therefore dumber than 'cornhusker' so shut it."

Faux went on to talk about ...

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From the Archives: 1970 Huskers post record victory in next step to championship

On this day 44 years ago, the Huskers took one more step toward their first national championship, beating Oklahoma State 65-31. According to the game story, it was NU's most productive scoring day since a 66-0 win over South Dakota in 1922.

The 96 combined points were even more of a rarity. That was the highest total since the 1917 Husker team beat Nebraska Wesleyan 100-0.

The rout on Oct. 24, 1970, featured two interception returns for touchdowns, plus a long punt return for a score by Johnny Rodgers.

Here's a snippet of the game story that day: 

There was no M...

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Big Red Breakfast: Papuchis expecting traditional Big Ten attack from Rutgers

The way Rutgers plays offense, you'd think the Scarlet Knights have been in the Big Ten since its inception.

That's John Papuchis' take anyway.

"They don't try to trick you," he said. "They try to hit you in the mouth."

The Nebraska defensive coordinator doesn't think Rutgers tries to incorporate too many complicated elements in their scheme (though it will mix and match its formations to keep NU off-balance). Mostly, the Knights beat teams by beating them up.

"They are exactly what you would think of in terms of the prototypical Big Ten-style offense," Papuchis s...

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Practice Report Oct. 23: Injury updates, OL rotation and Bo on Blackshirts

A late night at Northwestern last week becomes a brunch game at home against Rutgers this week. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Thursday his team put in a good week of practice — but needs to hit the ground running Saturday when the Huskers kick off at 11 a.m. against the Scarlet Knights.

“I told our guys: It's going to happen quick on Saturday morning, so we need to get our rest tonight and get ready to go,” Pelini said. “Make sure we're ready to meet the challenge.”

The only starting Husker who appears “out” for Saturday is tight end Cethan Carter. Defensive tackle Vincent Va...

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TBL: Tony Boone talks UNO basketball and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined Mike'l Severe on Thursday's "The Bottom Line" to talk UNO basketball and more.

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa talks Husker football, baseball

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World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to talk Nebraska football, the blackshirts, Husker fall baseball and more.

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Video: Greg McDermott, Bluejay players at Creighton media day

Watch video interviews from Creighton's basketball media day, including Q&A sessions with Creighton coach Greg McDermott and players Geoffrey Groselle, Cole Huff, Zach Hanson, Toby Hegner, Avery Dingman, Isaiah Zierden, Austin Chatman, James Milliken, Mo Watson and Will Artino. Videos courtesy of the Creighton Athletics YouTube channel.

Also, check out interviews with women's basketball coach Jim Flanery and junior guard Marissa Janning:

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Former Husker Alex Gordon named Gold Glove finalist

If defense truly does win championships, then former Husker Alex Gordon could be feeling extra special after this season.

The Kansas City left fielder was named a Gold Glove finalist on Thursday, one day after the Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 to knot up the World Series at a game apiece. 

The other left fielders up for the AL award are Michael Brantley of the Indians and Yoenis Cespedes, who started the season with the Athletics before being traded to the Red Sox.

Gordon already has three Gold Gloves, winning the award in 2011, '12 and '13, all after switchi...

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Mavericks named team of the week by College Hockey News

The University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey team is off to a 3-1 start, including a sweep this past weekend at Western Michigan.

The Mavericks beat the Broncos 5-2 on Friday after a 1-1 tie midway through the first period. They then shut out Western Michigan 3-0 on Saturday to vault to the top of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with a 2-0 record.

The early success has led to the Mavericks being named the College Hockey News team of the week.

Here's a snippet from the article:

"We were feeling good about the way we were playing," UNO captain Dominic Zombo...

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Oct. 22

In this week's episode of "The Big Ten Preview Show," The World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa take a look at the conference landscape and what it will take for the College Football Playoff committee to take it seriously.

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Also, see Lee's Wednesday appearance on "The Bottom Line" in which he discussed the weekend's Big Ten football matchups, Husker hoops recruiting and more:

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Video: Lee Barfknecht talks Husker recruiting, Big Ten running backs, NU vs. Rutgers

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe in studio on Wednesday to discuss Husker hoops, Big Ten football, Nebraska-Rutgers and more.

