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Who could Nebraska get? 

Any discussion about Bo Pelini’s job status should address this question. The problem? It’s borderline impossible to address this question. We don’t know who’d say yes and who’d say no. We don’t know who Shawn Eichorst would want and who he wouldn’t. We don’t even know what NU would be willing to pay. (My guess: as much as $5 million.) 

Those are three large impediments to this conversation. 

But we do know that Nebraska is one of the 25 best coaching jobs in the country. We do know that for a generation of coaches in their 30s and 40s, it “feel...

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Nov. 26

In this week's edition of the "Big Ten Preview Show," Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa break down the conference games as the regular season comes to a close.

You can follow Lee and Nyatawa on Twitter, plus get in on the conversation on the Big Red Today Facebook page.

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Practice report Nov. 26: 50/50 status for Bell, Gregory

Coach Bo Pelini indicated Wednesday that receiver Kenny Bell and defensive end Randy Gregory will be game-time decisions.

Both weren't suited up for practice Tuesday. NU held a walk-through Wednesday.

Are Bell and Gregory healthy enough to play against Iowa?

"Probably 50/50," Pelini said after Wednesday's practice.

They're apparently still evaluating others, too — like receiver Alonzo Moore and offensive tackle Zach Sterup. Center Mark Pelini is presumably out, but nothing's official yet.

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Video: Eric Crouch says Bo Pelini is right man to coach Huskers

Former Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch joined Campus Insiders' Ray Crawford to explain why Bo Pelini is still the right man for the Husker job.

Crouch, who won the Heisman Trophy at Nebraska as a senior in 2001, is No. 42 on the "Nebraska 100," which ranks the top 100 athletes all-time from the state.

Crouch praised Pelini and said his career at Nebraska is reminiscent of Tom Osborne, who was criticized early in his career before building a powerhouse program in the 90's.

 

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Ameer Abdullah one of three finalists for Doak Walker Award

Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah on Tuesday was named as one of three finalists for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.

Abdullah is joined as finalists by fellow Big Ten running backs Tevin Coleman of Indiana and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. The trio mark the first time in the 25-year history of the award that all three finalists are from the same conference.

The finalists were determined by a vote of the Doak Walker National Selection Committee.

Abdullah has rushed for more than 200 yards four times in 2014, tying a Nebraska...

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They said it: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz talks Hawkeyes vs. Huskers

Check out a transcript from Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz's Tuesday press conference advancing the Hawkeye's upcoming matchup with Nebraska on Friday.

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Kirk Ferentz's opening statement:

Welcome and happy Thanksgiving early.

Captains this week are the same guys, Louis Trinca‑Pasat and Quinton Alston on the defensive side, and Brandon Scherff and Mark Weisman offensively. Same four guys there.

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Video: Will Artino says Jays will be 'better than everyone thinks'

Creighton senior post Will Artino was featured in the latest edition of "Bluejay Spotlight."

In the video, Artino talks about being recruited by Dana Altman before playing for Greg McDermott, his improvements each year, being a senior leader and much more.

Creighton came in at No. 23 in the Associated Press poll on Monday, the first time the school has been ranked this season. The Bluejays are 4-0 and face Eastern Illinois at 7:01 p.m. tonight at CenturyLink Center.

Here's the "Bluejay Spotlight" video featuring Artino: 

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Men's soccer: Creighton's Fabian Herbers named Academic All-American

Creighton sophomore Fabian Herbers was named a third-team Academic All-American on Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Herbers, the Big East offensive player of the year, owns a 3.60 cumulative grade-point average as a business major.

The Academic All-America honor is the first for Herbers and the first by a Bluejay men’s soccer player since 2011. After being recognized as a first-team All-District VII member earlier this month, Herbers is one of three representatives from a Big East school to claim the academic honor.

Herbers leads the confe...

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Husker guard Terran Petteway named to Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list

Nebraska guard Terran Petteway was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list earlier this week. The award recognizes the national player of the year and is given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Petteway ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring this season at 21.0 points per game. He averages 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game entering tonight's contest against UNO.

