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TBL: Sam McKewon talks Husker football and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to discuss the changes to Husker football fan interaction, problems in college basketball, Nebraska spring football, UNO hockey and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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Recruiting: Unheralded running back among latest Husker offers

The flood of Husker scholarship offers seems to have slowed recently to a steady trickle.

There were only three known offers that went out since last week's update, but one went to an under-the-radar running back with good size and speed. 

Here's a bit more on the three NU targets.

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Jeremy Lewis, running back: Scout lists the 6-foot-1, 193-pounder as clocking a verified 4.54 40-yard dash. The Lone Grove, Oklahoma, product has not garnered a lot of recruiting attention, however. Lewis is listed as a two-star by 247, and he’s unranked by Rivals, ESPN and Scout....

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TBL: Husker baseball assistant head coach Mike Kirby

Husker assistant head coach Mike Kirby joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Tuesday to discuss the Nebraska baseball team's sweep of Texas, how the new baseball is affecting the game this year, working under coach Darin Erstad, outfielder Ryan Boldt's leadership ability, the Huskers' rivalry series against Creighton and more.

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...

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Marian grad Vicky McIntyre earns All-America honor

Omaha Marian graduate and Oral Roberts women's basketball star Vicky McIntyre was named an AP All-America honorable mention selection on Tuesday.

McIntyre — who's had an interesting story, covered by our own Dirk Chatelain here — leads the nation with 15.8 rebounds per game and is second in the country in blocks (4.71 per game). She's second in the country in double-doubles (27) and is one of four players in the nation with two triple-doubles this season — a group that includes Iowa's Samantha Logic, who earned third-team All-America honors.

McIntyre — who started her college...

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Want to see UNO in the Frozen Four? It won't be cheap

Tickets to see UNO hockey in the Frozen Four went on sale Tuesday. But they aren't cheap.

The school is selling all-session tickets at $205 for upper-level seats and $250 for lower level. They can be purchased at UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse or by calling 402-554-MAVS. 

Tickets from other websites won't be much cheaper. The NCAA's ticket exchange site has semifinal tickets starting at $337 as of noon Tuesday, while StubHub's least expensive ticket is $190.

The Mavericks take on Providence in the semifinal at 4 p.m. April 9 at TD Garden in Boston. 

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Baseball: Creighton at No. 18 Nebraska

When: 6:35 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Haymarket Park

Radio: 1110 AM KFAB, Husker Sports Network

TV: NET2

Pitchers: So. LHP Jeff Albrecht (1-1, 1.80) vs. Fr. RHP Garett King (2-0, 2.37)

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Rethinking the basketball transfer problem

Imagine you're at a job you've trained years to get. You've invested 40, 50, 60 hours a week just to get a chance at this job. Your parents, too. How much of their own money and time have they spent? How many times have they followed the advice of those training you — learn this skill, go to this event — by fishing out their checkbook, or credit card, and doubling down on a dream you've been pursuing years to get.

But there are 12 of you in the company. And, every few days, there are only eight projects to complete. Each project requires just one person to complete it. And the same...

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Video: Former Bluejay Kyle Korver scores 11 points in 65 seconds

A quick look at the box score for Atlanta's 101-88 win over Milwaukee Monday shows that former Creighton star Kyle Korver scored 11 points, grabbed one rebound and handed out five assists.

That's a solid game for the All-Star.

What the box score doesn't tell you is how Korver recorded his 11 points, which all came in an outburst in the third quarter. 

With 5:49 remaining in the quarter, Korver dropped in a long 3 for his first basket of the game. By the 4:44 mark, when Korver drained his third 3-pointer and fourth shot, the damage had been done. He single-handedly stret...

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Practice Report, March 30: Mike Riley talks Husker QBs

Nebraska coach Mike Riley watched the Huskers' final practice before spring break — the eighth of 15 overall spring practices — three times last week.

After Monday's two-hour workout — the ninth of 15 practices — Riley said he liked what he saw on tape from Husker quarterbacks. 

"It started to look pretty much like football," Riley said. "There was some good execution, crisp throws." 

Because of an injury, two -year starter Tommy Armstrong didn't work out that Friday. But redshirt freshman A.J. Bush did. Riley said he liked what he saw from Bush and another redshirt fre...

