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Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE FAIRNESS FACTOR

2/22/19 | Paul Koch
    Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE FAIRNESS FACTOR THE FAIRNESS FACTOR During recruitment a young athlete was never promised anything more than a reasonable opportunity to prove themselves and contribute, what’s often known as “getting a fair shake.” That’s…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/PREPARATION

2/21/19 | Paul Koch
  Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued…. Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/PREPARATION PREPARATION Knowing what we know about the practice session efficiency, even more telling was the way in which the staff prepared not only the team, but also themselves in advance of a contest. From the…

Alumni CAP Event May 3, 2019

2/20/19 | David Max
Former Huskers Josh Davis, Tony Davis and Ahman Green are the founding members of Alumni CAP. The organization provides CAPs (Career Achievement Plaques) to former Husker players from all sports, male and female. The concept came about when Josh saw a plaque in Memorial Stadium that listed him as the career leader for kickoff returns at 2,265 yards. At that…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ PRACTICE ORGANIZATION

2/20/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ PRACTICE ORGANIZATION   PRACTICE ORGANIZATION You think Saturday afternoon Husker game days were full of action? That was nothing compared to Monday through Thursday inside Memorial Stadium, at the grass infields of the Ed Weir…

Spring games: Busting a myth

2/20/19 | HuskerMax
Yes, Virginia, there were Nebraska football spring games long before 1950. The university's official records list the 1950 Varsity-Alumni tilt as the first spring game. But the truth is that Husker spring games were being played before those midcentury Varsity men were even born. As far back as the early 1920s, spring practices ended with an intra-squad game that fans…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The ‘Coaches’ Behind the Scenes

2/19/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The ‘Coaches’ Behind the Scenes   THE FORGOTTEN COACHES: ANOTHER SPECIAL TEAM We wouldn’t be doing this summary justice without emphasizing the young coaches toiling behind the full-time staff. I’m talking about the Graduate Assistants and…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/SPECIAL TEAMS

2/18/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/SPECIAL TEAMS   THE NEBRASKA SPECIAL TEAMS It’s amazing how often the concept of special teams is overlooked when one thinks about football success. But for a coaching staff who didn’t have the benefits of a…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The Blackshirt Defense

2/17/19 | Paul Koch
  Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The Blackshirt Defense   THE NEBRASKA DEFENSE DEFENSE: a word whose Latin root means “a forbidding,” is an apt description for the Nebraska Blackshirts unit. Built around a front line and rush ends who were…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE HUSKER OFFENSE

2/16/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE HUSKER OFFENSE   THE NEBRASKA OFFENSE Focusing now on the offensive scheme employed, Nebraska differentiated itself from many pro-style offenses by employing a multi-faceted run game, which in turn led to play-action passing culled from…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE COACHING STAFF

2/15/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE COACHING STAFF   There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion;…

Husker Dan: Recruiting by the numbers

2/14/19 | Husker Dan
150, 50, 27, 23, 20, 5 and 0 In a minute, we'll take a look at what these numbers mean. But first, it's official.  The 2019 Husker Recruiting Class came to an end last week during the anticlimactic February signing day.  Frost's first "real" recruiting class has been ranked in the Top 20 by several rating bureaus.  Not bad.  And…

Anatomy of an Era: Kent Pavelka, Part 2

2/13/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 103, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Kent Pavelka, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Do you recall the very first Nebraska game you attended? KP: No, I don’t. It was pre-Devaney, though. It was the Jennings era. I remember watching Pat Fischer play quarterback and defensive back…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Defensive Back

2/12/19 | Jeremy Pernell
After Scott Frost's first season in Lincoln, we learned a few things. First and foremost being that this upcoming season and for the foreseeable future, the Huskers are going to have one of the best offenses in the country. The other thing we know is that the defense needs work, and it starts on the recruiting trail. This staff hasn't…

Anatomy of an Era: Kent Pavelka, Part 1

2/12/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 103, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   I’ve just gotta tell you: If Nebraska is the “offense of the 50’s”, they must be referring to the average score… -Kent Pavelka, Nebraska Radio Play-by-Play Announcer, 1996 Fiesta Bowl   Arriving at our final interview, my affinity for the work of…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Linebacker

