Tag Archives: Oklahoma

Final three CWS spots still up for grabs

Arizona, Florida, Stony Brook, Florida State and UCLA have all earned a berth to the College World Series. Who else will join them in Omaha?

We should know by Monday night (assuming no more weather-related delays). Here’s a brief snapshot of what to look for as you follow it all unfold…

SOUTH CAROLINA-OKLAHOMA
3 p.m. ESPN2
Action of Game 2, halted by rain in a scoreless tie, has resumed in the sixth inning. Don’t count the OU out, even though it has to win twice in Columbia, S.C., to advance. The Sooners won four elimination games in their Regional. Yes, their opponent is the two-time defending champion Gamecocks, who’ve won a record 20 straight postseason games. But get this: The last team to beat USC …

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Oregon’s resurrected program one step closer to Omaha

Remember when they didn’t play baseball at Oregon? Yeah, that was only five years ago.

Oregon cut the sport from its athletic department in 1981. Turned its baseball field over to the softball team.

But the Ducks brought in a proven coach, George Horton, built a $19 million facility and started competing again in 2009.

With its 8-1 win over Austin Peay Sunday, Oregon moved past the NCAA’s Regionals for the first time since 1954, now sitting just two wins away from Omaha in its fourth season of re-existence. Incredible.

“It’s magical right now,” said Horton, who was a two-time national coach of the year at Cal State Fullerton. “Hopefully, we can keep that going deep into June.”

Won’t be easy. Oregon will face off …

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Recruiting: Spring meeting helped sell Rose (again)

There was one point in the recruiting process when linebacker recruit Michael Rose remembers he was seriously uncertain about whether Nebraska was the right choice for him.

It was some time in March last year, after the Huskers had announced their revamped defensive staff — most notably in Rose’s mind, hiring Ross Els to coach the linebackers.

Basically, Rose had lots and lots of questions. “I was just like, ‘What is going on?’ ”

So on the day of the Red-White spring game, he sat down with Els in the linebacker position room. They talked about Els’ background. About Xs and Os. About defensive philosophy. About Rose’s skill set — positives and negatives. Els never gave Rose any guarantees.

It was what Rose needed.

“Me …

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Thursday’s Husker practice report

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is hopeful that sophomore defensive tackle Thad Randle will not need surgery on his right knee, but he said it will take at least a week to make that determination.

Randle, a key reserve for the Huskers, has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Michigan State. He’s to be evaluated further.

Without Randle in the lineup, Nebraska’s expected to have three defensive tackles in its rotation Saturday — junior Baker Steinkuhler, redshirt freshman Chase Rome and senior Terrence Moore. Redshirt freshman Jay Guy could also play.

A few more comments from Pelini after Thursday’s practice, which capped a productive week, according to the fourth-year coach.

>>> Pelini supports the NCAA’s new cost of attendance legislation (the Division I board

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Pigskin Pulse, Oct. 25

Kenny Bell, Jr. made an intriguing comment yesterday that if Nebraska doesn’t beat Michigan State, it should probably start making plans for the Outback Bowl.

Even though he knows NU must win Saturday to keep its Big Ten title hopes alive, he meant the last part in jest, of course. Because, if the Huskers lose, they’re still a solid-to-great candidate for the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. That’s technically the Big Ten’s No. 2 bowl game.

Why? Because every league bowl site will be hungry to get its hands on NU’s fan base, which travels — and spends — with the best of them. Nebraska hasn’t been to Orlando since the 1991 Citrus Bowl, whereas Michigan State has played in Orlando in two of …

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Conference realignment: Is Missouri about to play the SEC’s fool?

The University of Missouri could be on the verge of making a stupendous mistake of impatience, borne out of a handful of university and state leaders wanting to wipe egg off their face from last year’s Big Ten debacle with a move to the SEC, a league that has neither the academic pedigree nor the competitive atmosphere suited for such a starchy Midwestern institution.

Mizzou in a ditch fight with SEC programs who embrace cheating and slippery ethics like a favorite uncle? The Tigers’ so-so fan base traveling to South Carolina, Georgia and Auburn? In trade for what? A little more TV money? Long-term security?

See, this is how powerful people get. They beg for one thing — the Big Ten — get shut down …

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Sam McKewon’s Top 25, Week Seven

Here is the AP Top 25 ballot I submitted this week. You’ll notice that I’ve added a best wins commentary to each team.

1 Alabama – If Trent Richardson isn’t at the top of Heisman Trophy voters’ lists after 183 yards and four touchdowns, he needs to be very close to it. Best wins are Arkansas and Penn State.

2 LSU – Blowout 38-7 win at Tennessee. Best wins are Oregon and West Virginia.

3 Oklahoma – Sloppy and sluggish play at Kansas were offset by another spectacular game from Ryan Broyles – 13 catches for 207 yards. Best wins are Texas and Florida State.

4 Boise State – Thumped Colorado State 63-13. Best win is Georgia.

5 Wisconsin – Rolled Indiana. Best – and …

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Pigskin Pulse, Sept. 19

We’re less than an hour away from coach Bo Pelini’s weekly press conference here in Memorial Stadium.

Lots of links to occupy your time until then, though:

>>> We’ll start with the news of the day: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (out of San Antonio) has made an oral commitment to play football at Nebraska.

>>> True freshman Aaron Green, who accounted for two touchdowns Saturday against Washington, has altered his running style, hoping to be a better college-level back.

>>> Here’s a second-day notebook. There’s more on NU’s offensive line rotation Saturday, Kenny Bell’s speed and the Huskers’ revised tackling strategy on Husky RB Chris Polk.

>>> Offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s game plan impressed Sam McKewon, who reviews Nebraska’s win in his weekly Husker

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Pigskin Pulse, Sept. 12

Coach Bo Pelini is scheduled to meet with reporters in a little bit more than an hour at Memorial Stadium.

You can watch it live here. … While you wait, click on these links!

>>> Sam McKewon writes that lockdown cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will help Nebraska’s run defense whenever he does return.

>>> Sophomore cornerback Ciante Evans wasn’t too pleased with the way he started Saturday’s game, giving up a few catches. He’s hoping to learn from it.

>>> A Monday Husker notebook includes a update on Will Compton, some statistical rankings regarding Taylor Martinez’s fast start and much more.

Here are a few non-Nebraska college football stories you should check out…

>>> Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has a sore head after suffering

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