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A deep review of the 2012 Husker recruiting class

A winter home in the north after days in the wilderness. A lounge in the middle, a roaring fire, your favorite meal waiting in the kitchen just up a few stairs. The moment before you rise from a room-length sofa of your choosing, you glance outside at darkening skies and feel... comfort. Gladness, even. Let the world be punished with whatever hell the weather brings with its latest cold front. You've just built this house to gird against it. You couldn't feel more secure in it, and strife merely brings its strength into relief.

That's Nebraska football in February 2010. Chuffed. A ...

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Husker women to face N.C. State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

For its latest game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Nebraska women's basketball got a home game against a team on the rise. 

The Huskers will host North Carolina State on Thursday, Dec. 3. The Wolfpack finished 18-15 last season in a rebuilding campaign. They return four starters from a team that advanced to the third round of the WNIT, including their top two scorers. 

 "We're excited about adding another quality opponent to our home schedule this season," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said in a press release. "We know that N.C. State is a great basketball school with outstan...

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Mad Chatter: Husker baseball's baffling statistic, Jack Sock's assault on Paris, a mile I won't forget

Whether you lose a baseball game 10-0 or 7-6, a loss is a loss. But there is value in studying run differential: the runs you score versus the runs you allow. It’s a good gauge for long-term success. 

If a team, for example, goes 3-3 for the week with three blowout wins and three narrow losses, there’s a good chance that team will do better next week. Over time, luck evens out.

So let’s look at run differential in Big Ten baseball 2015.

Illinois won the league. Run differential of +96.

Iowa finished second. Differential: +57.

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TBL: Sam McKewon talks Husker football recruiting, summer movies and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about Husker football recruiting, summer movies and more.

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TBL: Former Creighton star Anthony Tolliver talks NBA playoffs, Doug McDermott's future and more

Former Creighton Bluejay Anthony Tolliver joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the NBA playoffs, his upcoming camp, Doug McDermott's future and more.

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TBL: D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers talks NCAA baseball tournament, the Big Ten and more

Kendall Rodgers of D1Baseball.com joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the recently released NCAA baseball tournament field, the great year for the Big Ten and more.

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Jake Cotton is CFL-bound

Former Nebraska guard Jake Cotton will try to make it in the Canadian Football League. The Ottawa Redblacks announced Tuesday it had signed Cotton, who started for two seasons at NU, to its roster. The CFL starts playing regular season games in late June, with preseason games firing up in a few weeks. 

Cotton had signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Houston Texans but was waived May 10. 

A senior captain and an honorable-mention all-conference pick in 2014, Cotton started all 13 games at left guard and helped Nebraska to a Big Ten modern-era record of 784 yards of tota...

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Baseball: Five Big Ten teams make NCAA tournament

The much-improved Big Ten will be well-represented in the NCAA's 64-team postseason tournament. Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Indiana and Michigan are all in.

It's the first time EVER that the league's had more than three teams qualify for regionals in the same season.

Seven teams from both the ACC and SEC made the 2015 field. The Pac-12 had six.

No Nebraska. But that's not a surprise. The Huskers struggled down the stretch, losing 12 of their final 17 games. They had the nation's 12th-best RPI at the start of May, but that figure dropped to No. 46 by the season's final wee...

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Crawford throws out first pitch at Chasers game

WBO junior welterweight champ Terence 'Bud' Crawford threw out the first pitch at the Omaha Storm Chasers game Sunday.

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Last week on TBL: Praise of new Husker QB recruit, Ben Stille and more

Join host Mike'l Severe each weekday from 2 to 6 p.m. for "The Bottom Line." Here's a recap of some of the highlights from this week on the show.

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Greg Biggins, who covers California recruiting for Scout.com, said the Huskers found a good quarterback in Patrick O’Brien.

“I actually like him better than the guys USC and UCLA took as quarterbacks. You have this guy in your backyard, and...

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TBL: Tony Boone talks the latest Terence 'Bud' Crawford news

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about the latest Terence "Bud" Crawford news, including upcoming fights, where he deserves to land in the Nebraska 100 and more.

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TBL: Husker recruiting talk with national analyst Greg Biggins

Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about Nebraska quarterback commit Patrick O'Brien, Mike Riley and his coaching staff, the use of social media in recruiting and more.

Also Friday, Husker Online's Sean Callahan joined the show to talk about the Husker QB recruits, scholarship distribution, the coach staff and more.

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht talks Big Ten scheduling, possible future changes

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday from the Big Ten administrator's meeting near Chicago.

Topics discussed included Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his remaining contract, Big Ten scheduling, graduate transfers and more.

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain breaks down the NBA and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss David Letterman, the NBA playoffs, how the center position has changed in the NBA, and much more.

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TBL: Husker assistant baseball coach Ted Silva discusses Big Ten tournament

The Nebraska baseball team kicks off play in the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Illinois at Target Field in Minneapolis.

