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

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:

Bo Pelini is the dad in the divorce that tells the kids all the things that suc...

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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/conditioning 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.

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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

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.

Here's Mike'l Severe's instant reaction:

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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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Reports: Bo Pelini will be next coach at Youngstown State

Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will reportedly be the next head coach at Youngstown State, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. 

The newspaper reported that multiple sources have confirmed the hire. A local TV news station, WKBN, also reports sources saying Pelini will be the next Penguins coach.

The Vindicator said a school spokesman did not confirm nor deny the report, but stated there will "hopefully" be an official statement later Tuesday.

The news broke in Youngstown, Ohio, around 10 a.m. National reporters are now verifying it.

I've learned it's a done ...

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Recruits: Warren to be retained as Nebraska's defensive backs coach

Several of Nebraska's defensive back recruits confirmed Monday night -- including Avery Anderson to The World-Herald -- that defensive backs coach Charlton Warren would be retained on new NU coach Mike Riley's staff. 

"It's awesome," Anderson wrote in a text to the World-Herald. "Can't wait to learn from him on and off the field." 

Warren, who joined former coach Bo Pelini's staff prior to the 2014 season, had previously served as the defensive coordinator at Air Force. Warren had a strong first year of recruiting, nabbing commits from four-star defensive backs Eric Lee and A...

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TBL: ESPN's Adam Rittenberg talks Big Ten

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg joined "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss Big Ten coaching changes, the Heisman trophy, Mike Riley and more.

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TBL: Husker recruiting report with Husker Online's Nate Clouse

Husker Onlines Nate Clouse joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss the latest Nebraska football recruiting news and more.

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Creighton and Nebraska basketball

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss Nebraska and Creighton basketball, the college football awards and the new Husker football coaching staff and more.

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TBL: Redshirt reflections with Creighton's Maurice Watson

Creighton basketball player Maurice Watson Jr., who is redshirting this season as a transfer, joined "The Bottom Line" on Monday to recap an interesting week for Bluejay basketball.

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Audio: NU's Riley talks with Tim Brando

New Nebraska coach Mike Riley joined "The Tim Brando Show on SiriusXM" on Monday. Listen to the interview below.

Riley on Tim Brando

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Mad Chatter: Mike Riley's building blocks, Big Ten hoops, what to do about Suh

Eleven days ago, about 15 minutes before Nebraska announced Mike Riley’s hiring, I posted a Mad Chatter column that soon got buried in “real news” coverage. It was titled “The painful irony and repetitive agony of the Pelini era.” I imagine almost nobody read it, so I decided to post it again on a quieter news day. 

You’ll find it at the bottom of today’s blog.

Let’s start this Monday with a different kind of Nebraska football take. Mike Riley will get his first extensive look at the 2014 Huskers this week. He’s back on campus after a week recruiting.

What will he like?...

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Recruiting: Dedrick Young commits to Nebraska

The latest commit to the 2015 Nebraska recruiting class was a two-way star for a state title team. More importantly, his high school coach said, Peoria (Arizona) Centennial running back/linebacker Dedrick Young is a rare combination of humility and confidence.

"You get a lot of people who are real confident, and they'll tell you how go they're going to do and how they're going to do it, and they usual...

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Recruiting: Central star DaiShon Neal may flip to Oregon

Omaha Central defensive end and current Nebraska commit DaiShon Neal -- fresh off being a first-team All-Nebraska member -- is looking harder at Oregon after the Ducks made an in-home visit. 

Neal told the Oregonian that while he's still committed to NU -- for now -- Oregon has become the new leader. 

"I've always wanted to go to Oregon," Neal told the Oregonian. "That was my pick when they first offered. I was ready to commit there, but my dad didn't want me to decommit from Nebraska, because he wasn't sure what Oregon has to offer." 

Neal's dad, Abe Hoskins, was once ...

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Mike Riley talks Huskers on the "Jim Rome Show"

New Nebraska coach Mike Riley made the radio rounds Monday, including a stop on the “Jim Rome Show.” Rome, long one of Bo Pelini’s favorite interviewers, dove into why Riley left Oregon State for the Huskers, how he’ll look at certain aspects of the program and what he’ll do now that he can’t buy the team In-N-Out Burger after big wins. Selected responses from the interview are below:

Rome: Mike Riley, Nebraska head coach. I gotta say, Mike, I’m still getting used to saying it. How does it feel to hear it?

Riley: Strange. I was at there at Oregon State so long and I catch mys...

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Mike'l Severe's analysis of new Husker recruit Dedrick Young

Young is a very smooth athlete who has great strength in his lower half. You can see that in how easily he cuts and how he runs through contact. At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Young reminds me of Matt Forte in how he goes from one gear to another without any sign of stress. He also has a bruising, well-timed stiff arm versus tacklers.

I think all of this skill at running back will help Young transition into a capable full-time linebacker. The majority of the video available shows Young going forward while blitzing opposing quarterbacks. He is very explosive — a product of his strong lowe...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Dec. 14

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of NFL action shots.

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Recruiting: Arizona RB/LB Dedrick Young to pick school Monday

Peoria (Arizona) Centennial star Dedrick Young only took a few official visits this year, and one of them was to Nebraska. 

Monday morning, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound three-star prospect will be announcing his choice between NU, Michigan State and Arizona. According to Husker Online, the choice is supposed to be announced on the Peoria Student Broadcasting Network. 

First-team all-state last year according to the Arizona Republic, Young is again a favorite for those honors after rushing for 1,529 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense and logging 98 tackles — including seven tackles...

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Women's basketball: Drake at Creighton

DRAKE (4-4)

F, Liza Heap, 6-0, Sr., 2.1

F, Becca Jonas, 6-2, Fr., 10.6

F, Lizzy Wendell, 6-0, So., 21.4

G, Caitlin Ingle, 5-8, So., 13.1

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Women's basketball: SIUE at UNO

SIUE (2-5)

G, Shronda Butts, 5-7, Jr., 14.4

F, Micah Jones, 6-1, So., 7.0

G, Tierny Austin, 5-9, Sr., 11.9

G, Sidney Smith, 5-8, Fr., 8.9

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Pay the men below 'The Man': Beefing up Nebraska's assistant salaries

“In the final analysis, I had to evaluate where Iowa was.”

Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst boldly told reporters that on the day he fired coach Bo Pelini. The Huskers had just won nine games for a seventh-straight season, capping that stretch with a stirring-if-strange 37-34 comeback win in Iowa City.

Sure it mattered that NU beat the Hawkeyes, Eichorst said. But then again...

“I’m trying to look at who are championship-caliber football teams at that moment and how competitive were we in those games,” Eichorst said.

So a comparison to 7-5 Iowa — a progra...

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