November 2017 fresh links
NOVEMBER 30, 2017
It’s been a remarkably calm week* for a program officially in search of a coach.
Former Husker Turner Gill gets a vote of confidence at Liberty after a third consecutive 6-5 season.
Orlando columnist Mike Bianchi* writes after interviewing Scott Frost that there’s little doubt the former Husker is headed back to Nebraska. | $3 million buyout*
Frosty December special: All 13 of the 1997 games on DVD. | T-shirts
Keyshawn Johnson Sr. says the plan “as of now” is for his son to return to Lincoln in January.
The OWH looks back 25 years when Bill Walsh* won the recruiting battle for Scott Frost.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit says he’s hearing Frost-to-Florida State rumors.
Viewership ratings plunged this year for the Iowa-Nebraska game.
Scott Frost has added new layers of deceptions to the Chip Kelly offense at UCF.
Interim head coach Trent Bray talks with Adam Carriker about the coaching change, meeting with players, defensive schemes and more.
NOVEMBER 29, 2017
Scott Frost has deep ties* with his UCF assistants. | Wood River remembers*
Mike Riley is returning to Corvallis* and could land on the new staff at Oregon State. | At NU hoops game*
Council Bluffs junior QB Max Duggan remains interested in Nebraska after getting a Penn State offer.
Jeremy Pernell unveils his All-Big Ten team.
Oregon might need a new coach, but the school reportedly doesn’t consider Scott Frost to be available. | Frost fever | AAC coach of year
What is the waiting like for a player? Zach Potter recalls the 2007 transition on Husker Doc Talk.
Stanley Morgan earns second-team all-conference honors, JD Spielman is a third-teamer, and honorable mentions go to Jerald Foster and Nick Gates.
Adam Carriker has some advice for players who are considering leaving the program.
Nebraska is No. 5* in a ranking of Big Ten coaching jobs.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tom Osborne recalls his childhood as a Husker fan.
Gerry DiNardo responds to criticism of his Blackshirt remarks.
NOVEMBER 28, 2017
Interim head coach Trent Bray is focused on making it a smooth transition* to the next staff. | Recruits in wait-and-see mode*
Senior cornerback Chris Jones expects his younger teammates to work harder after this year’s difficulties.
Dominic Raiola* sees the Huskers’ culture as ailing and Scott Frost as the guy who “can change that place.” | The UCF ceiling*
The OWH looks back at the coaching search that brought Bob Devaney* to Lincoln.
The Blackshirts are shut out as the all-conference teams on defense are announced, but Drew Brown, De’Mornay Pierson-El and JD Spielman earn honorable mention on special teams.
Responding to Gerry DiNardo’s comments, Adam Carriker explains why the Blackshirt tradition matters.
Husker fans are mounting a grassroots effort* to attract Scott Frost. | Monday’s dominoes*
NOVEMBER 27, 2017
Departures could leave the 2018 Huskers thin at wide receiver.* | Ex-Huskers urge patience
Billy Devaney is working to keep the Huskers’ 2018 recruiting commits in the fold.* | LSU wows Jurgens* | Where things stand
Scott Frost says a decision about his future will be made when the time’s right, and he admits he’d “be hurt if Nebraska wasn’t interested in me.” | Five burning questions | Herbstreit chimes in | Packing under way? | Frost poll
Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes — Charlie McBride talks about the allure of Husker fans.
NOVEMBER 26, 2017
Junior receiver Stanley Morgan hints that he may enter the NFL draft.
A commentary three-pack: Stryker: Moos the unifier | Husker Dan: Merciful end | Carriker: What happens next? | More: Chatelain,* McKewon,* Sipple,* Hamar,* Diaz
Bill Moos has advised players not to make hasty decisions about transferring.
Florida has hired coach Dan Mullen after Scott Frost passed on the job. | Another Frost to Nebraska tweet | A&M fires Sumlin | Wrap-ups: LJS,* OWH*
Nebraska’s three-game streak of allowing at least 54 points is a college football rarity.
Hear the Big Red Replay recap and analysis of Saturday’s developments.
