It’s rare to find a season where the expectations are totally clear. Sort of a marker of success, too. Nebraska football used to have a bunch of those seasons, years when anything less than a conference title and shot at the national championship would’ve been considered a disappointment.
But that’s more of an anomaly than standard operating procedure. Most of the time, things are murkier.
That’s not the case for Nebraska basketball in 2018-19. With the Huskers’ “core four” returning from a 22-11 team that, according to some, was robbed of a tournament bid a year ago, the mission this season was pretty clear: Right the wrong. Make the tournament. Perhaps win a game there for the first time in school history. The Huskers should have the players to do it.
We wanted the cover of our November issue to offer a similar bit of clarity, a clean look, and we landed on a printing process we’d never used before. The cover, featuring Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby as shot by staff photographer John Peterson, includes a spot gloss treatment on the bracket and Hail Varsity flag. It’s just enough shine to make those elements stand out when holding the magazine in your hands, but from afar presents a simple, minimalist look.
And once you open the cover there’s plenty more hoops inside. Highlights from the November issue, our Basketball Preview, include:
>>Derek Peterson on how the play of Isaac Copeland could raise the Huskers’ ceiling this season, plus a women’s basketball preview.
>>Jacob Padilla previews the men’s team and the season ahead in minute detail.
>>Erin Sorensen spoke with the Nebraska basketball coaches about the process of trying to teach true freshman forward Brady Heiman the art of trash talk.
>>We’ve also got plenty of football in this issue as well, including Mike Babcock on Nebraska’s senior class, more great photographs from the Hail Varsity team and a look at the one thing the Huskers’ defense is doing really well of late.
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Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.