2/11/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Nick Henrich is the most sought-after Nebraska prep player since Baker Steinkuhler in 2008. He garnered more scholarship offers (21) than any in-state recruit in the modern recruiting era, and was the first in-state prospect to earn an invitation to play in the All-American Bowl since Josh Banderas in 2013. Watching his film, you can see why it's no surprise…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Defensive Line

2/10/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Last January, the Huskers offered Ty Robinson, who was among the first 25 players from the Class of 2019 to get an offer from Frost. The staff quickly made him a priority target. Robinson made several visits to Lincoln during his recruitment, including an unofficial visit February 16, a return trip for the spring game April 21 and then for…

Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 3

2/10/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 102, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 3 Continued…. Q: We were pretty much ahead of the curve with the quality of technology in comparison to other schools, weren’t we? BC: Oh, yeah. At Nebraska we were. There was an NFL team along…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Offensive Line

2/9/19 | Jeremy Pernell
A determining factor of whether or not Scott Frost can get Nebraska to a point where they are competing for conference championships on a semi-regular basis boils down to how well he rebuilds the pipeline. His offense will have no problem attracting skill position players as we have already seen. But for Nebraska to ultimately rejoin the nations elite programs…

Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 2

2/9/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 102, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Did you guys also do the pre-game psych-up videos the players began seeing? BC: Yeah, we did. We did those all the way up until when HuskerVision came in, and they were a…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Wide Receiver and Tight End

2/8/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Blanchard (OK) High School standout Jamie Nance graduated early and enrolled in January, giving him a leg-up towards playing this fall. The 6-foot, 160-pound Nance was named first-team All-Oklahoma as a defensive back by USA Today and first-team all-state by The Oklahoman as a return specialist. He brings the kind of speed the staff covets. In fact, the moment he…

Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 1

2/8/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 102, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   The real good time to learn was both by watching yourself and watching other guys in the film review session after every game and every practice. Everything you did the day before, you really learned a lot by watching. You’d find out…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Running Back

2/7/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Rahmir Johnson was one of the first 2019 recruits this staff targeted. Scott Frost personally offered Johnson on December 20, 2017, the first day of the early signing period last year - two weeks after being hired, showing how much Nebraska prioritized him. Johnson then visited Lincoln on March 31 for the first Junior Day event and subsequently committed on…

Anatomy of an Era: Bill Doleman, Part 2

2/7/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 101, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bill Doleman, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Any other coaches from that era leave any lasting impressions on you? Conversations in passing? Interactions? BD: Looking back, the thing that strikes me about that staff was how unique the personalities were.…

Scott Frost transcript: Feb. 2019 Signing Day

2/6/19 | HuskerMax
On his approach in the last month of recruiting the last few spots “In the January recruiting cycle, we wanted to look around and take a look and see if we thought anybody fit us and if they did take our best swing at them. This year was different than last year. Last year, there was quite a bit of…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Quarterback

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Scott Frost signed wide receiver De'Mariyon Houston today, finishing off his first full recruiting class at Nebraska. It's the largest class the Huskers have signed since 2008. I peg the 26-man class No. 17 nationally, while the Huskers ended up ranked No. 16 (Rivals), No. 17 (247 Sports) and No. 19 (ESPN) by the national recruiting sites. In his short…

Pernell: Ranking the 2019 Nebraska Class

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
The Huskers signed 26 players to their 2019 class. The 26 recruits hail from 15 different states: Nebraska (5), Georgia (4), Arizona (3), Colorado (2), Oklahoma (2), Alabama (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (1), Washington (1)   1. Wandale Robinson (Duck-R) Frankfort, KY 2. Bryce Benhart (Offensive…

Pernell: Top 40 Recruiting Classes of 2019

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Top 40 Recruiting Classes 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Texas A&M 4. Texas 5. LSU 6. Michigan 7. Oklahoma 8. Oregon 9. Florida 10. Penn State 11. Tennessee 12. Clemson 13. Auburn 14. Notre Dame 15. Washington 16. Ohio State 17. Nebraska 18. Florida State 19. USC 20. South Carolina 21. Arkansas 22. Ole Miss 23. Stanford 24. Mississippi State…

