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Mike Riley answers roster questions at Big Ten media days

Nebraska coach Mike Riley showed up in Chicago with a tan and a buzz cut, looking refreshed and energized as he warmed the hearts of reporters who marveled at his friendliness.

Typical Riley, really. As we've come to expect.

Dressed in a gray pinstripe suit with a red tie, Riley spoke about Nebraska like he'd just visited campus for the first time, remarking that he says "wow" basically every day, that he thought the spring game atmosphere was like a "big family picnic," that he loves simply just seeing students wearing Husker red around town and that he can't wait for he and...

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Highlights from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh addressing the media

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took the stage at Big Ten media days in Chicago on Thursday to talk about selling tickets, his coaching role models, some of his favorite stories and more.

Also, check out Mike Riley's full media address here and Nate Gerry's appearance on "The Bottom Line" here.

Here are some of the highlights from Harbaugh's Q&A:

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TBL: Husker wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp talks mustache, hands and new coaches

Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp is known for a couple different things, the main of which might be his magnificent hands and magnificent mustache.

Westerkamp addressed both during his appearance on "The Bottom Line" on Friday from Big Ten media days.

Other topics up for discussion were route running, Notre Dame recruiting him, wideout coach Keith Williams, goals for this season and more.

Check out Westerkamp's interview below, plus TBL interviews with Tommy Armstrong and Nate Gerry.

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Recruiting: Wisconsin's Paul Chryst talks new Nebraska running back Jordan Stevenson

Paul Chryst did not recommend Nebraska to Jordan Stevenson, nor did Stevenson ever ask Wisconsin's new head coach about the Huskers once Wisconsin denied academic admission to the four-star running back from Dallas. 

But Chryst said at Big Ten media days on Thursday he was happy Stevenson landed with a good program — one that happens to be coached by one of Chryst's mentors, Mike Riley. 

"There's a big part of me that's happy he landed at a good place," said Chryst, who added he has never talked to Riley, whom he worked under at Oregon State, about Stevenson. "And there's ano...

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Social media reaction: Funny GIFs, interesting stats celebrate RB Jordan Stevenson's commitment to Huskers

One tweet set off a firestorm of social media attention on Thursday. That tweet came from the account of running back Jordan Stevenson, a consensus four-star prospect who was denied eligibility to Wisconsin before looking to Nebraska as a top landing spot. 

And at 1:21 p.m. on Thursday, Stevenson finalized his choice.

Soon, the reactions followed. With recruiting analysts chiming in, Huskers coaches and staffers celebrating and fans rejoicing. Here are some of the best reaction tweets to the news.

BREAKING: #Huskers beat out 'Bama, 'Canes for commit from consensus 4-sta...

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Wisconsin's Paul Chryst says friendship with Mike Riley goes 'a lot deeper' than the football field

From Jordan Stevenson to the Badger blowout in Madison last November, there will be no shortage of story lines when Wisconsin and Nebraska meet Oct. 10 in Lincoln.

But the relationship between Mike Riley and Paul Chryst might top the list.

Riley gave Chryst his first coaching job back in 1991. He and Chryst have been close ever since. Thursday in Chicago, Chryst said the divisional rivalry on the field won’t impact their friendship.

“The game has never been about us," Chryst said. "I think we take coaching serious and feel very fortunate to be coaching, but also believe...

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Tips for Husker football Fan Day next week

Next Wednesday marks one month until the start of Husker football season. That day is also the first Fan Day under coach Mike Riley. 

Nebraska's football Fan Day runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a move from its Friday afternoon slot in recent years. 

Fan Day presents a chance for Husker fans to meet the players and coaches, spend time in Memorial Stadium and get autographs. The Nebraska Athletic Department passed along a few tips to follow, plus a map of where fans should stand in line and enter the stadium.

>> Fans can enter Memorial Stadium through Gates 3...

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Nebraska 100 fan vote: Top first-round upsets, intriguing second-round matchups

After the first round of our Nebraska 100 fan vote, we're down to our top 64 — and we've lost some great athletes along the way.