ESPN’s Chris Fowler says he’s been told a Nebraska-Scott Frost deal has been “done for awhile.”
This Last week in Husker history: A stellar season by running back Glenn Presnell. (We got our wires crossed and ran this week’s installment last week.)
NOVEMBER 25, 2017
Bill Moos confirms that Scott Frost is among half a dozen coaches being considered for Nebraska’s vacancy. Here is video of his press conference Saturday, and all the coverage and commentary can be found here. | McKewon & Severe analysis | Discuss
Mike Riley’s firing is official, and Trent Bray takes over as interim head coach. | Carriker gut reaction | Discuss | Poll: Agree or disagree?
NOVEMBER 24, 2017
There’s a report that Scott Frost to Nebraska is a done deal, but it’s also said that Florida will meet with the former Husker QB’s representatives this weekend. | All eyes on Frost: 1, 2,* 3, 4
Iowa reels off 42 second-half points and crushes the Huskers, 56-14. | Game page | Stryker commentary | Carriker gut reaction | McKewon analysis | Postgame presser | Highlights
York’s Garrett Snodgrass has committed to the Huskers for 2019.
JD Spielman will miss the game, so his record-setting freshman season is over.
It’ll be a windy one today in Lincoln. Dial it back to 1933 when the Huskers edged the Hawkeyes but the wind ruled.
Today the curtain drops on a Nebraska season and, in all likelihood, a coach’s tenure as the Huskers and Hawkeyes face off. Get your pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2),* Omaha (1, 2, 3),* Grand Island (1, 2, 3),* Des Moines and Quad Cities (1, 2, 3). Commentary: Christopherson, Sipple,* Barfknecht,* Leistikow, Morehouse, Shatel,* Callahan, Sorensen, Hlas | Final thoughts
2-DEEPS | PICKS | GAME THREAD
In a Through These Gates outtake, Barry Switzer discusses the importance of recruiting.
NOVEMBER 23, 2017
Keyshawn Johnson Sr. says his son won’t return to Lincoln if Mike Riley is let go. | Discuss
The Blackshirts face a familiar adversary* in the Iowa offense.
Seniors Drew Brown and De’Mornay Pierson-El are thankful for Nebraska’s lifelong lessons.
Mike Riley hasn’t let bad times derail his positive approach.* | Shatel: Relentless respect*
NOVEMBER 22, 2017
Four-star defensive back Chase Williams has decommitted from the Huskers’ recruiting class of 2018.
When a future Heisman winner was intercepted six times* by the Huskers: Nebraska at Iowa, 1938.
Jeremy Pernell lists his five top coaching candidates for Nebraska.
It’s déjà vu* for Husker players who were around in 2014.
A 344-mile ruck march to raise awareness of veteran suicides will end with the presentation of a game ball Friday to Bill Moos.
The injury updates for the Iowa game are mostly positive. More from Wednesday’s practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3*
Tale of the Tape breaks down Stanley Morgan’s big plays against Penn State.
The first half has been particularly brutal for the 2017 Huskers.
Chip Kelly is believed to have turned away interest from Nebraska, according to a USA Today report. | Discuss
Running back Adam Taylor’s Nebraska career never panned out, but it wasn’t for lack of character.
Adam Carriker gives his three keys and prediction for the Iowa game. | More picks | Your prediction?
Tight end Noah Fant has had his Nebraska homecoming on his mind since he signed with Iowa.
In a Through These Gates outtake, former Nebraska fullback Tom Rathman shares his favorite memories as a Cornhusker.
Approaching a 45-year-old Nebraska receiving record, Stanley Morgan Jr. owes his opportunities to his mom.*
NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Steve Sipple tries to get a handle on Bob Diaco’s optimism* about the Husker defense.
A void at Thanksgiving time: The Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry is missed.
Iowa hopes it has fixed a vulnerability at right cornerback. | Ground game ailing | Hawkeye notes*
Bob Diaco says there’s little different in this Iowa team from the Hawkeye squads of recent years. More from Tuesday’s practice: Videos | Notes: 1, 2,* 3*
Watch BTN’s two-minute preview of Iowa-Nebraska.
