Mad Chatter: The fragile state of Husker football; Will Eichorst succeed Alvarez at UW?; a Royal problem

It’s Friday. That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover the falling Royals and surging Cubs, Jordan Stevenson’s redshirt and Nebraska’s paper-thin defensive front, Steve Sarkisian’s job security and Bill Snyder's hand-written note, Phil Mickelson, Shawn Eichorst and more.

But first, the fragile state of Husker football. 

Here’s an experiment for you: Take 135 of the most testosterone-fueled college kids you can find, force them to commit hundreds of hours to a common goal, then — halfway through the journey — take the goal away from them. Tell them that all th...

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Shatel: Why Nebraska needs Tom Osborne now more than ever

There’s a new definition of a great speaker. It’s called a “No Cell Phones” speaker.

That could be the new description of a speaker so good, so compelling, that nobody in the place had their phones out.

That was Tom Osborne on Thursday morning, at the Big Red Today Breakfast at Anthony’s.

The ballroom was packed, over 300 strong. They were young, old, medium. From Big 8 to Big Ten.

Osborne hasn’t been head coach since 1997. Hasn’t been athletic director in two years. Has faded from the spotlight, as Nebraska moves forward.

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TBL's Cup of Joe: Five keys for Nebraska vs. Wisconsin

Former Husker quarterback and graduate assistant Joe Ganz gave his five keys for Nebraska to get the victory against Wisconsin on Saturday during his weekly "Cup of Joe" segment.

Replay the video below, plus listen live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Ganz and host Mike'l Severe also broke down the matchups in their "Big Board" segment.

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TBL: Tony Boone previews UNO's hockey opener

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to preview UNO's hockey opener.

Boone talked about touring the new Baxter Arena, UNO's matchup with Minnesota State — and a bit of boxing news.

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TBL: Rich Kaipust breaks down Huskers' matchup with Wisconsin

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz to discuss Nebraska's injuries, the defensive line, what to expect out of their matchup with Wisconsin and more.

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Mike Riley No. 39 on list of highest-paid football coaches

In its annual data-dump and analysis of college football head coaching salaries, USA Today lists Nebraska head coach Mike Riley as the nation's 39th-highest-paid college football coach.

At $2.7 million — a number that's been known for some time — Riley ranks sixth in the Big Ten before bonuses. 

Ahead of Riley are Michigan's Jim Harbaugh ($7,004,000), Ohio State's Urban Meyer ($5,860,000), Penn State's James Franklin ($4,400,000), Iowa's Kirk Ferentz ($4,075,000) and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio ($3,671,520).

Riley's haul exceeds those of Minnesota's Jerry Kill ($2,50...

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Practice report, Oct. 8: Huskers still adjusting to new staff's philosophies

First-year Nebraska coach Mike Riley mentioned 10 months ago that building trust with players through a staff transition would be a process. And it's not over yet.

The Huskers are 2-3, frustrated with the start of the season and now susceptible to human-nature urges to doubt schematic and cultural changes instituted by coaches that they're still getting to know.

This isn't something Riley said occupies his focus on a day-to-day basis. But he said the fact that players have loyalties, bonds and connections to coaches who are no longer at Nebraska has always shaped his approach...

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Huskers planning to burn Jordan Stevenson's redshirt

True freshman Jordan Stevenson's ready to play. And Nebraska's coaches are willing to let him give it a shot.

Stevenson, the highly regarded freshman running back who joined Nebraska's program, will likely burn his redshirt Saturday after sitting the first five games of his career.

It's unclear what exactly Stevenson's role will be against Wisconsin. He'll be in the mix to return kickoffs — but coach Mike Riley wouldn't confirm if he'll indeed be Nebraska's primarily option there. He's still on the scout team — and learning the offensive system is "going to take some time," R...

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Nebraska's depleted defensive line takes another hit

The Huskers will be without yet another member of their defensive line rotation for Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun had an arthroscopic surgery procedure done on his right knee this week. He won't play against Wisconsin. He may not be available against Minnesota.

Nebraska knew going into the week that defensive tackles Kevin Maurice (foot) and Kevin Williams (hand) wouldn't play Saturday. Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine did return to practice this week and NU's coaches are hopeful that he'll play against Wisconsin afte...

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa previews NU-Wisconsin, talks running back rotation and more

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to talk about the Huskers' running back rotation, the team's mindset offensively and defensively, what to expect against Wisconsin on Saturday and more. 

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TBL: Former Husker Harry Grimminger, previewing Wisconsin, Dirk Chatelain

Wednesday's episode of "The Bottom Line" was packed with Husker football talk, including interviews with former Husker All-American Harry Grimminger, co-host Joe Ganz's Wisconsin preview plus a discussion with the voice of the Badgers, Matt Lepay. Also, staff writer Dirk Chatelain chimed in on the Huskers-Badgers matchup, NU's clock management issues and more.

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Here's a collection of videos from Wednesda...

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The Big Ten Preview Show: Can Iowa and Northwestern continue their surge?

In this week's edition of "The Big  Ten Preview Show," Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa tackle the latest news from around the conference.

In the Oct. 7 show, Lee and Jon discuss how Ohio State and Michigan State are the leaders in Big Ten football, but two surprise teams from the West division have made a major impression. Can Northwestern and Iowa continue their surge?

That discussion, and an examination of which teams might be out of it after this weekend, headline the show.

For more coverage, check out our Big Ten page and follow Lee on Twitter.

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Practice report, Oct. 5: Banker says Valentine return would be 'great gain' for defense

Nebraska will be hopeful for a Vincent Valentine return this week, but also ready to improvise if the defensive tackle isn’t able to practice or prepare for Wisconsin.

Valentine is recovering from a high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the Huskers’ last three games. NU also is now down Kevin Williams and Kevin Maurice at defensive tackle due to injury, after those two had replaced Valentine.

“I’m not going to worry, because worrying won’t do me any good, or our team,” NU defensive coordinator Mark Banker said Monday.

Valentine was suited up for Monday’s practice t...

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They said it: Nebraska coach Mike Riley, QB Tommy Armstrong and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst

On Monday, Nebraska coach Mike Riley and Husker players, including QB Tommy Armstrong, addressed the media on Monday.

Additionally, Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst also addressed the media on Monday.

See the transcripts below.

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Nebraska coach Mike Riley

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TBL: Husker recruiting report with Nate Clouse

Husker Online's Nate Clouse joined Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" on Monday.

Topics discussed the impact of Nebraska's loss to Illinois in recruiting, the future of the I-back depth chart, recruiting visits for the Wisconsin game, his visit to watch Nebraska QB commit Patrick O'Brien and more.

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