Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Single -game volleyball tickets on sale tomorrow!

Starting August 1st, single-game tickets for the upcoming volleyball season go on sale. You can start at 8 am and prices are $17 for reserved tickets, $11 for general admission, and $9 for youth and seniors. There is a limit of five matches and four tickets per household.

You can get tickets  at Huskers.com or call 1-800-8BIGRED or just go to the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are also still available for the Red-White Scrimmage set for 7 p.m. on August 18th.

Commit moving to Nebraska and will play for Lincoln SW

2013 commit Christian Lacouture is moving to Lincoln and will play for Lincoln Southwest this fall. Lacouture is a four star defensive end and will join Josh Banderas another NU recruit on the SW team. Lacouture came from a high school in College Station, Texas. Lacouture is rated as NU's No. 2 recruit so far and he will definately put Southwest into the hunt for No. 1.

Former Penn St. starting quarterback Rob Bolden is headed to LSU. Silas Redd, Penn St.'s starting running back, is headed probably to USC.

John Hurley will play in the Cox Classic thsi weekend. Brandon Crick did not qualify. Either did Chris Wemmers, Ryan Vermeer, Brady Schnell, or Mark Pillen.

Wil Myers of the Omaha Storm Chasers hit two more home runs Monday night and now has 21. I'd send him to Kansas City. He is a star. Kansas City has lost eight out of ten games.

Watch the American women's volleyball team and Jordan Larson. It is FUN!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cubs pass the Royals in winning percentage!

It took almost until August 1st but the Cubs have past the Royals in winning percentage. I would have never dreamed it in 2012. The Royals have lost like 21 of 27 and are reeling downward with no starting pitching. No pitching!!  The Cubs are riding Castro and Rizzo's bats and once in a while get some pretty good pitching. Dempster has been unbelievable with is ERA under 3.00.

Kansas City needs to have a good August and September and so do the Storm Chasers in Omaha who have been struggling also.

The NFL camps are open and the first exhibition game starts in about a week. Many Huskers are in camp and will be trying to make the final cut when the season begins in September. Russ Hochstein and Stewart Bradley are in Arizona, Sam Koch and Terrance Moore in Baltimore, Chris Kelsay and Keith Williams in Buffalo, Rick Henry in Chicago, Eric Hagg and Brandon Jackson in Cleveland, Dominic Raiola, Ndamukong Suh, and Kyle Vanden Bosch in Detroit, Curenski Gilleylen in Green Bay, Jared Crick in Houston, Zach Potter in Jacksonville, Brandon Kinnie in Kansas city, Richie Igcognito and Lydon Murtha in Miami, Zach Bowman in Minnesota, Alfonzo Dennard and Danny Woodhead (Chadron St.) in New England, Marcel Jones and Scott Shanke in New Orleans, Prince Amukamara in New York (giants), Josh Brown, and Matt Slauson in New York (Jets), Alex Henery and D.J. Jones in Philadelphia, Demorrio Williams in San Diego, Mike McNiel in St. Louis, Larry Asante, Lavonte David, Jermarcus Hardick, and Carl Nicks in tampa Bay, and Adam Carriker, DeJon Gomes, roy Helu Jr., and Niles Paul (TE) in Washington.

It is also reported that Mike Caputo will try to make it at Minnesota and Austin Cassidy is at Seattle.

UNK has Stephan Goodwin in New York (Giants), Mason Brodine in Oakland, and Arthur Hobbs in San Diego.

6'7" 195 lb three-star prospect Nick Fuller from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin is looking pretty hard at playing basketball at Nebraska. He likes Coach Miles and his staff and he plans to visit officially with Nebraska and Minnesota for sure. This looks like a prospect that we have a pretty good chance of getting.  He will be in Lincoln September 1st for the first football game.

Akoy Agau from Omaha Central puts the Georgetown Hoyas at the top of his list right now. Nebraska is still on his list but he likes the Hoyas offensive scheme and he likes the coaches.

Dirk gets a little crazy again!

I loved the article by Dirk Chatelain about Bob Devaney and the story of how he got to Nebraska. Excellent, educational, and entertaining! Great info to discuss with the Nebraska fan.

Now today in the Sunday paper he says the NCAA dropped the ball! He says they should have sent Penn State off the field for a year (2013). OK so who gets hurt. The teams that are scheduled to play them in 2013. Do they just drop a game or do they schedule Maine State? The student-athlete gets hurt. Of course it does hurt the University also.

