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At press conference, Husker coach Bo Pelini places all focus on Iowa

Bo Pelini's Monday press conference contained several questions regarding the future of Nebraska's football program for the second straight week, despite the seventh-year coach's preference to keep the conversation centered on the Huskers' next opponent.

"Could we talk about Iowa please?"

That was Pelini interrupting a reporter who was presumably asking about the kind of feedback provided to the NU coaches by athletic director Shawn Eichorst. Pelini had just responded to comments made by ESPN analyst Brian Griese during the Nebraska-Minnesota broadcast regarding the ceiling o...

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Volleyball: Creighton's Melanie Jereb earns Big East defensive honor

Creighton outside hitter Melanie Jereb was named the Big East defensive player of the week Monday.

It is her second such honor this season after accepting the same accolade on Oct. 27.

The Bluejay junior averaged 5.33 digs and 0.33 aces per set as Creighton went 1-1 last week and clinched the outright Big East title. Jereb had 14 digs and two aces in a 3-0 sweep of Villanova on Friday, then had a match-best 18 digs on Sunday vs. Seton Hall.

Creighton (23-8, 16-2 Big East) will be the top seed at this weekend's conference tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it open...

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Volleyball: Huskers' Amber Rolfzen, Cecilia Hall earn B1G honors

Nebraska sophomore outside hitter Amber Rolfzen was named the Big Ten's volleyball player of the week and Husker middle blocker Cecilia Hall earned the league's defensive player of the week honors Monday.

Rolfzen helps guide No. 11 Nebraska to straight-set wins over Indiana and Michigan, averaging 3.0 kills per set, 2.0 blocks per set and a .395 hitting percentage on the week. 

Rolfzen, a Papillion-La Vista South graduate, tallied a career-high 12 blocks against Michigan. She had 10 kills against Indiana while hitting at a .563 clip. 

The award is Rolfzen's first career...

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Husker hoops falls out of AP Top 25 poll

The Nebraska men's basketball team fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday following an overtime loss to Rhode Island over the weekend. NU defeated Central Arkansas 82-56 earlier in the week.

The Rams (3-0) knocked off the then-No. 21 Huskers 66-62 in the extra period Saturday, prompting the sellout crowd of 7,657 to storm the court at the final buzzer. It was Rhode Island’s first win over a Top 25 team since 1998.

Nebraska (2-1) was receiving votes in the latest poll. Big Ten teams in the rankings include No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 19 Michigan and No...

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Bluejay basketball enters AP Top 25 poll

The Creighton men's basketball team, coming off an upset win over No. 18 Oklahoma and a 20-point victory over North Carolina Central, entered the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday.

The 4-0 Bluejays, ranked 23rd in this week's poll, were left off the preaseason rankings despite finishing at 16th in the final poll of the 2013-14 season. In the Week 2 poll, Creighton was unranked and was not receiving votes.

No. 12 Villanova was the only other Big East team in the rankings, while conference foes Providence and Xavier were receiving votes.

In this week's USA Today Coaches...

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Husker coach Darin Erstad named to Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad was named a first-time candidate for the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2015 Hall of Fame ballot Monday.

Erstad was one of 34 names on the 2015 ballot.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 MLB draft, Erstad was a three-time Gold Glove winner, two-time All-Star selection and a winner of the 2002 World Series. In 14 seasons in the majors (most with the Los Angeles Angels), he had a .282 batting average, 1,697 hits, 699 RBIs and 124 home runs. 

According to BaseballHall.org, Erstad finished sixth in American League Rookie of the...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Nov. 23

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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Huskers on top of USA Today's Misery Index

Following two straight losses to ranked teams, USA Today lists Nebraska football as the top team in its Misery Index.

National college football reporter Dan Wolken spent the bulk of his column discussing Nebraska's current situation. 

Some of Wolken's key points:

>> "Because at some point, the notion that Nebraska fans expect too much or that the job isn't what it used to be or that a return to Tom Osborne-era dominance is impossible has no relationship to the evaluation of Pelini's job performance.

Strip all that extraneous stuff away, just look at where th...

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TBL celebrities miss mark against Minnesota

Nebraska's loss to Minnesota on Saturday tripped up all of the TBL celebrity pickers. Everyone picked the Huskers to win.

The OWH staff is now 10-1 on the season and maintains a two-game lead over the rest of the field. The other pickers are 8-3 on the season.

"The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe picked the correct score of 28-24 but picked Nebraska to win.

See their predictions below and follow @OWHbigred and @OWHbottomline for the NU-Iowa predictions later this week. Social Media Picks! #Huskers @AdamCarriker94 @FauxPelini @erinsorensen pic.twitter.com/6cNZHxySUy — ...

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Women's basketball: Utah at Nebraska

When: 1 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Devaney Center, Lincoln

Radio: 93.3 FM KFFF

UTAH (1-1)

F Taryn Wicijowski, 6-3, Sr., 25.0

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Beck, Bo explain disastrous 2nd-and-1 call

Midway through the fourth quarter, with Nebraska leading 24-21 and humming along with its ground game, NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck dialed up a deep pass on second-and-1 at Minnesota's 41-yard line. 

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong was nailed for a seven-yard sack. The Huskers subsequently punted. Minnesota scored on the following drive. Minnesota won 28-24. 

What was Beck — and head coach Bo Pelini — thinking on the play? 

"Their safeties were down and I think we had run it 17 straight plays," Beck said. It was actually 17 runs out of 18 plays. "We were trying to take...