In addition to scoring average, he is among the Big Ten leaders in 3-pointers per game (3.3, third) and blocked shots (fourth). The junior has a pair of 20-point games in the Huskers' first three co...

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From the Archives: 1994 Huskers lock up Orange Bowl bid by shutting down Oklahoma

A Big Eight title never felt so routine.

At least, that's the impression Husker players were giving off after they beat Oklahoma 13-3 on Nov. 25, 1994. 

The win made top-ranked Nebraska 7-0 in the Big Eight, and it guaranteed the Huskers a spot in the Orange Bowl, where they would eventually beat Miami to win the national championship.

Those 1994 Huskers had higher goals than a Big Eight championship. Bigger goals than a victory over the rival Sooners. Bigger goals than throwing oranges onto the field. They wanted a national title.

It was hard to believe that just...

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Mad Chatter: Does Bo Pelini have the big-picture solutions?

Five minutes after the last Husker exited the Memorial Stadium turf, fans were still clearing out. Event staffers were stripping tape across the field in preparation for Eight-Man state championship games. And in the southeast corner of the stadium, the NU marching band was playing a familiar tune:

“Celebrate good times, c’mon!”

An odd choice for a bad day. How many more can Bo Pelini afford? 

That’s the question of this week. That was the elephant in the room at Pelini’s weekly press conference Monday. My questions didn’t focus on his job status, but rather what change...

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At press conference, Husker coach Bo Pelini places all focus on Iowa

Bo Pelini's Monday press conference contained several questions regarding the future of Nebraska's football program for the second straight week, despite the seventh-year coach's preference to keep the conversation centered on the Huskers' next opponent.

"Could we talk about Iowa please?"

That was Pelini interrupting a reporter who was presumably asking about the kind of feedback provided to the NU coaches by athletic director Shawn Eichorst. Pelini had just responded to comments made by ESPN analyst Brian Griese during the Nebraska-Minnesota broadcast regarding the ceiling o...

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Abdullah glad to see former NU mates Green, Heard having success

Nebraska senior Ameer Abdullah said he talks regularly and remains good friends with former Husker I-back mates Aaron Green and Braylon Heard, and is happy for the success both are having this season.

Green is the leading rusher for TCU with 677 yards despite having just 82 carries. The junior, who left NU after his freshman season in 2011, also has six touchdowns playing his second season with the Horned Frogs.

“He doesn’t necessarily get the attention he deserves, doesn’t get the carries sometimes because they have another talented back (B.J. Catalon) down there as well, bu...

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Video: Tom Shatel on Husker football, college hoops and more

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe in studio on Monday to discuss the latest sports headlines, including the Husker football team's loss to Minnesota, the upcoming matchup with Iowa, college hoops and more.

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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 Nebraska's loss to Minnesota.

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Video: Carriker on TBL, Nov. 17

Video: Kellogg on TBL, Nov. 17

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They said it: Bo Pelini at the weekly press conference

See a full transcript and video of Husker coach Bo Pelini's statements at the weekly press conference. Text provided by the Nebraska athletic department.

Opening statement:

“Well we got together and talked about a lot of things. Went through and watched part of the film. We have a very short week. Got a lot to accomplish with obviously a day less. So we got some work done yesterday. A lot of our...

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Abdullah not fully healthy, but feeling 'good enough' to play

Sounds like senior I-back Ameer Abdullah needs time off to fully recover from a knee injury suffered against Purdue on Nov. 1. He just doesn't have any time.

Abdullah's been hobbled the last two games (playing with a brace on his left knee) — clearly not 100-percent healthy since a 320-pound Purdue defensive tackle landed on his knee. And now he'll have one fewer day to get ready for the next game.

But Abdullah, in his first comments to local reporters since suffering the MCL sprain nearly four weeks ago, said Monday that he's getting better. Just not as quickly as he'd like....

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Volleyball: Creighton's Melanie Jereb earns Big East defensive honor

Creighton outside hitter Melanie Jereb was named the Big East defensive player of the week Monday.

