Pelini goes through the ESPN car wash

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini went through the ESPN "car wash" on Thursday in Bristol, CT. He made appearances with the other Big Ten coaches on various ESPN outlets. 

See his interview and check out behind the scenes photos shared on Twitter

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#Huskers Coach @BoPelini with @JeromeBettis36 backstage at @SportsCenter. #ESPNB1G — Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) July 31, 2014


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Nebraska starts at No. 22 in Coaches Poll

The Nebraska football team will begin the season at No. 22 in the Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday by USA Today. 

The Huskers, who finished 9-4 last year, received 228 points in the poll, 29 points behind No. 21 Kansas State and 53 points ahead of No. 23 North Carolina. That preseason ranking falls in line with where NU has finished recent seasons in the polls. Nebraska finished No. 24 in the final 2011 poll, No. 23 in the final 2012 poll and No. 25 in the final 2013 poll. 

Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams to be ranked in the preseason Top 25. Ohio State is No. 6, Mi...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 13 LeRoy Alexander

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

LeRoy Alexander  |  6-0  |  195  |  Sophomore  |  Safety

An unheralded recruit coming out of Toledo, Ohio, Alexander posted 34 tackles at safety last year, quickly becoming one of the top athletes on defense.

While he’ll compete for playing time with another top athlete, sophomore Nate Gerry, Alexander appeared stronger in pass coverage last year and no less willing to hit somebody in run support.

As excited as ma...

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Video: Ethan Wragge, Grant Gibbs on 'The Bottom Line'

Former Creighton players Ethan Wragge and Grant Gibbs joined “The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe on Wednesday to discuss their experiences as Bluejays, talk about their basketball futures, share roommate stories and much more. Check out all three segments, or read some key quotes below.

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On the biggest difference between coaches Dana Altman and Greg McDermott:

Wragge: “Coach Altman and Coach Mac are si...

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Baseball: Bolt to take Texas A&M assistant job

LINCOLN — Nebraska associate head coach Will Bolt is headed back to his home state after three years on staff at his alma mater.

The World-Herald confirmed Wednesday that Bolt has agreed to become the top assistant coach at Texas A&M. The hire is expected to be announced Thursday.

Perfect Game’s Kendall Rogers first reported the news.

Nebraska coach Darin Erstad released a statement Wednesday night, confirming Bolt’s departure from NU’s program.

“I appreciate everything Coach Bolt has done as a member of our coaching staff the past three seasons,” Erstad said ...

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Video: McDermott talks Team USA, NBA trades, foot injury

Chicago Bulls first-round pick and former Creighton star and Doug McDermott spoke to CSN Chicago on Tuesday, discussing his time working out at a Team USA mini-camp being held in Las Vegas and other topics.

"It's definitely a challenge, but it can only help a guy like me who's just getting his NBA career started," McDermott said in the video.

At one point this offseason, the Bulls were rumored to be looking at Minnesota's Kevin Love, a trade package that may have included McDermott.

On the trade rumors, McDermott told CSN that it's not something he gets too conce...

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In new video, Ameer Abdullah reiterates: 'Life is bigger than football'

"I'm Ameer Abdullah, and I play for Nebraska."

That's the final line from the Husker senior in a video posted to the Nebraska Athletics YouTube account Wednesday in which the I-back discusses a tough choice he faced following last season: Head to the NFL, or complete his degree and play one more season at NU?

"In order to fully understand my decision to return to Nebraska, you have to know who I am and where I come from," Abdullah said in the video, which features dramatic music and slo-mo highlights of the NU star. "To pursue that dream early would have been breaking ...

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7 Huskers on All-Big 12 NFL 'busts' list

Sports opinion website The Big Lead unveiled an All-NFL Big 12 "Bust" team Wednesday, and several former Huskers were featured prominently.

In all, seven Huskers were featured on the 27-player list. The (dis)honorees include: I-back Lawrence Phillips (1996), offensive tackle Toniu Fonoti (2002), defensive end Jason Peter (1998), linebacker Barrett Ruud (2005), cornerback Michael Booker (1997) and safeties Daniel Bullocks (2006) and Josh Bullocks (2005).

A near-Husker — QB Blaine Gabbert — was also on the list. Gabbert committed to NU, decommitted after Bill Callahan's firing,...

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Huskers' Gabe Miller helping develop future longsnappers

Nebraska's Gabe Miller had a perfect year of snapping as a true freshman.

But entering his second year with the Huskers, the 6-foot, 240-pound product of Mishawaka (Indiana) Penn High School is already thinking about the next wave of college longsnappers.

In a video on Indiana-based WSBT-TV's website, Miller is credited with helping build a long-snapping legacy at his alma mater.

Miller has taken Penn's Ben Makowski and Jake Hess under his wing, turning a barn Miller's parents own — which the players have nicknamed "the scholarship factory" — into a kind of specialty lo...

