Video: Husker volleyball coach John Cook at weekly press conference

NU volleyball coach John Cook addressed the media Monday.

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Doug McDermott, Bulls open training camp with media day

Former Creighton star Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls opened training camp with media day on Monday, the same day that ESPN ranked McDermott No. 192 in the NBA. 

Heading into media day, the Chicago Sun-Times listed Dougie McBuckets as one of five non-Derrick Rose storylines for the Bulls.

“I’m really just trying to learn,” McDermott told Basketball Insiders about his expected role on the team this upcoming year. “There’s a lot of great veterans on this team I can learn from, and (Tom) Thibodeau is a great coach and has had great success in the past. I’ll just do whatever...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Husker football with Mike'l Severe

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel discusses Husker football, including Nebraska's win over Illinois, and more on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Monday.

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TBL: Nebraska football recap with former Huskers Carriker, Kellogg

Former Huskers Adam Carriker and Ron Kellogg joined "The Bottom Line" Monday to break down the Nebraska win over Illinois.

Video: Carriker talks about the defensive effort

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Video: Kellogg discusses the offense

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@FauxPelini has fun with broadcaster Chris Fowler and MSU punter Mike Sadler

Nebraska's favorite Twitter personality is at it again. @FauxPelini has two discussions worth sharing today.

The first is with broadcaster Chris Fowler. Fowler, host of ESPN's College GameDay, will broadcast Saturday's Nebraska-Michigan State game with Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox. Fowler reached out to Faux on Twitter Sunday night. Here's the conversation:

Looking forward to seeing your squad invade Sparta Saturday night. @FauxPelini — Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 29, 2014

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Press Conference Sept. 29: The Sparty Challenge

It's big-game week, as Nebraska travels to No. 10 Michigan State, hoping for its first 6-0 start under coach Bo Pelini, who didn't hesitate to express his respect for the Spartans' program, resurgent in recent years under coach Mark Dantonio. 

"I've known Coach Dantonio and some of the other guys on their staff for a long time and I think they do a heck of a job," Pelini said. "They do a good job. Do things the right way. Really Michigan State as a whole. I have a lot of respect for their AD and their whole athletic program." 

But there is desire underneath that, especially f...

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Mad Chatter: What happens if Nebraska wins, Mickelson v. Watson, Charlie Weis' payday

Let’s look ahead for a moment. Let’s imagine what Sunday morning looks like in the state of Nebraska if Big Red scores the upset in East Lansing.

-- The Huskers are in the Top 10 in the polls for the first time since 2011. Coming off the biggest college football weekend of the season, with so many high-profile match-ups, a major shakeup is inevitable. NU stands to gain major ground. 

-- If NU wins, then Ameer Abdullah certainly has a big game. 170 yards? 200? I think it’s possible Michigan State could do for Ameer what the 2009 Missouri game did for Ndamukong Suh. Abdullah, b...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Sept. 28

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of NFL action shots.

The Week 4 update includes Prince Amukamara and Lavonte David.

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TBL celebrity pickers are on target with NU-Illinois

Just like Nebraska, our expert pickers are unbeaten on the season, starting out 5-0. But, more importantly, four of the five picked Nebraska's score right on the nose.

Hail Varsity's Erin Sorensen nearly pulled off the perfect prediction this week. Nebraska beat Illinois 45-14 and Sorensen predicted 45-13. "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe, former Husker Adam Carriker and The World-Herald all correctly predicted Nebraska's score of 45.

Will they make it to 6-0? Nebraska faces the toughest competition yet in Michigan State next week.

See their predictions below and fo...

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ESPN report: Suh looking to leave Lions after season

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a former Husker, is reportedly looking to leave Detroit after this season when he becomes a free agent.

ESPN's Adam Schefter had the report Sunday:

Suh has told people in the past that he would love to play in New York, and the idea of it has huge appeal to him, league sources said. If he were to take his talents to New York, either to the Jets or Giants, Suh knows how much it would mean for his brand and his profile, and it is something that if he hits the free-agent market this winter, when his contract is up, he will explore.


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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 45, Illinois 14

World-Herald Sports Columnist Tom Shatel offers his quick takes on Nebraska's win over Illinois.

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Load up for East Lansing

My initial take on next week is it’s a game Nebraska can win, but the Michigan State team the Huskers will see is completely different than the team they beat there two years ago. Still, NU was in the game last year in Lincoln and hurt itself with mindless turnovers. Can’t have those next week. The defense will have to play its best game, especially the front four. MSU quarterback Connor Cook will try to exploit the linebackers. NU will have to...

