Mad Chatter: Royals are kings (at least for a week), Hawkeye expectations fall short, Big Ten talent gap

Let’s recap the past four days for the Kansas City Royals.

Saturday night: In the bottom of the 10th, with Paulo Orlando on second base and two outs, Alcides Escobar hits the weakest blooper possible to the right side. Somehow it falls for a hit. Orlando rolls around third and scores. Walk-off. Pandemonium at sold-out Kauffman Stadium. 

Sunday afternoon: The Royals score four in the first, then get seven productive innings (one run, six hits, no walks) from the combustible Yordano Ventura. Oh, and during the game, they land the prize of the trade market, the missing piece to ...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks Big Ten media days, the upcoming season and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain discussed Big Ten media days, some storylines to watch this college football season and more during his Wednesday segment on “The Bottom Line."

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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From the Archives: Erick Strickland's one-day stint with the Husker football team

Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne visited with The Bottom Line host Mike'l Severe on Wednesday and spoke about the Nebraska 100 list. Among the topics discussed included whether Osborne attempted to get Husker basketball player Erick Strickland, No. 18 on the list, to play for the football team.

"I knew about Erick and we wanted to get him to play football," Osborne said. "I remember after his senior year of basketball I talked to him and he had another year for football. I talked him into coming out for spring football — and he spent one day. At the end of the day he was ...

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Recruiting: Beatrice tight end Cameron Jurgens ranked in Top 100 for 2018

247 Sports on Wednesday released its initial Top 100 for the 2018 recruiting class — that's players starting their sophomore seasons in high school — and Beatrice tight end Cameron Jurgens landed at No. 46.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is one of the youngest players — and perhaps the youngest — to have a scholarship offer from Nebraska. Jurgens received that offer after a standout performance at Nebraska's Friday Night Lights event. 

Jurgens is also one of 15 prospects inside the Top 100 who lives in a Big Ten football state. Ohio and Maryland both have four prospects; New Jerse...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 21 Ryne Reeves

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Ryne Reeves

6-3  |  300  |  Senior  |  Center

We couldn’t firmly pick a starter between Reeves and Paul Thurston, so they’re both listed in the 20s. Reeves is a star-crossed guy who came to Nebraska with much fanfare. But he hasn’t stayed healthy, so he enters his senior season with a position battle on his hands.

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TBL Roundtable: Previewing Big Ten media days

"The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe was joined by staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon on Tuesday to talk about the upcoming Big Ten media days.

Topics included the conference's perception, players who are not going to Chicago but should be, television contracts, nonconference games to watch and more.

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

Let’s go back to your historic high school career at Alliance and the small court you practiced on at your ranch....

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Who is Nebraska's top Heisman candidate?

Here's an interesting question: Who is the most likely Heisman candidate on the Huskers' roster?

According to Athlon Sports, it's wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El, followed by defensive tackle Maliek Collins. The website ranked the 15 Big Ten players most likely to be a Heisman candidate. Pierson-El landed at No. 6 in the rankings and Collins was No. 15.

"Speaking of returning punts, Pierson-El might do it better than anyone in the country," the story says. "He's projected to play a larger role in Nebraska's offense in 2015, even though he scored from three different positi...

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Iowa proposes $130 million renovation to athletic facilities, including Kinnick Stadium revamp

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa is proposing a $35 million renovation to the north stands at Kinnick Stadium as part of a $130 million renovation proposal to the Board of Regents, the school announced on Tuesday.

The school athletic department will have a meeting with the Board of Regents via telephone next week, during which the athletic department will introduce its long-term vision for facilities and request permission to proceed with planning on three individual projects. Those projects include the north stadium renovation, the addition of a west-campus residence hall to bet...

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Recruiting: RB Jordan Stevenson reportedly visiting Miami; Alabama next?

Nebraska spent the weekend making its pitch to former Wisconsin signee Jordan Stevenson. Now the four-star running back will see what (at least) one more program has to offer.

Stevenson is set to begin a two-day visit at Miami, starting Tuesday and extending into Thursday, according to 247 Sports national analyst Ryan Bartow. He'll be on campus with his mom, Qy Ross.