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Fantasy football: Early top 50 rankings

We are still four days from the start of preseason football and players have barely been in camp a week. Yet the fantasy football bug is already starting to bite, and owners have started preparing for their draft.

Most leagues will draft in mid-August, giving time to see how preseason position battles unfold. However, some battles are already won. That being said, here's an early look at the Top 50 fantasy players for this season.

The trend, much like the last few years, is grabbing running backs early. Ten of my top 13 players are running backs, with Peyton Manning, Calvin J...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 14 Maliek Collins

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Maliek Collins  |  6-2  |  300  |  Sophomore  |  Defensive tackle

Under the radar for most of his high school career, Collins is front and center now as he begins his sophomore season.

Athletic and strong enough for Bo Pelini to compare him to Glenn Dorsey, Collins has the flexibility to play nose tackle or defensive end, and his wrestling background allows him to play with good leverage and footwork.

If Collins s...

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B1G media days: Pelini says Armstrong's in typical growth process

While the Huskers were on spring break, taking a week off from practice, coach Bo Pelini said he took some time to review every single pass thrown by Nebraska's quarterbacks during the first half of workouts.

Pelini had a point to make.

According to Pelini, it's not uncommon for young quarterbacks to spend too much time surveying defenses, standing in the pocket for far too long as they wait for routes to open up. Such was the case for sophomore Tommy Armstrong, redshirt freshman Johnny Stanton and sophomore Ryker Fyfe.

So when the team returned from break, Pelini playe...

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B1G media days: Pelini says SEC dominance exaggerated by media

One surefire way for a reporter to receive a Bo Pelini death stare at Big Ten media days: ask a question implying that football in the SEC is far better than every other conference.

The Nebraska coach got a bit agitated at the topic last year. It happened again Tuesday morning.

The SEC has seven of the past eight national titles. It has led all conferences in NFL draft picks for eight years. It has six of the country’s 12 highest-paid coaches.

Pelini won’t dispute that.

“I’m not saying the SEC’s not a great conference,” he said.

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B1G media days: Bo Pelini on 'Veronica', alternate uniforms, seniors and more

CHICAGO — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini arrived a few minutes before 8 a.m. at his designated table for day two of the Big Ten media days. 

"Am I the first coach in here?" he asked Husker reporters already dutifully stationed around him. 

He was. After a few minutes of chitchat about the Cubs-Rockies baseball game the night before — Pelini is an avowed baseball fan — his session was underway. 

Two hours later, as Pelini was wrapping up, he insisted with a smile that his phrase "going Veronica" wasn't made up. He asked each reporter if they'd heard of the phrase before. That'...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 15 Imani Cross

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Imani Cross  |  6-1  |  230  |  Junior  |  Running back

Nebraska’s biggest back certainly wasn’t willing to step aside for younger backs Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor this spring, putting together his strongest spring camp and outperforming both youngsters.

Cross still excels inside the red zone and in short-yardage situations, and this spring he flashed more talent to pull away from defenders and change directions in t...

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Video: Nebraska's Kenny Bell on "The Bottom Line"

Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday during Big Ten media days.

Watch the full interview below:

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What should a Wisconsin-NU trophy look like? Readers weigh in

Nebraska and Wisconsin will unveil a rivalry trophy, perhaps this fall. Tom Shatel has the scoop in his column.

We asked for trophy design ideas and our Twitter users delivered. It received plenty of discussion Facebook as well. Here are some the best ideas:

.@OWHbigred No trophy. Loser forfeits the right to wear red jerseys or pants in conference games. — Zach Hunnicutt (@zjhunn) July 28, 2014


@zjhunn @OWHbigred #Huskers v Badgers rivalry trophy... "The Cheeseburger" sponsored by @OmahaSteaks — Chris Vasek (@ChrisVasek) July 28, 2014

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Video: Nebraska's Corey Cooper on "The Bottom Line"

Nebraska defensive back Corey Cooper joined Mike'l Sever at Big Ten media days in Chicago.

Watch the full interview here:

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B1G media days: Day one odds and ends

A final sampling of the sights and sounds at Big Ten Media Days on Monday:

>> Wisconsin really is committed to a quarterback competition, which could mean shelving two-year starter Joel Stave for Tanner McAvoy, who played safety last year.

"Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy will come in and split the reps,” UW coach Gary Andersen said. "Those first four practices when we're split, obviously one's going to be a 1 in the morning and one will be a 1 in the afternoon... It's going to be interesting to watch. It was a great, competitive battle in spring as even though Joel was ve...

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B1G media days: Devin Gardner's bad rap

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner amassed 3,443 total yards and 32 total touchdowns last year for the Wolverines.

