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: Huskers' 1992 Recruiting Class Sets the Stage
Nebraska Football ⋅ 5 days ago by Mike Babcock
The pursuit of Tommie Frazier dominated the headlines, but Nebraska's 1992 class included multiple players who would help key the Huskers' championship run to come.
Tom's Time: Bowl Woes Continue with Orange Bowl Shutout
Nebraska Football ⋅ 12 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska played both national title winners in 1991. DC Charlie McBride said Washington was "hands down" the best team while AD Bob Devaney said it was Miami. The Hurricanes made a compelling case in that year's Orange Bowl
2005 Huskers Set the Benchmark for Nebraska Baseball
Nebraska Baseball ⋅ 17 days ago by Mike Babcock
The 2005 Nebraska baseball team won the regular-season and tournament titles in the Big 12, but it was a College World Series win that helped cement its legacy.
Tom's Time: Huskers Overcome OU, Weather, to Secure Orange Bowl Bid
Nebraska Football ⋅ 19 days ago by Mike Babcock
Colorado needed an Oklahoma win against Nebraska in 1991 to go to the Orange Bowl. The Huskers did not oblige.
Mike Anderson Keeps Huskers' Greatest Era Rolling
Nebraska Baseball ⋅ 20 days ago by Mike Babcock
Mike Anderson had lofty goals for Nebraska baseball when he took over for Dave Van Horn in 2003. The Huskers were, at the time, a program with legitimate national-title aspirations.
A Few Feet Short in Van Horn's Last Game as Huskers Coach
Nebraska Baseball ⋅ 22 days ago by Mike Babcock
On the stopwatch or the radar gun, the 2002 Nebraska baseball team might look "pretty average" head coach Dave Van Horn said. Of course, he had redefined average for the Huskers in what would be his last season in Lincoln.
Tom's Time: No Winner, No Loser at Boulder in 1991
Nebraska Football ⋅ 26 days ago by Mike Babcock
The 1991 Huskers had lost seven straight televised games, dating back multiple seasons. The streak would end that year against Colorado. Sorta.
Van Horn's 2002 Huskers Had Deep Local Ties
Nebraska Baseball ⋅ 29 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska baseball coach Dave Van Horn didn't just talk about recruiting the state. The 2002 roster included 15 Nebraskans as the Huskers chased a return CWS appearance.
Nebraska Belonged, but Didn't Stay Long, at 2001 College World Series
The 2001 Nebraska baseball team was the Huskers' first to make the College World Series. And it was done after two tough losses in Omaha.
2002 Brings No. 1 Ranking, Huskers' First Regular-Season Title in 50 Years
If the 2001 Nebraska baseball season was a near-miss, the 2002 season brought some unprecedented hits, including ascending to the No. 1 ranking, twice, and the Huskers' first regular-season conference title since 1950.
Husker Attic: 1928 Nebraska-Montana State Program
There’s a lot of great Husker memorabilia out there. Husker Attic is how we’ve showcased those vintage finds in every issue of Hail Varsity since our very first one.
Tom's Time: QB McCant Knocks the Wind out of Oklahoma State
After a bounce-back win over No. 24 Arizona State, Nebraska quarterback Keithen McCant turned in a breathtaking performance in 1991's Big Eight opener.
Huskers Got the Jump on Stanford, but Pitching Punches Cardinal's CWS Ticket
Nebraska baseball would lead the nation in team ERA in 2000, but with a trip to the College World Series on the line, the Huskers were outdueled on the mound by Stanford.
50 Wins Down, but Huskers Needed Two More in 2000
Nebraska baseball continued its rapid ascent under Coach Dave Van Horn, racking up 50 wins in 2000. That total left the Huskers needing two more to reach the CWS with a trip to Stanford on deck.
Husker Attic: Nebraska Volleyball Tickets from Final Year in the Coliseum
There’s a lot of great Husker memorabilia out there. Husker Attic is how we’ve showcased those vintage finds in every issue of Hail Varsity since our very first one.
Tom's Time: Huskers' Big-Game Struggles Didn't Turn Around Against Huskies
Entering the 1991 Nebraska-Washington game the Huskers had lost four of their past five televised regular-season games. It would be five-of-six after the Huskies rallied to come back from two scores down.
Surprise Big 12 Tourney Title in 1999 a Sign of Things to Come for NU
Dave Van Horn's second season at Nebraska was arguably the best season in program history to that point, but it was just the start for Husker baseball.
A 'Freak of Nature,' That's What Husker Pitcher Shane Komine Was
Shane Komine was a lightly recruited, 5-foot-8, 160 pound pitcher who would leave Nebraska with a handful of school records. He was "a freak of nature," first baseman Ken Harvey said. "That's exactly what he was."
Husker Attic: 1930 University of Nebraska Postcard
There’s a lot of great Husker memorabilia out there. Husker Attic is how we’ve showcased those vintage finds in every issue of Hail Varsity since our very first one.
Tom's Time: Rout of Rams Sets Up an Early Turning Point in 1991
Nebraska had no trouble with Colorado State in the second game of the 1991 season setting up what one Husker said was the game that "is going to determine our season, where we’re going to go, what Nebraska is made of."
Verify your student status
See Subscription Benefits
Trial only available to users who have never subscribed or participated in a previous trial.