Watch the full video below, and scroll down for some key quotes from the interview:

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On the Huskers landing commit Isaiah Roby and what it means for NU:

"Nebraska basketball recruiting is really in a totally different real...

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Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah No. 7 in Heisman odds

Nebraska star I-back Ameer Abdullah's odds at winning the Heisman made a 20 percent jump after his four-touchdown performance against Northwestern on Saturday. 

The senior is listed at 20/1 by the betting site Bovada, bettering his 25/1 odds from last week's rankings. He was also listed at 20/1 two weeks ago after a loss to Michigan State. This week Abdullah is the seventh listed Heisman candidate, tied with three other players.

Abdullah ran for 146 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats as the Huskers rolled to a 38-17 victory. Against the Spartans, Abdullah was held...

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Poll: NBA GMs expect big things from Doug McDermott

In the 13th annual NBA GM survey,'s John Schuhmann anonymously asked the top decision-makers from across the league a variety of questions — NBA Finals predictions, projected MVP, the best players at each position and more.

Of note, former Creighton star Doug McDermott — now a forward with the Chicago Bulls — came up twice in the responses.

McDermott received votes in the category of "Which rookie will be the best player in five years?" — Milwaukee's Jabari Parker finished first in the voting with 35.7 percent.

The former Bluejay also finished second with 14.3 p...

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Video: Greg McDermott, Austin Chatman, Will Artino at Big East media day

Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott and players Austin Chatman and Will Artino represented the Bluejays at Big East media day on Wednesday in New York.

Check out their video interviews below, and stay tuned to (and @OWHjays on Twitter and Bluejays Today on Facebook) for complete coverage of the event.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bluejay men were voted ninth in the 10-team league's preseason poll.

Also, check out World-Herald staff Steven Pivovar's breakdown of Big East media day Wednesday on "The Bottom Line" with host Mike'l Severe.

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Husker D-end Randy Gregory named Lott Trophy quarterfinalist

Nebraska's Randy Gregory was one of 20 defensive players named as a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end has 28 tackles this season, including six for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. The junior also has an interception, forced a fumble, has two pass deflections and nine quarterback hurries.

The Lott Trophy is named in honor of former Southern Cal and NFL standout Ronnie Lott and is presented to the nation’s most impactful defensive player.

Gregory was named the Lott Trophy player of the week following his performance against Mia...

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Mad Chatter: A Royal setback; worthy Blackshirts; Creighton expectations

So here’s what I learned last night at Kauffman Stadium. The World Series isn’t that fun when the home team doesn’t show up. And the line between invincible and in trouble is one bad pitching outing. 

(Here’s my column from Game 1).

James Shields has tried to live up to his reputation the past month. It’s not working. It's a lot to ask the Royals to win this series if Shields is getting shelled.

Yordano Ventura gets the ball tonight for the first time in 11 days. Ned Yost said Ventura has looked “dynamite” in side sessions. 

We’ll see. The Royals can’t put it all ...

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Former Huskers Eric Crouch, Trev Alberts named to Hall of Fame ballot

Former Huskers Eric Crouch and Trev Alberts were among 87 players named to the ballot for College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Wednesday.

There are currently 16 Huskers in the Hall of Fame, with the latest inductee being Tommie Frazier, who entered in 2013.

Crouch won the 2001 Heisman, Walter Camp, and Davey O’Brien Awards while leading the Huskers to the 2001 national title game. He holds the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59), and started 38 games over four seasons for NU.

Alberts, now the athletic director at the University of N...

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From the Archives: 1994 Huskers top Missouri as focus shifts to No. 2 Colorado

On the 20-year anniversary of the 1994 Nebraska football team's national championship season, we're taking a look back at each of the Huskers' victories in that perfect 13-0 campaign.

The Huskers were 7-0. Missouri was 2-4. There wasn't a lot of hype heading into the teams' Oct. 22, 1994, matchup. And Nebraska showed why, beating the Tigers 42-7 behind solid performances from I-back Lawrence Phillips and quarterback Brook Berringer.

But the real story was that this game would serve as a warmup for the No. 3 Huskers, who would face off with No. 2 Colorado in a highly anticipat...

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The Blackshirts are back

After holding Northwestern to just 28 second-half yards in a 38-17 win, 16 Nebraska football players received Blackshirts on Tuesday.

