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Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald zings 'boring' Nebraska

When Nebraska visited Northwestern's Ryan Field in 2012, Husker fans filled up one side of the stadium, playing a key factor in NU building momentum for a fourth-quarter comeback. At game's end, thousands crowded around the Huskers tunnel back to the locker room, cheering for players and coach Bo Pelini.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald hasn't forgotten, evidenced by quotes in a Chicago Tribune story Tuesday.

Fitzgerald was talking to boosters after a Wildcat golf outing honoring Fitzgerald's former boss, Randy Walker, the Northwestern coach who died suddenly in 2006. In an ...

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Picking the winner of the Big Ten West

The Big Ten, alone among Power 5 conferences, chooses to stiff-arm the usual preseason polls. So, since 2011, the Cleveland Plain Dealer takes it upon itself to poll two beat writers of each team and present that as a preseason poll.

We picked the Leaders Division champ in 2011 (Wisconsin) and 2013 (Ohio State). In 2012, we actually picked the Badgers ahead of Ohio State; even if the Buckeyes couldn't advance to the league title game, they still won the Legends.

But, as a group, we were 0-3 at predicting the winner of the Legends Division, a good chunk of which now makes up t...

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Video: SI writer says Doug McDermott deserving of Summer League MVP honor

Chicago Bulls first-rounder and former Creighton star Doug McDermott was named to the All-NBA Summer League first team Sunday, while Washington's Glenn Rice Jr. took home the league MVP honors. 

McDermott played in four games for the Bulls in Las Vegas, scoring 10, 31, 20 and 11 points. McDermott missed the Bulls' fifth game with a minor foot injury. He averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in Summer League play.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix said the former Bluejay would have earned his MVP nod.

"The guy I was most impressed by was Doug...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 22 Taariq Allen

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Taariq Allen  |  6-foot-3  |  200 pounds  |  Jr.  |  Receiver

No Husker receiver hauled in as many highlight-reel catches as Allen during spring ball. Whether he was out-jumping defenders for lob balls, absorbing contact on catches over the middle or snatching throws a tad off line with just one hand, Allen made some spectacular plays.

But is Allen ready for full-time duty? Just when he seemed to be making a push two ye...

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Video: Jon Nyatawa talks with Severe on "The Bottom Line"

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa discusses Husker football commit Mirko Jurkovic, fixing college football recruiting issues and his thoughts on how the Big Ten West division will finish this season on his weekly appearance on "The Bottom Line."

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Video: Nate Clouse talks Husker recruiting on "The Bottom Line"

Nate Clouse from HuskerOnline.com joined Mike'l Severe on Monday to discuss Mirko Jurkovic's commitment to the Huskers, the Hunter Dale situation and other Nebraska football recruiting news.

Watch the full interview here, and check out select quotes from the interview below:

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On the latest recruit Mirko Jurkovic:

"I think it's a solid pickup for the Huskers. They've got limited spots across the of...

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Recruiting: Offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic Jr. picks Nebraska

A few days before Mirko Jurkovic Jr. became the third offensive lineman to commit to Nebraska's 2015 recruiting class, Nebraska position coach John Garrison sent Jurkovic a few placards. One touted the Huskers' nation-leading nine Outland Trophies. The other pushed Memorial Stadium's long sell-out streak.

Garrison signed both with a silver marker. “WE NEED YOU!” he wrote on the Outland Trophy card.

Nebraska got the 6-foot-5, 280-pound three-star, who Monday selected the Huskers over Florida and Ohio State.

Proud to announce that I am committing to the University of Neb...

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Rex Burkhead battling for a Bengals roster spot in training camp

Rex Burkhead lived in the moment just fine at Nebraska, but he never denied a thirst to play in the NFL, just a man and his professional craft.

Now in his second year with the Cincinnati Bengals, Burkhead will again have to be at the top of his craft just to stick on the roster. And he'll probably have to beat out a veteran to do it.

