Video: Barney Cotton, Steve Sarkisian talk Holiday Bowl

During the Holiday Bowl press conference on Friday, Nebraska interim head coach Barney Cotton spoke to the media about the Huskers' upcoming matchup with USC.

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In a separate discussion with reporters, Cotton also talked about his new role as offensive coordinator at UNLV and a recent conversation with former NU head coach Bo Pelini.

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Holiday Bowl: Christmas Day begins with practice for Huskers

The Nebraska players spent Christmas morning on the practice field, conducting a pad-less, no-helmet walk-through for about an hour.

Santa was a no-show. A Christmas sweater did make an appearance, though.

Walk through. 🎄☀️ — Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) December 25, 2014 //

The Huskers have one more practice planned for Friday before they take the field against USC in Saturday's Holiday Bowl. Interim coach Barney Cotton's been pleased with the preparation so far.

A few notes are below...

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From the Archives: After 'lively skirmishing,' Huskers beat Omaha YMCA on Christmas in 1894

"Talk about your enthusiasm! Just let your imagination run riot!" 

Those lines were pulled from a World-Herald story following the Nebraska football team's only game ever played on Christmas — in 1894.

The Huskers beat the Omaha YMCA that day. According to the report, "It was far too cold a day for a game, but there was a great deal of enthusiasm manifested, as the contest was between the victorious local team (YMCA) and the captors of the pennant in the Inter-Collegiate league (Nebraska)."

The story, which often referred to the YMCA as "the Christians" and NU as "the u...

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Holiday Bowl: Linebacker depth an issue for Nebraska

Five players are practicing at linebacker for the Huskers this week. And three of them haven't played a meaningful snap at the position all year.

Perhaps the situation could change by Saturday. David Santos and Trevor Roach haven't been ruled out.

But it sounds like the Huskers are preparing to go with Josh Banderas and Zaire Anderson as their two starting linebackers -- with the possibility of inexperienced reserves stepping in to help.

The three guys defensive coordinator John Papuchis named: Senior Austin Williams (an Omaha Burke product), redshirt freshman Marcus Ne...

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Video: Beck, Papuchis talk Holiday Bowl

Nebraska faces USC on Saturday in the Holiday Bowl. Watch offensive coordinator Tim Beck and defensive coordinator John Papuchis address the media following Wednesday's practice.

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Holiday Bowl: Huskers say business trip can still be fun

Get your work done first. Then enjoy the southern California experience. Interim coach Barney Cotton said he's talked to his team about that a number of times already.

He huddled the group up after Tuesday's practice -- the Huskers' first in San Diego -- and delivered a similar message.

“This trip is meant to be a reward but it's also a business trip,” Cotton said. “We're going to work hard and they can have a good time, but they're also expected to make good choices and enter the game at peak condition, ready to go.”

Nebraska's practicing every day. There are meetings ...

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Holiday Bowl: DE Gregory focused on USC

Junior defensive end Randy Gregory didn't want to talk about the NFL draft — what he's thinking, what he wants to know, whether or not he's leaning one way or the other.

His focus is on Saturday's Holiday Bowl against USC, particularly getting his body back to full strength so he can help Nebraska get a win. That's it.

He's dealt with bronchitis, a concussion and a toe injury over the past month. He didn't play in the regular season finale against Iowa. And the toe still hurts when he plants (he was wincing and hopping around a bit in practice Tuesday).

"You don't want ...

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Holiday Bowl: First practice caps long day for Huskers

The Nebraska players had to report at Memorial Stadium before 8 a.m. Tuesday. And 11 hours later, they were walking off a practice field in San Diego.

But that was by design, interim coach Barney Cotton said. The Huskers wanted to take advantage of the two hours gained by the time change — and the players embraced the challenge.

"We worked out the kinks a little bit," Cotton said. "Practice got better as we went. And we finished with a good day."

Below are a few notes from NU's practice, held on the artificial turf field at Southwestern College's DeVore Stadium (part of...

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TBL: Nebraska recruiting, Holiday Bowl preparations, hidden Husker talents and more

The World-Herald's Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa joined “The Bottom Line” on Tuesday to discuss the latest Husker football news.

Sam touched on an assortment of topics, including the defection of running back recruit Kendall Bussey, who Nebraska is targeting now, some of the team's best redshirt freshmen and more.

Jon talked about the Huskers' Holiday Bowl preparation as the team landed in San Diego today.

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TBL: Sports Editor Thad Livingston talks Pelini audio and more

World-Herald Sports Editor Thad Livingston discusses the reasons for releasing and reporting on the Bo Pelini audio and more.

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Women's basketball: Kansas at Creighton

When: 6:05 p.m. Monday

Where: Sokol Arena

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

KANSAS (8-3)

F Chelsea Gardner, 6-3, Sr., 17.6

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Dec. 21

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.