That's better statistically than any year Chad Henne had at Michigan. Or Todd Collins. Or Tom Brady. Or Brian Griese. Or Jim Harbaugh. Or Elvis Grbac.

But those Michigan quarterbacks – most of them legends within the program – led teams that won big. Gardner's Michigan team went 7-6 in 2013. And he took a chunk of the heat for it, enough that some pundits suggested the fifth-year senior might lose his job to true sophomore Shane Morris, despite the fact that Morr...

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Video: Big Ten coaches speak at media days

Watch each football coach's appearance at Big Ten media days on Monday:

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B1G media days: James Franklin's 'Scream, Hug Em, Go Crazy' brand

James Franklin said he was like this as a kid. Loud. Excited. Emotional. Franklin doesn't add “hyper-aware,” but perhaps he was that, too, because he was particularly locked in during Big Ten Media Days sessions Monday, giving sharp, substantive answers to a variety of questions from reporters. 

“I'm emotional, passionate guy,” Franklin said on the second floor of the Hilton Chicago. “I think a lot of times people get into these roles – whether it's management, whether it's a CEO, whether it's a head coach, and they try to act 'like a head coach is supposed to act.' And I'm going t...

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6 Husker notes you may have missed from Big Ten media days

Big Ten media days is kind of like a firehose of information. Through the first day, we've heard from all 14 coaches, commissioner Jim Delany and had countless interviews with players, coaches and analysts in Chicago for the event.

Here are six of the Husker-related news items you may have missed:

>> Apparently Nebraska and Wisconsin are working on a rivalry trophy.

>> The Huskers' trip from Lincoln to Chicago was made in style, including a private jet and a tricked-out Mercedes.

>> NU I-back Ameer Abullah said at first he didn't track the Big Te...

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B1G media days: NU players approve of possible practice changes

CHICAGO – Nothing's set in stone yet. And not too many specifics have been revealed. But Bo Pelini mentioned Monday that he and the Nebraska coaches are looking at lessening the players' physical and mental workload this fall.

The Huskers in attendance at Big Ten media days have no problem with that.

“We struggled with injuries last season. I think he took that into account,” safety Corey Cooper said. “His goal is to keep guys healthy and make sure we're just as strong in November as we are in August.”

And there's a mental aspect involved, too. They have team meetings, ...

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Shoulder injury had NU's Kenny Bell feeling 'terrible' in late 2013

In one of Kenny Bell's various appearance at Big Ten media day on Monday, the Husker receiver talked about injuries, his advice for Ameer Abdullah and more.

Check out the video and read the highlights below:

On advice for Ameer Abdullah, who is delivering a keynote speech at the event Tuesday:

"I've never given a speech like that," said Bell, laughing and shrugging. "I just said good luck. I couldn't give him any advice."

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B1G media days: Boss Jim Delany takes the stage

CHICAGO -- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is an unabashed fan of his league and lofty decrees. He's the last of the Power 5 commissioners to give his state of the union address to reporters, and his language is considerably more measured than some of his colleagues. Highlights from Delany's opening remarks and Q&A session with reporters:

>>Delany expects a NCAA proposal to give Power 5 conferences more autonomy to govern themselves will pass on Aug. 7.  

>>Does "cheating pay," as Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby suggested? Delany wouldn't bite, but he did call...

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B1G media days: Bo Pelini wants more efficiency

CHICAGO – The buzz word of Bo Pelini's chat with the press at Big Ten Media Days: Efficiency.

More efficient on offense. More efficient with turnovers. And more efficient in practice. Pelini told reporters he's considering changes to the way the Huskers practice after doing “research” in the offseason.

“I'm leaning toward staying with the practice on Sunday with Monday off and we're strongly considering flipping Thursday and Friday for a lot of different reasons,” Pelini said.

Nebraska may shorten the amount of time the players are on the practice field, as well.


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They said it: A full transcript of Bo Pelini's Big Ten media day address

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini addressed the media Monday afternoon and then took part in a Q&A session at Big Ten media days.

Check out the entire transcript below, covering topics including Ameer Abdullah, Randy Gregory, recruiting, offseason work, and, of course, his cat.

Also, check out Lee Barfknecht's column on Abdullah and track live updates here.

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The complete transcript:

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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini at Big Ten media days

Watch Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's address and Q&A session during Monday's Big Ten media day event:

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Abdullah, Gregory among 10 B1G players to watch

Nebraska football standouts Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory were named to the Big Ten preseason players to watch list Monday. The 10-player list, selected by a media panel, features five student-athletes each from the East and West divisions.

Abdullah earned first-team All-Big Ten honors when he rushed for 1,690 yards in 2013, the most of any player returning for 2014. Abdullah owns 2,977 career rushing yards to rank third among active returning players in career rushing yards, and he leads all active players with 4,914 career all-purpose yards.

Gregory became one of the Big...

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