August 2020 fresh links
AUGUST 31, 2020
Luke McCaffrey and Cam Jurgens are staying in the game this fall by serving as volunteer assistant coaches at Lincoln Southwest.
The Big Ten says in a court filing that the postponement of football came via an 11-3 vote. It also calls Nebraska players’ lawsuit a “fishing expedition.” | Conflicting stories | Discuss
Nebraska’s governor says the Big Ten made a mistake and should re-examine its postponement of football and all other fall sports.
The latest commitments have given the Huskers’ recruiting class more of a regional feel.
Newly retired NFL’er Spencer Long says he can’t wait for Nebraska to dominate in the trenches again. | Two ex-Huskers released
1970 Day by Day: Bold talk lands Jerry Murtaugh in a familiar place — Bob Devaney’s doghouse.
AUGUST 30, 2020
Sunday commentary: The Big Ten’s reputation is sinking fast, but Nebraska is gaining respect among those who want to play. | Dodd: Pick a lane, Big Ten | New power dynamic
1970 Day by Day: Awaiting depth-chart news after Saturday’s scrimmage.
This week in Husker history: Worries about the retooled 1995 offensive line appear unfounded as Nebraska crushes Oklahoma State.
AUGUST 29, 2020
With the spotlight on him Friday night, Husker quarterback commit Heinrich Haarberg didn’t disappoint. | Fidone’s impact
These can be dark times for players, and the Athletic Department has ramped up its mental health services.
Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports says a November start for Big Ten football would have its benefits but is far from being a sure thing. | SVP: Bad idea | Rally at Ohio State: 1, 2
1970 Day by Day: The offense has the upper hand in the first major scrimmage, with efficient quarterbacking from Brownson and Tagge and long gains by Rodgers, Kinney and Orduna.
AUGUST 28, 2020
The Huskers get another commitment at tight end, Omaha Creighton Prep’s AJ Rollins. | Coverage & highlights | 2021 class | Discuss
The Big Ten is now said to be considering a Thanksgiving week start for the football season this fall.
1970 Day by Day: As the Huskers tune up for their first major scrimmage, Bob Devaney wants better consistency from the offense.
AUGUST 27, 2020
An Ohio columnist* says the Big Ten should consider reversing course and giving football a go this fall.
Eight Nebraska players have sued the Big Ten in an effort to reverse the postponement of football and get more clarity about how that decision was made. | Shatel to Big Ten: Come clean | Discuss
Former Husker linebacker Will Compton has agreed to contract terms with the Tennessee Titans.
Nebraska is intent on building a complete arsenal of pass-catchers, Sam McKewon writes. | Cade Johnson in play?
Hail Varsity looks at the 1993 recruiting class — and the one who got away.
1970 Day by Day: The pads go on for the first time, and there’s scrimmaging right away.
AUGUST 26, 2020
Scott Frost had his Huskers dialed in over the summer, which must make the Big Ten’s white flag even tougher for him to take, Steven M. Sipple writes.
Thomas Fidone, the blue-chip tight end from Council Bluffs Lewis Central, has announced his commitment to the Huskers. | Coverage & highlights | Class of 2021 | Discuss
Here’s a look at emails that were part of Nebraska’s push for fall sports in the Big Ten. | Parents’ latest letter
1970 Day by Day: There’s a second Husker in sick bay, and he’s a sophomore you may have heard of.
AUGUST 25, 2020
Tad Stryker says the Big Ten’s football postponement isn’t aging well.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Does college football need a commissioner?
Bill Moos is holding out hope that an autumn “spring game” will be allowed, and he says the postponed season is likely to consist of no more than seven or eight games. | Audio
Pro Football Focus has six Huskers on its all-Big Ten squad, but none on the first team.
The Huskers six times have begun a season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, but not once has that resulted in a national championship.
Roster management is certain to get tougher due to the extra season of eligibility, with one analyst saying the transfer portal “will explode.” | D-I developments (audio)
1970 Day by Day: Van Brownson’s sore elbow and Donnie McGhee’s puzzling ailment mark Day 2 of fall practice.
AUGUST 24, 2020
The recruiting dead period continues, but this four-minute virtual visit is available 24/7.
The lawyer for a group of Husker players’ parents says he has received no communication from the Big Ten about the request for more transparency about the postponement of fall sports.
Clemson claims the top spot in the preseason AP poll, which includes six Big Ten teams and others that won’t be playing this fall.
If you’re following our 1970 series, these DVDs might be of interest.