Like world boxing champ Terence "Bud" Crawford, a No. 9 seed who lost to former Husker volleyball star and No. 24 seed Christina Houghtelling. But Crawford wasn't the only No. 9 seed to fall. The career tackles leader at Nebraska, No. 24 seed Barrett Ruud, moved past No. 9 Roger Sayers.

The biggest upset, according to seeding, was No. 25 Jeff Kinney beating No. 8 Mel Harder, a former Major League Baseball star. That set up a battle of Cinderellas in...

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Huskers fall short of Top 25 in preseason coaches poll

The Nebraska football team will start the season unranked in the coaches poll after falling short of the Top 25 in the rankings released Thursday.

The Huskers did receive 27 votes, placing them in a tie for 32nd among vote-getters. 

Ohio State is the No. 1 team, leading the three Big Ten teams that are ranked. Michigan State is sixth, while Wisconsin comes in at No. 18.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley is one of the voters for the coaches poll, along with Wisconsin's Paul Chryst, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Rutgers' Kyle Flood, Penn State's James Franklin, Michigan's Jim H...

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Nebraska's Maliek Collins, De'Mornay Pierson-El on Big Ten watch list

Nebraska junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins and sophomore receiver/punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El are among 11 Big Ten players named to the conference’s preseason Players to Watch list Thursday morning. A media panel voted for the top five players from both the East and West Division, with one additional honoree because of a tie.

Nebraska was one of four schools with two players on the list, joined by Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State.

The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Collins emerged as a dominant force at defensive tackle last season, leading the team with 14 tackles f...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 20 Charles Jackson

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Charles Jackson

5-11  |  180  |  Junior  |  Defensive back

Just when it appeared that Jackson had finally settled into a role, a knee ligament injury required season-ending surgery. That was early in preseason camp last fall, during what was supposed to be his final audition for the No. 1 nickel job. He’d tried it as a freshman, then got moved to safety as a sophomore.

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Mad Chatter: Royals are kings (at least for a week), Hawkeye expectations fall short, Big Ten talent gap

Let’s recap the past four days for the Kansas City Royals.

Saturday night: In the bottom of the 10th, with Paulo Orlando on second base and two outs, Alcides Escobar hits the weakest blooper possible to the right side. Somehow it falls for a hit. Orlando rolls around third and scores. Walk-off. Pandemonium at sold-out Kauffman Stadium. 

Sunday afternoon: The Royals score four in the first, then get seven productive innings (one run, six hits, no walks) from the combustible Yordano Ventura. Oh, and during the game, they land the prize of the trade market, the missing piece to ...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks Big Ten media days, the upcoming season and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain discussed Big Ten media days, some storylines to watch this college football season and more during his Wednesday segment on “The Bottom Line."

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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From the Archives: Erick Strickland's one-day stint with the Husker football team

Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne visited with The Bottom Line host Mike'l Severe on Wednesday and spoke about the Nebraska 100 list. Among the topics discussed included whether Osborne attempted to get Husker basketball player Erick Strickland, No. 18 on the list, to play for the football team.

"I knew about Erick and we wanted to get him to play football," Osborne said. "I remember after his senior year of basketball I talked to him and he had another year for football. I talked him into coming out for spring football — and he spent one day. At the end of the day he was ...

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Recruiting: Beatrice tight end Cameron Jurgens ranked in Top 100 for 2018

247 Sports on Wednesday released its initial Top 100 for the 2018 recruiting class — that's players starting their sophomore seasons in high school — and Beatrice tight end Cameron Jurgens landed at No. 46.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is one of the youngest players — and perhaps the youngest — to have a scholarship offer from Nebraska. Jurgens received that offer after a standout performance at Nebraska's Friday Night Lights event. 

Jurgens is also one of 15 prospects inside the Top 100 who lives in a Big Ten football state. Ohio and Maryland both have four prospects; New Jerse...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 21 Ryne Reeves

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Ryne Reeves

6-3  |  300  |  Senior  |  Center

We couldn’t firmly pick a starter between Reeves and Paul Thurston, so they’re both listed in the 20s. Reeves is a star-crossed guy who came to Nebraska with much fanfare. But he hasn’t stayed healthy, so he enters his senior season with a position battle on his hands.

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