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Mad Chatter: Pelini tape reaction, Harbaugh's potential impact on B1G, Akoy Agau

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We gotta move fast, because there’s so much ground to cover. We’ll get to the Pelini stuff, including why the World-Herald ran the audio tape, but first NFL playoffs and NBA hoops, MLB contracts and Husker hoops, even a little golf. Here's a random thought:

Could Kirk Ferentz, Mike Riley & Paul Chryst walk through an airport together in most American cities without being recognized? I think they could! 

Contrast that trio of vanilla men with the butterscotch in the Big Ten East, especially if Jim Harbaugh takes t...

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TBL: Steven Pivovar talks Creighton basketball

The World-Herald's Steven Pivovar joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss the Creighton men's basketball program James Milliken's suspension and more.

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Practice Report: Randy Gregory back and ready; Jack Gangwish available

Two key players for Nebraska's Holiday Bowl game will be ready Dec. 27 when the Huskers play USC. 

All-American and All-Big Ten defensive end Randy Gregory, who missed the last regular season game against Iowa with a concussion and an illness, has returned to practice, interim head coach Barney Cotton said. 

"He's practicing, he's good to go," Cotton said. "Good to go...it's important to have him and it's important to have all the guys available on defense because, you go out there, and it'd be nice to have a little rotation going into that game for nickel situations and shor...

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New Orleans RB Kendall Bussey chooses Tennessee over Huskers

Highly touted running back Kendall Bussey of New Orleans Isidore Newman high school — a longtime Husker commit — announced Friday that he will play college football at the University of Tennessee.

Bussey, who committed to former NU coach Bo Pelini, opened his recruitment after Pelini was fired by the Huskers.

New Husker coach Mike Riley reportedly impressed Bussey in a visit to New Orleans on Dec. 12 in which he tried to convince the running back to come to Nebraska. In a Twitter post the previous day, Riley described the upcoming meeting with Bussey as a "big" visit and said...

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Former Husker, NFL player Scott Shanle speaks out about Bo Pelini firing, comments

In a post on his Facebook page Friday, former Husker linebacker Scott Shanle spoke out Friday about Bo Pelini's dismissal, the former coach's vulgar talk with players, Mike Riley's hiring and more.

In his comments, Shanle — who says he was inspired by former teammate Adam Carriker's Facebook post on the topic — addressed various topics.

Here's a sampling:

On playing under pressure at Nebraska: "I'm here to tell you that as a competitor you don't go to those places where winning is just good enough! You chose Nebraska to play in big games and hopefully win championships....

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Report: Many behind-the-scenes staff being let go by Nebraska

FootballScoop, a website that specializes in coaching news, reported on Friday that several members of Nebraska's supporting staff are being let go by new head football coach Mike Riley.

The report lists Jeff Jamrog, assistant athletic director for football operations; Austin Everson, assistant director of football operations; Mike Nobler, the video coordinator; Brian Crist, director of player personnel; and "many, many more" as not being retained through the coaching change.

Some of the names don't come as much of a surprise, mostly because it has been known that Riley was b...

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Twitter personality Faux Pelini will live on, even at Youngstown State

Merry Christmas, Twitterverse.

Faux Pelini is sticking around.

The Chicago man behind the Twitter account said Friday he would keep the parody of a certain former Nebraska football coach alive, even with Bo Pelini at Youngstown State.

The creator, an Omaha native and Nebraska fan whose skewering of Bo Pelini created a fan base that is 175,000 and counting, tweeted his announcement Friday morning:

This may work for another 10 minutes or 10 months or longer or shorter but let's give it a shot #GBR #GoGuins — Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) December 19, 2014 //

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Riley enthused about keeping Warren on Huskers' staff

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley called Charlton Warren a “very impressive man” and spoke highly of his credentials Thursday night as he discussed possibly the only assistant coach that will be retained from the old Husker staff.

Warren is finishing his first season at NU after nine at Air Force, including his last two years as defensive coordinator and associate head coach to Troy Calhoun.

“I love his football background,” Riley said during a brief appearance on “Sports Nightly” on the Husker Sports Network. “I love the fact that he’s been a coordinator in his life. I think th...

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TBL: BTN's Gerry DiNardo discusses his interview with Husker coach Mike Riley

Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss his interview with new Husker coach Mike Riley, talk about his encounters with coaching changes and more.

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Interim coach Barney Cotton names Husker team award winners

Nebraska interim head coach Barney Cotton on Thursday announced on Twitter the Huskers who won team awards for the 2014 season. 

Team MVP: Ameer Abdullah

Novak Award: Trevor Roach

Guy Chamberlin Trophy: Abdullah

Cletus Fisher Native Son Award: Jake Cotton

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TBL Roundtable: Jay Moore, Sam McKewon, Tom Shatel discuss Pelini tapes

Former Husker football player Jay Moore and The World-Herald's Sam McKewon and Tom Shatel join "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe to discuss Bo Pelini's profanity-laced talk with Husker players, the university's response, NU recruiting, Holiday Bowl preparations, challenges for incoming coach Mike Riley and more.

