Mike Babcock
Mike is in his 40th year covering Husker athletics, after seven years of community-college teaching. He has written and edited a dozen books, all on Nebraska football except one, a brief history of Husker basketball. He previously wrote for the Lincoln Journal and Star and Huskers Illustrated. He enjoys music, from the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson to Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Glenn Miller and pretty much anyone else.
Tom's Time: Offense Galore in October '88 Meeting with Oklahoma State
Nebraska Football ⋅ 3 days ago by Mike Babcock
In this week's Tom's Time, Mike Babcock looks back on Nebraska's 1988 matchup with Oklahoma State and Barry Sanders. With 11:42 left in the first half, the Huskers had a 42-0 lead. At halftime, it was 42-21.
Huskers Have a Long History with the Gophers
Nebraska Football ⋅ 9 days ago by Mike Babcock
Unlike many of Nebraska's new conference opponents, the Huskers' have a deep and detailed history with Minnesota.
Tom's Time: A Change in Culture as the Huskers Open the '88 Season
Nebraska Football ⋅ 10 days ago by Mike Babcock
In this week's Tom's Time, Mike Babcock looks back at the 1988 Kickoff Classic between Nebraska and Texas A&M. It was a game that offered evidence of a slight culture change in Lincoln.
Context Is Key as Huskers Work Through Their Rebuild
Nebraska Football ⋅ 16 days ago by Mike Babcock
History shows that no amount of winning, short of winning them all, is enough at a college football powerhouse. Scott Frost needs some time to get the Huskers there writes Mike Babcock.
Tom's Time: The Game of the Century II Looked Great on Paper
Nebraska Football ⋅ 17 days ago by Mike Babcock
It was No. 1 Nebraska vs. No. 2 Oklahoma--billed as Game of the Century II--and the Huskers had a few things working in their favor. Then the Sooners won anyway.
A Strong Start, Then a Long Wait: The Huskers' History with College GameDay
Nebraska Football ⋅ 23 days ago by Mike Babcock
Hail Varsity editor Mike Babcock takes a look back at Nebraska's history with ESPN's College GameDay.
Tom's Time: A Former Sooner Signal-Caller, but in Bruin Blue
Nebraska Football ⋅ 24 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska faced a familiar name when UCLA came to Lincoln in 1987 for a top-five showdown.
From Lincoln to Champaign and Back Again
Hail Varsity editor Mike Babcock was a Nebraska and an Illinois season ticket holder before he began covering the teams. That offers a unique perspective on Saturday's game.
Tom's Time: The Pay-for-Play Debate and OU-NU in 1986
A planned protest never unfolded, but the rights of student athletes was a topic before Nebraska and Oklahoma played another classic in 1986.
Scott Frost Made His First Rebuild Look Easy . . . It's Not
Even at 1-1, the Nebraska of now is dramatically different than the Nebraska Scott Frost and staff inherited. But there's still plenty of work to be done writes Mike Babcock.
Little Things Matter at Beginning of the Bolt Era at Nebraska
Breakfast as a team? Mandatory. That's part of a renewed focus under new Nebraska baseball coach Will Bolt. “I think kids want discipline; I know they do. It’s just a matter of kind of giving them some structure and some things that are going to help them be the best players..."
Tom's Time: The Goal Posts Came Down in Boulder
Colorado coach Bill McCartney spoke a rivalry into existence. It took five years from the initial proclamation, but in 1986 the Buffaloes finally got the Big Red.
Huskers Avoid Slip-Up Against CU in 1980, Sportswriter Does Not
In the week leading up to Nebraska's win over Colorado in 1980, Tom Osborne saw a local sportswriter walking to Memorial Stadium and offered a ride. Things didn't go so well from there.
Tom's Time: Suspensions Appealed, Huskers Stuff Seminoles
Nebraska appealed the NCAA decision to suspend 60 players for pass-list violations, then got to work beating Florida State in the first night game at Memorial Stadium.
Making Sense of Nebraska's Blackshirt Tradition
Nebraska's tradition of handing out Blackshirts is among the game's greatest, but it has required some flexibility over just how it should work.
Tom's Time: NCAA Hits NU with Suspensions, Osborne Considers Forfeit
The start to Nebraska's 1986 season was drama-filled as the NCAA decided 60 Huskers would be suspended for at least one game. It left Tom Osborne considering a forfeit against Florida State as late as Thursday of game week.
Tom's Time: Fiesta Bowl 3rd Quarter Turns into the Twilight Zone for NU
Nebraska was about to enter another half, a second half not only of blocked punts and penalties but fumbles. A journey of pure frustration. Next stop, the 1986 Fiesta Bowl.
Baseball add
2 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Klein Kicks It in Columbia
Dale Klein kicked Nebraska to a win at Missouri with seven field goals as the Huskers climbed back up the rankings in 1985. As usual, a shot at the national title that season went through Oklahoma.
Tom's Time: 1985 Class Brings Top Talent and the 'Sandman' to Lincoln
Nebraska scored a win before the 1985 season even started with a recruiting haul that included players who would go on to become all-time Husker greats.
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