Omaha Westside defensive back Koby Bretz announces his commitment to Nebraska just three days after receiving an offer. | Coverage & highlights | Discuss | 2021 class
Steve Warren joins Adam Carriker to discuss former Husker Ralph Brown’s unknown whereabouts and more.
1970 Day by Day: How about a 12-minute run to start fall practices? Linemen were expected to cover 1.5 miles, everyone else 1.75 to 2 miles.
AUGUST 23, 2020
The new Husker Football Lettermen’s Association aims to provide mentoring and more.
Husker quarterback commit Heinrich Haarberg is ready to get his senior season started at Kearney Catholic.
The postponement of the season has given freshman receiver William Nixon extra time to rehab his ACL injury.
Two seasons in one year? “That’s asking a lot,” says De’Mornay Pierson-El, who’s been there.
It’s the golden anniversary of the Huskers’ first national championship season. HuskerMax is chronicling it day by day, starting with the players reporting for fall camp 50 years ago today.
This week in Husker history: With fall camp about to begin, coach Bill Jennings for the first time has a roster consisting entirely of players he recruited.
AUGUST 22, 2020
The LJS looks back at the six days that led to the Big Ten’s postponement of football.
Tom Shatel doesn’t consider the bubble concept viable for college football.
Sam McKewon says it wouldn’t have been difficult for Kevin Warren to avoid the chaos that came with its decision on fall football. | Parents await response
There’s budget talk, Desmond-bashing and lots more in the latest Husker Doc Talk.
Which financial options are Nebraska’s season ticket holders choosing? HuskerOnline breaks it down.
AUGUST 21, 2020
Omaha Westside safety Koby Bretz has become the latest in-state player to receive a Nebraska offer for 2021.
Nebraska’s athletic department is furloughing 51 employees and cutting other staffers’ salaries by 10 percent through the end of the year.
The NCAA has made it official and granted an extra year of eligibility to athletes in Division I fall sports.
Iowa is dropping four sports to help offset revenue losses related to the pandemic.
Athlon says Nebraska has plenty of positives to pitch to recruits during the football postponement.
AUGUST 20, 2020
A group of Nebraska players’ parents says legal action will be next if the Big Ten doesn’t adequately explain its decision to call off fall football.
Oliver Martin, a former four-star wide receiver from Iowa City, has transferred to Nebraska as a walk-on after playing at Michigan and Iowa.
Bill Moos says there is “no perfect plan,” but he is forging ahead with other Big Ten athletic directors on restarting football in mid-winter. | The financial hit | Sipple: Grudging acceptance
Thomas Fidone, the four-star Council Bluffs tight end being pursued by the Huskers, is named a second-team All-American by USA Today.
Four Huskers — Dicaprio Bootle, JoJo Domann, Brenden Jaimes and Deontai Williams — make the Senior Bowl’s Top 250 list.
No football doesn’t mean no practice for Nebraska and other idled FBS programs, although full pads and contact aren’t allowed.
AUGUST 19, 2020
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green says there’s growing enthusiasm in the Big Ten for starting football in January. | Audio
Commissioner Kevin Warren says in an open letter that the vote by Big Ten presidents and chancellors was “overwhelmingly in support of postponing fall sports and will not be revisited.” | Son will play | Commentary: Sipple, Shatel
Walk-on receiver Levi Falck gives the Huskers a dose of humor in tough times.
Ohio State is reportedly pursuing a fall football season with other willing Big Ten schools.
AUGUST 18, 2020
Sam McKewon goes through some of the questions awaiting answers from the NCAA and the Big Ten. | The B1G decision-makers | KLIN recap
The Big Ten is reportedly working on a football schedule with games starting in early January.
Monday Morning Quarterback: How do you grade the Big Ten’s handling of the impact of COVID-19?
AUGUST 17, 2020
Norris High tight end James Carnie has been in touch with the Huskers despite being committed to Miami of Ohio.
Dr. Rob Zatechka says the Big Ten acted too quickly and should have given football a two-week try and evaluated from there. | Conference remains mum | Commentary: Forde, Peterson | KLIN recap
Offensive lineman Spencer Long, a former Husker walk-on chosen in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft, has retired from football.
AUGUST 16, 2020
Nebraska gets a commitment for 2021 from three-star receiver Kamonte Grimes from Florida. | Coverage & highlights | 2021 class | Discuss
A group of Nebraska players’ parents releases a letter seeking answers from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren about the postponement of football. | Commentary: Sipple, Peterson
Linebacker Will Schweitzer announces his decommitment from the Huskers’ recruiting class of 2021.
The NCAA’s chief medical officer says the current state of coronavirus testing isn’t sufficient to allow college sports to proceed safely.
