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Practice Report, March 30: Mike Riley talks Husker QBs

Nebraska coach Mike Riley watched the Huskers' final practice before spring break -- the eighth of 15 overall spring practices -- three times last week.

After Monday's two-hour workout -- the ninth of 15 practices -- Riley said he liked what he saw on tape from Husker quarterbacks. 

"It started to look pretty much like football," Riley said. "There was some good execution, crisp throws." 

Because of an injury, two -year starter Tommy Armstrong didn't work out that Friday. But redshirt freshman A.J. Bush did. Riley said he liked what he saw from Bush and another redshirt...

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NU's Walter Pitchford to forego his senior season but stay in school

LINCOLN – Nebraska forward Walter Pitchford announced Monday that he is giving up his final season of eligibility with the Husker basketball program. Pitchford will remain at Nebraska and finish his undergraduate degree in ethnic studies.

“I thank Coach Miles for giving me the opportunity when I transferred from Florida,” Pitchford said. “I have learned a lot about myself in the three years I’ve been at Nebraska and it is not an easy decision to give up playing basketball. I believe it is in the best interest of both the team and myself that I devote my time to completing my degree...

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TBL: Q&A UNO hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy

“The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe interviewed UNO hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy on Monday.

Topics discussed include the Mavericks trip to the Frozen Four, UNO hockey history and more.

Watch the full interview here, plus check out excerpts from the Q&A below.

Want more from the show? Visit Omaha.com/bottomline to catch "The Bottom Line" live from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus you can listen live or download clips and episodes with the TBL app for iPhone and Android. Follow @OWHbottomline and host @MikelSevere on Twitter, and don't forget to join the con...

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TBL: Voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe talks NU baseball, football

Greg Sharpe, the voice of the Huskers, joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include Nebraska baseball's weekend series with Texas and Nebraska spring football.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Tony Boone talks UNO hockey, the Frozen Four and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include UNO hockey, the NCAA tournament, the Frozen Four and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks UNO hockey, Husker baseball and more

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Monday.

Topics discussed include UNO hockey's Frozen Four trip, Husker baseball's surge, the men's basketball Final Four, Randy Gregory and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Heisman Tophy winner Johnny Rodgers talks Jet Award, NU coaching staff and more

Former Nebraska star Johnny Rodgers was in studio Monday to talk with host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line."

Topics discussed include the Jet Award and gala, coach Mike Riley and the new Husker football staff and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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New Nebraska football strength and conditioning video: 'We're a different breed — It's Nebraska, baby.'

Nebraska football's strength and conditioning program was a bit like Area 51 in recent years; it was never entirely clear to fans and media what the Huskers believed in or what the weight room culture was.

In short shrift, that's changed with new NU strength coach Mark Philipp, the subject of another Nebraska football promotional video. 

"I love the aspect of training people and putting together programs," Philipp said. "...I'm going to put tools in your toolbox in order to become a great athlete, so that transfers to the field for you to become a better football player."  Read more »

Baseball weekend recap: Starting rotation leading the way

Sophomore right-hander Derek Burkamper paused for a moment as he named off the pitches he used to keep the Texas lineup off-balance for more than eight innings Sunday.

The two-seam fastball. The change-up.

Umm...

Burkamper nodded his head. That's about it.

He mixed in the breaking ball a bit Sunday. But not much. He watched senior Kyle Kubat attack with basically the same approach in eight innings of scoreless ball Saturday — "he only threw maybe three curveballs all game," Burkamper said. Senior Chance Sinclair, too.

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Baseball: Huskers jump into Top 25 poll

After a sweep of then-No. 16 Texas, the Nebraska baseball team entered the D1baseball.com Top 25 poll Monday. 

The Huskers were slotted at No. 18 in the rankings, while the Longhorns fell to 24th. NU was ranked No. 23 in the D1baseball.com's preseason poll.