Check out the full four-part roundtable discusssion — over an hour of in-depth analysis — below.

For more coverage, you can read Pelini's remarks in his final meeting with NU players, read the full transcript and see the university's statement, plus find more on Bi...

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Salaries of four Husker assistants released

Nebraska's athletic department on Thursday released the contracts of the first four Husker football assistants — Mark Banker, Trent Bray, Mike Cavanaugh and Bruce Read — hired by new coach Mike Riley.

>> Banker's contract runs through Jan. 31, 2017. He will make $550,000 each year. Banker had previously served as defensive coordinator under Riley at Oregon State; his position at NU is not yet announced. 

>> Cavanaugh's contract runs through Jan. 31, 2017. He will make $400,000 in 2015, and his salary is bumped up to $450,000 starting Jan. 31, 2016. Cavanaugh previ...

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Youngstown State releases statement on Bo Pelini's 'inappropriate and unfortunate' remarks

According to the Youngstown Vindicator, a local Ohio newspaper that covers Youngstown State athletics, the university has released a statement on former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's recent remarks to Husker players following his firing as head coach.

Youngstown State announced the hiring of Pelini as football coach on Wednesday prior to the release by The World-Herald of a transcript and audio tape of the former NU coach's profanity-laced talk with players on Dec. 2.

Here's the official, four-sentence reaction from the university:

"Coach Pelini's remarks as reported are i...

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Could any other Oregon State assistants join Mike Riley at NU?

New Husker coach Mike Riley has already brought four assistant coaches with him from Oregon State to Nebraska. 

Some of his former staff has already been linked to other jobs, whether it be at Oregon State or elsewhere, and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren is staying at Nebraska, according to recruits.

Riley has already announced that his former defensive coordinator Mark Banker and linebackers coach Trent Bray will join Nebraska as defensive assistants, while his former offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh will serve as an offensive assistant and Bruce Read will be the s...

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Ex-Husker Adam Carriker gives his take on the Bo Pelini audio tape

Former Husker and NFL defensive lineman Adam Carriker, a weekly guest on "The Bottom Line," shared his thoughts on the Bo Pelini audio tape on his Facebook page.

Carriker, who earlier this month weighed in on Pelini's firing, broke his thoughts into seven points. You can read them in full here (the text has minor edits):

1: Why does Pelini have to have his final meeting with the team at a local high school after the players were emailed that he'd been fired? 2: How do private conversations/meetings keep getting leaked at ‪‎Nebraska‬? 3: How valid are his frustrations with th...

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They said it: National media outlets weigh in on the Bo Pelini audio tape

The World-Herald on Wednesday released the explicit audio tape of Bo Pelini's meeting with his former Husker players on Dec. 2.

Pelini was harshly critical of his former boss, Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, and used many explicit words while delivering his message. 

Here's how the national media responded to Pelini's comments, the second secretly recorded audio tape of the former Husker coach.

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CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd says you should look past Pelini and at his new boss, Jim Tressel:

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‘I wasn’t forced out,’ former Husker A.D. Tom Osborne says

In Bo Pelini’s talk with his players, he told them that Tom Osborne was “forced out” of his job as NU’s athletic director.

The World-Herald reached Osborne for his comments on what Pelini said.

Osborne: “It’s really unfortunate that, No. 1, he wouldn’t be able to talk to his players without having it tape-recorded. And if he used inappropriate language, I’m sorry that happened. Other than that, I don’t know anything about it.

Q: Were you forced out as A.D.?

Osborne: “I wasn’t forced out. I resigned. And that’s the end of the story.”

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Instant reaction: Former players, media, fake coaches react to the Bo Pelini tape

» EXPLICIT: Listen to Bo Pelini's final speech to the Husker players

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Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini met with Husker players on Dec. 2 at Lincoln North Star High School. In the meeting, he provided a window into the strained — almost non-existent — relationship between his former boss, Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, and him.

You can read Pelini's expletive-laced remarks in his final meeting with Husker players. You can also read the full transcript and see the university's statement.

Check out what others, including current and former players, had to say:...

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Gregory No. 4 overall, five Big Ten players in ESPN mock draft

Randy Gregory could keeping wearing a black shirt, at least that's what ESPN predicts.

In ESPN's first mock draft for 2015, the Nebraska defensive end was picked to go fourth overall to the Raiders.

The only defensive end picked to go ahead of Gregory will soon be on the same field in the Holiday Bowl — Southern Cal defensive end Leonard Williams, who was predicted to go third overall to the Jaguars.

Gregory, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound junior, could return to Nebraska for one more season, but most NFL mock drafts have him as a top-five overall pick.

Gregory was named a...

