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Recruiting: Huskers land WR Spencer Tears for 2015 class

A weekend visit for the Nebraska spring game was apparently all Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards High School wide receiver Spencer Tears needed to see. Tears committed to the Huskers Wednesday morning. The news was announced on Tears’ Twitter feed.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. He is currently unrated according to ESPN. Tears told recruiting site Husker Online over the weekend that he found Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium “amazing” and the Huskers’ offense fit his skillset.

“I can most definitely see myself in the environment at Nebraska and in their offense,” Tears told Husker Online. “I was watching the receivers and I know most of the good ones graduate after this year and I can step in and …

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Women’s basketball: Jordan Hooper goes 13th overall in the WNBA Draft

Former Nebraska women’s basketball forward Jordan Hooper went 13th overall Monday night in the WNBA Draft to the Tulsa Shock. Hooper was the first selection of the second round.

The Big Ten Player of the Year and three-time All American will join a Shock team that finished 11-23 last year but has two of the better guards to recently play in college. The Shock selected Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins last year and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims with its first-round pick this year.

Tulsa is also one of the youngest teams in the league. Its three leading scorers — Liz Cambadge, Riquna Williams and Glory Johnson — are 22, 23 and 23 years old, respectively.

More to come.…

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Nebraska brass takes no formal position on union, encourages athletes’ opinions

Documents received via open-records request* by Deadspin show that Nebraska senior associate athletic director Pat Logsdon and athletic director Shawn Eichorst shared with Huskers coaches and administrators four broad talking points should any athlete approach them about Northwestern football players’ decision to explore a union.

The Wildcats vote later this month on whether to form a union; the leader of the movement, former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, is close friends with Nebraska senior wide receiver Kenny Bell, Jr. Last week, Bell told reporters that discussions about unions was an “appropriate” talk to have.

Based on the memo, Nebraska officials appear to welcome the conversation, even as they take no official position unions.

From the “FAQs” (Frequently Asked Questions) section:

1. What is UNL’s position regarding

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Signs point to Nebraska-Fresno State playing on Saturday

The Mountain West conference Thursday released a TV schedule with 11 Friday night games on it, including a game between Northern Illinois and UNLV on Friday, Sept. 12.

That means it’s likely that Nebraska’s game at Fresno State will stay on Saturday, Sept. 13 as originally scheduled.

In an interview with the World-Herald this week, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said he had no say in when the Fresno State-Nebraska game would be played, but if he did, he’d hold it on Saturday, during the hottest part of the day. DeRuyter said area temperatures routinely reach 100 degrees in September, and Bulldog players embrace the heat because they’ve practiced in it for a month, but it’s hard on opponents.

The game could be played at …

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Camp Chatter: Seen and heard at Husker spring practice, April 9

SEEN: Nebraska’s offense having success on goal-line running plays. Adam Taylor, Terrell Newby and Tommy Armstrong repeatedly had success plowing into NU’s defensive line from inside the 5-yard line. Taylor especially moved a few piles.

SEEN: The Huskers practicing outside. Most of the live work had been conducted inside the Hawks Championship Center during spring camp, but on the warmest day of the new calendar year, Nebraska headed to the FieldTurf just outside the Hawks to get some of its major work done.

HEARD: “The weather keeps changing if you guys follow it. Every day I look, it looks like 100 percent rain, 100 percent no rain, and there’s half a sun and half of a rain cloud. I’ll just get Coach Osborne here, and …

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Recruiting: Nebraska lands another in Omaha in Central’s DaiShon Neal

Nebraska landed a second in-state prospect Monday when Omaha Central defensive end DaiShon Neal received an offer from the Huskers and accepted it within the hour.

At 6-7, 230 pounds, Neal is unrated by recruiting services but had eight sacks last year as a junior. He’d just come from an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State and had been planning to attend the Cowboys’ camp in June to earn an offer.

He won’t have to do that. He’s a Husker.

“It’s a dream come true,” Neal said. “It’s something I always wanted to do. I’m glad my education’s going to be paid for.”

Said Omaha Central coach Jay Ball: “He’s 6-7, …

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Practice Report, April 9: Bo talks spring game, Bell talks unions, giving athletes a collective ‘voice’

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini “loved” the 13th and 14th practices of the Huskers spring camp.

“It went back and forth a lot,” Pelini said. “I thought the competition was good.”

He’d like a similar performance in Saturday’s spring game. It’ll be an offense vs. defense affair with a modified scoring system. Pelini said he’d release that scoring system to reporters later this week, potentially post it on HuskerVision during the game and perhaps even hand out flyers to the 50,000-plus fans expected at the game. Pelini’s never conducted an offense vs. defense spring game before, but he said it would look similar to two major scrimmages held already in spring camp. So look for the top offense to square off against the top defense, between …

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Tuning Out the Final Four

Twenty-three years ago, on March 30, 1991, I stood near the dugout of Field No. 1 at the Millard Athletic Association in downtown Millard, trying to decide whether I’d try out for some travel baseball team or I’d go home and watch the Final Four.

Though I wasn’t generally any good at baseball — I was afraid to even play catch until I was 7 or 8 — I’d go through bizarre stretches of my youth where I was very good, hot streaks of hitting that usually lasted a half-season before some coach would instruct his pitcher to risk arm annihilation by throwing a curve ball, or an elementary change-up, or a fast pitch down in the zone, or a fast pitch up in the …

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Judge issues fine for Avery Moss

A Lancaster County Court judge Friday sentenced former Nebraska defensive end Avery Moss to a $500 fine for Moss’ one count of public indecency, according to court records.

Judge Gale Pokorny dismissed two charges against Moss — disturbing the peace and a failure to appear citation from January 2013. Moss pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to a female dorm convenience store worker on the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s campus.

As previously reported by The World-Herald, Moss is banned from UNL’s campus until at least December 2014, when he can file a final appeal to the four-year ban in place. According to Moss, he received that ban in December 2013 — and lost an initial appeal against it — because he violated the …

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Recruiting: Swedish QB looking hard at Huskers

Nebraska has offered 12 quarterbacks for the 2015 recruiting cycle. This weekend, the most intriguing — and probably the least polished — of the bunch will make a lengthy unofficial visit.

Kevin Dillman is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound Swedish import who will play his senior year at Denton (Texas) Guyer High School after spending the last three years at La Mirada High School in California. Huskers Illustrated first reported news of Dillman’s impending visit with his father.  Dillman has a glut of offers and is rated anywhere from a four-star (by 247 Sports) to a low three-star (by Rivals).

Dillman was once a five-star according to 247 Sports, but there’s been little on-field production to back up that rating. According to the Dallas Morning News, …

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