Bartow reported that it's also possible Stevenson will visit Alabama before making his decision — though the coveted prospect previously told 247 Sports and Husker Online that he'd like to choose a new school by ...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 22 Sam Foltz

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Sam Foltz

6-1  |  200  |  Junior  |  Punter

But he’s just a punter! Isn’t this too high a spot for a guy who’s just a punter? Nope. Analytics now tells us how important field position can be, and since Nebraska coach Mike Riley thinks enough of special teams to hire a specific coordinator for it, Foltz, who put 26 of his 63 punts inside the 20-yard line last year and averaged 42.2 per boot, suddenly becomes a ...

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Preseason poll has Huskers second in the West; Buckeyes unanimous pick to win B1G

The Huskers and Badgers are picked to be the top two in the Big Ten West, but not in that order.

Wisconsin took 32 first-place votes in the Cleveland Plain Dealer's preseason writers poll released Monday morning, with the Huskers earning first-place honors from five voters. Minnesota, the only other top vote-getter in the West, received three votes.

Because the Big Ten discontinued the traditional preseason polls found in every other league, the Plain Dealer compiles the writers' poll. Writers also voted on preseason offensive and defensive players of the year.

The comp...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Nebraska 100, Big Ten Media Days and more

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel joined co-hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include the Nebraska 100 list, Big Ten Media Days, the Royals, the NFL 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: Ahman Green discusses his spot on the Nebraska 100, football memories and more

Former Nebraska and NFL star Ahman Green joined co-hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" on Monday.

Topics discussed include comic book movies, his spot on the Nebraska 100 list, memories from high school football, competing for his running back spot at Nebraska 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: Husker recruiting report with Mike Schaefer

247Sports' Mike Schaefer joined co-hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

They discussed running back target Jordan Stevenson and the latest Husker football recruiting news.

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Ryker Fyfe is planning to stick with Nebraska's football team

The father of Nebraska quarterback Ryker Fyfe said on Monday the junior from Grand Island plans to play football for the Huskers in the fall. 

Montie Fyfe told The World-Herald that while Ryker Fyfe has trained only intermittently with the program over the summer, his absence from some workouts are unrelated to his status on the football team. Coaches are aware of the situation, Montie Fyfe said, and Ryker plans on playing quarterback for NU in training camp. A Nebraska spokesman confirmed Fyfe remains on the team.

Ryker Fyfe was Nebraska's backup quarterback last season, ear...

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Bo Pelini's Penguins picked fourth in Missouri Valley poll

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The two teams that gave the Football Championship Subdivision a thrilling finish last season were tabbed Monday by Missouri Valley Football Conference followers to once again decide the league title — and maybe more.

A poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors gives four-time defending FCS champ North Dakota State a slight edge over the Illinois State Redbirds, who took the Bison down to the final seconds of January’s title game before falling 29-27. The two teams had tied for the conference crown.

NDSU earned 32 of a possible 40 first-...

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Former Husker kicker Mauro Bondi heading to Hawaii

Former Husker kicker Mauro Bondi will finish his college career as a Rainbow Warrior.

Bondi, a scholarship placekicker who announced earlier this month that he was choosing to forgo his final year of eligibility at NU, posted Monday on Instagram that he would play his final college season at the University of Hawaii.

"After some thought, I've decided to play my 5th and final year of football at the University of Hawaii," Bondi posted with a picture of Hawaii's football stadium.

Bondi, from Boca Raton, Florida, was a late addition to the 2011 recruiting class after Nebra...

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Husker athletics hires Dr. Todd Stull, first full-time psychiatrist, as Director of Sports Psychology

The Huskers have added Dr. Todd Stull to their full-time staff as Nebraska's Director of Sports Psychology, the university athletic department announced Monday in a press release.

Stull, who had previously worked as a consulting sport psychiatrist for the Huskers, becomes NU's first full-time sports psychiatrist. He will work with each of the Huskers' 24 varsity sports programs to implement programs designed to "maximize the performance and well-being of each of Nebraska's" student-athletes, according to the press release.

“I am excited that Dr. Stull will be working with Hus...

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Nebraska 100: Movie connections, hall of fames, national titles and more

The full 2015 edition of the Nebraska 100 is out. And fan voting is underway. But we aren't quite done with sharing information about our state's greatest athletes.

A lot of research went into the process of forming the list and here are some additional odds and ends that we found interesting.

You can watch a behind the scenes video or read Sports Editor Thad Livingston's column about the list.


We found a surprising number of movie-related ties to our Nebraska 100 athletes:

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 23 Jamal Turner

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Jamal Turner

6-1  |  190  |  Sr.  |  Wide receiver

Step one: Stay healthy. Step two: Ball out. If Turner does those things, Nebraska’s offense could be a lot better than folks expect.