Signing Day 2019

2/6/19 | HuskerMax
Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost told reporters on national signing day Wednesday that he likes the leadership qualities in the Huskers' 2019 recruiting class. Most of the class of 2019 was signed in December. Wednesday's only addition was receiver Demariyon Houston. Frost said there weren't many top prospects available after the early signing period, and "we weren't going to…

Anatomy of an Era: Bill Doleman, Part 1

2/6/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 101, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch “It was a terrible year, and it was a great year," Osborne said.” I take my spiritual life pretty seriously, and there were some times when I was running on empty. Very frankly, I relied on my faith more than I ever have…

Hunt with the Huskers

2/4/19 | HuskerMax
TeamMates Mentoring cordially invites you to experience an exciting European Tower Hunt with the Huskers at Oak Creek Sporting Club near Brainard, NE, on Saturday, March 9th, 2019. Reserve your spot for Oak Creek's annual HUNT WITH THE HUSKERS, where you'll spend your time hunting with former Husker greats. Guns and ammo are available in the Pro Shop. Get ready…

Zac Taylor: Nebraska career highlights

2/4/19 | HuskerMax
Here are Nebraska career highlights of former Husker quarterback Zac Taylor, who was named head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday. He's the first former Husker to become an NFL head coach since Ray Richards in 1955. | NU bio | Photos: Getty, OWH* | Carriker gut reaction*       Embed from Getty Images    

Burkhead & Suh in Super Bowl

2/3/19 | HuskerMax
Rex Burkhead earned a Super Bowl ring Sunday as the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams and Ndamukong Suh, 13-3. Burkhead's 26-yard run late in the game helped seal the victory. (Video here.) Burkhead finished with 43 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 15 yards. Suh was credited with one tackle, one assist and a…

Anatomy of an Era: John Livingston, Part 2

2/3/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 100, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: John Livingston, Part 2 Continued…. JL: But I tell you what, one thing I’ll never forget, and I’ll take this to my grave: Coach Osborne was the most incredible person -next to my position coach- the most incredible person.…

Anatomy of an Era: John Livingston, Part 1

2/2/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 100, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   We had a good, healthy fear in Coach Brown. Our fear was not playing. The guy was really tough on us. But I tell you what, it paid off: when we got on the field I was super-focused on the ball. I…

Anatomy of an Era: Riley Washington, Part 3

1/31/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 99, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Riley Washington, Part 3 Continued…. RW: Actually, what happened, too, when I’d won it all in high school I didn’t even remember the (100 meter) race, because I blacked out. It was the day before the race, and I’d…

Anatomy of an Era: Riley Washington, Part 2

1/30/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 99, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Riley Washington, Part 2 Continued…. RW: Aaron Davis… I was hanging out with him one night during two-a-days and he had a girlfriend here in town. Anyway, we went to her mother’s house and it must have been about…

Anatomy of an Era: Riley Washington, Part 1

1/29/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 99, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   When Crew and Captain understand each other to the core, It takes a gale and more than a gale to put their ship ashore. -Rudyard Kipling, Together   Innocent until proven guilty? Yeah, right. We’re talking about reality here, and Lancaster County’s…

Anatomy of an Era: Ahman Green, Part 3

1/27/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 98, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Ahman Green, Part 3   Continued….   Q: Let me delve into your pro experience as well as college for this next question. You‘ve been in the same huddle with not only Tommie Frazier -a hell of a warrior…

Anatomy of an Era: Ahman Green, Part 2

1/26/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 98, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Ahman Green, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Now, your freshman year was the year Lawrence Phillips was out for a while because of his off-field issue. So what was it like for a freshman to be playing college football so…

Anatomy of an Era: Ahman Green, Part 1

1/25/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 98, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   It was so fun going against (our offense and) Tommie. Us, on defense, going against them guys… when we went against them what happened? It made both of us better. Because we felt like if we could stop our offense we could…

HUSKER DAN: TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY?