Injured Hawkeye safety Amani Hooker is expected to miss a third consecutive game. | Iowa staff incentives
Versatile junior Garrett Snodgrass of York gets a Nebraska offer.
Adam Carriker gives his official prediction of who the head coach will be next season and when we’ll know.
Both the Huskers and Hawkeyes have their fans fretting.
Our printable 2-deeps and rosters are available now.
Going out the right way* is motivating Nebraska’s seniors. | Notes: 1,* 2
NOVEMBER 20, 2017
Bill Moos wants the Big Ten to make Iowa Nebraska’s permanent Black Friday opponent.* | Audio | More
Danny Langsdorf says the Huskers need to be ready for Iowa’s physicality.* More from Monday’s practice: Video | Notes
What if Mike Riley were to stay at Nebraska? Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice discuss that and more.
Brian Christopherson sees the coming changes as an opportunity to bury some tired topics.
An Iowa writer says it’s time to call it a rivalry, although ticket prices suggest otherwise.
Uncertainty is complicating things on the recruiting front.
The citizen heroes to be honored Friday are Geoffrey Bennett and Jerry Goeders.
Mike Riley says the Huskers must find a way to stop the run* against Iowa. More from Monday’s press conference: Video | Injury updates | Notes: 1, 2 | Business as usual: 1, 2* | Depth chart
Here’s another breakdown of the cost of changing coaches.
Friday will be the finale for 22 seniors.
The second quarter* at Penn State typified Nebraska’s struggles this season.
Are Nebraskans fair-weather fans? In a Through These Gates outtake, Tommie Frazier breaks down what a real fan is.
NOVEMBER 19, 2017
A program with high expectations must be willing to pay for a high-priced coach,* Steve Sipple writes. More commentary: Husker Dan, McKewon,* Barfknecht,* Husker Mike, Keeler
The Scott Frost rumors* are likely to heat up in the coming days. | UCLA fires Mora | Carriker: Who’s Plan B?
Cornerback Lamar Jackson says it’s essential that the Huskers stay motivated: “You got to get up when you fail.” More on morale: 1,* 2
Catch the Big Red Replay highlights and analysis of the Penn State game.
See how the Huskers and Hawkeyes match up statistically.
This week in Husker history: The 1902 team finishes unbeaten, untied and unscored upon, but a bid for Western Conference (Big Ten) membership is rejected.
NOVEMBER 18, 2017
A coaching change would raise the university’s football-related payout tab* since November 2014 to $16.4 million, according to OWH calculations.
The Huskers’ offense comes to life, but a 32-point halftime deficit is too much to overcome as Penn State prevails, 56-44. Go to the game page for all the details. | Stryker commentary | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction | McKewon analysis | Pernell commentary | Highlights
Next week’s opponent, Iowa, is upset at home by Purdue.
Scott Frost says no deal has been made between him and Nebraska. | Fans’ message
Who made the trip? Here’s the travel roster.
The Huskers face a tall order today as they try to turn things around in soggy State College against Penn State. Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2),* Omaha (1, 2, 3),* Grand Island,* Allentown, State College, Altoona and Philadelphia. Commentary: Sipple,* Shatel,* Hamar,* Christopherson, Callahan | Final thoughts
2-DEEPS | PICKS | GAME THREAD
NOVEMBER 17, 2017
Tom Osborne’s toughest loss? The 1982 Penn State game.
Tanner Lee will start at quarterback Saturday, Mike Riley says.
Nebraska’s defensive front will face a Penn State O-line that’s been in a slump.
Adam Carriker is irked by the lack of passion he’s seeing from some Huskers. | Mick the motivator*
Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes — Barry Switzer explains how he prepared for teams like Nebraska as opposed to the “gimme” games.
NOVEMBER 16, 2017
Season ticket buyers may lose the tax benefit* tied to the donations required for most seats.