But a $30 fine with no bowl games for four years and cutting to 65 the number of scholarships they have will do damage to the University for the next seven to eight years. It allows the student athlete to continue to play there if they wish and it doesn't disrupt scheduling for all the other schools involved.

He says it allows them to adapt a "Us Against The World' attitude. What's wrong with that. They (players) didn't commit the horrific crimes. Having a attitude that they will improve is a show of character.

I admire the Penn St. coach Bill O'Brien and his approach to the circumstances. He is a great coach to have at Penn St. during this time.

Ex-Husker Nancy Metcalf helped the US defeat Brazil in five sets a week ago. None of the players in this game will play in the Olympics but the Huskers are being represented well in the world of volleyball.

Because yesterday in the Olympics Jordan Larson was a "KEY" to the US winning the game against the South Koreans. She played well, made us proud, and the tv camera man constantly had the picture on her. What fun!!! 

The women's basketball team will face four NCAA Tournament teams in its 2012-13 nonconference schedule including with 2012 Elite Eight team Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Connie Yori's contract has been extended to 2017!! The Huskers have been to the NCAA tournament in four of the past six years.

The NU football team is looking to add one or two more commitments at wide receiver in the 2013 class. One of their top targets is Brian Lemelle out of Harrisburg, Penn. He plans to make an official visit to Lincoln. He has already visited Cinncinnati, Virginia, and West Virginia and has them about even. He is 5'11" and 175 lbs. Last year he had 93 catches for 1,630 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Big Ten Media Days, Volleyball, NU football,

Bo Pelini, Rex Burkhead, Kyler reed, and Will Compton were all in Chicago. Nebraska went 10th in speaking to the media.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema says Wisconsin will not actively recruit players from Penn State. Quarterback Danny O'Brien is progressing well.

Danny Hope, the Purdue coach, says this is the first time he has a good team coming back. Purdue says they will pursue Penn State players as per the rules of the NCAA. Caleb TerBush enters the fall camp as the number one quarterback.

Urban Meyer says the SEC is kind of the kingpin. Eight of the twelve league teams are running the spread offense in the Big 10. Meyer doesn't believe schools should seek out Penn St. players but Penn St. players should feel free to contact other schools. He said the Big 10 has to win some big bowl games to move up in the national spotlight.

Tim Beckman, the Illinois coach, says they did not go onto the Penn St. campus to recruit (reported today they had six coaches off-campus today) but they are interested in talking to players that are interested. He has major concerns with their offensive line. Nathan Scheelhaase is starter at quarterback right now. He wants to make Northwestern a "rival."

Kevin Wilson, Indiana coach, says their offense last year was as poor as any team he has been around since 1999." He said for as bad as they are all positions are still open. He said Indiana will be more competitive this year.

Penn St.coach Bill O'Brien  says he has no update on running back Silas Redd. Matt McGloin is the starting quarterback right now. He says, "We have a bunch of players who stick together."

Pat Fitzgerald, the Northwestern coach, He thinks they can be in the Big 10 championship. Kain Colter looks to be the starting quarterback.

Jerry Kill, the Minnesota coach say they have made great strides the past year. MarQueis Gray looks very good at quarterback.

Nerbaska goes after Michigan but before that rivals.com talks to Rex Burkhead and he has taken Imani Cross under his wing and feels he will contribute this fall.

Will Compton has done his best work with junior college transfer Zaire Anderson.

Brady Hoke, the Michigan coach, was actually disappointed in their season last year because they didn't win the Big 10. They have the Big 10's top player in Denard Robinson.

Rex Burkhead is a "model student athlete" throughout the country. Will Compton is the leader on defense.

Mark Dantonio, the Michigan St. coach, insinuated that Penn St players or their high school coaches have approached them.

Kirk Ferentz, the Iowa coach, was disappointed in his staff turnover this past year.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

NU Volleyball starts in less than 27 days!

The annual Red/White NU volleyball game starts at 7:00 on August 18, 2012 at the Coliseum. Nebraska will have lauren Cook, Gina Mancuso, Morgan Broekhuis, Hayley Thramer, and Hannah Werth to anchor their team.

Nebraska plays in two three team round robin tournaments early at the Coliseum. They play St. Louis on August 24th at 7 and UCLA on Saturday, the 25th at 7. Then on Sunday they play in Omaha at the CenturyLink Center at 1:30 against Notre Dame. UCLA was very strong in the NCAA tournament last year and St. Louis will be a highly rated team this season. In addition to NU's games UCLA plays Notre Dame on friday afternoon at 4:30 and then on the 25th Notre Dame plays St. Louis at 3:30.