1/23/19 | Husker Dan
The Scene: It's December, 2020.  Nebraska is just coming off a loss in the B1G championship game with an 11-2 record and a number 10 national ranking.   As a reward for the season, NU is headed to the Peach Bowl to play Auburn on New Year's Day (2021) in Atlanta. Meanwhile Husker junior quarterback, Adrian Martinez, was the runner up…

Anatomy of an Era: Calvin Jones, Part 3

1/23/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 97, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Calvin Jones, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Delving even further, it’s becoming apparent to me that it takes a diverse group of individuals merging together into a top notch team rather than a singular, homogeneous mix of guys. You had…

Anatomy of an Era: Calvin Jones, Part 2

1/22/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 97, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Calvin Jones, Part 2 Continued…. Q: When you say ‘college running back’ I think of a stud, a thoroughbred. I’ll take it a step further and say ‘First String Nebraska Running Back,’ which I equate to the highest echelon.…

Stryker: Mills signing big step toward run game diversity

1/21/19 | Tad Stryker
Any team serious about winning the Big Ten must be solid at the line of scrimmage. But it’s doubly true for Nebraska. Any Cornhusker quest to rise to win the West starts with these two non-negotiables: run the ball well, and control the other team’s running game. The good news is that with a year’s worth of evidence on the…

Anatomy of an Era: Calvin Jones, Part 1

1/21/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 97, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football. -John Heisman   Like most American grade-schoolers learning by rote the succession of America’s Presidents down through the years, Nebraska fans young and old can quite accurately…

Anatomy of an Era: Gerald Armstrong, Part 2

1/19/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 96, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Gerald Armstrong, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Did you ever find yourself wishing you had one more year? GA: I didn’t, oddly enough. I really left it on the field. I was pretty much done mentally. It took me probably…

Anatomy of an Era: Gerald Armstrong, Part 1

1/18/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 96, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down. That was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact. -George Plimpton, Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String…

Anatomy of an Era: Mark Gilman, Part 3

1/16/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 95, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mark Gilman, Part 3   Continued….   Q: Do you have a favorite or most memorable off-field occurrence? MG: I’m gonna wrap them up into one. I’ll take a thousand off-field experiences and wrap them into one off-field experience:…

Anatomy of an Era: Mark Gilman, Part 2

1/15/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 95, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mark Gilman, Part 2 Continued…. Q: I don’t think I’ve ever met a man of Coach Osborne’s demeanor. Especially someone who has also been so successful in his chosen field, which by and large doesn’t seem to cater to…

Anatomy of an Era: Mark Gilman, Part 1

1/14/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 95, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch …So please, be tolerant of those who describe a sporting moment as their best ever. We do not lack imagination, nor have we had sad and barren lives; it is just that real life is paler, duller, and contains less potential for unexpected…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham, Part 3

1/12/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 94, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham, Part 3 Continued…. Q: (laughs) Any one game stand out to you more than another from your whole collegiate career? And if so, for what reason? AG: For me there were so many good battles. You might…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham, Part 2

1/11/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 94, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What about Coach Tenopir and Coach Young? AG: You know, I look at it this way (and you might want to check the stats on this), but Coach Tenopir introduced me at my…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham, Part 1

1/10/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 94, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   Traditionally, we give a great deal of authority and, accordingly, much responsibility to the leader for the success of the team. This is just plain wrong. Over the long haul, a team will not be successful if the leader carries the sole…

Anatomy of an Era: Christian Peter, Part 2

1/9/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 93, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Christian Peter, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Charlie McBride’s methods of feedback were quite interesting, no? CP: Well, listen, I don’t know if the statute of limitations has run out on some things -I don’t want to specifically go into…

Big Red Cobcast: 2019 Is Upon Us

1/8/19 | Ryan Tweedy
Happy New Year! In the dawn of 2019, the Cobcast decided to make some New Years Resolutions to make our lowly podcast better. 2019 New Years Resolutions Mike and Joe cannot be together at the same time on any Cobcast ever. Ryan can only talk about Cross Fit (and now Muy Thai) a maximum of 2 times per episode. Pat…

Anatomy of an Era: Christian Peter, Part 1

1/8/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 93, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal –the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #241: Guess Who’s Back

1/7/19 | Patrick Janssen
The Big Red Cobcast is almost five years old. And for the first time in almost four years, we took a bit of a break. I would say I'm sorry, but I'm not. We were off enjoying our families and freezing our asses off in Nebraska. But now that we're back, there's so much to talk about. The December signing…

