December 2017 fresh links
DECEMBER 31, 2017
Scott Frost meets the press on the eve of UCF’s bowl game as his days of wearing two hats* near an end: 1, 2, 3, 4,* 5, 6* | Huard’s observations | Commentary: Bianchi,* Shatel*
This week in Husker history: Twenty-five years apart, Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne leave on a high note as they coach their final games.
DECEMBER 30, 2017
Steve Sipple advises enjoying the Peach Bowl without overreacting to the result.
Features from Atlanta on Husker assistants: Ruud, Chinander (1, 2, 3,* 4), Walters,* Beckton,* Duval | Notes: 1, 2*
DECEMBER 29, 2017
Former Husker assistant Kevin Steele will match wits* with Scott Frost in the Peach Bowl. | Notes: 1, 2, 3 | Bianchi commentary*
Walking on was an easy decision for Lincoln Southwest lineman Collin Schefke.
Some season ticket holders are renewing early to capitalize on an expiring tax deduction.
Hail Varsity reviews the 2017 defense and sees nowhere to go but up in 2018.
Through These Gates, The Lost Tapes: Johnny Rodgers explains why the fair catch wasn’t part of his repertoire.
DECEMBER 28, 2017
The LJS examines the Huskers’ remaining priorities for the 2018 recruiting class. | QB gets offer
Tanner Lee announces he’s entering the 2018 NFL draft, and he says Scott Frost assured him he would “support me either way.” | Discuss | Poll: Right move? | Gallery | Commentary: Christopherson, McKewon,* Sorensen, Peterson, Carriker
Adam Carriker runs down the things worth watching for Husker fans in the “Frost Bowl.”
DECEMBER 27, 2017
What happens between plays will be a point of emphasis for new O-line coach Greg Austin.*
Hail Varsity reviews the 2017 offense and looks ahead to what might be in store next season.
In Atlanta, Scott Frost* shows that ignoring distractions isn’t a challenge for him.
Steve Sipple says there are no guarantees for Tanner Lee regardless of whether he stays or goes pro.
Hail Varsity looks back 40 years when I.M. Hipp was a walk-on sophomore sensation.
Nebraska has fallen to the bottom one-fifth of the Power 5 in terms of O-line recruits’ weight.
Adam Carriker weighs in on whether Scott Frost should be coaching UCF in its bowl game. | Crazy month | Poll: Yes or no?
Through These Gates, The Lost Tapes: Barry Switzer says Sooner fans should be more like Husker fans.
DECEMBER 26, 2017
Running backs coach Ryan Held had “goosebumps and tears” when he signed his Nebraska contract. | A recruiting warrior
A straightforward approach helped the staff land juco receiver Deontai Williams.
From Crawford to Frost, the OWH tracks 125 years* of Husker coaches’ arrivals and departures.
DECEMBER 25, 2017
Juco teammates Greg Bell and Jaron Woodyard* are in position to make quick impacts on offense at Nebraska.
Take a look at Hail Varsity’s year in review gallery for Husker football. | All-sports video
Scott Frost’s pledge to bring back a physical style of play is the foundation upon which a Husker revival must be built, Tad Stryker writes.
Steve Sipple says Scott Frost’s words appear to signal a shift in culture and style for Husker football.
The OWH looks back at when the Omaha Mustangs* attracted former Husker stars.
Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes — Johnny Rodgers explains why he is adamant about giving back to the community he’s from.
DECEMBER 24, 2017
Carved in Wood River: See Hail Varsity’s December print-edition story on Scott Frost’s roots.
This week in Husker history: A 1932 old-timers’ charity game featuring the likes of Guy Chamberlin, Ed Weir, “Link” Lyman and “Blue” Howell draws 4,000-plus fans to Memorial Stadium.
DECEMBER 23, 2017
Boyd Epley is excited for his protege Zach Duval, the new head strength and conditioning coach for Husker football.
Mick Tingelhoff’s signature* uplifts a struggling fan.
Here are five things* and 15 Nebraska targets to watch* in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 7 signing day. | Swinson to Mizzou | Scholarship chart
Here’s a detailed breakdown of Scott Frost’s offense. | Finebaum interview
DECEMBER 22, 2017
Defensive back Deontai Williams is determined to make a statement once he arrives in Lincoln next month. | Eight early enrollees
Chris Jones will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.*
Receiver Justin McGriff from Tampa is officially on board on the final day of the December early-signing period. | 2018 class
Adam Carriker explains why the walk-on program’s resurgence is important.
Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes — Tommie Frazier on the one word that describes Husker fans.
DECEMBER 21, 2017
Troy Walters on the offense: “Everything we do is going to be in attack mode.” | Audio
How will Scott Frost handle life in the fishbowl?* Dirk Chatelain examines potential pitfalls and past coaches’ missteps.
USA Today looks at Scott Frost’s blueprint for Nebraska.
Junior college linebacker Will Honas has signed with the Huskers. | Coverage & highlights | Commentary: Clouse, McKewon* | Discuss | 2018 class
Contract details for the assistant coaches are released.
Nebraska is a prime example of how the eating is better in the Power 5 conferences.
DECEMBER 20, 2017
Scott Frost* says the 2018 recruiting class is far from complete after Wednesday’s early signings, but he’s happy to have landed his “favorite guy in the country” at QB. There’s lots more coverage and commentary from the coach’s teleconference here. | Walk-ons: 1, 2, 3* | Transcript | Carriker commentary | Class of 2018
Greg Bell, an All-America juco running back, announces he’ll be a Husker.* | Highlights
A long-rumored flip finally happens as receiver Cameron Brown signs with Ohio State.
As expected, tight end Katerian Legrone, a former UCF commit, has picked the Huskers.* | Highlights
Still weighing his options, juco linebacker Will Honas* may or may not sign this week. | Swinson deciding* | Went elsewhere: 1,* 2
The first signatures are in, which means the first check marks on our recruiting page. Follow the action there, on our Twitter feed or on the BBS. | Predictions
Adrian Martinez talks with Adam Carriker about the open competition at QB and why he’s so excited to play for Scott Frost.
The defensive secondary is an area of need as early signing day arrives. | Stockpiling TEs* | Flipping coasts* | Primer
Bryson Williams tells how the previous staff dropped the ball in his recruitment.
Quarterback recruit Adrian Martinez is itching to compete again after his lengthy layoff. | Decade of QB recruiting*
Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes — Johnny Rodgers talks about wanting to sign with USC until meeting legendary coach Bob Devaney.
DECEMBER 19, 2017
Erik Chinander says he’s “proud to be the caretaker” of the Blackshirt tradition and wants a defense that’s as fast and aggressive as Scott Frost’s offense.
Bowling Green hires former Husker assistant Carl Pelini as defensive coordinator.
Husker Doc Talk: Final thoughts on an eventful year.
Here are some storylines* and what to know as Nebraska enters the early signing period Wednesday. | 5 players to watch | When & where | Ticker | 2018 class
Chad Kelsay discusses the future of Husker football on the Big Red Cobcast.
Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown gives Nebraska an F grade as he reviews the Big Ten season but places Stanley Morgan on his all-conference team.
DECEMBER 18, 2017
Sports psychologist Jack Stark* says he would consider a return to the Husker football program.
Here’s what to expect when the early signing period arrives Wednesday. | Swinson stands out | Two more walk ons | Ticker
Scott Frost is named the national Coach of the Year by AP. | Discuss
Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes — Tommie Frazier talks about the ups and downs of being a star athlete.
DECEMBER 17, 2017
No position is more important than quarterback for Nebraska to get right,* Sam McKewon writes. | Sipple on Martinez*
The HuskerMax Frosty Koozies are in stock. Order now for your stocking stuffer.
A knee injury suffered Sunday by Rex Burkhead is less serious than initially feared.
Adam Carriker says there’s plenty that Husker football can learn from Nebraska volleyball’s championships.
Husker Dan gives his game-by-game prediction of how the 2018 season will unfold.
Kearney Catholic QB Matt Masker will join the team* as a preferred walk-on.
This weekend’s visit solidified the commitment of Tate Wildeman, who now plans to sign early. | Ticker
Mississippi juco safety Deontai Williams, formerly pledged to Florida, has committed to the Huskers. | Highlights & coverage | Class of 2018 | Discuss
This week in Husker history: Steve Pederson leaves Pitt to accept the post of athletic director at Nebraska.
Get your Volleyball National Championship attire here.
