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Mike Riley and restoring the Blackshirts tradition

New Nebraska coach Mike Riley is about to do the fan base and Husker defenders a kindness by returning the Blackshirts tradition to what fans long understood it to be: That the black jerseys worn by NU starters are handed out just before the season — when starters are picked — and donned throughout the season as an identity for said starters and motivation for their backups. 

Blackshirt history — wonderfully written by Husker historian Mike Babcock and posted on NU's own site — tells us this. 

Years of Blackshirt posters — like the 1990, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007 ...

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TBL: Husker Talk with Sam McKewon

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line for his weekly segment.

Topics covered include the Lincoln basketball scene, Nebraska women's basketball, Husker football and more.

Watch the full interview with Pospisil below. And get caught up on some of the best segments from last week with the TBL week in review.

And follow McKewon on Twitter @swmckewonOWH.

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Baseball weekend recap: Series win reveals NU's potential

You have to think that the Huskers left the ballpark Friday, after a 4-1 series opening loss to Loyola Marymount, feeling like they let one critical game slip away. And the impact of that frustrating realization can sometimes have differing effects.

Remember, these NU players began the preseason plotting to make an NCAA run. They want to build off last year's appearance, maybe even get selected as one of the 16 teams that host regional round action. But to position itself to achieve that — as a northern school whose non-conference performance tends to carry more weight than league ...

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Ameer Abdullah, 'Bud' Crawford highlight "The Bottom Line" last week

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 Ameer Abdullah and Omaha boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford.

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Former Husker Ameer Abdullah, who finished as the top running back in four events at the NFL combine and third in another, didn’t put up the 40-yard dash time that he was looking for.

“I was a little disappointed, but I noticed a lot of the times were slower, not just in the running back group, but I watched the rest of the combine and a lot of t...

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Women's basketball: Creighton at Villanova

When: Noon Sunday

Where: The Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

CREIGHTON (17-11, 10-7)

F Brianna Rollerson, 6-0, So., 8.3

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Sports Week in Videos, Feb. 22-28

Check out the week's best videos from around the sports world, including interviews from “The Bottom Line,” The World-Herald's video staff and around the nation.

This week’s videos cover Feb. 22 to 28. You can find more videos from The World-Herald here, plus check out our Sports Week in Pictures photo showcase.

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Ameer Abdullah on "The Bottom Line"

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Mike Riley gets advice from Tom Osborne: Run the ball

Most of a 90-minute lunch meeting earlier this week between Nebraska coach Mike Riley and former Husker coach/athletic director Tom Osborne had absolutely nothing to do with football, Riley told the World-Herald Friday. They talked about families and backgrounds and life stories. Tom's son Mike, who set up the lunch, was also there. 

"It was nothing real dramatic," Riley said. "It was just a real neat thing to do, and I appreciated him doing it. It was fun." 

Definitely not a "big summit meeting," Riley reiterated. 

But if a college football legend — who won three natio...

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Pre-spring football injury update from Mike Riley

The World-Herald was one of two media outlets to meet with Nebraska football coach Mike Riley on Friday; the coach updated reporters on which Huskers would miss offseason camp entirely, and who would participate but be, in Riley's words, "limited." 

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Linebacker David Santos: He missed the Holiday Bowl, then had surgery directly after that game on his knee. Santos had a strong September marred by knee troubles as the season wore on. 

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Husker jersey number changes and additions announced

Nebraska's spring football roster has been locked and loaded into Huskers.com. Here's some of the changes and freshman additions: 

>> Defensive back Avery Anderson — No. 4

>> Linebacker Dedrick Young — No. 5

>> Cornerback Eric Lee — No. 6

>> Cornerback Chris Jones — No. 8 (Was No. 11 last season)

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Husker roster talent ranks among best in Big Ten

Athlon Sports ranked each Big Ten team's talent, and Nebraska came in third on the list. 

The Huskers trailed Ohio State and Michigan in the ranking, which takes the average national ranking of the last five recruiting classes. 

Following Nebraska are Northwestern, Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively. Keep in mind that these rankings judge overall roster talent, so the Wildcats are high on the list because they brought in a talented 2015 recruiting class. That won't necessarily generate wins right away. 

The article had this to say about NU: "Nebraska has seen it...

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TBL: Husker baseball and more with Jon Nyatawa

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss Will Smith movies, Husker baseball, the NBA and more.

For more from the show, check out "The Bottom Line" webpage, follow OWHbottomline on Twitter and check out the show's Facebook page.

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TBL: Creighton basketball talk with Steven Pivovar

The World-Herald's Steven Pivovar joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss all things Creighton athletics, including Greg McDermott's 400th win, the kickoff of baseball season and more.

For more from the show, check out "The Bottom Line" webpage, follow OWHbottomline on Twitter and check out the show's Facebook page.