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NU's Walter Pitchford to forego his senior season but stay in school

LINCOLN – Nebraska forward Walter Pitchford announced Monday that he is giving up his final season of eligibility with the Husker basketball program. Pitchford will remain at Nebraska and finish his undergraduate degree in ethnic studies.

“I thank Coach Miles for giving me the opportunity when I transferred from Florida,” Pitchford said. “I have learned a lot about myself in the three years I’ve been at Nebraska and it is not an easy decision to give up playing basketball. I believe it is in the best interest of both the team and myself that I devote my time to completing my degree...

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TBL: Q&A with UNO hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy

“The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe interviewed UNO hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy on Monday.

Topics discussed include the Mavericks trip to the Frozen Four, UNO hockey history and more.

Watch the full interview here, plus check out excerpts from the Q&A below.

Want more from the show? Visit Omaha.com/bottomline to catch "The Bottom Line" 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 con...

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TBL: Voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe talks NU baseball, football

Greg Sharpe, the voice of the Huskers, joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include Nebraska baseball's weekend series with Texas and Nebraska spring football.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Tony Boone talks UNO hockey, the Frozen Four and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include UNO hockey, the NCAA tournament, the Frozen Four and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks UNO hockey, Husker baseball and more

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Monday.

Topics discussed include UNO hockey's Frozen Four trip, Husker baseball's surge, the men's basketball Final Four, Randy Gregory and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Heisman Tophy winner Johnny Rodgers talks Jet Award, NU coaching staff and more

Former Nebraska star Johnny Rodgers was in studio Monday to talk with host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line."

Topics discussed include the Jet Award and gala, coach Mike Riley and the new Husker football staff and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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New Nebraska football strength and conditioning video: 'We're a different breed — It's Nebraska, baby.'

Nebraska football's strength and conditioning program was a bit like Area 51 in recent years; it was never entirely clear to fans and media what the Huskers believed in or what the weight room culture was.

In short shrift, that's changed with new NU strength coach Mark Philipp, the subject of another Nebraska football promotional video. 

"I love the aspect of training people and putting together programs," Philipp said. "...I'm going to put tools in your toolbox in order to become a great athlete, so that transfers to the field for you to become a better football player."  Read more »

Baseball weekend recap: Starting rotation leading the way

Sophomore right-hander Derek Burkamper paused for a moment as he named off the pitches he used to keep the Texas lineup off-balance for more than eight innings Sunday.

The two-seam fastball. The change-up.

Umm...

Burkamper nodded his head. That's about it.

He mixed in the breaking ball a bit Sunday. But not much. He watched senior Kyle Kubat attack with basically the same approach in eight innings of scoreless ball Saturday — "he only threw maybe three curveballs all game," Burkamper said. Senior Chance Sinclair, too.

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Baseball: Huskers jump into Top 25 poll

After a sweep of then-No. 16 Texas, the Nebraska baseball team entered the D1baseball.com Top 25 poll Monday. 

The Huskers were slotted at No. 18 in the rankings, while the Longhorns fell to 24th. NU was ranked No. 23 in the D1baseball.com's preseason poll.

Nebraska (21-7) swept the three-game series in Lincoln with 3-1, 1-0 and 6-2 victories against Texas over the weekend. The Huskers also split a two-game home series with Cal State Fullerton last week, and are 18th in the RPI rankings according to WarrenNolan.com.

The Huskers are set for a pair of in-state battles thi...

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Creighton’s Fowler named Big East player of the week

Creighton’s Reagan Fowler was named the Big East player of the week Monday after helping the Bluejays go 4-0 last week.

Fowler had seven RBIs on seven hits as Creighton won a single game against Air Force before sweeping a three-game series against Stetson.

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Former Husker coach Osborne will speak at fundraiser

Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne will speak May 7 at the annual St. Pius X/St. Leo sports fundraiser.

Osborne will speak about leadership and take questions from the audience.

The event will be held at the school’s gym at 6905 Blondo St. Tickets are $75 in advance, or $85 the day of the event. For information, call Mychal Lanik at (402) 277-0034 or Rod James at (402) 670-9181.

