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Big Ten teleconference: Pelini calls Bell questionable for Friday

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini characterized the status of Kenny Bell as “questionable” for the Iowa game on Friday when asked about the senior receiver on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday.

Bell left the game Saturday against Minnesota in the first quarter after hitting his head on the turf at the end of a 73-yard pass play.

Bell is the Huskers’ all-time leader in both receptions (171) and receiving yards (2,565). He has 37 receptions for 664 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Pelini had said during his Monday press conference that Bell was meeting with doctors, but th...

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Practice report Nov. 25: Beck says D-line is Iowa's strength

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck didn't hesitate when asked what aspect of Iowa's defense concerns him most as he prepares Nebraska for its regular season finale.

"They're really good up front," Beck said.

It's their size and physicality that most stands out on film, he said. Iowa starts two senior defensive tackles — Carl Davis (6-5, 315) and Louis Trinca-Pasat (6-3, 290). 

"They're all physical, quick," Beck said. "They use their hands well."

A few more notes from Tuesday's practice are below...

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TBL: Former Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte on signing with Athletics

Former Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to discuss signing with the Oakland Athletics, his time in the New York Yankees farm system, pitching with both arms and more.

Venditte, an Omaha Central grad, is professional baseball’s only ambidextrous pitcher. He was 3-6 with a 3.25 ERA in two seasons of Class AAA ball. Throughout his full minor league career, Venditte has a 2.46 ERA in 384 2⁄3 innings.

Last week, Venditte signed with the A's, which came with an invitation to spring training.

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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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Women's basketball: Utah at Nebraska

When: 1 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Devaney Center, Lincoln

Radio: 93.3 FM KFFF

UTAH (1-1)

F Taryn Wicijowski, 6-3, Sr., 25.0

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Beck, Bo explain disastrous 2nd-and-1 call

Midway through the fourth quarter, with Nebraska leading 24-21 and humming along with its ground game, NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck dialed up a deep pass on second-and-1 at Minnesota's 41-yard line. 

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong was nailed for a seven-yard sack. The Huskers subsequently punted. Minnesota scored on the following drive. Minnesota won 28-24. 

What was Beck — and head coach Bo Pelini — thinking on the play? 

"Their safeties were down and I think we had run it 17 straight plays," Beck said. It was actually 17 runs out of 18 plays. "We were trying to take...

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Nebraska ties, Nov. 22

COACHES

Frank Solich, Ohio: The Bobcats lost to Northern Illinois 21-14 on Tuesday. Ohio has another Tuesday game this week, at 6 p.m. at Miami (Ohio).

Turner Gill, Liberty: The Flames (8-4, 4-1) blocked a field goal with 3 seconds to play in a 15-14 comeback win over No. 1-ranked Coastal Carolina (11-1, 4-1).

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: The loss to Gill and Liberty ended the Chanticleers’ 11-game winning streak and gave the Flames the Big South Conference title.

Mike Minter, Campbell: Connor Kacsor ran in 16 yards for a go-ahead touchdown to give Dayton a 19-14...

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Video: SI's Andy Staples says it's time for Nebraska to reevaluate the program

"Nebraska's program is not great. It is not terrible. It just is."

That quote sums up the feelings of Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples. In this video, he explains why Nebraska needs to reevaluate Bo Pelini and the program after losing to Minnesota.

Husker fans, are you happy with a program that "just is?"

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Tom's Takes: Minnesota 28, Nebraska 24

1. I felt bad for the seniors, but especially Ameer Abdullah. This has to be a nightmare for the young man. He hasn’t been the same since he injured his knee on Nov. 1. That he did it on such an unnecessary play, jumping on a fumbled center snap, makes it more frustrating. He won’t win the Doak Walker or perhaps even make All-Big Ten. He’s still 386 yards from Mike Rozier’s record of 4,780. Doable in two games, but it will be hard. It’s hard to feel sorry for Abdullah. He’s got so much going for him. But this wasn’t the ending he, or anyone, saw.

2. The second-and-1 call by Tim Bec...

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