Nebraska (21-7) swept the three-game series in Lincoln with 3-1, 1-0 and 6-2 victories against Texas over the weekend. The Huskers also split a two-game home series with Cal State Fullerton last week, and are 18th in the RPI rankings according to WarrenNolan.com.

The Huskers are set for a pair of in-state battles thi...

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Former Husker Adam Carriker highlights last week on TBL

Join host Mike'l Severe each weekday from 2-6 p.m. for "The Bottom Line." Here's a recap of some of the highlights from this week on the show, including former Husker Adam Carriker and more.

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Former Husker Adam Carriker, trying to get back into the NFL after not playing for the last two years, talked about competing in last week’s veterans combine.

“Everybody was a little bit different. For example, with the 16 defensive linemen that were there, Jamaal Anderson and I were the most tenured guys who were there. ... When we’re working out, as I told you, I am locked i...

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Cold postpones Bluejays' series opener with Georgetown

Saturday’s cold weather forced the postponement of Creighton softball’s series opener against Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

Saturday’s doubleheader was moved to Sunday at noon. The teams will conclude the series at noon Monday.

The Bluejays are 14-6, including 1-2 in the Big East.

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NCAA Hockey Midwest Regional Capsules

No. 1 Minnesota State (29-7-3)

Coach: Mike Hastings

USCHO.com ranking: No. 1

How advanced: WCHA champion

Tournament appearances (last, record): 4 (2013, 0-3)

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Fox Sports analyst says Randy Gregory could drop to second round

Fox Sports college football analyst Joe Klatt says that Randy Gregory's failed drug test could drop him to the end of the first round or early in the second round.

He cites the failed test and a deep class of pass rushers as key reasons Gregory could fall.

Klatt sees a steeper drop than other analysts. Mel Kiper Jr. said Thursday that he still sees Gregory staying in the upper half of the first round. NFL.com's Gil Brandt said “in all probability is going to be a costly mistake.”

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Baseball: No. 16 Texas at Nebraska

Where: Haymarket Park

Radio: 1110 AM KFAB, Husker Sports Network

TV: NET (Friday) and BTN (Saturday)

Online stream: BTN Plus (subscription required)

Game One: 6:35 p.m. Friday

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update: 'Regime change' classes often catch fire late

The Big, Fat Recruiting Update knows this must be an exciting and tense time for you, recruitnik.

Nebraska offers are flying out the door on what seems like the daily. Exciting offers — the kind that new coaching staffs often seem to float. You're hearing whispers of a giant spring game visitor list, of NFL stars and their sons showing genuine interest in Nebraska's football program, of the kind of recruiting classes that Bo Pelini more or less guaranteed were too hard to get (except in 2013, when he more or less got one and was plenty happy to bring his coordinators up to the medi...

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Gil Brandt: Hard to predict Randy Gregory's fall, but it's likely 'going to be a costly mistake'

Gil Brandt said Thursday that different teams might look at Randy Gregory’s situation in different ways, but said the former Husker's positive test for marijuana at the NFL Combine “in all probability is going to be a costly mistake.”

The former Nebraska defensive end has been projected by most analysts to be among the first 10 picks when the NFL draft starts on April 30.

“It’s disappointing because I think that obviously this will hurt his draft status,” said Brandt, now a writer and broadcaster with the NFL and a former longtime NFL executive. “It’s disappointing when you k...

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TBL: Miami, BYU spring football previews

On Thursday, host Mike'l Severe discussed the spring football progress of Miami and BYU, teams Nebraska will face in the fall. 

First, the voice of the Hurricanes Joe Zagacki discusses Miami baseball and spring football.

Then, analyst Marc Lyons discusses BYU spring football.

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TBL: Husker football, baseball and more with Jon Nyatawa

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss Randy Gregory, the Husker baseball team, Nebraska spring practice and 2015 freshman guard Jalin Barnett.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Huskers, Big Ten and NCAA hoops with Lee Barfknecht

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about Omaha's success at hosting the NCAA basketball tournament, Nebraska football news, Big Ten headlines and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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