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Nebraska ties, Nov. 22

COACHES

Frank Solich, Ohio: The Bobcats lost to Northern Illinois 21-14 on Tuesday. Ohio has another Tuesday game this week, at 6 p.m. at Miami (Ohio).

Turner Gill, Liberty: The Flames (8-4, 4-1) blocked a field goal with 3 seconds to play in a 15-14 comeback win over No. 1-ranked Coastal Carolina (11-1, 4-1).

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: The loss to Gill and Liberty ended the Chanticleers’ 11-game winning streak and gave the Flames the Big South Conference title.

Mike Minter, Campbell: Connor Kacsor ran in 16 yards for a go-ahead touchdown to give Dayton a 19-14...

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Video: SI's Andy Staples says it's time for Nebraska to reevaluate the program

"Nebraska's program is not great. It is not terrible. It just is."

That quote sums up the feelings of Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples. In this video, he explains why Nebraska needs to reevaluate Bo Pelini and the program after losing to Minnesota.

Husker fans, are you happy with a program that "just is?"

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Tom's Takes: Minnesota 28, Nebraska 24

1. I felt bad for the seniors, but especially Ameer Abdullah. This has to be a nightmare for the young man. He hasn’t been the same since he injured his knee on Nov. 1. That he did it on such an unnecessary play, jumping on a fumbled center snap, makes it more frustrating. He won’t win the Doak Walker or perhaps even make All-Big Ten. He’s still 386 yards from Mike Rozier’s record of 4,780. Doable in two games, but it will be hard. It’s hard to feel sorry for Abdullah. He’s got so much going for him. But this wasn’t the ending he, or anyone, saw.

2. The second-and-1 call by Tim Bec...

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Video: Sam McKewon's postgame analysis of Nebraska-Minnesota

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon breaks down Nebraska's 28-24 loss to Minnesota.

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They said it: Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, players talk about win over Huskers

Check out a complete transcript of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill's postgame press conference following the Gophers' 28-24 victory over Nebraska. Transcript provided by the Nebraska athletic department.

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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill

Kill's opening statement: 

“It is one of those things where our kids were down at halftime and this bunch — I give all the credit to the players — they are mentally tough. We talk about mental toughness throughout the season and to be physically tough. Today our kids were mentally tough and just hung in there and played hard. Nebraska i...

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They said it: Husker coach Bo Pelini, players talk Minnesota

Check out a complete transcript of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's postgame press conference following the Huskers' 28-24 loss to Minnesota. Transcript provided by the Nebraska athletic department.

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Husker coach Bo Pelini

Pelini's opening statement:

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Game Replay: Minnesota 28, Nebraska 24

World-Herald correspondent Steve Beideck takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 28-24 loss to Minnesota.

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Peculiar play: The field-goal attempt Nebraska blocked that produced the Huskers’ third touchdown. After Randy Gregory swatted the ball to his left, Nate Gerry eventually scooped it up. Corey Cooper had the first chance to pick the ball up, but he got downfield and made the final block that allowed Gerry to reach the end zone untouched.

What was that? After making his first tackle during Minnesota’s first drive, Nebraska linebacker Zaire...

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Halftime: Nebraska 21, Minnesota 7

The Huskers, capitalizing on a couple game-changing plays, look to have recovered from last weekend's disaster in Madison.

First, it was a 73-yard pass -- when Tommy Armstrong eluded a pass rush and found Kenny Bell -- on NU's third snap that set up Nebraska's initial score. Then, midway through the second quarter, Randy Gregory blocked a Minnesota field goal attempt and Nate Gerry returned the loose ball 85 yards for a touchdown.

It's been otherwise even, for the most part. NU has the edge in total yards (233 to 192) but Minnesota has recorded more first downs (12 to 9) -- U...

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Mad Chatter: Letters from Husker Nation, favorite players of the Pelini era, Creighton's big win

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Ameer Abdullah and Greg McDermott, Gregg Popovich and Mark Dantonio, Tiger Woods and more.

But first, sometimes readers say it better than I can. 

It’s been a long, long week for Nebraska football fans. A bit unusual, too. I left Madison on Sunday expecting to come home to the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Last year, Pelini supporters and critics fired back and forth at each other for two weeks after the Michigan State loss.

This week I haven’t heard much bickering. I sense fatigue. Weariness. A little apath...

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TBL: Tony Boone talks boxing, Jake Waters and UNO athletics

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss Iowa Western athletics — including former Reiver quarterback Jake Waters — Terence "Bud" Crawford's big boxing match next weekend and UNO athletics.

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TBL: Lane Grindle talks Huskers, Gophers, Badgers and more

The Husker Sports Network's Lane Grindle joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Friday to discuss Nebraska's matchup with Minnesota, what the Huskers need to do to bounce back after their 59-24 loss to Wisconsin, possible postseason bowl sites and more.

Check out the complete interview below, plus scroll down for a few key quotes from the Q&A. Have something to add? Leave a comment on the Big Red Today Facebook page.

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Faux Pelini, Goldy Gopher bet on game, create greatest Big Ten trophy idea ever

Goldy Gopher, the mascot for Minnesota, tweeted at Faux Pelini on Thursday offering a wager on Saturday's game, when the Gophers travel to Lincoln to face the Huskers.

The tweet was simple yet intriguing, and Faux, the satirical account based on Husker coach Bo Pelini, of course fired back with his usual violent-but-funny retorts.

Here is the full conversation:

Hey @FauxPelini, how about a friendly wager for this weekend's game? Team that gets the most points gets a conference win? Seem fair? — Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 20, 2014

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