NU associate head coach Ted Silva joined "The Bottom Line" to discusses what the Huskers must do to be successful this weekend against the Illini, who beat the Huskers twice last weekend in Champaign. 

Other topics included the challenges with inclement weather this season, team conditioning, the pitching staff and more.

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Former Husker Randy Gregory signs with Dallas

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have signed former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, who was projected as a high draft pick but slid to near the end of the second round because of issues off the field.

Gregory is the highest Dallas pick to sign so far. The four-year rookie deal was announced Wednesday. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is worth $3.81 million with a $1.03 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory will have a chance to start as a rookie with free agent defensive end Greg Hardy suspended for the first 10 games because of his role i...

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Husker football team earns second straight honor for Academic Progress Rate

The Nebraska football team on Wednesday was recognized for its high achievement in Academic Progress Rate, meaning the program was in the top 10 percent among football programs nationally in academic success. 

There were 14 FBS teams recognized, with five of those coming from the Big Ten: Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers and Wisconsin. 

The APR is part of the NCAA's academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes. The APR looks at a team's academic success each semester and...

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B1G baseball tournament: Nebraska vs. Illinois preview

The Huskers might want to put third baseman Blake Headley in charge of the scouting report for Illinois starter Kevin Duchene.

Duchene's pitched 13 innings against Nebraska past two years. All four of the runs he's allowed have come on two Headley swings.

One was a solo home run by Headley last year. The other: a three-run blast by Headley last week.

Otherwise, Duchene's been dominant. In his outing last season at Haymarket Park, Duchene retired 14 in a row at one point. He gave up three hits (a couple two-out singles and a double) through six innings in a start Thursda...

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B1G baseball tournament: MLB prospects to watch

We're less than a month away from the MLB draft, when several Big Ten players are expected to hear their names called. The league's as talent-rich as it's ever been.

So since most of these talented prospects will be on the field in Minneapolis at the conference tournament this week, we've compiled the list of 10 names to watch.

These aren't necessarily the best Big Ten performers in 2015 — which is why guys like Illinois' David Kerian (.383, 13 HR), Michigan State's Ryan Krill (.363, 12 HR), Ohio State's Pat Porter (.332, 10 HR), Nebraska's Josh Roeder (2.37 ERA, 15 saves) an...

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TBL: Sam McKewon talks about Husker fan expectations, scheduling and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the expectations of Nebraska fans, the 2011 Husker recruiting class, future Husker schedules and more.

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Former Husker Drake Martinez eligible to play immediately at Michigan State

Former Nebraska safety Drake Martinez may be suited up at Memorial Stadium next season after all.

The brother of former NU quarterback Taylor Martinez was declared immediately eligible to play for Michigan State next season. The Spartans visit the Huskers on Nov. 7.

Martinez redshirted at Nebraska in 2013 while playing safety. He then transferred to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, last season, where he started eight games at linebacker. 

Martinez signed with Michigan State on signing day last February, and he was originally supposed to sit out a season ...

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Former Nebraska QB Brion Carnes signs with Omaha Beef, will start Friday

Former Husker quarterback Brion Carnes, who later transferred to Northern Iowa, signed a contract Tuesday with the Omaha Beef.

The Beef announced that Carnes will start Friday against Dodge City at Ralston Arena.

Former @Huskers QB @BCarnes3 Signs with Omaha Beef, will start at QB THIS Friday http://t.co/3SSYppVK0E #BeefFootball pic.twitter.com/xyEA7VuQ9j— Omaha Beef (@TheOmahaBeef) May 19, 2015

“It was frustrating not being able to play at Nebraska,” Carnes said in a press release. “I wanted to give spring ball one last chance, but when I saw things weren’t going to ch...

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Ex-Husker coach Rick Kaczenski accepts diversion on domestic assault charge

Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski on Monday accepted pre-trial diversion on a domestic assault charge stemming from a late March fight with his wife, Jessica Kaczenski.

Lancaster County prosecutors dropped the assault charge but reserve the right to refile it if Kaczenski withdraws from or fails to complete the program.

According to a police report and probable cause affidavit, Kaczenski's wife said she received a cut to her forehead and scratches to her face and neck after Kaczenski had allegedly thrown a picture frame at her head. 

A member of former...

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Nebraska CB Boaz Joseph ordered to pay fine in marijuana case

LINCOLN — A Lancaster County court judge found Husker cornerback Boaz Joseph guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession Tuesday after the sophomore-to-be pleaded no contest to the charge.

The charge, stemming from an April 16 investigation and citation by UNL police, comes with a $300 fine. Prosecutors dropped a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Joseph was cited last summer for taking an on-campus “bait bike” that wasn’t locked up. Joseph entered pretrial diversion on that charge, which was subsequently dropped.

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