It is her second such honor this season after accepting the same accolade on Oct. 27.

The Bluejay junior averaged 5.33 digs and 0.33 aces per set as Creighton went 1-1 last week and clinched the outright Big East title. Jereb had 14 digs and two aces in a 3-0 sweep of Villanova on Friday, then had a match-best 18 digs on Sunday vs. Seton Hall.

Creighton (23-8, 16-2 Big East) will be the top seed at this weekend's conference tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it open...

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Volleyball: Huskers' Amber Rolfzen, Cecilia Hall earn B1G honors

Nebraska sophomore outside hitter Amber Rolfzen was named the Big Ten's volleyball player of the week and Husker middle blocker Cecilia Hall earned the league's defensive player of the week honors Monday.

Rolfzen helps guide No. 11 Nebraska to straight-set wins over Indiana and Michigan, averaging 3.0 kills per set, 2.0 blocks per set and a .395 hitting percentage on the week. 

Rolfzen, a Papillion-La Vista South graduate, tallied a career-high 12 blocks against Michigan. She had 10 kills against Indiana while hitting at a .563 clip. 

The award is Rolfzen's first career...

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Husker hoops falls out of AP Top 25 poll

The Nebraska men's basketball team fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday following an overtime loss to Rhode Island over the weekend. NU defeated Central Arkansas 82-56 earlier in the week.

The Rams (3-0) knocked off the then-No. 21 Huskers 66-62 in the extra period Saturday, prompting the sellout crowd of 7,657 to storm the court at the final buzzer. It was Rhode Island’s first win over a Top 25 team since 1998.

Nebraska (2-1) was receiving votes in the latest poll. Big Ten teams in the rankings include No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 19 Michigan and No...

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Bluejay basketball enters AP Top 25 poll

The Creighton men's basketball team, coming off an upset win over No. 18 Oklahoma and a 20-point victory over North Carolina Central, entered the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday.

The 4-0 Bluejays, ranked 23rd in this week's poll, were left off the preaseason rankings despite finishing at 16th in the final poll of the 2013-14 season. In the Week 2 poll, Creighton was unranked and was not receiving votes.

No. 12 Villanova was the only other Big East team in the rankings, while conference foes Providence and Xavier were receiving votes.

In this week's USA Today Coaches...

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Husker coach Darin Erstad named to Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad was named a first-time candidate for the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2015 Hall of Fame ballot Monday.

Erstad was one of 34 names on the 2015 ballot.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 MLB draft, Erstad was a three-time Gold Glove winner, two-time All-Star selection and a winner of the 2002 World Series. In 14 seasons in the majors (most with the Los Angeles Angels), he had a .282 batting average, 1,697 hits, 699 RBIs and 124 home runs. 

According to BaseballHall.org, Erstad finished sixth in American League Rookie of the...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Nov. 23

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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Huskers on top of USA Today's Misery Index

Following two straight losses to ranked teams, USA Today lists Nebraska football as the top team in its Misery Index.

National college football reporter Dan Wolken spent the bulk of his column discussing Nebraska's current situation. 

Some of Wolken's key points:

>> "Because at some point, the notion that Nebraska fans expect too much or that the job isn't what it used to be or that a return to Tom Osborne-era dominance is impossible has no relationship to the evaluation of Pelini's job performance.

Strip all that extraneous stuff away, just look at where th...

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TBL celebrities miss mark against Minnesota

Nebraska's loss to Minnesota on Saturday tripped up all of the TBL celebrity pickers. Everyone picked the Huskers to win.

The OWH staff is now 10-1 on the season and maintains a two-game lead over the rest of the field. The other pickers are 8-3 on the season.

"The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe picked the correct score of 28-24 but picked Nebraska to win.

See their predictions below and follow @OWHbigred and @OWHbottomline for the NU-Iowa predictions later this week. Social Media Picks! #Huskers @AdamCarriker94 @FauxPelini @erinsorensen pic.twitter.com/6cNZHxySUy — ...

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