Husker defensive coordinator Erik Chinander made takeaways a point of emphasis at Central Florida.
DECEMBER 16, 2017
Congrats to the volleyball Huskers on their fifth national championship! View highlights of Nebraska’s 3-1 win over Florida here, and get more coverage on our game page. | Carriker gut reaction | Sunday celebration
See Scott Frost’s introduction at Saturday night’s Kansas-Nebraska men’s basketball game.
Former Husker Lavonte David has registered a first this season for NFL linebackers: Five forced and recovered fumbles.
The HuskerMax Frosty Koozies are in stock. Order now for your stocking stuffer.
DECEMBER 15, 2017
Here’s a rundown of the prospects making official visits to Lincoln this weekend.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. announces he won’t return to Nebraska. | Discuss
North Platte receiver Bryson Krull is the latest to commit as a preferred walk-on.
Billy Devaney, executive director of player personnel, is no longer on the Husker staff.
QB Adrian Martinez discusses his commitment and how it came about in a pair of 1620 The Zone interviews.
The financial hits* add up for college sports programs under the tax proposals in Congress.
Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes — Tommie Frazier talks about separating football from parenthood.
DECEMBER 14, 2017
The 2018 walk-on class continues to grow* after Wednesday night’s event for in-state prospects. More recruiting news: Weekend visitors* | Notes
Lincoln Southeast defensive tackle Bryson Williams says he’s sticking with his Wisconsin commitment.
Scott Frost to Nebraska is No. 1 as Sports Illustrated hands out grades for this season’s coaching hires.
Congrats to Chris Weber on being named a first-team Academic All-American
Scott Frost wins the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award from the Football Writers Assocation of America.
Adrian Martinez’s high school coach sees him as a great fit in Scott Frost’s offense.
Throwback Thursday: When Husker fans in Omaha stood in the street and followed games on the gridgraph.*
DECEMBER 13, 2017
The Huskers are looking for receivers with a size advantage.*
Scott Frost and other staffers meet with more than three dozen in-state walk-on prospects* and get a pair of commitments.*
What if? Volleyball coach John Cook* once came close to pursuing a spot on Tom Osborne’s football staff.
A proposed federal excise tax that would apply to Scott Frost’s salary could cost the university $1 million a year.
Four-star dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez has committed to the Huskers. | Highlights & coverage | Martinez on Frost (video) | Analysis: Clouse, McKewon* | 2018 class | Discuss
Bill Moos in the next month will explore the feasibility of boosting the Huskers’ roster size to accommodate more walk-ons. | Fan base “healed”*
Nebraska has added six nonconference home games to future schedules. | The paychecks
The air miles* are adding up as the staff pulls double duty. | Kicker still in fold*
An Oregon writer sees the moves of Scott Frost and Willie Taggart as a study of contrasts in character.
Nebraska’s win at Purdue is No. 5 on Athlon’s list of best 2017 Big Ten games. | Team awards
Volleyball coach John Cook talks with Adam Carriker about the Huskers’ season and why winning the Big Ten is harder than winning the national championship.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Johnny Rodgers talks about the importance of believing in yourself.
DECEMBER 12, 2017
Nebraska will get a visit this weekend from Jordan Allen,* a juco pass-rush specialist. | O-lineman cancels*
The Nebraska Greats Foundation* is looking for former athletes who may need the organization’s help.
Mike Riley says he almost took a job that would have kept him in the Big Ten.
Decision time is looming for QB Adrian Martinez, visited Tuesday by coast-to-coast traveler Scott Frost.
JD Spielman makes USA Today Sports’ freshman All-America team, and Stanley Morgan Jr. is a Phil Steele All-Big Ten first-teamer.
Scott Frost leads UCF players through their first Peach Bowl practice* in Orlando.
Big Red Cobcast: Moneyballing the Huskers with statistician Paul Dalen.
DECEMBER 11, 2017
Tom Shatel says it’s time for an Iowa Western* pipeline to Lincoln to start up.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander “put us in the best situations to cause havoc,” says former UCF linebacker Demeitre Brim. | Ruud in the middle*
The coaching carousel made for a head-spinning couple of weeks for quarterback prospect Adrian Martinez. | Recruiting ticker
Nebraska gets a commitment from Justin McGriff, a rangy receiver from Tampa who had been a Central Florida commit. | Highlights & coverage | Discuss | Analysis: McKewon,* Clouse | 2018 class
Columnist Sean Keeler sees Calibraska giving way to Floribraska in Husker recruiting.
