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.
New-Look Nebraska Baseball Opens with First of Two Scrimmages Saturday
Nebraska Baseball ⋅ 6 hrs ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska baseball has plenty of new faces as it looks to bounce back from a disappointing spring. "We’ve got a bunch of ticked off guys on this team,” said coach Darin Erstad. “So they’re highly motivated."
Tom's Time: An Early Championship-Game Proposal, and a Win Over ISU
Nebraska Football ⋅ 1 day ago by Mike Babcock
College football never had a shortage of championship-game proposals pre-BCS. Nebraska was looped into one in 1983 the week of the Iowa State game.
Troy Had Superman's Weakness in 2001 and QB Crouch 'Was Kryptonite'
Nebraska Football ⋅ 6 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska was there for Troy's –– then Troy State –– first game as an FBS program in 2001, and long-time head coach Larry Blakeney had plenty good to say about the Huskers' quarterback that day: "The guy is made of Kryptonite, I think."
Tom's Time: A Misstep on the First Play, then the Huskers Dominate KSU
Nebraska Football ⋅ 7 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska trailed Kansas State just 6 seconds into the game in 1983 thanks to a safety on the opening kickoff. Then things got back to normal.
After the Longest Offseason Ever, a Test of Patience Out of the Gate
Nebraska Football ⋅ 10 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska fans came into the 2018 season prepared for a gradual rebuild of the Husker football program, but a loss, as it always has, provided an early test of patience in some corners.
An Unforgettable Prediction Ahead of Nebraska vs Colorado in 1994
Nebraska Football ⋅ 12 days ago by Mike Babcock
Hail Varsity editor Mike Babcock recounts the time he picked Colorado to beat Nebraska in the local paper. This was in 1994, and you know how that went.
Tom's Time: The Time Nebraska Scored 48 Points Against CU in a Quarter
Nebraska Football ⋅ 15 days ago by Mike Babcock
"I suppose we’ll have to deal with the ‘running up the score’ charge again," Tom Osborne said after Nebraska put up 48 points in a quarter against Colorado in 1983.
History of Blackshirts — and Now Gold Shirts — Depends on Recollection
Nebraska Football ⋅ 15 days ago by Mike Babcock
The genesis of Nebraska’s Blackshirt tradition, and now the gold shirts, which the Cornhusker defense wore during Tuesday’s practice, depends quite a bit on the recollection.
Nebraska Makes History on a Stormy Saturday Night
Nebraska Football ⋅ 17 days ago by Mike Babcock
The event was historic, really, Nebraska football fans showing up for a game that wasn’t played.
Last Time Akron Visited, Nebraska Got Off to a Zippy Start
Nebraska Football ⋅ 19 days ago by Mike Babcock
Ever wondered where Akron's Zips nickname comes from? Mike Babcock will tell you while taking a look back at the only other Nebraska-Akron meeting to this point, a 59-14 win for the Huskers in 1997.
Tom's Time: Blackshirts Come Up Big at Missouri
Nebraska Football ⋅ 29 days ago by Mike Babcock
The final score, 34-13, of Nebraska's win over Missouri in 1983 might indicate there was little to see there, but it's hiding a few key plays from the Blackshirts that swung the game.
'Business' of Being a Nebraska Running Back Still Demands Toughness
As history has shown, Nebraska's running backs have to be tough. It's a lesson running backs coach Ryan Held is preaching today.
Tom's Time: Cowboys Come Out Blitzing, But Huskers Hang On in 1983
Oklahoma State coach Jimmy Johnson went into the 1983 game against Nebraska intending to fire all of the Cowboys' defensive guns. It worked, but still wasn't enough to win.
Tom's Time: Rout of Syracuse Prompts Lofty Projections for '83 Huskers
Nebraska had no problem with Syracuse in the fifth game of the 1983 season, leading to some serious praise from Sports Illustrated.
Tom's Time: Osborne Wins No. 100
Hail Varsity editor Mike Babcock continues his look back at the career of Tom Osborne by revisiting the coach's 100th win, a 42-10 victory over UCLA in 1983.
Tom's Time: As Lopsided As It Gets
Nebraska's 84-13 win over Minnesota is the stuff of lore, but a forgotten part of it is the role the Big Eight's travel-roster limit played in the lopsided win.
Tom's Time: Call Him 'Michael Heisman'
Irving Fryar suggested that people start calling Mike Rozier "Michael Heisman" following Rozier's 191-yard day against Wyoming in 1983 as the Huskers opened the season 2-0.
Tom's Time: Immediate Detonation in the '83 Kickoff Classic
Nebraska's famed "Scoring Explosion" offense of 1983 wasted little time earning the nickname with a 44-6 destruction of Penn State in the Kickoff Classic.
Tom's Time: An Orange Bowl Amid Unrest
Nearby riots kept attendance low for Nebraska's come-from-behind win over LSU in the 1983 Orange Bowl.
Tom's Time: Hawaii Coach Dick Tomey Had Had Enough of the Huskers
“That superiority complex of Nebraska; I’m sick of it,” Hawaii coach Dick Tomey said following his Warriors’ 37-16 loss to Nebraska in early December of 1982.
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