AUGUST 15, 2020
From villain to trendsetter? Tom Shatel ponders Nebraska’s image in the Big Ten. | Chatelain: Transparency, please
In this most unusual year, Nebraska and its 2021 class are finding new ways to recruit.
Here’s another look at the challenges and possibilities surrounding second-semester football. | Brohm’s proposal
Nebraska players’ parents are joining a movement demanding answers from the Big Ten about its football postponement.
Punter Daniel Cerni announces he has finally arrived in Lincoln from Australia.
A Michigan cardiologist says the Big Ten relied on flawed data when deciding to call off fall football. | Zatechka explains
The Washington Post notes the economic blow* that will be felt in Lincoln and other Big Ten football locales.
AUGUST 14, 2020
Four-star tight end Thomas Fidone has set an Aug. 26 commitment date and has Nebraska in his final four.
Urban Meyer has good words for Scott Frost: “That’s your job: Fight for the players.”
Why all the Nebraska ridicule this week? Andy Staples of The Athletic and the OWH’s Sam McKewon weigh in. | Sipple: Counseling needed | Christopherson: Five thoughts
ESPN reviews the tumultuous week in college football and adds some insights.
Coaches speak anonymously about Big Ten foes in an annual feature from Athlon.
AUGUST 13, 2020
On the radio Thursday night, Bill Moos shuts down any notion of the Huskers playing football this fall. | Audio | Crucial revenue
Dave Feit digests the wild week in the Big Ten.
The NCAA cancels fall Division I championships, meaning no volleyball Final Four in Omaha in December and leaving only FBS football trying to crown a champion. | KLIN recap
The postponement to spring is likely to create a difficult decision for the conference’s top NFL prospects. | Brohm’s scheduling proposal: 1, 2
Nebraska says in a statement that it remains fully committed to the Big Ten, and ticket holders are told that the “financial challenge ahead of us is even greater than we expected one week ago.” | Wetzel commentary | KLIN recap
AUGUST 12, 2020
Dr. Rob Zatechka says COVID-19 safety concerns aren’t the real reason for the Big Ten’s postponement.
There was no word Wednesday from Nebraska on its plans, even as the Huskers were the focus of considerable snark in the sports media. | Commentary: Chatelain, Christopherson
The NCAA’s recruiting dead period has been extended through September, and pandemic-related eligibility protections are being worked on.
Bill Yeoman, whose 160 wins at Houston included a narrow 1980 Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska, has died at age 92.
Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde says plaintiff’s lawyers will be circling as teams and conferences press forward and play.
Nebraska has been taking heat for its stance, but Ohio State* also explored its scheduling options Wednesday before deciding to drop the issue. | N.D. State interested | Commentary: Sipple, Wolken, Forde, O’Gara, Vogel, Carriker
The Big 12 announces it is moving forward with its fall sports seasons.
There are multiple complications and questions surrounding the feasibility of spring football followed by a fall season. | “That’s asking a lot”
AUGUST 11, 2020
It’s now official: The Big Ten has postponed all fall sports until spring. Nebraska’s leaders said they still hoped Husker athletes “have the opportunity to compete,” but commissioner Kevin Warren shot down that notion Tuesday evening. Go here for all the coverage and commentary. | Shatel: Bye-bye, Big Ten? | Discuss
Fans and business owners ponder what a canceled football season would mean in Lincoln.
Two Huskers make Athlon’s list of top 10 Heisman candidates in the Big Ten.
AUGUST 10, 2020
Tad Stryker applauds the Huskers’ approach to trying to proceed with a football season.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Should the Huskers schedule games outside the Big Ten this fall?
Scott Frost says Nebraska is prepared to look into scheduling games outside the conference structure if the Big Ten nixes football this fall. Get all the coverage, video and commentary from Monday’s presser here.
Scott Frost’s chief of staff Gerrod Lambrecht, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Sen. Ben Sasse are among those saying let them play, and Nebraska’s Monday practice went on as scheduled. Meanwhile, the Big Ten says no decision on the season has been made. | Chatelain commentary
Nebraska and Iowa are reportedly the only Big Ten schools voting in favor of allowing football this fall.
Athlon Sports sees the Huskers going no worse than 5-5 if a season is played.
The OWH’s player countdown wraps up with Adrian Martinez at No. 1
AUGUST 9, 2020
Power 5 conference commissioners reportedly held an emergency meeting Sunday amid growing concern that fall sports can’t be played. Bill Moos says more should be known after Big Ten athletic directors confer Monday. | “Heading for a pause” | Discuss
The tight end corps is stocked with veteran talent that will be looking to take on a bigger role in 2020.
