Mad Chatter: Mick Tingelhoff's moment, Super Bowl silliness, the irrational longing for old Tiger

It's Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover the Super Bowl, the NBA, long snappers and Tiger.  

But first, the wait finally ends for Mick Tingelhoff. At least it looks that way. Thirty-five years after retirement, 30 years after becoming eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tingelhoff — No. 23 on our list of the greatest athletes in Nebraska history — will be in Phoenix on Saturday, where he’ll hopefully get inducted by the senior committee; he’s the only senior committee nominee this year.

It's a heckuva story. Of course, Tingelhoff, 74, has b...

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Recruiting: All the arrows point back to N for final stretch

LINCOLN -- The stretch run of Nebraska football's 2015 recruiting has arrived. New coach Mike Riley commemorated the last weekend of official visits with what's like to be the last of the "Paint the Nation Red" Twitter maps for awhile. 

And in that final map, all the arrows point back to the block red N in Lincoln. The coaches are coming home in preparation for Signing Day Feb. 4. 

Headed home! Huge official visit this week, finish strong! #GBR — Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) January 30, 2015

The Huskers are hosting six official visitors with sch...

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Where are they now? A look at the 2014 Husker recruiting class

With the hectic schedule for Husker coaches as signing day approaches, much of the focus is on the 2015 recruiting class. But it's also a good time to check in on the 2014 recruits.

Last year's signing day class included an All-American, a second-round pick in the MLB draft, a few key contributors on defense, a starting kicker, some highly regarded redshirts and a few who never made it to fall camp. 

Here's a breakdown of that 2014 class — all 24 members — and where each player stands heading into next season:

Freedom Akinmoladun, TE: The three-star athlete redshirted l...

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TBL: Former Husker Kenny Bell discusses his favorite NU moments

Former Nebraska star wide receiver Kenny Bell joined Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Thursday to discuss his favorite Husker moments, preparing for the NFL combine, Bo Pelini's legacy and more.

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Recruiting: Georgia linebacker Mohamed Barry picks Nebraska

Nebraska started its stretch run toward signing day by getting a Thursday night commitment from Georgia linebacker Mohamed Barry.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder announced his decision on Twitter after visiting NU last weekend and hosting Husker head coach Mike Riley and three assistants on Tuesday night.

Barry, from Grayson High in the Atlanta suburb of Loganville, previously was committed to Kansas State. The three-star prospect also was considering Miami, and had about a dozen total offers from FBS schools.

Nebraska, which expects a final recruiting class of abo...

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Creighton giving away prize package to 3 millionth fan

Creighton, which got its first Big East win of the season last night, is already setting its sights on Saturday's matchup with Georgetown at CenturyLink Center.

And fans should take note, too.

The Bluejay basketball Twitter account posted that Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game will likely host the the 3 millionth fan in Creighton's history at CenturyLink Center. The fan who earns the honor will receive a prize package from the school that will include two season tickets for the 2015-16 season.

Also included in the package: a private tour of the Championship Center, being the ho...

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Top 5 Twitter moments from the Husker staff

The World-Herald has written in length about the behind-the-scene staffers at Nebraska.

Ryan Gunderson, the director of player personnel, and Andy Vaughn, the director of football and recruiting operations, specialize in helping the Nebraska coaching staff in various ways, but one of the most noticeable is social media.

Behind their lead, Nebraska staffers and coaches have produced many humorous tweets about what's really happening behind the scenes of Nebraska football.

So, here's our Top 5 Twitter moments from the Huskers' staff members working behind the curtain.


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Women's basketball: UNO at IPFW

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Gates Sports Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana

UNO (6-13, 1-6)

G Brianna Bogard, 5-7, Jr., 11.3

G Madi Robson, 5-7, So., 4.2

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Recruiting: Nebraska hoping to land long snapper Jordan Ober

Nebraska special teams coordinator Bruce Read appears primed to land one of the nation’s top long snappers if an official visit goes well in Lincoln this weekend.

Jordan Ober, a 6-foot, 190-pound long snapper from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, got an offer Wednesday from Read after San Jose long snapper Grant Gluhaich picked California over the Huskers. Ober will make the official visit this weekend with his parents and his stepmother and decide Sunday night. 

Just got offered a full scholarship to Nebraska #GoBigRed — Jober (@jordan_ober17...

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht and Dirk Chatelain talk Husker basketball and more

World-Herald staff writers Lee Barfknecht and Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss Nebraska basketball's loss to Michigan, the Big Ten Conference, Husker football and more.

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Video: Former Husker Prince Amukamara appears on Key & Peele Super Bowl special

Comedy Central duo Key and Peele have found success with their all-name team segments, poking fun at the growing list of unique names found across the sports world.

In their latest take — part of a Super Bowl special set to air at 9 p.m. Friday — real NFL players make an appearance, and among them is former Husker star and Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara.