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Husker spring preview series: Cross, Newby, Taylor among those in the mix at I-back

Leading up to spring practice, "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe is taking a look at each of the Huskers' position groups and breaking down the key players in the mix.

Check out each clip in the series below, and check back for even more updates as spring football approaches.

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't forget to join the conversation on The Bottom Lin...

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Could Ameer Abdullah replace Reggie Bush in Detroit?

The Detroit Lions dropped running back Reggie Bush on Wednesday and could try to replace him in the NFL draft. And there's a certain former Husker who's likely to be an early round pick.

Ameer Abdullah could fit the mold that Detroit is looking for, Kyle Meinke of mlive.com writes. Abdullah, along with Miami's Duke Johnson "stand out as logical fits to succeed Bush in Detroit's offensive backfield." The two met on field last season in Lincoln, with Nebraska winning 41-31.

Abdullah doesn't mind being compared to Bush. Here's what the article said on the matter: 

Abdulla...

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Baseball: Nebraska at Loyola Marymount

Where: Page Stadium, Los Angeles

Radio: Husker Sports Network, 1110 KFAB (Friday and Saturday)

Online stream: LMULions.com (free on Friday and Sunday)

Game One

>> at 8:05 p.m. Friday

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Men’s basketball: UNO at IUPUI

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Indianapolis

Radio: 1620 AM KOZN

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks (10-17, 4-11 Summit League) will be playing their final conference game of the season before ending the year with a nonconference matchup at North Dakota. ... UNO is coming off a 73-67 win over Fort Wayne on Thursday. The Mavericks rallied from an 11-point deficit led by 14 points from forward Tre’Shawn Thurman. The Omaha Central graduate pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and added a steal. Four other Mavericks joined Thurman with double-figure scoring: senior guard CJ Carter (1...

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Women’s basketball: Denver at UNO

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sapp Fieldhouse

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks (9-18, 4-11 Summit League) will honor Felicia Anderson, Lanese Bough, Cathleen Cox and Taijhe Kelly with senior day activities prior to their final game of the season. ... The game will also be the Mavericks’ final contest at Sapp Fieldhouse before they move to UNO’s new arena next season. ... UNO is coming off a 70-61 win over Fort Wayne on Thursday. The Mavericks got a season-high 15 points from Madi Robson in the victory. Robson was 2 of 2 from the field and 11 of 14 at the f...

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In NFL draft diary, Ameer Abdullah says he sees himself returning to Lincoln

Former Husker and NFL hopeful Ameer Abdullah is hoping to eventually find his way back to Lincoln to continue his studies, the Nebraska graduate said in a post on USA Today's website Thursday.

Abdullah, who finished his career at No. 2 on Nebraska's all-time rushing chart with 4,588 yards and was a finalist for the Doak Walker award, wrote in a "Draft Diary" entry that he is not "totally done with school" and that he could see himself spending the pro football offseason back at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln — where he already earned a degree in history with a minor in educa...

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Mike Riley in Huskers hype video: 'You only get one chance to have a first start'

Nebraska's pre-camp motivational video is out, and Mike Riley plays a prominent role in it. In the form of a letter to his team, Riley narrates the video, outlining his goals and plans for the 2015 season at NU — his first in Lincoln.

"You only get one chance to have a first start," Riley's voiceover says. "One shot at a new beginning. We're going to build this the right way. Let's start building it together."

Riley also singles out some of the core values — integrity, trust, loyalty, teamwork and respect — that he says make Nebraska so unique.

The video, titled "There ...

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ESPN ranks Nebraska as No. 21 coaching job in college football

ESPN has ranked every college football head coaching position in the Power Five conferences, looking at numerous factors including "location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc."

So with that in mind, where did Nebraska rank?

NU came in at No. 21 on the list. The top-ranked job in the Big Ten West, Nebraska still trails four Big Ten East foes — Michigan State (20), Penn State (17), Michigan (14) and Ohio State (4).

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TBL: Alex Gordon, Bubba Starling updates from Royals spring training

The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss the latest Royals spring training headlines, including an injury update on former Husker Alex Gordon, where expectations are for ex-Husker football commit Bubba Starling and more.

For more from the show, check out "The Bottom Line" webpage, follow OWHbottomline on Twitter and check out the show's Facebook page.

To get the latest on Starling's road to the majors, check out this report from earlier this week.

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Video: Tim Miles says 'message was received' by Huskers

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles addressed the media Wednesday and answered questions about locking the team out of the locker room, the national attention with the event, NU's struggles, the recent practices and more.

Watch the full press conference below: 

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht discusses Husker basketball

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss Nebraska basketball's struggles, the locker room lockout, the remainder of the season and more.

Listen to "TBL" live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter.

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