>> Defensive line: Randy Gregory, Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine, Kevin Williams, Greg McMullen. 

>> Linebackers: Trevor Roach, David Santos, Zaire Anderson, Josh Banderas

>> Secondary: Josh Mitchell, Byerson Cockell, Daniel Davie, Jonathan Rose, Joshua Kalu, Corey Cooper, Nate Gerry. 

By class: 

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Photos: Chewbacca, Power Rangers, Pelini among costumes at Red-White baseball game

October baseball is a thing in Lincoln. The Huskers are holding game three of the fall Red-White series today at Haymarket Park, and coach Darin Erstad decided to let his NU players get a bit wacky, playing the scrimmage in a variety of costumes – including sci-fi movie icons, college sports coaches and cartoon characters.

Check out a variety of Twitter posts featuring photos of some of the best getups from the game, starting off with Erstad's announcement of the idea and his submitted lineup for the game:

@Huskers Costume game tomorrow at noon. Boys deserve it been working ...

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Huskers land 2016 small forward commitment

The Nebraska men's basketball team got a commitment Tuesday night for the 2016 class. Isaiah Roby, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound wing from Dixon, Illinois, tweeted a picture of himself with Husker coach Tim Miles.

Very happy to say I have committed to coach Miles and the University of Nebraska! #GBR #Nebrasketball #B1G — isaiah roby (@roby_isaiah) October 22, 2014


Miles also sent out a tweet earlier in the night, though NCAA rules prevent him from directly speaking about student-athletes before they sign letters of intent.

#GBR #Huskers ...

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Practice Report, Oct. 21: Blackshirts, Bando and Rutgers

Randy Gregory might be a projected first-round pick in 2015 NFL draft, but he'd never worn a Blackshirt before Tuesday. And the Nebraska defensive end wasn't sure he was ever going to, even when safety Nate Gerry said before practice he thought coaches would hand out the black jerseys used to signify the top defensive players on the team.

"I walked in the locker room and a I saw a white jersey and I thought, 'Well, they lied,' but then we go meetings and come back, and it's black jerseys," said Gregory, who never wore one despite being All-Big Ten last year, in part because the Hus...

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SI: Randy Gregory will go No. 2 in 2015 NFL draft; Abdullah 25th

Husker defensive end Randy Gregory was tabbed as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, according to the latest draft projections by

Gregory has been projected by many as an early first-round pick since he announced his plans to return to Nebraska after his sophomore season, when he started 10 of 13 games and recorded 66 tackles and 10.5 sacks while earning first team All-Big Ten honors.

SI lists Gregory behind top pick and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Sports Illustrated on Gregory:

"A minor knee injury slowed the start to Gregory's 2014. He s...

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Rutgers AD, a Nebraska native, looks forward to Lincoln trip

With the Scarlet Knights visiting Nebraska in their first season in the Big Ten, Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann — a Nebraska City native and former Husker volleyball player — is looking forward to the chance to get back to her home state.

"Mom still lives there and my brother is still there and all my nieces and nephews. There will be 20 from the Hermann clan coming to the game," Hermann told

A four-time letterwinner and former all-Big Eight selection with the Huskers, Hermann became Rutgers' first female athletic director in 2013 — just the third female AD a...

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Video: The Big Red Today Show, Oct. 21

In this week's episode of "The Big Red Today Show," Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa discuss the latest headlines about the Husker football team, Nebraska's 38-17 win at Northwestern and what lies ahead in this weekend's home matchup with Rutgers. Want even more Husker updates and analysis? Follow Sam and Jon on Twitter.

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Tickets made available for Nebraska-Rutgers game

Rutgers recently returned a limited number of tickets for Saturday’s football game at Memorial Stadium.

These tickets are located in the visiting team allotment and are available for purchase now.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Big Ten teleconference: Pelini knows what Rutgers is going through

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Nebraska three years ago was doing what Rutgers and Maryland are doing now, dipping its toe in the Big Ten for the first time and sometimes finding out about the league on the fly.

NU head coach Bo Pelini was asked about the challenges Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference as the Huskers prepare to play Rutgers on Saturday.

“It is a challenge for Rutgers, for Maryland,” he said. “It’s like you’re playi...

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