Chris Schmidt
Radio Host
Chris teamed up with Aaron and Mike Babcock back in 2008 and has been working the radio ever since. Originally from Lincoln, Chris grew up going to Husker games with his family. "Schmidty" loves talking sports and the chance to interview and visit with coaches and players. Chris is married to Erin and they have one son, Carson.
The Wow Factor
Of all the things Nebraska football can showcase for a potential recruit the "deal sealer" may be the fans. We talk about the impact of fan support on recruiting with Charlie McBride. Newest Husker commit Garrett Nelson joins us to discuss his decision to become a Husker. Jay Moore weighs in on who impressed him at the FNL camp and projects some of the roles he sees for the 2018 recruits. Lastly, we react to the Ahman Green news.
Best of Hail Varsity Radio
We bring you the best of Hail Varsity Radio from the past few weeks. Interviews with Washington State head coach Mike Leach on Bob Stoops and industry insider Phil Steele on the Huskers and the Big Ten Conference. In addition, we hear from Husker recruits Kade Warner, Mario Goodrich, Brendan Radley-Hiles and current Husker Tyjon Lindsey.
The Second FNL List
Who's here for the Friday Night Lights sequel? We run down some big names headed to Lincoln with Brandon Vogel and Greg Smith. Coach Gary Barnett joins the show to offer his thoughts on Nebraska's summertime plan with recruiting and Keyshawn Johnson Jr's departure. Finally, Jeremiah Sirles jumps on with his thoughts on the recruiting climate and summer workouts.
Taking A Timeout
Keyshawn Johnson Jr.'s leave of absence is announced and we have plenty of reaction. Hear insight as to what led into Mike Riley and Keyshawn Johnson Sr.'s decision from former Blackshirt Jay Moore. We also catch up with ESPN Insider Brad Edwards and you won't want to miss the Big Ten preview with College Football expert Phil Steele.
Surprise Staff Change
We share our thoughts on Bob Elliott who transitions away from an on-field coaching role to an analyst role and on Scott Booker, former Notre Dame assistant, who will step in as safeties and special teams coach. Our own Mike Babcock, BTN's Rick Pizzo and ESPN's Mitch Sherman all join the show.
Moore On Moore
We hear from former Blackshirt Jay Moore on Nebraska's recruiting camp weekend and the Joshua Moore commitment. Yoakum, Texas head coach Bo Robinson also joins the show to offer insight on his star player. And lastly, Charlie McBride shares his thoughts on in-state recruiting and out-of-state offers.
Friday Night Lights Recap
Nebraska Football ∙ 10 days ago by Chris Schmidt
Nebraska had a number of prospects on campus and one made quite the impression. Scottsbluff DE Garrett Nelson walked away with a 2019 offer and QB prospect Max Duggan was also on site. It's CWS time and we rewind with Texas A&M assistant (former Husker assistant/captain) Will Bolt. Brandon Vogel and Gary Sharp stop by to chat recruiting and QB prospects.
Father & Son Husker Memories.. Happy Father's Day!
10 days ago by Chris Schmidt
Friday Night Lights Weekend
Nebraska Football ∙ 10 days ago by Chris Schmidt
We run down who is in for round one of Nebraska's Friday Night Lights. Also our thoughts on which way Joshua Moore may lean this weekend. NBC's Bill Doleman joins us with his take on recruiting and the CWS field. We catch up on the Cubs with "Fly The W" author Gary Cohen. Lastly, Clauseborne with the Friday Forecast and his thoughts on who will be left standing in Omaha.
Your write in vote for the 2017 Captains....
11 days ago by Chris Schmidt
Find Your Five
Nebraska Football ∙ 11 days ago by Chris Schmidt
If you had to pick five Huskers on the 2017 season who have to have a big year, who are you picking? We're discussing it on Hail Varsity Premium.
Final Five
Nebraska Football ∙ 11 days ago by Chris Schmidt
We did some thinking and tried to come up with five players on each side of the ball that must have huge years for Nebraska in 2017. Then we whittled it down to our final five. Who made the list? Brandon Vogel stops by to share some thoughts on Power 5 Offenses in the different leagues. We catch up with Greg Smith to talk Husker recruiting.
Too Soon?
Nebraska Football ∙ 12 days ago by Chris Schmidt
Chris and Blackshirt Jay react to Nebraska football offering a scholarship to an 8th grader. We make a case for some of the best and worst jobs in the Big 10. Where does Nebraska fit and what are some of the sleeper gigs that could become prime jobs with the right guy? We spend some time with Mike Schuchart and relive his US Open experiences as the PGA's second major nears.
Comparing Eras
Nebraska Football ∙ 13 days ago by Chris Schmidt
Let the banter continue on Jordan vs. LeBron. We dive into the Hail Varsity mailbag in search of style, specifically style of play and whether it matters to Nebraska fans. We catch up with ESPN's Mitch Sherman and also spend time with our own Golden State fan and Husker authority Mike Babcock.
The New Normal
Nebraska Football ∙ 14 days ago by Chris Schmidt
Former Husker Jay Moore is back. We touch on the Keyshawn Johnson Jr. citation and hear from Coach McBride on RPO rules and Big Game Bob Stoops. Also, a former Husker turned Aggie is headed back to "The Good Life" for the CWS as Texas A&M assistant Will Bolt joins the show.
Who's Afraid?
Nebraska Football ∙ 17 days ago by Chris Schmidt
What is Husker football's mentality for 2017? Tanner Lee says they'll be playing with more confidence - Gary Sharp and Brandon Vogel chime in. Also, where does Oklahoma football go after Bob Stoops and we rewind with Mike Leach and his thoughts on the changes in Norman.
The Next Sack Master
Nebraska Football ∙ 17 days ago by Chris Schmidt
With all the uncertainty in scheme and personnel for 2017 we take a look at some of the players that can put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Some familiar names and some newcomers have a chance to continue the Blackshirt harassment. Bleacher Report's Lars Anderson and Bill Doleman join the show with Greg Smith co-hosting.
Maintaining Relevancy
Nebraska Football ∙ 18 days ago by Chris Schmidt
Coaching changes at major programs - why do some programs survive and thrive and others wilt away? Sooner Insider Dean Blevins shares his take on what's next for OU. BTN's Gerry DiNardo discusses coaching culture and the stress associated with running a major program. We catch up with Brandon Vogel on satellite camps, recruiting and if NU or OU will be in better standing in four years when they meet.
Stoops Steps Down
Nebraska Football ∙ 19 days ago by Chris Schmidt
A college football bombshell with the news of Bob Stoops retiring and Lincoln Riley stepping in. We hear thoughts from Mike Leach who worked for Coach Stoops. Former Husker and 10-year NBA veteran Erick Strickland joins us to talk NBA finals and Jay Moore offers insight about the hype around recruits and what it's like arriving on campus that first time.
Quarterback Courting
Nebraska Football ∙ 20 days ago by Chris Schmidt
There's tons of interest in 2019 Council Bluffs QB Max Duggan. Nebraska has thrown their hat into the ring, but how much catch up do they have to play? We talk college baseball with ESPN's Mitch Sherman and hit the Big Ten buffet with BTN's Rick Pizzo. Also plenty of sights and sounds around OTA's and the NFL.
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