The Cincy Enquirer published its training camp preview, and Burkhead is projected to be one of the four running backs coach Marvin Lewis retains for the season roster. But if Burkhead does make it, then veteran BenJarvis Green-Ellis is likely hea...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 23 Givens Price

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Givens Price  |  6-4  |  310  |  junior  |  guard

When he joined the Nebraska football team in the summer of 2011, Price was 16 years old. So he had some room to grow.

It appears that Price is closer to reaching his potential now. He’s coming off a productive set of spring practices when he held his own against some talented defensive linemen and matched their physicality.

It was probably enough to secure a place ...

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Huskers raise money for good cause with road race

On Sunday, the Nebraska Football Uplifting Athletes Road Race raised money for their No. 1 charity — pediatric brain cancer.

According to the Huskers twitter account, there were nearly 800 runners and the event raised $30,000.

Here's a collection of the best tweets and photos from the event:

Nearly 800 runners, $30k raised, for #Huskers @UpliftingAth Road Race 5k and Fun Run. pic.twitter.com/O7DrYWNIFU — Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) July 20, 2014

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Recruiting: Hunter Dale decision appears headed for this week

After committing to Nebraska Thursday night, then backing off that commitment by Saturday night via Twitter, a more firm decision from the New Orleans-area safety Hunter Dale may come by Wednesday according to a report from Husker Online.

Johnny Curtis -- son of River Ridge (Louisiana) J.T. Curtis High School coach J.T. Curtis and Dale's high school baseball coach -- told the recruiting Web site that Dale "committed without basically sitting down and kind of going through all of the, you know, goods and bads and realizing that once you commit your recruiting process is completely o...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 24 Jonathan Rose

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Jonathan Rose  |  6-foot-1  |  195 pounds  |  Jr.  |  Cornerback

It could be a breakout year for the junior who began his collegiate career at Auburn. He’s spent the past two seasons adjusting to Nebraska, learning the defensive system and getting ready for the moment when he’s called on.

And now that two veterans who hardly ever came off the field last year — Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans — aren’t around to ea...

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Recruiting: Hunter Dale says he's 'not committed' to Huskers

On Thursday, Nebraska added another defensive back to the class of 2015 when Hunter Dale, a safety from New Orleans, committed during a visit to Lincoln with his friend and NU commit Kendall Bussey Jr.

Bussey was the one to break the news on Twitter, welcoming his friend to Nebraska. Nebraska assistant coaches also sent out their customary boom tweets to signify a recruit committing. Dale's commitment was widely reported.

But is Dale actually committed? Not according to a tweet of his from late Saturday night:

Need to calm down I have not committed my recruiting is st...

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Packers induct Ahman Green into hall of fame

Former Nebraska star Ahman Green was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Ken Ruettgers was also inducted.

Green played eight seasons (2000-06, ’09) with the Packers and finished as the club’s all-time rushing leader with 8,322 yards. He also holds franchise records for most yards from scrimmage (11,048), 1,000-yard seasons (six), 100-yard games (33) and rushing attempts (1,851). From 2000-04, his total yards from scrimmage (9,036) and rushing yards (6,848) were an NFL high.

In 2003, Green set the team’s single-season rushing mark (1,883 yards),...

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McDermott misses Summer League game with foot injury

Former Creighton star Doug McDermott sat out Saturday's NBA Summer League quarterfinal loss to Sacramento because of a left foot injury.

According to the Chicago Bulls, it is a precautionary move for a minor injury.

In a precautionary move Doug McDermott is out tonight with a minor left foot injury. #NBASummerLeague — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 20, 2014 //

After the Bulls first four games, McDermott is averaging 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. 

If you've missed McDermott in Summer League action, check out slo-mo video of his game again...

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Huskers' Tai Webster helps New Zealand national team earn series win; earns spot on FIBA World Cup team

Husker sophomore Tai Webster had eight points, two rebounds and two steals for the New Zealand national team in an 89-81 win over South Korea on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. The win gave New Zealand a 2-1 series win over South Korea in the international series.

