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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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Mailbag: Biggest challenge in 2014?

The Huskers are officially in off-season mode, which means we all have a lot of time to think about next season. The good news is that the Big Ten Network and the ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 unit have been announcing their prime time games, giving us something to get excited about. It’s also helped to keep football top of mind. But who are we kidding? Football is always top of mind in Nebraska. And when the call for mailbag questions went out, that ...

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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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Huskers take 1 of 3 from Northwestern

After back-to-back losses to Northwestern with dismal offensive outputs to open the weekend series, Nebraska bounced back in the second game of a Saturday double-header to avoid the weekend sweep with a 10-9 win. The Huskers couldn’t back up Friday starter Christian DeLeon’s third straight start of nine innings, in which he held the Wildcats to just one run, before falling 2-1 in 12 innings. In game one of the Saturday double header, Nebraska’s Chance Sinclair pitched seven innings, giving up ...

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Tweets of the Week: Spring Game Wrap-up

TGIF, Huskers. And what a week it has been. If you’ve been near a TV, computer or cell phone over the last week, you probably know a lot happened in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hopefully you were on Twitter to experience it all that way, too. If not, we have you covered. From cats to hay bales to the remembrance of a beloved quarterback, there were plenty of tweets to share this week. In fact, there were so many that some had ...

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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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Game Time Announced for Nebraska-Fresno State

If you're not making the trip with Nebraska to Fresno State this September then have some coffee ready. It's going to be a late one. The Mountain West conference announced Thursday that the Huskers and Bulldogs will kickoff at 9:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 13 in Fresno. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. That bring Nebraska's total night games in 2014 so far to three, two of which will come on back-t0-back weeks in September. Earlier this week the ...