Amukamara's role isn't exactly a starring one — he basically states his name and that he went to Nebraska — but it's quickly followed by Peele doing an impersonation of a fake player named "J.R. Junior Juniors Jr." and a ...

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Mad Chatter: Petteway and Nebrasketball's hard reality, Belichick and Marshawn, recruiting spies

You know who’s become Nebraska’s best friend in the sports media? Dan Dakich. The guy just raves about Tim Miles’ program. 

In the first couple minutes of last night’s Super Tuesday game, Dakich said this:

“The practice facility at Nebraska is legendary and then they opened Pinnacle Bank Arena and there is no better place I’ve ever been to on a college campus...

Mike Tirico: “Ever?”

Dakich: “I don’t think so, Mike. All told? It’s fantastic.”

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Video: Digging deep into Nebraska's depth at wide receiver

Nebraska returns 10 scholarship wide receivers for the 2015 season after losing senior Kenny Bell to graduation.

On top of that, one Husker receiver commit, Stanley Morgan, is on track to sign on next week. 

But who will be the top producers next season? Jamal Turner returns for a second senior season after missing last year with an injury, Jordan Westerkamp will be a junior, Taariq Allen returns from an injury-riddled 2014 and De'Mornay Pierson-El is back after an All-America season as a freshman. 

But don't count out juniors Brandon Reilly and Alonzo Moore, or senior ...

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TBL: Husker football talk with Sam McKewon

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about Nebraska football recruiting and more.

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Recruiting: Drake Martinez headed to Michigan State

Drake Martinez, the younger brother of record-setting Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, will transfer to Michigan State, he announced on Twitter.

A safety who was originally part of Nebraska’s 2013 recruiting class, Drake Martinez left NU in the summer of 2014 and transferred to Saddleback Community College in California, where he had 21 tackles and two pass breakups this year.

Thank you to all the schools that offered me. I will be attending Michigan State University! #Spartans — Drake Martinez (@3Drako6) January 27, 2015

Congrats to @3...

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Recruiting: Texas defensive back Willie Sykes picks Nebraska

Nebraska received its 15th commitment for the 2015 recruiting class in Spring (Texas) safety Willie Sykes, who announced his decision on Twitter with a long note.

Sykes had previously been committed to Washington State.

A 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, Sykes had visited NU officially this weekend, then hosted several Husker coaches — including defensive backs coach Charlton Warren — in home Monday night. 

Thank god I was a little late making this decision but I just wanna say thanks to everbody that helped me out 🔴⚪️👑🙏 — #⃣7⃣ (@williesykes11) Janua...

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TBL: Former Husker QB Zac Taylor and basketball player Andy Markowski

It was the day of former Huskers on "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday, led by host Mike'l Severe and guest co-host Joe Ganz — a former Nebraska quarterback and graduate assistant.

The duo interviewed Ameer Abdullah, who talked about his preparation for the NFL draft, and former Husker quarterback Zac Taylor joined to talk about his life as a coach. 

Also, former Nebraska basketball player Andy Markowski joined the show to discuss the state of Husker hoops.

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Recruiting: Nebraska pursuing QB T.J. Green, son of former Chiefs QB Trent Green

Nebraska may not offer a scholarship to any quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class, but Husker coaches are pursuing a top name for a walk-on spot: Kansas City Rockhurst quarterback T.J. Green, whose dad is former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green.

Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was in Kansas City on Monday to see T.J. Green, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder. Langsdorf offered Green a walk-on spot. Rockhurst coach Tony Severino — who has sent Rockhurst alums Michael Rose-Ivey and Zach Hannon to Nebraska in recent years — said Green will consider the offer along with a grays...

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Recruiting: With Husker coaches spread nationwide, here's who they could be visiting

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley is making a habit of keeping the fan base informed on where he and his staff are recruiting. 

There are currently 14 commits in the 2015 recruiting class, and Nebraska wants to sign 19 total next week, so there's still some work to be done in the final eight days before signing day on Feb. 4.

On Tuesday, Riley tweeted out a "Paint the Nation Red" map again, highlighting some interesting stops the Husker coaching staff will be making as they try to finalize their current class and get a jump on the 2016 group.

Paint the Nation Red: Bu...

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Recruiting: DaiShon Neal sticks with Nebraska

Nebraska kept a key in-state prospect in the fold for the 2015 recruiting class Tuesday when DaiShon Neal announced on 1620 The Zone's "Sharp and Benning" radio show that he was sticking with the Huskers over offers from Michigan, Oklahoma and others.

Neal lauded his official visit to NU over the weekend, coach Mike Riley's approach to coaching and academics and relationships Neal had already built with current Nebraska players and 2015 prospects.  

Neal said Oklahoma had too small of a campus, and OU's "stadium wasn't even close to what Nebraska has." Neal said the Sooners w...

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Mad Chatter: Nebrasketball's path to the Big Dance, Tai Webster and Creighton's shooting woes

One year ago today, Nebraska basketball was 1-5 in the Big Ten, 9-9 overall. A few days later (after a home win over Minnesota), I had the gall to suggest NU could get back to .500 in league play and crack the NIT. I was way off. Instead, the Huskers finished 11-7 and made the NCAA tournament. 

