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Hot Reads: Nearly There

Nebraska's annual Fan Day is tomorrow, meaning we're darn close to football season officially starting. Some would say it already started with media days, but Fan Day has always been my official marker. Everyone who cares to go gets to see the team and coaches up close and then, just a few days later, practice begins and the football news doesn't stop for the next 24 or so weeks. It's a great feeling, being here on the cusp. And, if you're ...

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Having Success

Ask me to boil Nebraska's time at Big Ten media days down to one word, and I'd use "efficiency." There are at least two big reasons why this is potentially problematic: 1. Every coach, whether he says it or not, is after "efficiency." Most of them do say it in one way or another, but even if its never spoken it's still sought after almost inherently. For all of the grand depictions of football as high-speed chess, the clever gambits and ...

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Hot Reads: Abdullah’s Day

Ever eaten lunch in front of a college marching band at full roar? Me either. Can't imagine many have, but the Big Ten seemed determined to create that experience yesterday at its kickoff luncheon.   The tables in one of the grand ballrooms at the Hilton Chicago were packed so tight together that the servers know understand what it's like to try and run on Michigan State. There was the usual big conference bombast too -- spinning footballs and Rose Bowl logs ...

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Ahead of the Curve

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Not proud to admit this, but it's not unusual for me to pay attention to coaches' choices in neckwear. I've charted entire NCAA Tournament fields based on whether coaches wore team-color ties or not. What is unusual, however, is for me to choose to share this information, complete with its own hashtag, on the internet. There's no satisfactory reason for doing this. It's pure selfishness. Multi-millionaire head coaches -- those charged with the collective happiness of entire states ...

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Pelini Counting on Young DBs

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Nebraska has the benefit in 2014 of returning some talented playmakers at each level of the defense. From officially designated "player to watch" Randy Gregory up front, to a linebacker corps that's as deep as its been in recent memory, to the secondary led by seniors Josh Mitchell at cornerback and Corey Cooper at safety, on paper there aren't too many holes in the Huskers defense in terms of experienced talent. But that doesn't mean there isn't ...

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Hot Reads: Windy City Heat

If I had my druthers, I'd live in Chicago right now. That was the plan anyway. When it came time to choose professional sports teams as a youth -- because this is how it occasionally works in a pro sports desert like Nebraska, you just choose -- I picked the Cubs and everything else followed. I was also a Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks fan. I even watched a few Chicago Sting games on SportsChannel Chicago (Satellite F-4, Channel 9) back in ...

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Huskers Picked 3rd in the West in Media Poll

How cool is the Big Ten? So cool that conference doesn't hold its own official preseason media poll, that late-summer staple of conference media days. So the Cleveland Plain Dealer does its own, polling two media members from each conference school, in what has become the de facto media poll for the Big Ten. And the results are in. Nebraska placed third in the Big Ten West, receiving five first-place votes. That's behind No. 1 Wisconsin (15 first-place votes) and No. 2 ...

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Hot Reads: Family

We started talking about it nearly a year ago. What if we went to Alabama to meet the family that Ameer Abdullah had always been so quick to credit as a key part of his success as a person and as an athlete? Now, every athlete does this to a degree, but few with the frequency and sincerity of Ameer. That made it somewhat different. That and the fact that Ameer had eight older siblings, all of whom had compiled ...

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Hot Reads: Prove It

BTN's Tom Dienhart posted his "15 Big Ten Units Under Pressure" yesterday and Nebraska's offensive line made the list. Not a huge surprise there. It's unclear whether this numbered list is ranked in order of most to least to prove, though with Michigan's offensive line at No. 1 it sure seems like it is. The Wolverines managed just 3.28 yards per carry on the ground last season and ranked 109th nationally with 36 sacks allowed, so the o-line there definitely earned ...

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Read This Story

One of my favorite stories from the pages of Hail Varsity magazine in the past year was Grant Muessel's profile of Huskers' linebacker Michael Rose that appeared in Volume 3 Issue 3. You can now read that story online as part of the new Hail Varsity collection on Medium.com. If you're not familiar with Medium, it's a new publishing platform that, frankly, looks pretty great when it comes to displaying stories and photography. That's why we've chosen to use it as a ...