Playing in his hometown for the first time since coming to Nebraska last summer, Webster hit 3-of-5 shots from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, in 23 minutes. The 6-foot-4 sophomore guard came off the bench and fueled a decisive first-half run, scoring five points in a surge that stretched a 4-point New Zeala...

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Abdullah, Edwards are finalists for Fred Ware Award

The World-Herald will hand out the Fred Ware Award this Sunday. Here are two of this year's eight finalists. Previously announced finalists include NU men's basketball player Terran Petteway, former Husker volleyball player Kelsey Robinson, Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong, UNO track athlete Sami Spenner, NU women's basketball player Jordan Hooper and Creighton mens' basketball's Doug McDermott.

Ameer Abdullah: The Nebraska I-back ran for 1,690 yards as a junior, the No. 4 single-season mark in school history and more than any Husker since Ahman Green in 1997. The NU team captain and tw...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 25 Sam Burtch

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Sam Burtch  |  6-3  |  200  |  junior  |  receiver

Another walk-on success story to add to Nebraska’s archives. It wasn’t until hours before signing day that Burtch got an offer to join the program, and three years later the Elmwood-Murdock product has earned a scholarship and a spot in the Huskers’ top receiver rotation.

He’s a well-rounded receiver, trusted in any scenario. Teammates say he’s one of the squad’s hardes...

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Video: National college football writer Phil Steele joins "The Bottom Line"

Phil Steele, editor and publisher of the Phil Steele College Football Preview magazine, joined Mike'l Severe to preview the college football season and what he expects for Nebraska.

Watch the full video, and check out select quotes from the interview below:

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On Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah:

"I love Ameer Abdullah. This guy’s a tremendous college football running back. The thing I like about him best ...

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Doug McDermott discusses ESPY win, Summer League play

Doug McDermott was interviewed by Bulls TV on Friday in Las Vegas, where he's competing for Chicago in the NBA Summer League. The former Creighton star touched on various topics, including his ESPY win and the NBA Summer League.

On winning the ESPY for best male college athlete: "It's an unbelievable honor. Some great athletes I went against and I got to walk away with it, so it's pretty special that I got that award."

On Summer League play: "It's fun. This is basketball. This is what I enjoy, what I love to do. I'm just taking it a game at a time. I've had a couple good game...

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Hooper, McDermott are finalists for Fred Ware Award

The World-Herald will hand out the Fred Ware Award this Sunday. Here are two of this year's eight finalists. Previously announced finalists include NU men's basketball player Terran Petteway, former Husker volleyball player Kelsey Robinson, Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong and UNO track athlete Sami Spenner:

Jordan Hooper: The 6-foot-2 forward is the only Nebraska women’s basketball player to finish her career with 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds, and made more 3-point shots (295) than any Husker in program history. Hooper was the Big Ten player of the year and helped NU win the Big Ten...

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Report: Doug McDermott invited to Team USA camp

The Chicago Bulls' first-round draft pick and former Creighton star Doug McDermott has reportedly been invited to the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas later this month to compete against members of the U.S. men's national team.

Another former Bluejay, Kyle Korver, was named to the national team roster on Monday. 

News of McDermott's invitation to the camp — which runs July 28 to Aug. 1 — was first published by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter: 

Among USA Basketball Select Team invitees to Las Vegas, sources tell Yahoo. Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Victo...

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Video: Tommy Armstrong, Terrell Newby and others tout Huskers in "This is Nebraska" pitch

In one of the better promo videos churned out by the Nebraska athletics department this summer, various Husker athletes discuss what the school and the state mean to them and how it's affected their career as a student-athlete.

"It's just a big community base, and they all focus on the same thing, and that's just having fun and enjoying the sport of football and just sports in general," NU quarterback Tommy Armstrong said in the video, title "This is Lincoln. This is Nebraska."

The video was published Friday on the Huskers' YouTube account.

