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December 2014

31 WED
A number of Husker commits and prospects are playing in all-star games* this weekend.
The Holiday Bowl was last week's No. 2 most-watched cable program.
USA Today's "For the Win" blog names Faux Pelini the 2014 Internet Sportsman of the Year.
30 TUE
Danny Langsdorf discusses his decision to leave the NFL's Giants for Nebraska. | Longtime connection* | “Langs” & Riley* | Day of changes
Matt Snyder, a three-star tight end* from California, flips his commitment from Oregon State* to Nebraska. | Highlights | 2015 recruits
Former Husker Scott Frost feels at home at Oregon, but there's a considerable tug-of-war* going on within him.
Ndamukong Suh's one-game suspension is reversed on appeal.
Here's some year-in-review material from the LJS* and Big Red Report.
Scott Strasburger agrees to a 6-month suspension of his medical license.*
Randy Gregory confirms he'll skip his senior year* and turn pro.*
Two record-setters are departing, but the cupboard isn't bare at skill positions* on offense for coach Mike Riley.
Another member of the support staff* is hired: Andy Vaughn.
29 MON
With Michigan's hiring of Jim Harbaugh a done deal, the Wolverines get a former player of Mike Riley's and the Big Ten gets a shot of star power.* | Divisional imbalance?
Here's the Athletic Dept.'s highlight reel from the Holiday Bowl. | DVD
Fans pick up the tab for Bo Pelini's final meeting with his players.
The Lions' Ndamukong Suh draws a one-game suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers' ankle.
Corey Cooper and Kenny Bell will play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Poll question: Will Tommy Armstrong be the starting QB in 2015?
Junior running back Duke Johnson of Miami, the Huskers' third opponent in 2015, opts to enter the NFL draft.
28 SUN
Transition time* for the program now begins in earnest.
Sam McKewon says his money is on Tommy Armstrong remaining the starter* at quarterback next season. | Competition at QB*
USC players say they'll miss Husker strength coach Mark Phillip.*
Hear Rob Zatechka's thoughts about the Holiday Bowl, the future at quarterback and the need for stability in the program. | Report card
This week in Husker history: Bowl games galore, including the 1994 national title clincher.
27 SAT
USC 45, Nebraska 42. The Huskers hang tough but ultimately come up just short in a shootout against the Trojans. Coverage and multimedia can be found on the game page. | Commentary: Stryker, Johnson | Video: Postgame, Final play | Big Red Over-Reaction
Mike Riley* says he's seven to 10 days from finalizing his staff.* More gameday updates here. | Riley video | Empty seat*
Congrats to Ameer Abdullah, who today was named the Senior CLASS Award winner for football.
A chapter in Nebraska football closes tonight in San Diego with the Huskers aiming for a victory against favored USC. Here are the pregame stories fromOmaha (1, 2, 3, 4),*Lincoln (1, 2, 3),*Scottsbluff,Los Angeles (1, 2, 3),Orange County (1, 2, 3)andSan Diego (1, 2, 3, 4).*Commentary: Shatel,* York, Sipple,* Callahan.
26 FRI
See this video recap of the Huskers' preparations for the bowl game.
Quarterback Johnny Stanton has seen an increased workload this month.
Hail Varsity looks at how the Nebraska defense stacks up against the Trojans. | By the numbers
Former Husker Dr. Scott Strasburger could face state disciplinary action.
Here's video from today's press conference. | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4
Dave Feit lists four reasons Nebraska can win Saturday night.
Not surprisingly, USC's starters had more rating stars out of high school.
Steve Sipple says the players can learn* from the firing of Bo Pelini.
Poll question: On which side of the ball do the Huskers have the greatest potential for improvement in 2015?
NU's offense seeks to reverse its November funk.* | 5 things to watch*
The OWH looks back at the 1970 tie* between USC and Nebraska and selects star-studded all-time teams* for the two schools.
The Trojans are a confident team* with an accurate QB.*
25 THU
Byerson Cockrell's hard work* has him going places he never imagined. | The versatile Pierson-El* | NU notes: 1,* 2*
USC is expecting the unexpected from Nebraska. | Scouting reports: 1,* 2*
The Huskers' bowl prep continues with a Christmas morning walk-through before a visit to SeaWorld. | Video | Notes: 1, 2*
Tad Stryker salutes the talent and character that Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead brought to the team for the last six years. | AA power
D-line coach Rick Kaczenski seems at peace* with his uncertain job future, Steve Sipple writes. | NU notes: 1,* 2,* 3* | USC notes: 1, 2, 3*
The pairing of two big-name programs has Holiday Bowl execs pleased.