The Huskers’ first 2018 conference opponent, Michigan, lands Ole Miss transfer QB Shea Patterson, who is petitioning for immediate eligibility.
It didn’t take long for Husker D-line commit Masry Mapieu* to decide he wasn’t cut out to be a running back.
DECEMBER 10, 2017
Winning football might help bolster the walk-on program,* but tuition costs will always create difficult choices for players. | Wednesday event*
Quarterback prospect Adrian Martinez says his Lincoln visit was awesome.* | Sunday recruiting wrap-up*
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters’ accomplishments* as a player have helped him earn respect as a coach. | Carriker: The new staff | McKewon on Frost*
JD Spielman is listed as a player to watch as AP looks ahead to the 2018 Heisman race.
Speedy* juco receiver Jaron Woodyard from Arizona Western commits to the Huskers. | Highlights | Analysis: Clouse, McKewon* | Discuss | 2018 class
The new staff lands its first known commit* in four-star safety C.J. Smith from Florida.* | Highlights | Clouse analysis | Discuss
Nebraska loses its highest-ranked recruit as Joshua Moore decommits. | Discuss
Juco QB Terry Wilson, who received a visit from Scott Frost but not an offer, commits to Kentucky. | Discuss
Scott Frost’s former teammates can testify to his loyalty. | A week to remember
This week in Husker history: Nebraska’s first bowl win, Tom Osborne’s retirement announcement and more.
DECEMBER 9, 2017
The juco drought* in Lincoln is likely to end soon as the new staff addresses areas of immediate need.
Scott Frost’s knowledge* of the game helped him land key jobs and rise in the coaching ranks.
Tom Osborne’s tutelage* helped turn several of his QBs into coaches.
ESPN’s David Pollack calls Scott Frost the year’s “best coaching hire to date.”
Ryan Held’s ascent in coaching is no surprise to his former Husker teammates.
Brandon Reilly is ready to prove he belongs* in the NFL.
DECEMBER 8, 2017
A postseason honor came as a surprise to O-lineman Tanner Farmer after his injury-shortened year.
Check out the lineup of official visits set for this weekend. | QB a priority*
Three previously rumored staff additions are now official. Bios: Walters, Beckton, Duval
The OWH has 20 Tom Osborne facts* to go with Sunday’s 20th anniversary of his retirement announcement.
Former Husker player and assistant Marvin Sanders is named defensive coordinator at Coastal Carolina.
Scott Frost says on ESPN radio that coaching in UCF’s bowl game still isn’t a done deal. | Audio
The Frost hire has rejuvenated season ticket* requests.
Tony Dungy* on Scott Frost: “Players just gravitate to him.”
DECEMBER 7, 2017
It’s uncharted territory* for the Huskers as the new staff juggles duties at two schools with a new early signing period looming. Recruiting updates: 1,* 2 | Carriker: Recruiting priorities
The new staff has Northern Iowa* connections that go back to 2001.
Stanley Morgan and Tanner Farmer earn first-team All-Big Ten honors from Pro Football Focus.
Quincy Enunwa is the New York Jets’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Here’s video of Scott Frost accepting his national coach of the year award.
The Huskers can’t continue to be a team that gets physically punished, Brian Christopherson writes.
The Orlando paper is reporting that UCF assistant Sean Beckton* will join the Nebraska staff, and Troy Walters is expected to do the same. | Bios: Beckton, Walters
Tom Osborne took “a hard look”* at the Nebraska football program on Scott Frost’s behalf, Frost tells radio host Jim Rome. | Audio*
Mike Riley is returning to Oregon State as assistant head coach.
Adam Carriker addresses what fans’ expectations of Scott Frost should be.
The underdog role is nothing new for the Buffalo Bills’ Brandon Reilly.
Twenty years ago, a letter from Nebraska’s quarterback turned a 5-year-old into a Scott Frost fan for life.