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Two running back prospects report Husker offers

After losing Kendall Bussey to Tennessee on Friday, Nebraska made two offers to running backs on Sunday.

Jordan Cronkrite, a 5-foot-11, 196-pound running back out of Westminster Christian in Miami, tweeted about an offer from Nebraska Sunday. The four-star recruit also has offers from Notre Dame, Texas, Miami, Louisville, West Virginia and more.

Nebraska offered today #CornHuskers — Jordan Cronkrite (@JC_Knows) December 21, 2014


In addition to Cronkrite, Ke'Shawn Vaughn also tweeted that he'd received an offer. Vaughn is a 5-10, 210-pound, four-star running...

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USA Today interview: Husker coach Mike Riley moving past audiotape

Before conducting a wide-ranging interview with USA Today this week, new Nebraska coach Mike Riley told the newspaper he hadn't thought about talking to the team in regards to the expletive-laced final meeting that former coach Bo Pelini held with the players. Audio from the meeting was released this week by the World-Herald. 

Riley told USA Today reporter Paul Myerberg that he didn't plan on touching upon the issue when he holds his next team meeting on Jan. 11.

"I'm certainly aware of it," Riley said. "What my thought is just off the top of my head about that is I've respec...

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Report: NU hires USC's Philipp as strength and conditioning coach

Nebraska reportedly has gone to the Pac-12 for another member of its football staff.

According to, NU has picked Mark Philipp to replace James Dobson as the strength and conditioning coach for Husker football. Dobson recently took the same job at Vanderbilt.

Philipp would come to Nebraska from Southern California, the Huskers’ opponent next Saturday in the Holiday Bowl. Philipp spent the last year as an assistant on the Trojans’ staff under Ivan Lewis.

Philipp previously was with NU head coach Mike Riley at Oregon State from 2010 to ’13. Riley has name...

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Video: Bluejays show off a little holiday spirit on video board during Friday's game

The Creighton men's basketball team picked up a win Friday night over Texas-Pan American. But fans in attendance got some extra entertainment.

The video board featured some holiday-related content during breaks in the action.

One video showed Creighton seniors Avery Dingman, Will Artino and Devin Brooks singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" — perhaps a little begrudgingly.

The other was a JibJab, which placed players faces on dancing cartoons.

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Women's basketball: UNO at Creighton

UNO (5-5)

C Taijhe Kelly, 6-4, Sr., 6.2

G Lanese Bough, 5-10, Sr., 6.0

G Brianna Bogard, 5-7, Jr., 12.3

G Madi Robson, 5-7, So., 4.3

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Women’s basketball: High Point at Nebraska

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Radio: 107.3 FM; 93.3 FM

High Point (6-4)

F Stacia Robertson, 6-2, Sr., 15.4

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TBL: Steven Pivovar talks Creighton basketball

The World-Herald's Steven Pivovar joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss the Creighton men's basketball program James Milliken's suspension and more.

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Practice Report: Randy Gregory back and ready; Jack Gangwish available

Two key players for Nebraska's Holiday Bowl game will be ready Dec. 27 when the Huskers play USC. 

All-American and All-Big Ten defensive end Randy Gregory, who missed the last regular season game against Iowa with a concussion and an illness, has returned to practice, interim head coach Barney Cotton said. 

"He's practicing, he's good to go," Cotton said. "Good to's important to have him and it's important to have all the guys available on defense because, you go out there, and it'd be nice to have a little rotation going into that game for nickel situations and shor...

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New Orleans RB Kendall Bussey chooses Tennessee over Huskers

Highly touted running back Kendall Bussey of New Orleans Isidore Newman high school — a longtime Husker commit — announced Friday that he will play college football at the University of Tennessee.

Bussey, who committed to former NU coach Bo Pelini, opened his recruitment after Pelini was fired by the Huskers.

New Husker coach Mike Riley reportedly impressed Bussey in a visit to New Orleans on Dec. 12 in which he tried to convince the running back to come to Nebraska. In a Twitter post the previous day, Riley described the upcoming meeting with Bussey as a "big" visit and said...

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Former Husker, NFL player Scott Shanle speaks out about Bo Pelini firing, comments

In a post on his Facebook page Friday, former Husker linebacker Scott Shanle spoke out Friday about Bo Pelini's dismissal, the former coach's vulgar talk with players, Mike Riley's hiring and more.

In his comments, Shanle — who says he was inspired by former teammate Adam Carriker's Facebook post on the topic — addressed various topics.

Here's a sampling:

On playing under pressure at Nebraska: "I'm here to tell you that as a competitor you don't go to those places where winning is just good enough! You chose Nebraska to play in big games and hopefully win championships....

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