Then on Thursday, September 6th, NU plays Oklahoma at 7, on the 7th they play Duquesne at 6, and then on Saturday they play Kentucky at 1:30. There is also games between the other teams those three days. All of these games are at the Coliseum also.

Penn St. looks like the top team in the nation to start with. One poll has NU rated 3rd. Stanford, Texas, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, St. Louis, California, and Hawaii all look very good this year.

The women's basketball team returns the nucleus of their team in 2012-2013. Back are Emily Cady, Jordan Hooper, and Lindsey Moore. NU should be good again this year. They have three freshment coming in with two from Nebraska. Courtney Aiken is a 5'9" guard from Centura, Sadie Murren is a 5'*' guard from Wahoo, and Rachel Theriot is a 6 foot guard from Middleburg, Ohio. It will be interesting to see who steps up and starts the other two positions.

Four-star commit Ross Douglas is commited to Penn State but visited NU on Friday. He is rated No. 15th as the overall player in Ohio. Will there be others from Penn State visit after their penalties handed to them today by the NCAA.

I like Class B football a lot probalby because that is the class that Holdrege plays. Many think that the district with Gretna, Elkhorn, and Elkhorn South will be the toughest district. However I have to go with the B-5 district which has Crete. Crete has had five state finalists and four state champions since 2000.  They are led by Colton Steer (cool name) who is a 215 pound running back.

Beatrice is also in the district and has a bunch of good seniors on the team. Zach Decker is moving to QB from the wide receiver position. They have a stable of running backs including Chance Baumann and Jessup Workman.

Seward is much improved. They return eight players on defense. Watch for Trey Barnes at linebacker.

Even a better Norris team will have an upset or two this year. So you could see an Elkhorn-Crete matchup in the east finals and they might play at team like McCook in the finals. Or if it works out again Crete may represent the West and then play Elkhorn in the finals. There will be some great games in Class  B this year.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Braylon Heard moves position!

Braylon Heard is moving back to running back. That may be a good sign that they feel good that we have some good talent at cornerback. With Aaron Green gone to TCU this should be a boost at running back.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Latest in Sports!

Thomas Brown, a 2012 Husker football signee, is yet to qualify academically. He is the last recruit yet to report for football. Brown is a linebacker and did not pass his ACT test score. He is taking summer school classes to get qualified.

Nebraska secured junior college pitcher Josh Roder to fill a void as a relief pitcher for the Husker baseball team. With Travis Huber leaving the Huskers, this is a big pickup. Roeder had a 2.06 ERA for Louisburg College of North Carolina last year.

Husker baseball also had a huge pickup when they got Jakson Reetz as a 2014 commit. Reetz is ranked No. 21 nationally and No. 1 in Nebraska. Let's hope he doesn't go to the majors first. Reetz was pursued by Stanford, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. Reetz could pitch, play catcher, ot play the outfield. His coach at Norris High School says he has high character and should fit nicely with Darin Erstad's style of play.

NU basketball has offered point guard Ikenna Iroegbu for the 2013 class. NU has also offered R.J. Curington from the same school. Oak Hill (Va.) High School went 44-0 last year. Iroegbu is 6' 2" and has present offers from Missouri, Oklahoma St., USC, Washington St., and Colorado.

Lately Creighton has taken three players in their 2013 class that NU had offered. It will be interesting to see who we can sign when it is all done.

NU has also offered a forward from Ohio. He is Vitto Brown and he is 6'8" and 225 lbs. Brown's offers include K-State, Wisconsin, Iowa State, and Minnesota. He wants to play in the Big 10 or Big 12. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds as a junior last year for his Bowling Green team.

John Bishop joins KOZN and "Unsportmanlike Conduct" and will co-host with Mile'L Severe. He takes over for Matt Schick who is going to ESPNU. Schick had the job like for two weeks when Kevin Kugler left. Bishop is very candid and it should be a great show.

Also Gary Sharp is coming back to Nebraska to serve as KOZN's sports director and will join Jason Peter for the morning show. Should be interesting. Sharp is also one to speak his mind.

D.J. Foster is a 6'3" 295 lb. offensive lineman from Lincoln Southeast. He will be in the 2014 class. He was just named Rivals Underclassman Challenge offensive player MVP. His brother Trey is a walkon at NU. This would be a great catch if NU can snag him.

Former Temple commit Josh Brown has decommited and NU is after him. He is a point guard out of Newark, N. J.  He presently ranks 142 on the Rivals Top 150 list. He would be a 2013 recruit. Brown has offers from a number of top schools in the nation including Indiana and Illinois.

