Where NU’s Tommy Armstrong ranks among the Big Ten QBs

Athlon Sports recently set out to rank the Big Ten’s quarterbacks from top to bottom. So how does probable Husker starter Tommy Armstrong stack up to the rest of the conference?

Athlon had some good things to say about the Nebraska sophomore, noting that Armstrong played “relatively well” last season despite a “lack of experience and difficult circumstances.”

Armstrong — who got a late-September call-up because of a Taylor Martinez injury — started eight games and completed 68 of 131 passes for 966 yards and nine scores last season, including the longest touchdown pass in school history. He had 202 yards and two TDs on the ground.

Athlon adds: “With the starting job in hand this offseason, Armstrong will benefit from the opportunity to …

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Carl Pelini looking to get novel published, and keep studying football

Carl Pelini said Friday morning during a radio interview that he is taking a year off from coaching, but also “continuing my education” in the business by visiting some college and NFL programs to observe.

Oh, and the former Nebraska defensive coordinator and brother of Husker head coach Bo Pelini said he recently completed writing a novel, after scribbling notes and jotting down stories and even writing some chapters over the years.

“Over the last six months, I’ve put it all together,” Pelini said. “Hopefully I can find somebody interested in publishing it.”

Pelini spent about 45 minutes on the Scott Voorhees Show on KFAB, the flagship station for the Husker Sports Network, talking about both future plans and his controversial exit as head coach …

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Mad Chatter: Mizzou and the coaching carousel, recruiting rankings, Brook Berringer

It’s Friday! That’s Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Bo Pelini and Tim Miles, Kevin Durant and Vince Coleman, Nick Saban and a special anniversary. But first, the college basketball coaching carousel.

I joked Thursday on Twitter that Danny Manning shrewdly dreamed up a plan to get the Missouri job: Leave Tulsa for Wake Forest, watch Frank Haith jump to Tulsa, then fill his spot in Columbia!

Of course it was a joke. But it prompted this email question from John: “What jobs are off-limits for coaches anymore based on personal history?”

Hmmmm. Loyalty obviously doesn’t mean much these days. Johnny Damon had no problem playing for the Yankees after the Red Sox. Ray Allen had no problem playing for the Heat …

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Baseball: Northwestern at Nebraska preview

Update: NU announced that due to impending weather, Sunday’s game would be moved to Saturday. The Nebraska-Northwestern doubleheader will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

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Where: Haymarket Park
Radio: Huskers Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
TV: BTN on Friday; NET on Saturday
Online stream: Huskers.com (subscription required)

Game One
7:05 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: Sr. RHP Christian DeLeon (4-2, 2.73) vs. So. LHP Reed Mason (1-2, 5.06)

Game Two
12:05 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: Jr. RHP Chance Sinclair (5-1, 1.76) vs. Jr. RHP Brandon Magallones (0-5, 5.04)

Game Three
45 minutes after Saturday’s first game
Pitchers: Jr. LHP Aaron Bummer (4-2, 3.99) vs. TBD

Scouting Northwestern (8-24, 2-9 Big Ten): Freshman Matt Hopfner and junior Scott Heelan are tied for the team lead with …

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Former Husker defensive back Harvey Jackson lands at BYU

Former Nebraska defensive back Harvey Jackson will transfer to BYU, Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Thursday.

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety, will have one year of eligibility after completing his bachelor’s degree at Nebraska this spring.

“Harvey is an experienced player and a mature individual with excellent character,” Mendenhall said in a press release. “He will join our program after graduating in construction management with a business minor. He is a great fit for BYU on and off the field.”

BYU’s director of player personnel for football, Geoff Martzen, posted about Jackson’s transfer on Twitter:

In 2013, Jackson started three games at safety, played in 10 and …

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Recruiting: With class likely over half full, where does NU’s group of 2015 commits rank?

With the addition of Chicago-area receiver Spencer Tears on Wednesday, the Husker football team now has 10 members in its 2015 recruiting class, making NU one of just seven schools with double-digit commitments.

So, with Nebraska’s class likely over half full, where does the 2015 group rank nationally and in the Big Ten?

Here’s a quick breakdown from the major recruiting services.

Rivals (link)
» NU’s rank: 8th nationally (2nd Big Ten)
» Other ranked B1G teams: No. 2 Penn State, No. 21 Michigan, No. 25 Iowa, No. 27 Northwestern, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 38 Rutgers, No. 39 Michigan State, No. 44 Wisconsin, No. 47 Illinois, No. 57 Maryland, No. 60 Purdue.

Scout (link)
» NU’s rank: 7th nationally …

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Mad Chatter: Osborne, Switzer & 28 years of NCAA ‘progress’; Pelini the Mad Man; Tim Miles and Tennessee

Unlimited bananas at the training table! A breakthrough in the NCAA’s ongoing battle with critics over student-athlete compensation.

OK, maybe not. If anything, these little amendments illustrate how ridiculous the rulebook was/still is. The issues we’re arguing about are the exact same ones people argued about 30 years ago — when coaching salaries were still six digits.

The following stories came from Michael Kelly and The World-Herald … in 1986!

Although Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne favors changes in college athletics to benefit athletes, he said Thursday he disagrees with a proposal calling for players to delay the start of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game by 30 minutes as a showing of their solidarity.

Dick DeVenzio, a former Duke University basketball player who is trying to form an …

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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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Video: Sam McKewon, Matt Davison talk Husker football

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon and former Husker receiver and analyst Matt Davison both joined “The Bottom Line” on Tuesday to discuss the Nebraska spring game, the team’s 2014 outlook and more. Check out the video clips below:

Video: Sam McKewon on TBL:

Video: Matt Davison on TBL:

Vote: Is Pinnacle Bank Arena the nation’s best college hoops palace?

Athletic Business, a self-described “must-read” publication for “decision-makers in the multibillion-dollar athletic, fitness and recreation industry” recently set out to find the top college basketball arena in the nation, and the newest contender in the field — Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena — is poised to capture the crown.

The 32-arena “Facility Madness” bracket includes the names you’d expect to see: UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Syracuse’s Carrier Dome and Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium joined Pinnacle Bank Arena as No. 1 seeds. Creighton’s CenturyLink Center, a No. 6 seed, lost to No. 3 seed Matthew Knight Arena (Oregon) in the opening round.

Here’s how the website describes Lincoln’s $180 million arena: “Pinnacle Bank Arena offers 36 luxury suites, 20 loge boxes, two private club lounges, a center-hung HD …

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