DECEMBER 6, 2017
Recruiting updates: Frost visits QB Wilson | Offer list
Scott Frost laid the groundwork for the turnaround at Central Florida by transforming the culture* there. | UCF’s potent offense
Nebraska in 2017 was in or near the top 25 in assistant coaches’ pay.*
Dave Rimington sees a desperate need* for help on the D-line: “If you can’t stop the run, you have nothing.”
Tom Shatel says a Nebraska renaissance is something the Big Ten* needs.
Here’s a Wayback Wednesday look at Scott Frost as a QB and linebacker on McCook’s undefeated eighth-grade team.
Scott Frost is named Home Depot national coach of the year.
Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman make AP’s second-team All-Big Ten team.
Forty-two Huskers earn Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Athlon lists three priorities for Scott Frost.
Here’s your chance to bid on Rex Burkhead’s Team Jack cleats
Tom Osborne talks with Adam Carriker about Scott Frost’s homecoming, recruiting walk-ons and more.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tommie Frazier speaks to the uniqueness of Husker fans’ relationships to the team.
DECEMBER 5, 2017
Dirk Chatelain sees Scott Frost bringing a culture war* to the Big Ten.
Here’s the latest on the recruiting front, including an offer to a familiar name at quarterback. More: LJS* | OWH* | Frost and Bookie
Trent Bray is set to join the Oregon State staff.
The Buffalo Bills activate former Husker receiver Brandon Reilly from their practice squad.
Enjoy this highlight video of Scott Frost
Former Husker Courtney Love wins the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy for community service.
Rob Zatechka describes the feeling in the room when he and other former players welcomed Scott Frost.
Former Oklahoma QB Josh Heupel* is named Scott Frost’s successor at Central Florida. | Bowl plan unchanged
Scott Frost is a finalist for Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award and is named Region 1 AFCA Coach of the Year.
The Big Red Cobcast makes its HuskerMax debut with Charlie McBride discussing Scott Frost and Mike Riley.
DECEMBER 4, 2017
BTN’s Tom Dienhart says Scott Frost’s challenge is to make Nebraska matter again. More commentary: Carriker, Sipple,* Keeler, Shatel*
Here’s another perspective on the difficult decision Scott Frost grappled with last week.
The new staff is keeping a brisk pace with recruiting offers. | In-state overtures*
Scott Frost names seven assistant coaches, all from his staff* at Central Florida, and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander* will pull in an $800,000 salary. | Bonus details | Commentary: McKewon,* Callahan, Rosen
Bill Moos sees the Peach Bowl as a potential “3½-hour marketing commercial for Nebraska football.”
Check out Pat Janssen’s running diary of Sunday’s press conference.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tom Osborne talks about the loyalty and kindness of Husker fans.
DECEMBER 3, 2017
Scott Frost says he’ll strive to reunify the state behind Husker football, and Bill Moos says Nebraska got the “pick of the litter.” Go here for all the coverage, commentary and video from Sunday’s press conference. | Stryker commentary | Carriker’s thoughts | McKewon-Severe breakdown | Role for Davison | Discuss
Husker players come away encouraged* after their first meeting* Sunday with Scott Frost. | Video: Players react | The QBs* | Photos*
This week in Husker history: A nail-biter in Honolulu, a conference game in Tokyo, and the Huskers’ first Heisman.
DECEMBER 2, 2017
IT’S OFFICIAL: Get all the news, commentary and multimedia about the Scott Frost hiring at this link.
UCF has scheduled a 5 p.m. CST press conference to announce Scott Frost’s departure after multiple reports say his hiring by Nebraska is official. An emotional Frost says he still needs to talk to his team.* | UCF postgame video | Carriker gut reaction | Which assistants?* | Commentary: McKewon,* Bass, Shatel* | BTN reaction | Gallery
Follow the discussion of today’s UCF game. | Frost’s pregame comments | Photos: 1, 2*
Mario Goodrich announces his decommitment from the Huskers. | 2018 class | Discuss
DECEMBER 1, 2017
National reporters are praising Nebraska’s expected hire. | Jason Peter’s optimism | A Husker blueprint* | B1G-league peers*
Texas A&M hires Jimbo Fisher, which creates a vacancy at Florida State and potentially at Oregon.
Scott Frost’s mother hasn’t forgotten the boos.*
In a Through These Gates outtake, Barry Switzer explains why the option game was so successful.