Steve Sipple offers up a Plan B list of coaching candidates. | Frost’s many mentors
After faring poorly this season against top-end QBs, the Blackshirts are facing another one in Trace McSorley.*
Barring any setbacks, Tanner Lee will be cleared to play against Penn State,* Mike Riley says. Also, David Knevel will start at right guard. More from Thursday’s practice: Video | Notes: 1,* 2, 3*
The gnarly 2018 schedule could be more of an opportunity than a burden.
The Huskers’ struggling offense* hasn’t been doing the defense many favors, and vice versa.
Chris Weber and Mick Stoltenberg make the Academic All-District team.
Athlon previews the game and says Penn State 45, Nebraska 17. | More picks | PSU previews: 1, 2,* 3,* 4 | Your prediction?
JD Spielman talks about his record-breaking season and more with Adam Carriker.
NOVEMBER 15, 2017
It’s been said Penn State’s offense is unintentionally telegraphing play calls, but coach James Franklin says it hasn’t been a major issue.
The Huskers’ O-line faces a particularly tough challenge* this week. | Notes*
Tale of the Tape examines Minnesota’s stunning success with quarterback runs against the Huskers.
There are reasons why Scott Frost just might stay put* at Central Florida. | What distractions? | Bielema’s next step? | Siri’s flub*
Mick Stoltenberg says the Huskers must block out the distractions with tunnel vision as they finish the season.
In the latest Through These Gates outtake, former Husker fullback Tom Rathman reminisces about his time in Lincoln.
NOVEMBER 14, 2017
Would Scott Frost be the best fit? Adam Carriker takes up the question.
Patrick O’Brien says he’ll be ready* if needed* against Penn State. More from Tuesday’s practice: Videos | Potent Lions | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4
Tanner Lee has cleared one hurdle toward being able to play Saturday.
Linebacker Mo Barry says believing in the process is essential even as the Huskers struggle on defense.
Penn State linebacker Manny Bowen will miss a second consecutive game for a violation of team rules.
How attractive is the Nebraska job? Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice discuss its pros and cons.
Bill Moos says he is likely to finish his evaluation* of the football program before the season ends. | More from Moos*
How did we get here? Adam Carriker shares some inside stories and explains why rock bottom isn’t always the worst thing.
Our printable 2-deeps and rosters for the Penn State game are available now.
NOVEMBER 13, 2017
Danny Langsdorf commends QB Patrick O’Brien for staying prepared despite getting little playing time before last Saturday. More from Monday’s practice: Videos | Notes: 1, 2, 3*
Bill Moos says Mike Riley “deserves to finish the 2017 season. That’s how I operate.” | Wheels in motion?: 1, 2 | Shatel commentary*
QB Tanner Lee is questionable for Saturday as he goes through concussion protocol, so Patrick O’Brien may start at Penn State.* More from Monday’s press conference: Videos | Staying motivated* | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4* | Depth chart
In a Through These Gates outtake, Barry Switzer recalls his days of playing on both sides of the ball in college.
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
Adam Carriker demonstrates the lack of gap soundness and more that’s plaguing the Blackshirts. More commentary and analysis: McKewon* | Christopherson | Sipple* | Husker Mike | Barfknecht,* Gabriel,* Olson, York, Washut
See Rex Burkhead’s punt block and TD catch in Sunday night’s Patriots-Broncos game.
It’s a one-sided stats matchup for Nebraska vs. Penn State. | 23-point underdog
This week in Husker history: Bad blood between Kansas and Nebraska after a 10-5 game. Or was it 6-5?
NOVEMBER 11, 2017
Next up is Penn State, fresh off a 35-6 win over Rutgers. The game will have a 3 p.m. CST start and an FS1 telecast.
University officials hope to have a World War I memorial* in place at Memorial Stadium in time for next year’s centennial of the war’s end.
Minnesota’s offense has a field day against the Blackshirts in a 54-21 drubbing. See the game page for details. | Stryker commentary | Carriker gut reaction | McKewon recap | Highlights | Postgame presser
Which Huskers made the trip? Here’s the travel roster.