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Report: James Dobson to lead Vanderbilt strength program

James Dobson, who served as Nebraska's strength and conditioning coach the last seven seasons under former coach Bo Pelini, is reportedly headed to Vanderbilt to head up the Commodores' strength program.

According to 247 Sports, Dobson will replace Bill Hughan, who was dismissed two weeks ago.

Before coming to Nebraska, Dobson played football for Iowa and was part of Hawkeye teams that won Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley has not yet announced a strength coach among his new hires.

Congrats to James Dobson as he becomes Vanderbilt's stren...

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From the Archives: A look back at the first leaked Bo Pelini audio tape

A little over a year ago, Bo Pelini found himself in hot water. An audio tape had been released of him angrily saying explicit things about the media and Nebraska fans.

The tape had been recorded in October 2011, immediately after a 34-27 comeback win over Ohio State. It was released after Nebraska's 2013 loss to UCLA.

On Wednesday, The World-Herald reported on another tape of Bo Pelini, this time the former Husker coach was saying explicit things about Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst. You can read the full transcript of that here.

But let's look back at that ...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks about the Bo Pelini tape

» EXPLICIT: Listen to Bo Pelini's final speech to the Husker players

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World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain McKewon joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" to discuss the release of Bo Pelini's expletive-laced remarks in his final meeting with Husker players.

You can also read the full transcript and see the university's statement.

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Husker, Bluejay among AVCA All-America picks

Kadie Rolfzen of Nebraska and Kelli Browning of Creighton have been named AVCA third-team All-Americans.

Rolfzen, a Papillion-La Vista South graduate, is a sophomore outside hitter. She led Nebraska in kills with 405 (3.55 per set) and posted a double-double in all four of NU's NCAA Tournament matches. Rolfzen also finished second on the team in digs with 316 (2.77 per set).

Browning, a senior middle blocker from Waukesha, Wisconsin, is the first Bluejay chosen as a third-team player. She was previously named an honorable-mention All-American as a sophomore and junior, and be...

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Recruiting: Kevin Dillman no longer a Husker commit

Kevin Dillman, the Swedish import who was once a five-star quarterback recruit, is no longer headed to Nebraska. It doesn't appear to be by choice, either. 

Much like how my eligibility for varsity football my senior year was taken away from me so was my scholarship to the university of Nebraska. — kevin dillman (@kevindillman10) December 16, 2014

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Dillman has had a difficult year by any measurement. He transferred from La Mirada (California) High School to quarterback powerhouse Denton (Texas) Guyer High School when his United States guardian, Peter Dames, switch...

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TBL: Sam McKewon talks Bo Pelini and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" to discuss Bo Pelini being hired as the Youngstown State coach and more.

For the latest Nebraska news, follow @OWHbigred on Twitter and like the Big Red Today Facebook Page. Also, follow Sam and Mike'l on Twitter.

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TBL: Former Husker Andy Markowski talks NU basketball

Former Husker basketball player Andy Markowski joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to discuss Nebraska's early struggles, players that need to perform better and more.

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TBL: Youngstown State color commentator talks Bo Pelini hire

Youngstown State color commentator Chris Sammarone joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to discuss the hiring of Bo Pelini as the Penguins' new football coach.

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Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck talks philosophy, recruiting, weather and more

This is the final game Tim Beck is likely to ever call for the Nebraska football program. He's not likely to be retained by new coach Mike Riley after four seasons of calling plays and, after the Holiday Bowl, he'll start looking for more open positions. A finalist for the Kansas head coaching job — which went to former Texas A&M wide receivers coach David Beaty — Beck would like to get a playcalling or head coaching job. 

"That'd be awesome, but it's hard to get those situations sometimes," Beck said. 

But a question still lingered before the 53rd game Beck will call at ...

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Practice Report, Dec. 16: Gregory update, reaction to Bo's new job

Quick hits from Tuesday's practice:

>> Interim head coach Barney Cotton said the defense was sharper than the offense on Tuesday, a reversal of roles from previous practices. Nebraska has been picking "odd times" for practices — such as the middle of the day — in the hopes that 90 percent of the players could be there during finals week. 

>> Defensive end Randy Gregory was cleared to return to practice and play in the bowl game, Cotton said. Gregory had been suffering from a concussion and an illness, missing the Iowa game.  

>> Paul Thurston, Zach Han...

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Mad Chatter: Bo's headed home

Youngstown State is the perfect job for Bo Pelini. 

That’s not a knock on Pelini, who just got fired from a much bigger job. But now he can focus on the things he loves most about coaching. Now he can shed the things he doesn’t. 

Pelini believes in a small circle of trust. If you’re inside the circle, he loves you. He’s loyal to you. If you’re outside the circle, you’re an impediment to his program. You're against him.

At Nebraska, too many people were outside the circle. There were too many distractions, too much attention, too many message boards, too much media. I re...

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