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All is quiet on the Nebraska baseball front, but is it too quiet?

All is quiet on the Nebraska baseball front. Maybe a little too quiet.

Would Bill Moos make his splash hire during the College World Series? You bet your 2005 CWS T-shirt he would.

It would be reminiscent of 2002, when Dave Van Horn took the Arkansas job on June 21, the day before the CWS championship game. Texas won that CWS and there were complaints from some Longhorn types that the Omaha media was paying too much attention to the Van Horn story.

Moos might steal some headlines this week or next, and the timing could be perfect.

Thank you, Michigan.

The Wolverines are coming to their first CWS since 1984, and that’s a good thing. Michigan will spice things up, and there might even be a Jim Harbaugh sighting, if he’s not running a football camp in Europe.

But having Michigan here might help Moos with a sales pitch.

Michigan is the first Big Ten team at the CWS since 2013 (Indiana) and the Wolverines didn’t win the Big Ten regular-season title or tournament title. In fact, they finished third and were one of the last teams in the NCAA tournament.

They were sent to a regional hosted by the defending national champs (Oregon State) and had to win a super regional on the field of the No. 1 overall seed (UCLA).

Their coach, Erik Bakich, played at East Carolina. Bakich got his start in coaching at Clemson and then spent seven years at Vanderbilt, where he was a key recruiter in building the Commodores’ program. In 2009, Bakich became head coach at Maryland.

The point: Bakich is a coach with ACC and SEC roots who chose to come north, play in a 2,800-seat stadium in cold weather and took a team to the CWS.

That might be a timely reminder for Moos to drop in case he’s trying to coax someone from the SEC or the state of Texas, ahem.

Right after he tells that someone that the team he would inherit beat Michigan three out of five times in the month of May.

Enjoy the CWS. And keep one eye on Lincoln.

» I don’t think there’s any question the CWS crowd favorite will be Mike Martin. After Martin’s Florida State Seminoles swept LSU in Baton Rouge on Sunday, LSU fans came up to Martin and said they were rooting for him to win his first national title before he retires after the CWS. Martin jokingly asked one LSU fan to prove it by doing the FSU war chant. The Tiger fan complied.

I wish Martin could bring those LSU fans with him.

» Vanderbilt will be the favorite in a CWS loaded with big bats and offense, but the player most fans want to see isn’t a hitter. It’s Kumar Rocker, who is coming off a no-hitter in the super regionals with 19 strikeouts. Rocker is the son of former Outland Trophy winner Tracy Rocker, who played defensive tackle for Auburn and the Washington Redskins (and now coaches the defensive line for Tennessee).

» Vandy’s first CWS in four years also means the return of the “Vandy whistler,” who draws the ire of surrounding fans by whistling during an entire Vanderbilt game.

According to the Tennessean, there are actually two Vanderbilt whistlers: Jeff Pack, 64, and Preacher Franklin, 72, both Tennessee natives. Pack has been punched by a Mississippi State fan and smacked by a female Mississippi fan. ESPN once threatened to have them removed because their whistling could be heard on TV.

I would expect CWS fans to maintain their usual level of decorum and sportsmanship. That’s right. Ear plugs.

» The new baseball facility at UNO — in tandem with the Mavs’ first NCAA Division I tournament — elevates the program. It will also be a boon to the community. Can it be long before the state baseball tourney is played there and at Werner Park?

» After watching regionals played in modest ballparks at Oregon State and UCLA — two Pac-12 powerhouses — and with the news at UNO, I couldn’t help but ask: Why can’t Creighton have that?

» It’s CWS time in Omaha, but it’s wrestling season in Lincoln. On Saturday, NU will host the Final X wrestling event at the Devaney Center, where wrestlers will compete for spots on the 2019 USA world team.

For area wrestling fans, it’s a chance to see former Husker stars Jordan Burroughs (2012 Olympic champion) and James Green (two-time world medalist) prepare to make a run at the 2020 Olympics.

For tickets, go to

» St. Gerard Athletic Committee’s annual “Nebraska Football Night” is July 8 at St. Gerard Catholic Church. This year’s speakers are Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held and former Husker Jay Foreman.

» One more and I’m outta here: Dustin Johnson wins the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Come on, I can’t pick Tiger every time.

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