Frank Solich named 2019 AFCA President

1/7/19 | David Max
SAN ANTONIO, TEX. — Press Release: Ohio University head coach Frank Solich will lead the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2019 as president of the organization. Solich, who moves up from first vice-president, succeeds outgoing president Bill Cronin of Georgetown (Ky.) College. Solich was elected president by members attending the Association’s 2019 convention this week in San Antonio, Texas.…

Anatomy of an Era: Troy Branch, Part 3

1/6/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 92, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Troy Branch, Part 3 Continued…. Q: So, again, going to back to that '90 season, what do you think created that ‘folding’, per se? Was there a different mindset at that time? TB: I just think it was an…

Anatomy of an Era: Troy Branch, Part 2

1/5/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 92, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Troy Branch, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What other coaches stand out to you from your time there? TB: Me, I didn’t spend a ton of time up in the coaches’ offices and stuff like that. I was really self-sufficient…

Anatomy of an Era: Troy Branch, Part 1

1/4/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 92, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray, Tread all the powers of darkness down and win the well fought day.  -John Wes­ley, quoted by Charles Wes­ley, Char­ac­ter of a Meth­od­ist   Word on the street has it that…

Anatomy of an Era: Toby Wright, Part 2

1/3/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 91, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Toby Wright, Part 2 Continued…. Q: So you arrived on campus and Coach Darlington was your position coach, right? Tell me about your experience with George. TW: (laughs) You know what, Coach Darlington –and I laugh about it now…

Anatomy of an Era: Toby Wright, Part 1

1/2/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 91, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of. -Josh Billings   You’ve heard his name mentioned a few times previous, and with relentless diligence I finally tracked down a Blackshirt…

Stryker: Shorten NCAA regular season to 11 games, expand playoff to 8 teams

1/1/19 | Tad Stryker
Is four enough? Would eight be enough? Would even 16 be enough? More than any other, major college football is a sport of endless disputes. For its millions of fans, this is an issue that will never disappear. Not if the College Football Playoff field remains at four until its current contract expires at the end of the 2025 season.…

Anatomy of an Era: Jon Pedersen, Part 3

1/1/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 90, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jon Pedersen, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Any other coaches stand out to you as special or unique? JP: Well, Charlie McBride… come on. He was the biggest character of them all. Him and his fake teeth, the guy was…

Anatomy of an Era: Jon Pedersen, Part 2

12/31/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 90, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jon Pedersen, Part 2 Continued…. Q: So the idea that Nebraska was just a football factory -in your experience that doesn’t hold water? JP: Yeah. (Coach Osborne) was always just, “If you’re going to do it, do it right.”…

Anatomy of an Era: Jon Pedersen, Part 1

12/30/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 90, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   Football is a rough sport. You encounter 11 people on the other side of the ball trying to make you fail. They’re trying to block you, strip the ball from you, slam you into the turf. (Players) expect to experience a certain…

Anatomy of an Era: Professor Ken Dewey, Part 2

12/29/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 89, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Professor Ken Dewey, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Let me ask you, when it comes to thunderstorms, I believe you once said that there’s more energy in one thunderstorm than all the exploded bombs of World War II combined… KD:…

Anatomy of an Era: Professor Ken Dewey, Part 1

12/28/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 89, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   Every thing seems colossal on this great continent; if it rains, if it blows, if it thunders, it is all done fortissimo; but I often felt terror yield to wonder and delight, so grand, so glorious were the scenes a storm exhibited…but…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Anderson, Part 3

12/25/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 88, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mike Anderson, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Obviously you were around when there was the ‘Unity, Belief, Respect’ mindset being pushed. Was that an outgrowth of the Unity Council or was that a separate thing? MA: I don’t remember off…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Anderson, Part 2

12/24/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 88, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mike Anderson, Part 2 Continued…. Q: So tell me, what about that game stands out? What is fresh in your mind about that game yet today? MA: One of the things that always stands out to me is: you…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Anderson, Part 1

12/23/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 88, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   Bonding within the organization takes place as one individual and then another steps up and raises his or her level of commitment, sacrifice, and performance. They demand and expect a lot of one another. -Bill Walsh (with Craig Walsh and Steve Jamison),…