Rivals Mike Farrell has this to say about Johnny Stanton at the Elite 11 quarterback camp, NU's 2013
recruit at quarterback. "Stanton is a big, physical kid with a strong enough arm and he can deliver it in the intermediate passing game. His footwork is iffy and his long throw is erratic, but he also made some really nice throws. He is one of the more intriguing prospects out there."

Nick Fuller is 6'7" and can shoot the ball. He plays for a Wisconsin AAU team. Minnesota's Tubby Smith is after Fuller but so is Nebraska. Looks like Fuller will visit both Minnesota and Nebraska in Minnesota.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What's new!

California star quarterback Johnny Stanton committed to Nebraska. His top other offers included Oregon, Wisconsin, and Stanford. Last year he threw for 2,439 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for 1,528 yards and 25 touchdowns. Stanton was among 25 quarterbacks selected to the Elite 11 camp. Stanton is 6'2" and 220 lbs!!

Taylor Matinez has been working with Los Angeles-area quarterback coach Steve Calhoun. Calhoun says Martinez's passing percentage will go up. "Because there'll be more balance at the top of the throw. He's going to be balanced. When you have balance , it translates into accuracy".

Kevin Kugler is leaving KOZN 1620 am in Omaha to be a play-by-play announcer for the Big Ten Network. Great promotion for Kugler but will miss him in the weekday afternoons, especially during football season. Kugler will continue to do the "Big Red Wrap-up" during the football season. He also will do NFL games, the College World Series, NCAA basketball, and men's basketball at the Summer Olympics.

Matt Schick, who years ago was at NTV, will replace Kugler on The Zone (KOZN).

NU basketball has interest in guard Joseph Chealey from Florida. He will be a 2013 prospect. Recently Chealey has received interest from colleges all over the nation. He prides himself in playing great defense.

The NU basketball team is also interested in two rising point guards from Texas. They are 2014 Crosby, Texas Brandon Etienne and 2015 Garland, Texas combo guard Peter Shortino.

Nebraska Class B football should be interesting this fall. Crete is rebuilding but looks like the best of the bunch. McCook could make it from the west. Elkhorn South may be a factor before it is over. Defending champion Elkhorn has one starter back.

In C-1 Norfolk Catholic, who has won 38 out of the last 39 games, has won the state title the past two years. They return QB Jordan Bellar. Other challengers will be Pierce, Wahoo, and Adams Central.

C-2 looks like Aquinas will repeat as champions.

D-1 looks to Elgin/Pope John as the favorite. Howells moves up to D-1 this year along with Bloomfield. Add Sargent D-2's champion last year and this should be a fight to the end.

Gilter is favored in D-2.

Blue Ribbon Yearbook predicts NU to finish third in the Big Ten Legends division behind Michigan and Michigan St. They pick Oklahoma to beat out West Virginia in the Big 12.

All Big-10 is Rex Burkhead at running back and Brett Maher at punter and kicker. Mohammed Seisay is predicted to be the newcomer of the year.

It sad how it has developed that Penn St. did cover up the Jerry Sandusky crimes.

Congrats to John Hurley for qualifying for the PGA event at the John Deere Classic. It will be fun to follow him.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Sport Shorts

Ray Gallegos will be back playing with NU this year after redshirting his junior year. He will either play shooting guard or point guard. Gallegos is stronger and quicker and is glad he redshirted. He is 6'2" and 176 lbs. Coach Miles says,"I think he scores the ball. He's a good athlete, and he seems to defensive rebound pretty well, too, for a guard. At the end of the day, he's a guard that, in practices, has scored better than just about anybody else."

The Nebraska basketball team has been working hard on their offense spending entire workouts shooting, screening, and doing offfensive drills.

Baker Steinkuhler is getting ready for his senior year with the Nebraska football team. He is huge at 6'6" and 290 lbs. With Suh and Crick both now gone, Baker is the man in the middle of the defense.

A 2013 targer for the Nebraska basketball team is a 6'9", 240 pound power forward from South Dakota. His name is Zach Hanson and he was name the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year. Hanson will make an official visit to Nebraska in last September.

Marcus Newby's head coach says he is the best player he has ever coached in the nine years at North Potomac High School in Maryland. He also coached Jason Ankrah.

