Sporting News: Pelini ranks No. 6 among Big Ten coaches

The Sporting News ranked the Big Ten conference’s coaches from top to bottom Tuesday, and Bo-lievers probably won’t be too happy with where Nebraska’s leader landed on the list.

Husker head coach Bo Pelini came in sixth (out of 14 — Rutgers and Maryland included) on the list because his “teams lose too many games they shouldn’t, and he still doesn’t have a signature victory.”

Pelini “somehow managed to build capital by losing four games in each of his six seasons in Lincoln,” the magazine website adds.

The conference’s best — top-ranked OSU coach Urban Meyer and No. 2 Mark Dantonio of Michigan State — probably won’t surprise too many football fans. Meyer’s team had won 24 straight games through last season’s Big Ten championship, …

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Husker hoops aide joins North Dakota State

Jayden Olson, Nebraska’s director of basketball operations the past two seasons, has been hired as a full-time assistant coach at North Dakota State.

“Being a North Dakota native,” Olson said, “having a chance to work in your home state is something you dream of, and I look forward to doing my part in helping build on recent successes.”

At Nebraska, Olson was in charge of budget, travel, clinics, camps and daily operations.

Olson played basketball at Williston (N.D.) College and Dickinson (N.D.) State. He also was a graduate assistant at the University of North Dakota.

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was the head coach at North Dakota State before he left for Colorado State.…

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NU games with Hurricanes, Spartans set for prime time TV

Nebraska has been picked for a pair of prime-time television slots next season that will air on the ABC/ESPN family of networks.

According to the Big Ten and ABC/ESPN, the kickoffs will be 7 p.m. CDT for Nebraska-Miami in Lincoln on Sept. 20 and Nebraska-Michigan State in East Lansing on Oct. 4. They will be carried by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

All together, six games involving Big Ten teams were selected, with Ohio State involved in three.

Although NU and Miami have played 10 times, they haven’t met in a regular-season game since 1976. They last played in the Rose Bowl after the 2001 season.

Nebraska and Michigan State will be televised by ABC/ESPN for the fourth consecutive year. The Huskers and Spartans will be …

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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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Metro soccer finals postponed to Tuesday

The Metro Conference boys and girls soccer championship games were postponed Monday due to inclement weather conditions.

The games will take place Tuesday at Norris Middle School.

The girls game between Millard North and Omaha Marian will start at 5 p.m., while the boys game between Omaha South and Omaha Westside will begin at 7.…

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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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Baseball: Nebraska vs. K-State

When: Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.
Where: HaymarketPark
Radio: Husker Sports Network

Scouting Nebraska: The Huskers have now swept Minnesota and Ohio State in their last two Big Ten series, allowing three or fewer runs in five of those six games. In the process, Nebraska (23-14, 7-2) has lowered its team ERA to 2.46 in Big Ten play, compared to 3.99 overall. Now comes Kansas State, its former Big 12 rival which owns a five-game win streak in the series and has scored 10 and 12 against NU in recent mid-week matchups…. Nebraska will pitch left-hander Austin Christensen, who will be making his first career start. The sophomore has worked 6 1/3 innings in four relief appearances, allowing three hits and no earned runs…. …

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Mad Chatter: The Masters back nine, spring game questions, Husker baseball

Did the Masters disappoint because A) Tiger was missing; B) Tiger and Phil were missing; or C) there was little back-nine drama.

Depends whom you ask. TV ratings were down, suggesting it was more A and B (don’t discount Phil’s impact on ratings). But for me, the answer was C.

The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, right? Dan Jenkins’ famous line rang hollow in 2014. Bubba Watson’s four closest pursuers made a combined three back-nine birdies.

Jordan Spieth made zero.

Jonas Blixt made one (on 13).

Rickie Fowler made one (14).

Matt Kuchar made (11).

I loved the way Augusta National played this weekend. It was as firm and fast as I’d ever seen it. Just as Bobby Jones …

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Pelini likes the Huskers’ spring, but says it’s time to look ahead

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini reiterated after the Red-White scrimmage something that he has said several times recently when evaluating the Huskers’ spring: The work has just begun.

Pelini told reporters that NU had a “very productive” 15 practices and was able to identify where the team is and where it needs to go. But he added that it has to make progress and not back off before preseason camp starts in August.

“We have a chance to be good, but I’m sure a lot of other teams do, too,” he said.

Some other wrap-up items from Memorial Stadium after the spring game:

>> Pelini said the Husker quarterbacks made their best strides over the final two weeks of spring practice. Tommy Armstrong will head …

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Tom’s Takes: Nebraska’s spring game

1. I don’t know where this Bo Pelini has been the last six years, but he’s a welcome sight. Actually, Pelini can be good to talk to and flashes a sense of humor — when he’s not sticking his jaw out to defy the world. Fans and media, including national media — are taking to this “fun” Bo. The cat entrance was brilliant fun. Not very many college coaches would parody themselves like that. What does it mean? Pelini’s popularity will still come down to wins and losses, turnovers and playmakers. But this is how Nebraskans want to see their coach. They want a guy they can like.

2. Nothing really jumped out at me on Saturday, other than Nebraska has a lot of …

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