AUGUST 8, 2020
The LJS identifies the winners and losers in the Big Ten’s scheduling shuffle.
Rob Zatechka says play football. He explains why in the latest Husker Doc Talk.
This brief video provides some glimpses of Saturday’s practice.
The Big Ten orders that fall camp practices remain in no-pads mode until further notice. | No MAC this fall | Barry Alvarez: Very concerned | Discuss
Experience is thin at wide receiver, but there’s star power.
AUGUST 7, 2020
Here are some moments from Friday’s practice, the first official session of fall camp.
Season-ticket holders will be given options for the 2020 season, including full refunds. | Moos’ letter
Central Florida is the transfer destination of 2020 Husker signee Jaiden Francois.
Adam Carriker looks at each game on the schedule and predicts a 6-4 season.
Former Husker Randy Gregory expresses frustration over the delay in his quest for reinstatement in the NFL.
AUGUST 6, 2020
An uncertain season is far better than no season in Husker Dan’s view.
With fall camp kicking off Friday, here are primers from the LJS and Hail Varsity. | Storylines: 1, 2
Mario Verduzco discusses Adrian Martinez’s mind-set, his battle with injuries and more about the quarterbacks. | Audio
The LJS’s countdown of most intriguing Huskers for 2020 ends with receiver Omar Manning at No. 1.
Purdue star Rondale Moore is opting out of the 2020 season to focus on preparation for the NFL draft.
Nebraska is unranked in the coaches’ poll, but the Huskers do get votes. Five NU opponents are ranked, topped by Ohio State at No. 2.
A group of Husker athletes is requesting much greater minority representation in athletic leadership positions at Nebraska.
AUGUST 5, 2020
Bill Moos says on the radio that the Big Ten’s schedule provides “leeway to call an audible when we need to.” | Audio | Knowns & unknowns | Shatel: One week at a time
The Pac-12 is reportedly planning a massive loan program for member schools in the event of a canceled football season.
Bill Moos says Nebraska is “ready for any scenario” regarding attendance restrictions at Memorial Stadium, but he’s hoping the Huskers can have a full house or something close to it.
The College Football Playoff will push back its final rankings to Dec. 20 to await the results of mid-December conference championship games.
Here’s a look at how each conference is approaching the season.
Nouredin Nouili, the transfer O-lineman from Colorado State, says the NCAA has granted him immediate eligibility.
A player advocacy group begins a Big Ten United campaign for additional coronavirus protections, while numerous Huskers tweet their praise of Nebraska’s safety measures.
Jersey numbers of the Huskers’ newcomers have been revealed.
Nebraska will open the season Sept. 5 at Rutgers under the new 10-game schedule released Wednesday by the Big Ten. | All-teams schedule | Medical protocols: 1, 2 | Commentary: Sipple, McKewon,* Callahan, Shatel,* Carriker | Schedule analysis: 1, 2 | Discuss
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 season.
AUGUST 4, 2020
As the Big Ten’s decision is awaited, there are growing doubts about whether there will be fall football.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden is counting on former Husker Maliek Collins to be a disruptive force on his defensive line.
Former Husker Keven Lightner is in a fight for his life with COVID-19 and could use your help.
Former Huskers Quincy Enunwa and Spencer Long have been released by their NFL teams.
Former Husker Jaevon McQuitty lands at South Dakota, and Breon Dixon opts for Missouri State.
Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman, a potential first-round draft pick in 2021, announces he won’t play this season.
AUGUST 3, 2020
HuskerOnline previews the competition at quarterback.
Bowl-eligibility rules are likely to change for 2020 because of the season’s scheduling irregularities.
Opponent preview: The Badgers’ defense is shaping up as a salty unit, with nine returning starters.
The Huskers’ late scholarship addition for 2020, defensive back Nadab Joseph, has arrived on campus and is enrolled.
AUGUST 2, 2020
Spring football? Let’s hope not, Steven M. Sipple writes.
A group of Pac-12 football players is threatening a boycott unless financial, safety and other demands are met. | Commentary: Shatel, Peterson
Tom Shatel says there’s no shame in wanting a college football season. | Who makes the call?
This week(s) in Husker history: Because of suspensions, the Huskers will be shorthanded in season openers against LSU in 1975 and BYU 40 years later.
AUGUST 1, 2020
Rickey Dixon, whose two interceptions helped Oklahoma beat the Huskers in a No. 1-vs.-2 showdown in 1987, has died at age 53 after a lengthy battle with ALS.
The New York Giants have signed former Husker offensive lineman Nick Gates to a two-year contract extension.