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From the Archives: Huskers opened Glassford's tenure with win that didn't impress coach

Former Nebraska coach Bill Glassford, the NFL's oldest living player at 101, opened his Husker coaching career with a 33-6 win over South Dakota.

But don't assume the new coach was impressed by the win. 

"We are not far enough along to tackle a rugged schedule," Glassford said in an article in The World-Herald under the headline Husker Showing Leaves Coach Far From Happy. "Our blocking was ragged and our efforts to muster a sustained offensive at times failed miserably."

Glassford's analysis proved to be correct as Nebraska finished the season 4-5.

Here's some of ...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 24 Trai Mosley

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Trai Mosley

5-10  |  170  |  Freshman  |  Cornerback

Every major program in Texas was asleep at the wheel when Trai Mosley was entering his senior year. Now, the pure — albeit undersized — cover corner has a chance to make a major impact for the Huskers, who learned of Mosley when he attended one of their football camps.

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Video: Making of the Nebraska 100

The 2015 edition of the Nebraska 100 list is complete.

Nine new members, including No. 10 Jordan Larson-Burbach. Some changes from the 2005 list. How did The World-Herald get to this point?

Look at the process behind selecting Nebraska’s 100 greatest athletes.

Also, watch Sports Editor Thad Livingston's discussion about the Nebraska 100 with Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line."

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Recruiting: Nebraska will duel Alabama for running back Jordan Stevenson

Well, if you want to see if Nebraska can recruit with the biggest recruiting juggernaut in college football, here's Mike Riley's chance. Naturally, he'll face off against his alma mater. 

Jordan Stevenson, the Dallas South Oak Cliff running back who was denied admission to Wisconsin and is thus left scrambling for a school, had no shortage of suitors. According to 247 Sports he's down to two schools: Nebraska and Alabama. According to the 247 Sports article, Stevenson wants Nebraska. His mom, Qy Ross, prefers Alabama. 

A four-star prospect who was the No. 204 prospect out of ...

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Last week on TBL: NU hoops' all-time leading scorer, Creighton's Ronnie Harrell, Bud Crawford

Last week, "The Bottom Line" featured Nebraska basketball's all-time leading scorer, Creighton freshman Ronnie Harrell, world boxing champ Terence "Bud" Crawford and more.

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Dave Hoppen is the leading scorer in Husker men’s basketball history. He is also is a member of the Nebraska 100. Hoppen had an interesting choice coming out of Omaha Benson.

“When I went on my recruiting trip (to ...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 25 Marcus Newby

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Marcus Newby

6-1  |  235  |  Sophomore  |  Linebacker

If the gifted linebacker from Maryland wants a starting job, he has a clear path to one. Newby was supposed to be a third-down pass-rushing threat last year, but he wasn’t particularly, and he didn’t get on the field much as an actual linebacker.

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Mad Chatter: 20 years of Husker sound bites, Braxton Miller's position change, Brody's new batting cage

It's Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We'll cover Braxton Miller's (potential) position change and Steve Spurrier's rambling press conference, Greinke's streak and the Tigers' tough decision, Jurgen Klinsmann, Becky Hammon and a cancer survivor who gave back to his Nebraska hometown. But first, sound bites.

In the old days, sportswriters from across the Big Eight Conference hopped on an airplane (or bus) every summer and traveled to the schools. There wasn’t nearly as much media, of course.

Scribes from across the league stopped in Ames one day, Lincoln ...

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Recruiting: NU among potential options for former Wisconsin RB signee

Jordan Stevenson, a consensus four-star running back from Dallas, is looking for a new college after he was denied admission to Wisconsin this week.

Stevenson signed with the Badgers last spring, but he apparently failed to meet academic requirements (a not-so-uncommon fate lately, which former UW coach Gary Andersen referenced as he left Madison for Oregon State this past offseason).

So the 5-foot-9, 185-pound prospect — who Scout, Rivals and 247 Sports all included in their top 25 position rankings in the 2015 class — is a recruit again, fielding phone calls and pondering h...

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TBL: What went into the Nebraska 100 process?

World-Herald sports editor Thad Livingston sat down with Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about the process of developing the Nebraska 100.

The process began 10 years ago when the original list was released, and it was easier this time around, Livingston says. Though there were plenty of unique situations along the way. 

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