It’s two teams trying to get closer to bowl eligibility as the Huskers and Gophers clash in Minneapolis. Catch the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2),* Omaha (1, 2, 3),* Minneapolis (1, 2) and St. Paul. Commentary: Shatel,* Sipple,* Babcock,* Callahan
2-DEEPS | PICKS | GAME THREAD
NOVEMBER 10, 2017
A Nebraskan has a “fifth down” in life thanks to a marrow donation from a Colorado player who is a grandson of former CU coach Bill McCartney.
Adam Carriker gives his three keys and score prediction for the Minnesota game. | More picks | What’s your prediction?
Through These Gates – The Lost Tapes: Charlie McBride explains how athletics are the doorway to Nebraska.
NOVEMBER 9, 2017
Former Husker assistant Jim Walden, an early advocate of the Mike Riley hire, says he’s disappointed* with how it’s turned out thus far. | Kinney weighs in
A postscript to the “flea kicker” anniversary: Hear the confused Missouri radio call of the play. | Game page
The re-creators of the $5 Bits of Broken Chair* hope the trophy can find traction with Minnesota and Nebraska school officials this time around.
Mike Riley says it isn’t true that rugby tackling was forced on the staff by higher-ups. More from Thursday’s practice: Video | Injury rundown | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3
Saturday’s game marks a return to Minnesota for the Huskers’ freshman playmaker JD Spielman. More on JD: 1,* 2,* 3, 4
Husker athletics’ graduation success rate reaches an all-time high.
TCU’s Gary Patterson says he interviewed for the Nebraska job 10 years ago but “could tell they had already decided on Pelini.” | Discuss
Athlon previews the game and sees Minnesota winning by double digits. | More picks | What’s your prediction?
Can the Huskers return to top-tier status in five years as Bill Moos says? Adam Carriker says yes.
Tom Shatel* yearns for the days when Nebraska’s defense “wasn’t calculus.”
O-linemen Matt Farniok and Brenden Jaimes* are among the dozen or so freshmen* who have become significant contributors. | Notes: 1, 2*
Nebraska’s penalty situation* has worsened as the season has worn on.
NOVEMBER 8, 2017
The flea-kicker is remembered 20 years later from opposite perspectives by two with who were there: Bill Connelly, Husker Mike
Catch the No Huddle preview of Nebraska-Minnesota and the early round of predictions. | Scouting the Gophers: 1,* 2,* 3
Tanner Lee says freshman receiver Tyjon Lindsey has the work ethic and talent to do great things.
Can Nebraska be attractive to a big-name coach? This columnist says yes. | Carriker: Moos interview
Husker Doc Talk takes up the overtime loss and whether Mike Riley’s fate is already sealed.
The Minnesotans 4 Nebraska have a full weekend of activities planned.
In this Through These Gates outtake, Tom Osborne explains why he came back to Nebraska in 1962.
NOVEMBER 7, 2017
The Huskers have been punchless in overtime lately.
Tale of the Tape examines Tanner Lee’s rough outing against Northwestern.
Bob Diaco says the Huskers’ tackling fundamentals were a mess when he arrived, but his predecessor Mark Banker* says Diaco is just making excuses.* More from Tuesday’s practice: Videos | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4
The Miami Dolphins sign Zach Sterup and place the former Husker O-lineman on their active roster.
Our printable rosters and 2-deeps for the Minnesota game are available now.
Several alumni chapters in the Northeast are organizing a Penn State tailgate.
Athletic Director Bill Moos says he has made no decision* on Mike Riley’s future and is focused on supporting the coaching staff. | Video
Adam Carriker takes a crack at deciphering Bob Diaco’s postgame comments. Also, should 16 Huskers still have Blackshirts?
NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Danny Langsdorf likes the motivation the Huskers showed at Monday’s practice and says the running game will be key in the Minneapolis weather. | Video | Notes: Notes*
Navy SEAL veteran Damian Jackson discusses his football challenges, players’ anthem protests* and more.