You know all about that. I’m not bold enough to predict it will happen again. But I do think it’s appropriate (after the biggest win of the season Saturday) to lay out the obstacle course. 

With three horrendous losses in non-conference play (Creighton, Incarnate Word, Hawaii) and only...

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Recruiting: Huskers have major needs at DE and LB; Michigan pursues DaiShon Neal

First, take a look at Nebraska's current scholarship distribution chart. What do you see? 

Six defensive ends — with four of them wholly unproven.  

Five linebackers — two of them coming off major knee surgery, one more with injury nicks that hampered him all of last year, and one who just enrolled in the program. 

Those are problems that Nebraska's new coaching staff will have to manage in the 2015 season — and a depth issue its trying to address in the 2015 recruiting class. 

It's been tough sledding so far at defensive end. 

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DaiShon Neal sets announcement for Tuesday morning

It's been an eventful month for Omaha Central defensive end DaiShon Neal. Though he's remained a Nebraska commit since NU fired Bo Pelini, Neal has also entertained interest from Oregon, Iowa and Michigan while taking an official visit to Oklahoma. Neal crossed the Sooners off his list Sunday night, but received an offer from Michigan on Monday. 

Tuesday he'll announce his decision between the Huskers and the Wolverines in a radio interview with 1620 The Zone. 

Will be making my announcement tomorrow morning on 1620 the Zone @ 8:15! — DJ (@DaishonNeal90) January 26, 2015 Read more »

Recruiting: Huskers targeting junior college DEs

As Nebraska attempts to finish its 2015 recruiting class by improving depth at defensive end, the Huskers have shifted focus to late adds from the junior colleges.

NU's efforts Monday, according to several scouting services, zeroed in on two particular players: Hinds Community College (Mississippi) target Peter Bailey and West Hills College Coalinga (California) Maurice Daniels. Daniels, who had 19.5 sacks last year, is scheduled to take an official visit to NU this weekend, and defensive line coach Hank Hughes was in Coalinga on Monday.

The latter is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound un...

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Baseball: Huskers clear about ultimate goal

Nebraska's produced a short preseason hype video to entice potential baseball season ticket buyers. The 30-second spot ends with a still-shot of TD Ameritrade Park.

Lots of work ahead — it's a marathon, the ad says — but the goal is clear: Omaha.

The one thing about Darin Erstad is that he's never backed away from embracing the standards set by Nebraska's program during that landmark run from 2001 to 2005 (three College World Series berths).

His Huskers enjoyed a breakout year in 2014 — reaching a Regional for the first time in six seasons. Good, but not enough, ...

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Recruiting: Husker staff out on national prospect hunt yet again

With signing day now just nine days away, the Husker coaching staff is out on the trail again Monday trying to firm up the commitments of key players across the country while also trying to earn a few new recruits.

The Huskers' recruiting class currently sits at 14 players — four have already enrolled at Nebraska — and NU is expected to sign about 19 total players. As Sam McKewon notes, expect defensive end and linebacker to be a focus.

Mike Riley, as part of his aim to be transparent and keep the fans current on the staff's recruiting efforts, has posted another Twitter map ...

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Pitchford will play against Michigan

Nebraska starting forward Walter Pitchford will play Tuesday at Michigan, coach Tim Miles said Sunday night.

Pitchford won't be suspended for his ejection from Saturday's 79-77 victory over Michigan State. The 6-foot-10 junior was assessed a flagrant-2 foul for what was ruled "a high elbow'' to the head of MSU's Matt Costello. The foul occurred just 3:40 into the game.

The Huskers (12-7, 4-3) will face the Wolverines (12-8, 5-3) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN.

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Recruiting: Davis family enjoys meet-and-greet at Nebraska

Nebraska football knew heading into a big recruiting weekend that one of its most important tasks was to make sure twin defensive tackles Carlos and Khalil Davis felt at home in Lincoln with the new coaching staff. The Blue Springs, Missouri stars have been hotly pursued by home-state Missouri over the last month, among other schools. 

Tracy Davis, mother of the twins, said by text Sunday that the meet-and-greet visit was "everything we hoped it to be for us and the boys." 

"We feel confident that we as a family made the correct decision about our boys attending college at th...

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Former Husker Rickey Thenarse arrested on burglary charges

Former Nebraska football player Rickey Thenarse was arrested on burglary charges early Saturday morning after an alleged break-in at a northeast Lincoln apartment. 

According to a Lincoln Police Department report, the arrest stems from a 22-year-old woman's complaint at 12:40 a.m. Saturday that someone she didn't know was knocking hard on her front door. She called police, then went into a closet to hide. A short time later, she called police again, informing them that someone was inside her house. 

When police arrived, the woman got out of the closet and opened the door for ...

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