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Mike Riley gets advice from Tom Osborne: Run the ball

Most of a 90-minute lunch meeting earlier this week between Nebraska coach Mike Riley and former Husker coach/athletic director Tom Osborne had absolutely nothing to do with football, Riley told the World-Herald Friday. They talked about families and backgrounds and life stories. Tom's son Mike, who set up the lunch, was also there. 

"It was nothing real dramatic," Riley said. "It was just a real neat thing to do, and I appreciated him doing it. It was fun." 

Definitely not a "big summit meeting," Riley reiterated. 

But if a college football legend — who won three natio...

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Pre-spring football injury update from Mike Riley

The World-Herald was one of two media outlets to meet with Nebraska football coach Mike Riley on Friday; the coach updated reporters on which Huskers would miss offseason camp entirely, and who would participate but be, in Riley's words, "limited." 

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Linebacker David Santos: He missed the Holiday Bowl, then had surgery directly after that game on his knee. Santos had a strong September marred by knee troubles as the season wore on. 

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Husker jersey number changes and additions announced

Nebraska's spring football roster has been locked and loaded into Huskers.com. Here's some of the changes and freshman additions: 

>> Defensive back Avery Anderson — No. 4

>> Linebacker Dedrick Young — No. 5

>> Cornerback Eric Lee — No. 6

>> Cornerback Chris Jones — No. 8 (Was No. 11 last season)

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Husker roster talent ranks among best in Big Ten

Athlon Sports ranked each Big Ten team's talent, and Nebraska came in third on the list. 

The Huskers trailed Ohio State and Michigan in the ranking, which takes the average national ranking of the last five recruiting classes. 

Following Nebraska are Northwestern, Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively. Keep in mind that these rankings judge overall roster talent, so the Wildcats are high on the list because they brought in a talented 2015 recruiting class. That won't necessarily generate wins right away. 

The article had this to say about NU: "Nebraska has seen it...

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TBL: Husker baseball and more with Jon Nyatawa

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss Will Smith movies, Husker baseball, the NBA and more.

For more from the show, check out "The Bottom Line" webpage, follow OWHbottomline on Twitter and check out the show's Facebook page.

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TBL: Creighton basketball talk with Steven Pivovar

The World-Herald's Steven Pivovar joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss all things Creighton athletics, including Greg McDermott's 400th win, the kickoff of baseball season and more.

For more from the show, check out "The Bottom Line" webpage, follow OWHbottomline on Twitter and check out the show's Facebook page.

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Husker spring preview series: Cross, Newby, Taylor among those in the mix at I-back

Leading up to spring practice, "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe is taking a look at each of the Huskers' position groups and breaking down the key players in the mix.

Check out each clip in the series below, and check back for even more updates as spring football approaches.

Visit Omaha.com/bottomline to catch the show live from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus you can listen live or download clips and episodes with the TBL app for iPhone and Android. Follow @OWHbottomline and host @MikelSevere on Twitter, and don't forget to join the conversation on The Bottom Lin...

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Could Ameer Abdullah replace Reggie Bush in Detroit?

The Detroit Lions dropped running back Reggie Bush on Wednesday and could try to replace him in the NFL draft. And there's a certain former Husker who's likely to be an early round pick.

Ameer Abdullah could fit the mold that Detroit is looking for, Kyle Meinke of mlive.com writes. Abdullah, along with Miami's Duke Johnson "stand out as logical fits to succeed Bush in Detroit's offensive backfield." The two met on field last season in Lincoln, with Nebraska winning 41-31.

Abdullah doesn't mind being compared to Bush. Here's what the article said on the matter: 

Abdulla...

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Baseball: Nebraska at Loyola Marymount

Where: Page Stadium, Los Angeles

Radio: Husker Sports Network, 1110 KFAB (Friday and Saturday)

Online stream: LMULions.com (free on Friday and Sunday)

Game One

>> at 8:05 p.m. Friday

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Men’s basketball: UNO at IUPUI

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Indianapolis

Radio: 1620 AM KOZN

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks (10-17, 4-11 Summit League) will be playing their final conference game of the season before ending the year with a nonconference matchup at North Dakota. ... UNO is coming off a 73-67 win over Fort Wayne on Thursday. The Mavericks rallied from an 11-point deficit led by 14 points from forward Tre’Shawn Thurman. The Omaha Central graduate pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and added a steal. Four other Mavericks joined Thurman with double-figure scoring: senior guard CJ Carter (1...

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Women’s basketball: Denver at UNO

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sapp Fieldhouse

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks (9-18, 4-11 Summit League) will honor Felicia Anderson, Lanese Bough, Cathleen Cox and Taijhe Kelly with senior day activities prior to their final game of the season. ... The game will also be the Mavericks’ final contest at Sapp Fieldhouse before they move to UNO’s new arena next season. ... UNO is coming off a 70-61 win over Fort Wayne on Thursday. The Mavericks got a season-high 15 points from Madi Robson in the victory. Robson was 2 of 2 from the field and 11 of 14 at the f...

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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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TBL: Alex Gordon, Bubba Starling updates from Royals spring training

The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss the latest Royals spring training headlines, including an injury update on former Husker Alex Gordon, where expectations are for ex-Husker football commit Bubba Starling and more.

For more from the show, check out "The Bottom Line" webpage, follow OWHbottomline on Twitter and check out the show's Facebook page.

To get the latest on Starling's road to the majors, check out this report from earlier this week.

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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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