Fixing* the Huskers’ red-zone and turnover troubles on offense will be a focus in the season’s final weeks, Mike Riley says, and he expresses support for the job the defensive staff is doing. More from Monday’s press conference: Injury updates | Video | Bowl quest | Notes: 1, 2 | Depth chart
In this Through These Gates outtake, Barry Switzer talks about the love he has for his home, Norman, Okla.
NOVEMBER 5, 2017
Adam Carriker says the loss to Northwestern provides more evidence that “we’ve got to get more out of our players.” More commentary: McKewon,* Christopherson, Sipple,* Husker Mike, York, Washut
It was a game of ups and downs for Tanner Lee* and the O-line.*
Catch the Big Red Replay recap and analysis of Saturday’s loss and what it might mean.
See how the Huskers and Gophers match up statistically.
This week in Husker history: The 1997 “flea-kicker.”
NOVEMBER 4, 2017
Up next is Minnesota, a 33-10 victim of Michigan.
Northwestern 31, Nebraska 24. The Huskers fall in overtime to the Wildcats and absorb a third consecutive home loss. See the game page for all the coverage and commentary. | Stryker commentary | McKewon recap | Carriker gut reaction | Highlights | Postgame presser
Safeties Antonio Reed and Aaron Williams are suited up,* and Isaac Armstrong will again serve as holder.
The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy lives again.
Tad Stryker’s game-day poll finds fan dissatisfaction running deep.
If recent history is any indication, it’ll be a close one when Northwestern and Nebraska clash today at Memorial Stadium. Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2,* Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island (1, 2)* and Chicago. Commentary: Christopherson, Shatel,* Sipple,* Vaccher, Kush, Callahan.
2-DEEPS | PICKS | GAME THREAD
NOVEMBER 3, 2017
After his breakout game* as a pass catcher, Tyler Hoppes wants to improve his blocking.* | Videos
The 18-year-old son of former A.D. Shawn Eichorst is arrested in a sexual assault case.
Another columnist looks at the rising stock of Scott Frost. Meanwhile, Athletic Director Bill Moos sheds some light on his evaluation process.
In this Through These Gates outtake, Charlie McBride recalls his move to Arizona — and discovering how many neighbors were Husker fans.
Saturday’s game will include tributes to U.S. military veterans.
Sam McKewon says Nebraska needs to get JUCO players* back into the recruiting mix. | Weekend visitors: 1,* 2, 3
Adam Carriker previews the Northwestern game and gives his score prediction. | More picks
The Kiffin and Murphy families of Lexington share a history of football and service to country.
NOVEMBER 2, 2017
Bill Moos says he won’t seek alcohol sales at games, something he pursued at Washington State.
Freshman running back Jaylin Bradley appears doubtful for the Northwestern game because of his ankle injury. More from the Huskers’ practice Thursday: Video | Notes: 1,* 2*
Having a meeting with Tom Osborne was important to new Athletic Director Bill Moos.
Inspiration is mutual with Rex Burkhead and Jack Hoffman.
Athlon previews the game and predicts a Husker win. | More picks | No Huddle preview
Husker Doc Talk: Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice discuss Nebraska fans during a time of turmoil.
The offense is struggling mightily with run blocking and red-zone efficiency.* | Charting the run
He’s now an NBA executive in New York, but former walk-on QB Garth Glissman is “still that kid that loves Nebraska.”
NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Program uncertainty* is becoming the Huskers’ nemesis on the recruiting front. | Carriker on Bookie’s decision
Scouting the Wildcats: Corn Nation, LJS,* OWH*
Tale of the Tape breaks down the winning drive against Purdue.
Johnny Rodgers says parting ways with Mike Riley would be a “horrible” move. | Frost in demand
Four years later, Nebraska’s game-winning Hail Mary against Northwestern still thrills Ron Kellogg III and Jordan Westerkamp. | Videos | Game page
Drew Brown is about to pass brother Kris on Nebraska’s career field goal charts.
Patience wasn’t a virtue of Harrison Beck. The blue-chip QB from a dozen years ago looks back on his short stay in Lincoln.
Chris Weber is one of 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy for college football’s top scholar-athlete.