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Hot Reads: In the Post

Get ready because the expectations for Nebraska basketball grew a little more yesterday. The offseason checklist for Tim Miles' team next year is viewed as relatively simple: 1) Better point guard play, which will probably depend almost entirely on Tai Webster's development, and 2) An inside presence, which, until yesterday, was falling mostly on the shoulders of talented incoming freshman Jacob Hammond. But now we know Hammond will have some help in Georgetown transfer Moses Ayegba, who announced yesterday that he'll spend ...

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Some Thoughts (and Numbers) on TV Times

Remember last June when it was announced that the Nebraska-UCLA game got a 12 p.m. kickoff rather than the hoped-for prime time slot? There was some hand-wringing over this because a) it limited what could have been one of Nebraska's biggest recruiting weekends (a valid concern) and b) it cost Nebraska exposure in the form of additional viewers (a presumed concern).  Turns out that Nebraska-UCLA drew 4.19 million viewers while ABC's night game that week, Purdue-Notre Dame, drew 4.79, a ...

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Hot Reads: Date With the Night

We'll be debating the effects social media has had on our culture until the end of the time. Or until the end of social media, though I suspect the end of time and the end of social media will be simultaneous. But I'm not (that) interested in having that discussion right now. Instead, I'll do what I usually do with social media: Hold up a specific example for inspection and say "well, that wouldn't have happened X years ago." I'm referring to ...

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Hot Reads: Hot Seat Rankings?

Last week ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett, in response to a mailbag question, came up with a "Hot Seat ranking" for the Big Ten. Bo Pelini was in the "seat's getting hot" category -- the worst category -- along with Rutger's Kyle Flood, Maryland's Randy Edsall and Illinois' Tim Beckman. This, predictably, drew some response for Nebraska fans so Bennett, along with his blogging comrade Adam Rittenberg, decided to revisit the topic fact versus fiction style. Here's their breakdown of ...

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Huskers a Spring Game Leader Again

The Business of Husker Athletics is a monthly series presented by First National Bank where we’ll examine some of the numbers behind the business of big-time college athletics. This month we take a look at the spring game attendance across the country, where the Huskers yet again rank near the top. *** Don't ask me why, but spring game attendance is a pretty popular measuring stick among college football fan bases. Maybe this shouldn't be a surprise as most anything -- t-shirt ...

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Hot Reads: Go West

Let's talk about Fresno State for a few minutes. It's possible -- probably even likely -- that you haven't spent a ton of time yet thinking about the Bulldogs and the Cornhuskers' trip west this September. That's OK. The college football preview train is just starting to leave the station and the journey is long. You've got plenty of time to start reading up on Nebraska opponents for 2014, but I've started writing previews for the 2014 Hail Varsity Yearbook, so ...

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Hot Reads: Nice Shoes

The University of Louisville signed a new five-year deal with Adidas yesterday, which normally wouldn't be big news around here but it sort of became that because a) Adidas also supplies Nebraska, b) the Huskers just re-upped with the company last summer and c) Louisville got more money. The deal has been reported as a five-year deal worth $39 million, which would rank second among Adidas schools behind only Michigan ($8.2 million/year). Nebraska, under its new deal which runs through 2018, ...

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Hot Reads: The Rhetoric

Are you a fan of Mad Men? Judging from the actual numbers that show draws -- and not the amount it's talked about -- I'm probably not hitting a ton of you in your wheelhouse but if you do watch Mad Men and you consider yourself a fan, here's a question: What's your favorite part? Characters? Character drama? Revisiting the 1960s? Roger (just Roger)? Don Draper delivering the perfect pitch? Or Freddy Rumsen doing the same (no spoilers, but, *wink*)? That last part ...

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Huskers Land 10th Commit for 2015 Class

Nebraska continued its quick pace on the recruiting trail this year on Wednesday, landing one of the top players in Illinois for the Huskers 10th verbal commitment in the 2015 class. Oak Lawn, Ill., wide receiver Spencer Tears committed to Nebraska on Wednesday according to his high school coach, Tony Sheehan, who spoke with 247Sports.com: "He went up there (for the spring game) with his family and really had a good time,” Sheehan said. “He got to see the place, loved what ...

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Hot Reads: More Pelini-Parsing

Here's one writer who isn't totally buying the "Bo Pelini starts making jokes on Twitter --> Bo Pelini opens practices --> Bo Pelini wins the internet with a cat --> Bo Pelini has turned over a new leaf" flow chart that's been written about at length since Nebraska's win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Judging from the reaction to Michael Weinreb's story about this over on Sports on Earth, this is not a popular take among Husker fans. This is the ...