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Softball: North Dakota State at Nebraska

When: 3 p.m. Tuesday (doubleheader)

Where: Bowlin Stadium

Nebraska scouting report: This doubleheader was added to the schedule to replace two of four games the Huskers lost when the Tulsa Invitational was canceled. … Nebraska is coming off a 3-2 week that began with a doubleheader sweep of Iowa and ended with a victory over No. 12 Minnesota. … The 18-14 Huskers are 12-5 this month and have won 10 of their past 13 games. … Nebraska is 23-2 at home the past five seasons against nonconference opponents. … Catcher Steph Pasquale has hit five home runs in NU’s last eight games. …...

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Former Husker Langston "Trey" Coleman dies

Nebraska’s first out-of-state, modern walk-on, former defensive end Langston “Trey” Coleman, died in Chicago March 7 of liver cancer, according to Nebraska’s athletic department.

A memorial lunch will be held in Coleman’s hometown, Washington, D.C., on April 25. He’s survived by two daughters — Kristin Carter and Cameron Coleman — and two grandsons.

Coleman started for three seasons under coach Bob Devaney in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He joined the team as a walk-on after hitchhiking to Nebraska. Coleman grew up in Washington, where his mother, according to an athletic department ...

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NU athletic department focused on education about drug and alcohol use

Nebraska’s athletic department focuses on education and information when it comes to spreading news about drug and alcohol use, coach Mike Riley said Monday when asked about marijuana use in college athletic programs.

Riley was asked about marijuana in the wake of former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory admitting to NFL Media that he had twice tested positive for marijuana at Nebraska and failed another test at the NFL combine.

“What we try to do continually with our teams is education about any kind of effect of alcohol, drugs, whatever it might be, all the time,” Riley ...

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Former Husker Adam Carriker highlights last week on TBL

Join host Mike'l Severe each weekday from 2-6 p.m. for "The Bottom Line." Here's a recap of some of the highlights from this week on the show, including former Husker Adam Carriker and more.

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Former Husker Adam Carriker, trying to get back into the NFL after not playing for the last two years, talked about competing in last week’s veterans combine.

“Everybody was a little bit different. For example, with the 16 defensive linemen that were there, Jamaal Anderson and I were the most tenured guys who were there. ... When we’re working out, as I told you, I am locked i...

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Cold postpones Bluejays' series opener with Georgetown

Saturday’s cold weather forced the postponement of Creighton softball’s series opener against Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

Saturday’s doubleheader was moved to Sunday at noon. The teams will conclude the series at noon Monday.

The Bluejays are 14-6, including 1-2 in the Big East.

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NCAA Hockey Midwest Regional Capsules

No. 1 Minnesota State (29-7-3)

Coach: Mike Hastings

USCHO.com ranking: No. 1

How advanced: WCHA champion

Tournament appearances (last, record): 4 (2013, 0-3)

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Fox Sports analyst says Randy Gregory could drop to second round

Fox Sports college football analyst Joe Klatt says that Randy Gregory's failed drug test could drop him to the end of the first round or early in the second round.

He cites the failed test and a deep class of pass rushers as key reasons Gregory could fall.

Klatt sees a steeper drop than other analysts. Mel Kiper Jr. said Thursday that he still sees Gregory staying in the upper half of the first round. NFL.com's Gil Brandt said “in all probability is going to be a costly mistake.”

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Baseball: No. 16 Texas at Nebraska

Where: Haymarket Park

Radio: 1110 AM KFAB, Husker Sports Network

TV: NET (Friday) and BTN (Saturday)

Online stream: BTN Plus (subscription required)

Game One: 6:35 p.m. Friday

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update: 'Regime change' classes often catch fire late

The Big, Fat Recruiting Update knows this must be an exciting and tense time for you, recruitnik.

Nebraska offers are flying out the door on what seems like the daily. Exciting offers — the kind that new coaching staffs often seem to float. You're hearing whispers of a giant spring game visitor list, of NFL stars and their sons showing genuine interest in Nebraska's football program, of the kind of recruiting classes that Bo Pelini more or less guaranteed were too hard to get (except in 2013, when he more or less got one and was plenty happy to bring his coordinators up to the medi...

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