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In NFL draft diary, Ameer Abdullah says he sees himself returning to Lincoln

Former Husker and NFL hopeful Ameer Abdullah is hoping to eventually find his way back to Lincoln to continue his studies, the Nebraska graduate said in a post on USA Today's website Thursday.

Abdullah, who finished his career at No. 2 on Nebraska's all-time rushing chart with 4,588 yards and was a finalist for the Doak Walker award, wrote in a "Draft Diary" entry that he is not "totally done with school" and that he could see himself spending the pro football offseason back at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln — where he already earned a degree in history with a minor in educa...

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Mike Riley in Huskers hype video: 'You only get one chance to have a first start'

Nebraska's pre-camp motivational video is out, and Mike Riley plays a prominent role in it. In the form of a letter to his team, Riley narrates the video, outlining his goals and plans for the 2015 season at NU — his first in Lincoln.

"You only get one chance to have a first start," Riley's voiceover says. "One shot at a new beginning. We're going to build this the right way. Let's start building it together."

Riley also singles out some of the core values — integrity, trust, loyalty, teamwork and respect — that he says make Nebraska so unique.

The video, titled "There ...

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ESPN ranks Nebraska as No. 21 coaching job in college football

ESPN has ranked every college football head coaching position in the Power Five conferences, looking at numerous factors including "location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc."

So with that in mind, where did Nebraska rank?

NU came in at No. 21 on the list. The top-ranked job in the Big Ten West, Nebraska still trails four Big Ten East foes — Michigan State (20), Penn State (17), Michigan (14) and Ohio State (4).

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Recruiting: Four-star QB plans visit to Nebraska for spring game

Nebraska didn't bring in a scholarship quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. So, as focus shifts to the 2016 recruits, the search for a signal-caller will be in the spotlight.

Mike Riley's first class as the Husker coach saw 20 signees, which is a few less than Nebraska probably could have signed. But that also means good news for next year. 

“The biggest mistake you can make being brand new and being anxious to fill a class is to rush into judgment about a player and not know enough,” Riley said on signing day. “There’s a tendency to want to do that because you have some...

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Shields first NU basketball player ever named first-team Academic All-American

Nebraska forward Shavon Shields on Thursday became the first Husker men’s basketball player all-time to earn first-team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Shields is the sixth Husker to be a CoSIDA Academic All-American in basketball, but the only one to be named to the first team.

Shields, from Olathe, Kan., was one of five players selected to the first team. The junior forward carries a 3.73 GPA in biological sciences and has been a five-time member of the UNL scholar-athlete honor roll.

He has served two years on the...

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Husker basketball team getting a new look for Big Ten tournament

The Nebraska basketball team will be sporting new uniforms for the Big Ten tournament this season.

The Husker equipment staff tweeted out a photo of the new gear, which features uniforms for designated home and away games.

The white jersey features red letters and the white shorts have a thick red stripe across the top. The red jerseys have white lettering and the shorts have a black stripe.

Adidas, which makes the uniforms, also unveiled more of the "Made in March" apparel for other teams. N.C. State, Texas A&M, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Wisconsin, and UCLA wil...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain on the latest Husker news

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain discusses college football coaching jobs, bracketology, Tim Miles and Nebraska basketball, the NBA and more during his appearance on "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday.

Listen to "TBL" live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter.

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Video: Tim Miles says 'message was received' by Huskers

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles addressed the media Wednesday and answered questions about locking the team out of the locker room, the national attention with the event, NU's struggles, the recent practices and more.

Watch the full press conference below: 

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht discusses Husker basketball

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss Nebraska basketball's struggles, the locker room lockout, the remainder of the season and more.

Listen to "TBL" live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter.

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Could Randy Gregory slide out of top 15 in NFL draft?

Former Husker defensive end Randy Gregory has been projected in the top 10 of most NFL mock drafts. ESPN's Mel Kiper places Gregory at No. 5, for example, while Gregory thinks he should go No. 1. 

But one national writer doesn't have Gregory in his top 15.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King on Wednesday did a "Fine Fifteen" mock draft to wrap up the NFL Combine. He left the former Husker off his list.

As King noted, "With a nod to the 'Fine Fifteen' section of my Monday Morning Quarterback column, this is my post-combine attempt to put the top of the 2015 draft in some ord...

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Ameer Abdullah is 'best of the best' at NFL Combine

Jonathan Clegg of the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday declared former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah "the best of the best" of the NFL Combine last week.

The story broke down the NFL Combine as if it were an Olympic event, looking at the players that would have won gold medals. It awarded 10 points to a player for a first-place finish in a drill, 9 points to second, and so on until 10th place.

Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the point system with 54 points, while Abdullah was second with 52. See the rest of the rankings here.

However, the article did t...

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Baseball: UNO at Snowbird Classic

At Port Charlotte, Florida

4 p.m. Thursday: Saint Leo

9:30 a.m. Friday: Kentucky

2 p.m. Friday: Boston College

10 a.m. Saturday: Kentucky

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Women’s basketball: IPFW at UNO

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sapp Fieldhouse

Radio: 1290 AM KOIL

IPFW (9-18, 3-11)

G Haley Seibert, 5-5, Sr., 17.9

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Video: Analyst sees 'explosive' Ameer Abdullah at NFL Combine

Campus Insiders analysts Shae Peppler, Doug Chapman and Pete Fiutak give rapid-fire reaction to some of the best NFL Combine performances, including Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, who Chapman called "explosive" during drills.

Check out the video below, and watch Abdullah's interview on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe from Monday. For more NFL Combine coverage, check out staff writer Sam McKewon's column on the event, see how each former Husker performed in Indianapolis and more on Big Red Today.

Here's the Campus Insiders clip:

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TBL: Fighter of the Year Terence "Bud" Crawford

Omaha boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford joined host Mike'l Severe and World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss his selection as fighter of the year.

On Monday, Crawford was named the fighter of the year by the BWAA. It's an honor that has been bestowed on plenty of recognizable names, even to non-boxing fans, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In addition, they discussed when his next fight will be, fighting south paw, training with yoga and more.

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