Anatomy of an Era: Sonya Varnell, Part 2

12/21/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 87, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Sonya Varnell, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Did you have a lot of contact with Coach Osborne and other assistant coaches at the time? SV: Coach Osborne would come and talk to me occasionally if there was a situation and…

Anatomy of an Era: Sonya Varnell, Part 1

12/20/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 87, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   “You(‘re) dealing with so many issues," Osborne said. ”You have more than 100 young guys that have a lot of energy and come from diverse backgrounds and you do the best you can to make sure they are good students, good athletes…

Frost transcript: Early signing day

12/19/18 | HuskerMax
On how he would characterize this year’s class “I feel great about the guys we signed. You’ll probably get tired of hearing me say this but I not only feel great about the type of player we brought in but I feel great about the kid we’re bringing in in this class. I had the privilege of going around and…

Early signing day, class of ’19

12/19/18 | HuskerMax
The first day of the early signing period for the recruiting class of 2019 went as expected for Nebraska.   Three signing-day announcements went Nebraska's way -- Ty Robinson, Jimmy Fritsche and Brant Banks -- but the long-shot possibility of landing Lloyd Summerall didn't pan out. Coach Scott Frost indicated there could be a couple of early signees besides the…

Anatomy of an Era: David Alderman, Part 3

12/18/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 59, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: David Alderman, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Do any one of (Coach Osborne’s talks) stand out to you in particular? DA: I know the other one… He told the story about, “There’s a football player on a team, maybe not…

Big red Cobcast: A Very Merry Cobcast

12/18/18 | Ryan Tweedy
I think it's very fitting that signing day comes so close to Christmas. For hard core Husker fans like me (and I assume you) signing day might even be more exciting. Once you become an adult, the presents under the tree aren't really a surprise and if you don't get that thing you really wanted, you can always just go…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #240: Holiday Anger & Cheer for Husker Fans

12/17/18 | Patrick Janssen
The holidays are almost here, but I feel like everyone's mad. People are mad that there was that late reversal of a call, basically screwing Nebraska volleyball out of a second straight national title. People are mad that Stanford has their own crappy Paul Fell-esque political cartoonist in their locker room. People are mad that some people aren't more mad…

Anatomy of an Era: David Alderman, Part 2

12/17/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 59, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: David Alderman, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Who would you find yourself going up against in practice? DA: Well, I remember going up against (Brendan) Holbein, Brett Popplewell, some of those guys. Q: Any special memories or events stick out…

Anatomy of an Era: David Alderman, Part 1

12/16/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 85, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch People seek activities where they can pursue three essential things: they want autonomy in their work, they want to develop a mastery in their performance of the work, and they want to take on and play a part in something bigger than they…

Anatomy of an Era: Gary Fouraker, Part 2

12/15/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 84, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Gary Fouraker, Part 2 Continued…. Q: I was talking to Damon Schmadeke and he mentioned flying back from that game in Tokyo, talking about those big linemen and how they snuck a little guy in between all of them,…

Anatomy of an Era: Gary Fouraker, Part 1

12/14/18 | Paul Koch
Although the dust storms and raining grasshoppers frightened me I felt bad for the hungry men and poor (Nebraska) farmers… Only later did I appreciate the thrift that the Depression enforced with a harsh hand, the lesson of never, even in the bad times, spending more than you earned. And in the good times, you saved and saved. -Peter G.…

Husker Dan: Best of 2018 Husker season

12/12/18 | Husker Dan
It's hard to believe another year of college football is about to end.  Only the bowl season awaits.  But for the second straight season, Husker fans will have no bowl game to look forward to.  And unfortunately, the Huskers' theme song will once again be "I'll Be Home for Christmas." But even in a 4-8 season, there is still a…

Anatomy of an Era: Brandon Hamer, Student Manager, Part 2

12/12/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 83, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Brandon Hamer, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Do you recall your first game on the sidelines? BH: Actually, it was the first year even though we were only volunteering. We each got one game where we got to be the…

