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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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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Women's basketball: Creighton at Marquette

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Al McGuire Center, Milwaukee

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

CREIGHTON (9-10, 2-6)

F Alexis Akin-Otiko, 5-11, Sr., 12.0

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Recruiting: NU DE options thinning as Reuben Jones commits to Michigan and Emmanuel Olenga commits to NC State

UPDATE: Emmanuel Olenga may be out, too. He committed to North Carolina State on his official visit. 

Ladies and gentlemen I found a knew home..... I'm now a part of the #wolfpack #family let's goo #pack — ~♕Emmanuel Olenga♕~ (@Manny_TheGREAT1) January 25, 2015

According to Big Red Report, Olenga is not visiting Nebraska. 

Emmanuel Olenga, #Nebraska DE recruit, texted me to say since he committed to NC State that he would not be visiting Lincoln next weekend. — Bryan Munson (@BigRedBryan) January 25, 2015

UPDATE No. 2: Another offer on Nebraska's board, Steven W...

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A tale of Husker recruiting, as told through Twitter

It's a big weekend for Nebraska football. The Husker staff is hosting a lot of commits and prospects on official visits. 

But what does an official visit include? Well, as part of the Nebraska staff's new pull-back-the-curtain philosophy, we'll let the recruits, coaches and NU personnel tell you themselves.

Beautiful weekend at Nebraska for some official visits! The future is bright and so is this sunshine! #GBR 🔴🔴🔴 — Ryan Gunderson (@TheGundy) January 23, 2015

Heading back to #Huskers first thing in AM after a productive week. Need great recruiting weekend #GBR Let's...

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Mad Chatter: Ron Brown's future should be in Nebraska, the realness of Bill Belichick, college hoops

It's Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover the Deflate Debate, Coach K's march to 1K, Tim Miles' rock-solid recruit, Bud Selig's farewell, Roger Federer's stunning defeat and more. But first, saying goodbye in Lincoln.

Ron Brown is following Bo Pelini to Youngstown State. 

Ron Brown is following Bo Pelini to Youngstown State.

Doesn’t matter how many times I say it — or write it. That statement just doesn’t sound right. 

Maybe it’s because Brown and Pelini never seemed like a great match. I always wondered what Brown was thinking when Peli...

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Women's basketball: UNO at Oral Roberts

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mabee Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

UNO (6-12, 1-5)

G Brianna Bogard, 5-7, Jr., 11.5

G Madi Robson, 5-7, So., 4.1

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Video, photos: Nebraska baseball opens practice

Nebraska baseball returned to the field on Friday at Haymarket Park for the first practice of the season.

Check out a photo showcase from the practice as well as video:

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Husker student section going from Red to Gold for #AveryStrong

LINCOLN — The Red Zone student section at Pinnacle Bank Arena will transform into The Gold Zone against Michigan State on Saturday to create awareness for pediatric cancer in honor of Avery Harriman, the 7-year-old son of Husker assistant Chris Harriman and wife Cheryl.

Avery, who weighs 44 pounds, has undergone two bone-marrow transplants in his three-time battle with leukemia, which began at age 2. His latest biopsy showed no signs of the disease.

The student section will wear gold “#AveryStrong’’ T-shirts with orange lettering in support. The event coincides with the Natio...

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Bluejay men's soccer adds two midfielders to spring roster

The Creighton men's soccer team announced Friday the addition of midfielders Joel Rydstrand and Evan Waldrep.

Rydstrand, a Sweden native, played with IK Sirius this past year while also spending time with the Swedish National Team at a 22-player camp. The midfielder was on loan from the IK Sirius Academy to BKV Norrtälje through the end of last fall.

Waldrep, from Phoenix, Ariz., has played for the Real Salt Lake Academy while competing for the U.S. U-16 and U-18 National squads. This winter he is slated to play with the U.S. U-18 MNT squad in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Both ...

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Creighton's Zierden to undergo MRI exam for injured right knee

Creighton guard Isaiah Zierden will undergo medical tests Friday to determine the extent of the knee injury he suffered on Wednesday.

Zierden had to be helped from the court after injuring his right knee with four minutes to play in the first half of the 64-61 loss to Butler. Zierden spent the remainder of the game in the locker room.

Creighton coach Greg McDermott said Zierden will undergo an MRI test Friday morning.

Zierden suffered a dislocated kneecap and ligament damage in the same knee last March. He missed Creighton’s last seven games but was able to rehabilitate...

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Women's basketball: Creighton at DePaul

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: McGrath-Phillips Arena, Chicago

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: 1620 AM KOZN

CREIGHTON (9-9, 2-5)

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Recruiting: Reuben Jones decommits from Nebraska

There will be drama in the college football recruiting business. 

Nebraska lost one of its defensive end commits Thursday night when Reuben Jones Lakeland (Florida) Lake Gibson standout Reuben Jones informed Husker fans on Twitter that he was officially opening up his recruiting to consider options. Jones announced his decommitment after getting an in-home visit from NU coach Mike Riley.

Jones will be visiting Michigan this weekend and received a visit from Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday. 

Just got a home visit from Nebraska head coach🔴⚪🔴⚪Coach Mike Riley i...

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Video: TBL hosts former Husker WR coach Rich Fisher

Host Mike'l Severe and guest co-host Joe Ganz interviewed former Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher on "The Bottom Line" on Thursday. Fisher talked about his time at NU, the creation of the #BOOM hashtag and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus contact the show on Facebook and Twitter.

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Video: Former Husker wide receiver Niles Paul on TBL

Former Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe and guest co-host Joe Ganz, a former NU quarterback and grad assistant, to talk about Paul's basketball skills, his progress in the NFL, former Husker coach Bill Callahan and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus get the latest news from the show on Facebook and Twitter.

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