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Video: Sam McKewon's Postgame Analysis of NU-Illinois

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon breaks down Nebraska's 45-14 win over Illinois. 

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Iowa offensive lineman picks Nebraska

Following Nebraska's win over Illinois, 2016 offensive line recruit John Raridon announced his commitment to Nebraska on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound, four-star guard is from West Des Moines Valley in Iowa.

After my 2016 season I will be attending the university of Nebraska. #ProudToBeaHusker — John Raridon (@hines_bittleman) September 28, 2014

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Nebraska ties, Sept. 27


Craig Bohl, Wyoming: The Cowboys (3-2) finished with 286 yards but lost the ball on two fumbles and an interception in a 56-14 loss to Michigan State.

Frank Solich, Ohio: A.J. Oullette rushed for 87 yards with two touchdowns and quarterback JD Sprague added a pair of rushing scores, lifting the Bobcats (3-2) to a 34-19 win over Eastern Illinois.

Turner Gill, Liberty: The Flames (3-2) turned the ball over four times to lose 38-19 to Indiana State.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: Alex Ross threw for 338 yards, including two touchdowns, and ran in a third to le...

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Huskers pick up commitment from 2016 offensive lineman

Just before kickoff against Illinois, Nebraska picked up a commitment for the 2016 class.

Offensive lineman Bryan Brokop of New Lenox Lincoln Way West in Illinois picked Nebraska during an unofficial visit.

"Bryan just gave Nebraska his verbal commitment," Lincoln-Way West head coach Dave Ernst told "We talked about it earlier this week and I had a feeling it was going to happen on his visit today."

Additionally Ernst said: "Nebraska was his first offer and Bryan is a real loyal kind of kid. I know that his Mom and Dad along with Bryan all felt that Nebraska...

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Game replay: Nebraska 45, Illinois 14

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 45-14 win over Illinois.

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Peculiar play

On Reilly O’Toole’s 58-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, he threw the ball to the wrong receiver. Seriously. O’Toole’s tight end was streaking down the middle of the field, uncovered. Instead, the quarterback threw into one-on-one coverage to the outside, where Geronimo Allison beat Josh Mitchell. O’Toole made a bad read, but a good throw.


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Mad Chatter: Abdullah's leadership; Jeter's farewell; Ryder Cup wake-up call

It’s Friday! That mean’s Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Bill Simmons and Ameer Abdullah and Jeter’s farewell. But first, 4:49 a.m. 

That’s what time I woke up this morning. I turned on my TV, pulled up the DVR and locked in on the Ryder Cup. 

And much to my surprise, the Americans rallied and won the four-ball session, 2-1/2 to 1-1/2. And then to even greater surprise, captain Tom Watson sat red-hot rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in the afternoon session. I’m a huge Watson fan, but my goodness, what was he thinking? 

Will he regret it? After Europe...

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Big Ten Quarterbacks: Explosiveness and Rating, Part 1

Last spring, We examined the explosiveness of Big Ten quarterbacks in 2013 — as measured by their yards per total attempt (all rush attempts — including sacks — plus pass attempts) and found Ohio State's Braxton Miller to be "the guy" in the league who did the most per play. 

Miller won't play this year because of a season-ending shoulder injury. So some other quarterback will be the league's most explosive. 

Through one month of play — every Big Ten team has played at least three games — we examine the numbers and put together some takeaways heading into full Big Ten play. <...

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Travel woes for Creighton soccer

The problems that shut down air traffic in Chicago on Friday impacted Creighton’s travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s match against Villanova.

The Bluejays were supposed to leave Omaha at around 10:30 Friday morning and arrive in Philadelphia at 4 p.m. but were forced to scramble when a fire at a air traffic center near Chicago shut down O’Hare and Midway airports.

The Creighton team eventually caught a flight for Atlanta, where it arrived around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Bluejays then flew to New York City, where they were expected to arrive around midnight.

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TBL: Rich Kaipust talks Huskers, Mammoths

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust joined "The Bottom Line" Friday to talk about the Omaha Mammoths and Husker football.

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Big Red Breakfast: Kaczenski says experienced OL will test NU

Nebraska's defensive linemen are quite familiar with the players who'll line up across from them Saturday. Four of Illinois' five first-teamers on the O-line started against NU last year.

