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Hot Reads: The best afro in Huskers history?

There have been a few great afros in the history of Husker athletics. Kenny Bell dominates the modern era. If you're a little older, it's impossible to forget Wonder Monds. There were certainly others but few approached the heights (literally) of those two. On Saturday night, former basketball standout Wilson Fitzpatrick may have. Fitzpatrick (pictured above) strode out onto the Devaney Center floor Saturday night as part of the Nebraska basketball Hall of Fame halftime ceremony honoring new inductee Tyronn Lue. ...

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Hot Reads: Apology requested

So it turns out Bill Callahan still strikes a chord with Nebraska fans. There was a lot of Twitter chatter yesterday over Tim Brown's accusation that Callahan sabotaged the Raiders' chances in Super Bowl XXXVII by changing the game plan two days before the game. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated had, perhaps, the best response of all to this: Callahan had a dominant run game and tried to pass too much? That isn’t him throwing the Super Bowl. That’s his Nebraska tenure. — Andy ...

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Huskers prepare for a new and improved Minnesota

Last year, Nebraska pounded Minnesota 41-14 in Minneapolis. It was the Huskers' biggest win in 2011 over an FBS opponent. A repeat performance might be tough to come by this Saturday, even with the Huskers playing at home. The Golden Gophers are bowl eligible for the first time in three years and have won two of their last three games. "They’re a pretty good football team over there,” defensive coordinator John Papuchis said. “They’ve won six games now and they are a ...

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Hot Reads: Keep the Red Out

THESE FOLKS >>> The award for best photo captioning of a college football story, 2012, goes to MLive.com (East Lansing edition) for this piece on no shows at Michigan State games. As the Spartans have sunk from preseason conference favorite to a four-loss team (and counting?), the fan support has dwindled. There were about 5,000 empty seats on homecoming against Iowa and Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis has already brought it up on Detroit radio this season. Now Mark ...

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Hot Reads: Revisiting 1997

SHARED TITLE >>> Nick Baumgardner has a nice look back at the 1997 season and Michigan and Nebraska's split national title for MLive.com. I had forgotten how organized Scott Frost's post-Orange Bowl speech was: "One, if you can look yourself in the mirror and say if your job depended on playing either Michigan or Nebraska to keep your job, who would you rather play?" Frost asked after the bowl game. "You watched the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl. Michigan won with ...

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Legends of the Fall: I.M. Hipp

This story by Randy York appears in Volume 1 Issue 7 of Hail Varsity, on newsstands now. To read more great stories like this, subscribe here. (Photo by Sean Holder) *** A few days after a national television commentator invoked I.M. Hipp’s name to describe 119 galloping yards from Ameer Abdullah at UCLA, Nebraska’s famous walk-on received home-page visits on Facebook from all kinds of former Huskers – Johnny Rodgers, Roger Craig, Terry Luck, Tony Davis, Rod Horn, Anthony Steels, Craig Johnson, Tim ...

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Hot Reads: Saturday Night Lights

FOOTBALL & CORN >>> Interested in some Michigan players' take on what they expect from Memorial Stadium? Of course you are. Here's defensive linemen Will Campbell: They don't have anything down there but their college football. It's going to be exciting. Great. Flyover state jokes already. And while no Michigan player has played at Memorial Stadium since 1911, the Wolverines' coach has been here. Brady Hoke led Ball State into Lincoln and lost 41-40 but that game showed the cracks that would ...

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Abdullah makes Jet Award watch list

Sophomore running back and return specialist Ameer Abdullah was named to mid-season Jet Award watch list. The Jet Award is named after former Husker and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers and is awarded annually to the top return specialist in the country. Abdullah is one of 12 players on the list, joining Tavon Austin (West Virginia), Dri Archer (Kent State), Mike Edwards (Hawai'i), Rashad Green (Florida State), Duke Johnson (Miami), Tyler Lockett (Kansas State), Venric Mark (Northwestern), Marcus Murphy ...

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Hot Reads: Fake Midyear Awards

THE FORGOTTEN MAN >>> It may seem a week late for Nebraska fans coming off a bye week, but this is really the midway point of the college football season which can only mean one thing -- time for some midyear awards. Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports gave Rex Burkhead honorable mention in his "Midyear Forgotten Man" category, writing: The running back had only three carries in the first three games after injuring a knee early in the opener. Since then ...

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Huskers land a power pitching prospect

Baseball coach Darin Erstad landed his latest verbal commitment this week and its a name longtime fans of Nebraska football might recognize. Michael Klein, an infielder and pitcher for Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., is the son of former Husker place kicker Dale Klein who was inducted into the Nebraska Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame last week. Dale, a walk-on from Seward, famously kicked Nebraska to a 28-20 win over Missouri in 1985. He was ...

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