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.
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.
1970 Day by Day: Bold talk lands Jerry Murtaugh in a familiar place — Bob Devaney’s doghouse.
AUGUST 30, 2020
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
These can be dark times for players, and the Athletic Department has ramped up its mental health services.
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
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.
Former Husker linebacker Will Compton has agreed to contract terms with the Tennessee Titans.
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.
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?
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.
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.
If you’re following our 1970 series, these DVDs might be of interest.
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.
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.
Athlon says Nebraska has plenty of positives to pitch to recruits during the football postponement.
AUGUST 20, 2020
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
In this most unusual year, Nebraska and its 2021 class are finding new ways to recruit.
Punter Daniel Cerni announces he has finally arrived in Lincoln from Australia.
The Washington Post notes the economic blow* that will be felt in Lincoln and other Big Ten football locales.
AUGUST 14, 2020
Urban Meyer has good words for Scott Frost: “That’s your job: Fight for the players.”
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
Dave Feit digests the wild week in the Big Ten.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
AUGUST 5, 2020
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.
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
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.
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.
AUGUST 2, 2020
Spring football? Let’s hope not, Steven M. Sipple writes.
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
The New York Giants have signed former Husker offensive lineman Nick Gates to a two-year contract extension.