That's presumably helped the Huskers form a scouting report. But it's somewhat concerning from a coaching standpoint -- just because the Illini can get creative with the manner in which they block the Huskers' talented D-line, according to defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski.

"They've got some big guys that have played a lot of football," Kaczenski said. "I like the match-ups, I like where w...

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Washington-NY game has Husker flavor

Thursday night's blowout win by the New York Giants over NFC East rival Washington had a Husker flavor. Seven former Nebraska players were represented in the game.

Kicker Josh Brown tweeted out a picture, below, with Roy Helu, Prince Amukamara, Will Compton, Brown, Zack Bowman and Spencer Long. Washington tight end Niles Paul was injured during the game and is not in the photo.

Of note, Helu had five catches for 78 yards and two carries for eight yards; Paul had three catches for 60 yards before being knocked out with a concussion; Brown made one field goal and six PATs; Amuk...

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Video: Coach Bo Pelini talks after practice Thursday

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini addressed the media on Thursday following practice. Watch what he had to say:

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Practice report Sept. 25: Santos doubtful for Illinois game

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Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Thursday that the leg injury suffered by David Santos wouldn't sideline the junior linebacker for a lengthy period of time. Santos is, however, doubtful for Saturday's game.

So the Huskers have plans in place to replace their starting outside linebacker.

Only, they aren't completely sure what kind of alignment they'll use to counter Illinois' varying offensive attack Satur...

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Mavs picked to finish 6th in media poll

The UNO hockey team was picked to finish sixth in its second season in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, the league announced Thursday during the conference’s annual media day event in Minneapolis.

The Mavericks received 73 points in the voting by 25 members of local and national media who cover the eight schools in the conference.

North Dakota was chosen to finish first in the poll, receiving 12 first-place votes and 181 points in the voting. Miami was chosen second with nine first-place votes and 167 points, and St. Cloud State, last year’s inaugural regular season...

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Video: Is Ameer Abdullah the nation's best running back?

Heading into Week 5 of the college football season, Husker I-Ameer Abdullah has already rushed for 625 yards, but is he the best running back in America? Campus Insiders football analysts Doug Chapman and Ray Crawford debate who deserves that honor. In other Abdullah-related news, check out the Nebraska marching band's Ameer-themed celebration planned for Saturday, and don't forget to check out our own Ameer Tracker, complete with the senior's ranking among the nation's top backs, game-by-game stats, his place on the all-time charts and more.


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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show

In this week’s episode of “The Big Ten Preview Show,” staff writers Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa take a look at the latest conference news and the week’s upcoming games, including the Wyoming-Michigan State game, Minnesota-Michigan and more.

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Lee also joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Tuesday to discuss the league, Nebraska basketball and more.

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Husker marching band gets in on 'Fear Ameer' promotion

Fear Ameer. 

That's the slogan the University of Nebraska and its fans have been using to promote senior I-back Ameer Abdullah, one of the nation's leading rushers and an early Heisman hopeful.

Well, now Husker fans will get to ooh and ahh even while the NU captain is in the locker room Saturday, as the Nebraska marching band is planning to honor Abdullah during halftime of the Illinois game with a special "Fear Ameer" formation, at least according to Twitter posts from band director Doug Bush.

The senior is certainly worth celebrating: Abdullah's totaled 848 all-purpos...

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Mad Chatter: The fall of Nebraska and Michigan, the Meltdown at Medinah, Boyd Epley's return

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They are No. 1 and No. 4 all-time in Division I football wins. 

Their traditions — fight songs, uniforms, helmets, stadiums, heroic players — are iconic in college football history.

Starting in 1968, Michigan had 40 consecutive seasons finishing .500 or better. That’s second-best in the modern era of college football. No. 1? Nebraska, with 42 consecutive.

History brought them together in 1997, wh...

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Practice Report, Sept. 23: Bouncing back from early struggles, plus LBs update

Junior linebacker David Santos might have had his best game as a Husker in Nebraska's 41-31 win over Miami Saturday night. 

But his right leg was wrapped and in a brace Tuesday as NU began preparation for its Big Ten opener against Illinois. 

In his absence, defensive coordinator John Papuchis said, seniors Trevor Roach and Zaire Anderson, plus sophomore Josh Banderas, are the top three guys. Banderas or Roach will also play middle linebacker with the second unit, which includes redshirt freshmen Courtney Love and Marcus Newby. 

They'll all have to be ready for an Illin...

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