Tag Archives: Nebraska football

Mad Chatter: Hawkeye hype, Wrigley Field turns 100, when B1G night games cross the line

Loyal readers of Mad Chatter know I like to poke Iowa football, especially its $4 million coach. It’s soooo easy, with all the second-and-8 isos and 5-yard play-action passes to the tight end and the never-ending emphasis on field position. Pooch punt!

Sometimes I tell myself, “OK, no more Hawkeye jokes. Grow up.” And then I stumble on this section in an ESPN.com story.

…At a recent team meeting, Ferentz detoured from the typical spring minutia — replacing seniors, creating depth, finding leaders, building identities — and addressed a macro item: the preseason polls.

“He said we might be ranked,” running back Jordan Canzeri told ESPN.com, “and even if we are, no one is to keep that in their head. There were several teams …

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Mad Chatter: Clown golf, Greg without Doug, Huskers vs. Bluejays, NCAA lunacy

So much ground to cover on a Monday, including NBA playoffs, the future for Greg McDermott, college football news, Omaha high school hoops and the latest sign the sports world has gone crazy. But let’s begin with the pizza cup.

It’s 15 inches in diameter (four times the size of a normal hole) and it’s at the center of a fascinating debate in golf right now. Should golf compromise its old ways or modernize in pursuit of new business?

Golf sadly is losing steam recreationally.* The game has lost five million players in the past decade, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million apt to quit in the next few years.

* I find myself representing this trend. Five hours and $50

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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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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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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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Mad Chatter: The greatest, coolest, most epic basketball weekend ever; T-Magic and spring football

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover the NCAA tournament bubble, senior night, Taylor Martinez’s future, LeBron James’ masterpiece and Disneyland drama.

But first, the biggest basketball weekend in the history of the state. Frankly, it’s not even close.

In a span of 24 hours, national player of the year Doug McDermott will give his senior night speech to the capacity CenturyLink crowd (I have a feeling he’ll do it after reaching 3,000 points — he needs 34) and Nebraska will try to secure its first NCAA tournament bid in 16 years with a Top-1o win at its new sold-out arena.


>> “And now, your Creighton starting lineup: Austin Chatman, Devin Brooks, Avery Dingman, Will Artino and …

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Mad Chatter: Creighton the 10 seed, a two-game Husker season, Danny Woodhead 10 years later

To most of us, the calendar says March 5. To Creighton basketball, it’s February 33.

The Jays’ latest version of the February folly is in full effect after last night’s loss at Georgetown. The offense is bad, the defense is worse, the Jays look like a 10 seed, not a Final Four contender. It all feels quite familiar.

The Jays lost three in a row in February 2012 before winning seven straight entering the NCAA tournament. They lost three in a row in February 2013, then won five straight entering the Big Dance.

This season, I thought CU could avoid a winter slumber. Nation’s best player + gobs of senior leadership + an improved defense = Consistency. Right?


CU fans have 72 hours to tell …

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Mad Chatter: Are the Huskers laying in a pile of suds? Bo, baseball & bobsleds

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites (a bit abbreviated today). We cover Barry Switzer and Curt Tomasevicz, Bo Pelini working for Mike Leach (?) and a 12-year-old basketball prodigy (??). But first, Nebraska’s position on the bubble.

Are the Huskers sliding off? Are they squarely on? Is their bubble about to burst and get suds all over the floor? (As the parent of a 3-year-old, I have experience with this).

I think most of us can agree that at 20 wins NU is a cinch for the NCAA tournament. At 18, the Huskers don’t have a chance. At 19, they’re gonna be sweating profusely on Selection Sunday.*

* This is a slight deviation from my take 11 days ago. My

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Mad Chatter: Huskers’ not-so-sunny recruiting in Florida, McDermott’s scoring burden

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Doug McDermott and the mystery Bluejay who needs to help him, Husker basketball dreams and Oregon football’s officiating nightmare, Michael Sam, LeBron James, the Miracle On Ice and more. But first, recruitin’.

We’re putting together a nice project for Sunday’s World-Herald examining Nebraska’s state-by-state recruiting since Bob Devaney, with rankings and trends and (the best part) an all-star lineup from each state. Here’s a preview:

Perception: Nebraska needed speed in the early 90s to supplement its Midwestern brawn, so it went down to Florida.

Reality: Nebraska has relied far more heavily on Texas and California for athletes.

Perception: The Sunshine State has been critical to NU’s success over the …

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Mad Chatter: Grown men behaving sadly; Michael Sam & Marcus Smart; Husker hoops

The thread that ties Monday’s two big sports stories together is 50-year-old men standing on the sideline saying stupid things. Let’s start with Michael Sam.

“I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet,” said an NFL player personnel assistant. “In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It’d chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room.”

Sports Illustrated didn’t name that personnel assistant. But my guess is he’s in his 40s or 50s. My guess is he’s been in the business a long time. My guess is he’ll be proven wrong.

Very wrong.

Call me …

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