Husker women's basketball sen...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 26 Terrell Newby

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Terrell Newby  |  5-10  |  200 pounds  |  So.  |  Running back

In the rush to praise big back Adam Taylor’s skill set, some forgot about the other highly-touted back who arrived with Taylor in the 2013 class. That was a mistake, since Newby had the better spring between the two and rushed for 298 yards as a true freshman.

Newby is short and compact, like Ameer Abdullah. He’s faster than Abdullah but not quite as wiggly ...

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McDermott scores 11 as Bulls advance

Doug McDermott scored 11 points as the Chicago Bulls Summer League team defeated Philadelphia 79-68 to advance in the tournament in Las Vegas.

The former Creighton star had a rough shooting night, scoring 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting and only 1 of 6 from 3-point range. He also added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The Bulls shot 37.7 percent from the field and only 28 percent from 3-point range. 

After four games, McDermott is averaging 18 points and 3.75 rebounds per game. 

Earlier Thursday, ESPN highlighted McDermott as the top rookie at Summer League.

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Recruiting: Safety Hunter Dale commits to the Huskers

It took Nebraska a few tries to lure 2015 safety Hunter Dale up for a visit. But once NU got him on campus, the Huskers closed him and secured their second safety commit for the class. Dale finished up a two-day unofficial visit Thursday with 2015 running back Kendall Bussey, who tweeted out the news:

Alright #HUSKERNATION Welcome our newest commit @HunterD_1 HE IS A CORNHUSKER!!!!! FOLLOW HIM YALL!!!! #GBR — Kendall Bussey™ (@KBJ_5) July 18, 2014

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Nebraska coaches quickly got on boom patrol:

Tick tick tick......#BOOM — Charlton Warren (@CoachCwarren) July ...

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Petteway gets more praise as college star, NBA prospect

The spotlight on Nebraska forward Terran Petteway keeps getting brighter.

The Big Ten's reigning scoring champ, who averaged 18.1 points a game last season, was ranked 29th on The Big Lead's list of Top 50 college basketball players released Thursday.

Petteway was also recently placed among ESPN staff writer Chad Ford's Top 100 NBA prospects. The junior comes in at No. 56, projecting him as a second-round (or possibly undrafted) pick.

ESPN's most recent analysis describes Petteway as a "versatile, aggressive scorer who can knock down shots from the three or by attacking...

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Video: ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree talks recruiting on "The Bottom Line"

ESPN Recruiting Nation writer Jeremy Crabtree joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Thursday to talk summer football camp standouts and more.

Are high school players taking a cue from LeBron James and joining up with other topic prospects?

"If you're a highly touted player, do you want to go play with other highly touted players like LeBron did in Miami in basketball or do you want to be a big fish in a small pond? More and more of these kids are gravitating toward 'Hey, I don't care if I have to go sit on the bench for a year or two if we are winning ball games.'"

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UNO's Spenner, NU's Wong finalists for Fred Ware Award

The World-Herald will hand out the Fred Ware Award this Sunday. Here are two of this year's eight finalists. Previously announced finalists include NU men's basketball player Terran Petteway and former Husker volleyball player Kelsey Robinson:

Sami Spenner: The UNO senior was the Summit League’s field athlete of the year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, and set the American collegiate record in the pentathlon (4,498) at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championship in February. She leaves with a host of Maverick school records, including 200-meter dash, 100 hurdles, long jump...

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Friday is Husker Day on BTN

BTN will prominently feature the Huskers as part of its "School Day" summer programming Friday, including 2013-14 season highlights, a look back at the 1994 national championship football team and more.

NU-related programming begins at 5 a.m. Friday morning and runs for 24 hours.

Highlights of the network's programming include the Husker football team’s wins at Michigan and in the Gator Bowl over Georgia. The day will also feature a replay of the 2012 win over Wisconsin, a 17-point comeback victory, and the Michigan State road victory in which NU scored 10 points in the final...

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