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Hot Reads: Huskers Add an Artichoke at Quarterback

January 20, 2017

Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf wanted to find a fourth quarterback for the roster, and, according to reports from Sean Callahan of and Michael Bruntz of Huskers Illustrated, the Huskers have their man.

Andrew Bunch, who played in 2016 for the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes, is joining Nebraska as a walk-on. He played nine games for Scottsdale last fall, completing 55.7 percent of his passes and throwing for 1,331 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Bunch has four years to play his remaining three seasons of eligibility.

Bunch, listed at 6-foot and 187 pounds on the Scottsdale roster, played his high school football in Tennessee where he threw for 41 touchdowns as a senior and racked up a bunch of FCS offers. But Power 5 football always seemed to be Bunch’s goal according to this 2015 interview with USports:

“Honestly, I think (my recruitment is) a little bit slow. I’ve had difficulty getting looks. When I finally did get looks from bigger schools, the problem is they don’t have another quarterback spot to offer. I think part of it is I was a little bit late to the party. I’m still trying to find those Power Five schools that still need a quarterback because this late in the process, a lot of those spots are just full.”

It took a semester of junior-college football, but Bunch is getting that shot with the Huskers. He’ll join a three-man quarterback competition this spring that includes Tulane transfer Tanner Lee, redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien and true freshman and early enrollee Tristan Gebbia.

And, yes, if you suddenly need some Fighting Artichoke gear, you can get that online.

Follow the Money

Why would a 30-year-old group representing FBS athletic directors suddenly need a political action committee? Patrick Hruby unpacks the story of LEAD1 and its new PAC for Vice Sports:

And yes, the ongoing battle over the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s multibillion-dollar amateur economy—a system that prevents athletes from being paid, yet enriches athletic directors enough that they can afford their own PAC—may ultimately be settled on Capitol Hill, given that association president Mark Emmert and others have said they may seek a Congressional antitrust exemption if federal courts continue to rule that the status quo is, well, illegal.

Connect the dots, and it sure as heck seems like LEAD1 fits into a larger push by the NCAA and its allies to kneecap college sports pay-for-play via a Washington bailout. Only McMillen insists that’s not the case.

“We have zero agenda right now,” says McMillen, a former University of Maryland basketball player and three-term Congressman. “We’ve not spoken to one member of Congress about any issue in college sports. We’ve never talked about pay for play as a group. What we are trying to do is build relationships, so when the time comes, we can be helpful.

Yes, “relationships.” This is one that will merit watching.

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