Anatomy of an Era: Brandon Hamer, Student Manager, Part 1

12/11/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 83, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. -Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince   Frank Phillips, founder of a little oil and gas outfit by the name of Phillips Petroleum Company, was born in Scotia, Nebraska in 1873. At one time…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #239: Nebraska is for Huskers

12/10/18 | Patrick Janssen
There are a bunch of ways to watch Nebraska win. Beating Michigan State in the snow. Snaring Wandale Robinson away from Kentucky. Cheering the Huskers' volleyball team into the Final Four. Watching Isaac Copeland slam home the final touches of a cathartic win over Creighton. All of it is great, and none of it is on an à la carte…

Anatomy of an Era: Coach Dan Young, Part 2

12/9/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 82, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Coach Dan Young, Part 2 Continued…. Q: I suppose it’s pretty difficult to simulate the old Orange Bowl environment, eh? Not many chances to kick a field goal off of sand, is it? DY: No, (laughs) that was a…

Anatomy of an Era: Coach Dan Young, Part 1

12/8/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 82, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   I think about him every day…From the time I lost him and growing up through grade school, through high school, and in college, it hasn’t gotten any easier. The part of missing him has gotten worse. But my dad was a very…

Anatomy of an Era: Matt Shaw, Part 3

12/7/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 81, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Matt Shaw, Part 3 Continued…. Q: What about the grading process? Feedback? What sticks out to you there? MS: I think the real good time to learn was both by watching yourself and watching other guys in the film…

Anatomy of an Era: Matt Shaw, Part 2

12/6/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 81, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Matt Shaw, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Matt, what do you think set the Nebraska program apart at the time? MS: I think we just had superior character on that team. My class saw the extreme ends of how things…

Husker Dan: 2018 Top Ten Husker Honor Roll

12/5/18 | Husker Dan
Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of the year when people give thanks for the many blessings they have. It is in that spirit that I announce my Top Ten 2018 Husker Honor Roll.  My over worked and under paid staff has helped compile the list.  We've included the people and events that have had the most positive impact on the 2018 Husker…

Stryker: How much better will Duval alone make 2019 Huskers?

12/5/18 | Tad Stryker
In Scott Frost’s first season, Nebraska barely missed breaking even with a team significantly lacking in size and strength. It’s just a benchmark — playing .500 football is not something for a Cornhusker team to get excited about — and it shows just how far behind the Nebraska strength and conditioning program fell during three years under Mike Riley. This…

Anatomy of an Era: Matt Shaw, Part 1

12/5/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 81, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   And kid, cut out this fancy stuff -go in there, low and hard; Just keep your eye upon the ball and plug on, yard by yard, And more than all, when you are thrown or tumbled with a crack, Don't sit there…

Taylor’s a Hall-of-Famer

12/4/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska offensive lineman Aaron Taylor was inducted Tuesday night into the College Football Hall of Fame. In a National Football Foundation video interview Tuesday morning, he discussed the honor, his playing days and more. "This is something I never thought was going to happen to me," he said. "I was just a Texas kid that was barely on the cusp…

Big Red Cobcast: Short And Sweet

12/4/18 | Ryan Tweedy
I'm gonna keep it short and sweet this week, mainly for a couple of reasons. Because I'm running late for work but I have to get this up or Pat passive aggressively shames me for being irresponsible. I don't like to let Pat down. It's like letting down my 37 year old grandfather. Because honestly there isn't a whole lot…

Anatomy of an Era: Tom Sieler, Part 2

12/4/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 80, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Tom Sieler, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Take me into the mind of a 17-year-old, 18-year-old kid at the time. Was your goal to earn a scholarship? Was it to achieve something? Beat your personal best? Notoriety? Girls? What? TS:…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #238: Let’s Get to Recruitin’!

12/3/18 | Patrick Janssen
Now that the season is over, we're left to figure out some new things to do with ourselves. Those include watching Nebrasketball, watching other teams play college football, telling the Canale brothers that no one likes them and they should never be on the podcast again, and most importantly, following recruiting. For it seeming like a dead time of year,…

Anatomy of an Era: Tom Sieler, Part 1

12/3/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 80, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   It was just a given (on wanting 4th down offensive play-calls). We wanted every chance we could to keep that ball out there. And to take a field goal or punt? We just did not want to have that happen. -Fred Pollack,…
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