Former Husker defensive end Josh Williams looks to start this year at Kansas.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Guest writer played against Rickie Fowler and Kyle Stanley

Guest writer Joe Kublick was in a threesome at the 2004 U.S. Amateur golf tournament at the Olympic Club in san Fransisco.  On the left is Kyle Stanley who rated is 57th in the world, has over $4 million in earnings on the PGA, and has won on the PGA in 2012. The man in the middle is Rickie Fowler, a well recognized name because of his dress attire and playing ability. He has also won on the PGA this year and has had a hot streak going lately. Our guest writer, Joe Kubick, is on the right.

Jordan Larson is headed to her first Olympic Games as a member of the United States women’s volleyball team. The three-time All-American at Nebraska from the small town of Hooper was named to the 12-team roster on Tuesday evening.

Larson joins former Huskers Lori Endicott (1992 and ’96), Allison Weston (2000) and Nancy Metcalf (’04) in making the Olympic team. Metcalf tried out for this year's team but did not make the final cut. He is listed as a replacement player.

Sports Update!

Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis and defensive end Jason Ankrah both graduated from North Potomac, Marland Quince Orchard High School. This week Nebraska picked up a commit from Marcus Newby who plays at the same school. He is a 6' 1" linebacker and he is rated a four star by rivals.com. Newby has had a lot of offers but it got down to Penn St. and Nebraska. This gives Nebraska three commits at linebacker for 2013.

NU basketball is after 6'5" R.J. Curlington out of Virginia. He plans to visit NU in the fall. He is a shooting guard and his stock is rising.  He has offers from Maryland, Stanford, Florida St and many others. He is noted for his team play, shooting ability and strong defense.

The Cubs have won four in a row. Samardzija had 11 strikeouts as they beat Atlanta 4-1 last night. Rizzo has been with the Cubs one week and looks like the real deal.

Fan Day for the Nebraska football team is August 3rd from 2-3:30.

KC Royals knocked off Toronto last night 11-3. Teaford pitched well for his first victory after being called up from Omaha and Moustakas hit his first ever grand slam. The Royals are 5.5 games out right now.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

The latest in Sports and some cathin up!

Our guest writer wrote in the comment section last week the following about Tiger Woods, "I think Tiger will surpass Jack Nicklaus in major victories, unfortunately. He is starting to come around as of late, and I think it's only a matter of time before he wins a major. Possibly the British or the PGA Championship. If not, 2012 will bring him at least one. I used to watch all 4 rounds of every tournament he played growing up, rooting as hard as humanly possible for him. With the unfortunate scandal he created and went through, I find myself rooting for guys with more normal names, like Bubba.

Well Tiger did win and you can bet that he will win more majors. He played like the Tiger of "Old" today.

Nebraska will play some Heisman Trophy candidates this fall. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson comes to Lincoln in October. He is rated No. 2 as a potential winner of the award.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is rated No. 4. Ball killed Nebraska last year. Wisconsin plays in Lincoln also this year.

Rated No. 8 is our own Rex Burkhead. A lot of the nation's fans don't know rex but Nebraska fans do.

Ohio State's quarterback Braxton Miller is rated No. 13. He gave NU a very tough time last year.

Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin, believe it or not, is rated No. 21. He was the 2011 Sun Belt Player of the Year. Arkansas State may be one of our most competitive games in 2012.

NU quarterback taylor Martinez is listed in the group of "the best of the rest".

Mark Watton is the new Waverly boys basketball coach. He was the Lincoln Journal's Co-coach of the year in 1998 when Wahoo won C-1. Watton will continue to teach in Wahoo but will head to Waverly each day during the basketball season. Watton was the assistant coach when Wahoo had their 114 game winning streak.

Nebraska is trying to get David Williams to visit Lincoln. He is a running back out of Philadelphia. He ran for 2000 yards and had 37 TD's his junior year. Rivals rates Williams as a four star and he has been offered a scholarship by almost every top team in the nation.

The Cubs still have the worst record in baseball with a 29-49 record.

Matt Kenseth is out with Roush Racing. He may be headed to Gibbs racing. Brad Kesolowski won the Kentucky Nascar race Saturday night. Keso is becoming a fan favorite and continues to do well.

NU basketball has offered 2013 point guard Sam Singer, who attends Miami Ransom Everglades School in florida. Singer is 6' 4". Last year Singer averaged 34 ppg, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Singer has not visited NU yet.

Athlon's has named their All Big Ten football team. Rex Burkhead, Spencer Long, and Brett Maher were named to the first team. Mayer was listed as both kicker and punter. Second teamers were Kenny Bell, Baker Steinkuhler, and Ameer Abdullah.  Abdullah was named as a kickoff returner. The third team consists of Cameron Meredith, Will Compton, Daimon Stafford, Taylor Martinez, and Kyler Reed.