24 WED
The Huskers get in a morning practice, and John Papuchis says the game will test* NU's linebacker depth.* | Notes | Video & tweets | Photos
If Nebraska wins the Holiday Bowl, your purchase of Husker-logo gift items from Jack Mason Brand is free. Details here.
Hail Varsity and Athlon Sports preview the Holiday Bowl.
Randy York recaps 14 shining moments in Husker athletics in 2014.
Lineman Jerald Foster and several other scout-team redshirts appear ready to make an impact* in 2015.
Rob Zatechka says the Huskers can beat the Trojans by sticking with a north-south running game.
23 TUE
Ndamukong Suh is selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time.
The Nebraska-USC games of 1969 and ’70 will be the focus of Saturday's Legends Radio Show, featuring Bob Newton, Wally Winter, Jeff Hughes and Jerry Murtaugh.
Jack Gangwish has been cleared to play* the entire game, Barney Cotton says after Tuesday's practice, and Randy Gregory* says he's close to 100% again but still has some pain* to deal with. | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4* | Video, audio & tweets | Photos | USC notes: 1, 2
Go 2:40 into this segment for the latest on recruiting from Nate Clouse.
John Papuchis relishes the chance to fly solo as defensive coordinator. | No big changes | Seeking closure
The new staff seems to be embracing the fan base, Sean Callahan writes.
The Huskers enjoy legroom and dogroom on their flight to San Diego.
With Charlton Warren staying on staff, the defensive backs receive a welcome dose of stability.*
San Diego tailgater alert: Stadium lots will open at 10 a.m.
22 MON
Tailback Javorius Allen* and his 1,300-plus rushing yards give USC a ground game that opponents can't afford to overlook.
Here is the Huskers' tentative schedule for their stay in San Diego.
Poll question: Who will win the Holiday Bowl? | Media predictions
Ameer Abdullah accepts a Senior Bowl invitation. | His legacy
The NFL suspends Dominic Raiola for the Lions' finale against Green Bay.
Nebraska is No. 15 on Forbes' list of most valuable teams for 2014.
Know the foe: A look at the Trojans' offense. | USC notes
There's more to play calling* than meets the eye, Steve Sipple writes.
Steve Sarkisian says Nebraska's coaching change could give the Huskers motivation* for the bowl game. | Duty to unite
21 SUN
The printable 2-deeps and rosters for the bowl game are now available.
The Detroit Lions' Dominic Raiola faces likely league discipline after stomping on an opponent's ankle.
This week in Husker history: Tommie Frazier, sidelined for three months, is cleared to scrimmage as NU prepares for its bowl game against Miami.
The secondary faces a big test* in USC's Cody Kessler. | NU notes*
Tommy Armstrong says he's focused on the present,* not what next season's changes on offense might mean.
20 SAT
Josh Brown says he rebuilt himself* after being cut by the Rams in 2012.
Support for Bo Pelini's ouster grew after Wednesday's tape release, according to an OWH poll.*
Steve Sarkisian declares USC game-ready after Saturday's practice.
From Denver, a not-so-serious look at the raccoon case.
See Campus Insiders' video preview and NU-USC prediction. | More picks
Mike Riley tells USA Today he understands the expectations but won't need to “change who I am to coach here.” | Recruiting approach
Mark Philipp, assistant strength coach at USC, reportedly will be Nebraska's new head strength coach.*
19 FRI
Jack Gangwish apparently must sit out* part of the bowl game.*
It continues to be a balancing act for John Papuchis* and other assistants* trying to line up employment.
A number of Huskers will collect their degrees Saturday.
The Huskers wrap up a week of practice with Randy Gregory returning. | H’Max Report | Notes* | Video | Audio
Running back Kendall Bussey makes a switch* to Tennessee.* | ’15 class
The Huskers' bowl media guide is now available for online viewing.
Enjoy this six-minute highlight reel from the 2014 regular season.
Jeremy Pernell says it's no surprise Bo Pelini took the low road out of Lincoln. | Shanle's thoughts | Carriker's views | That other C-word
Randy York has a slew of gift ideas for Husker fans.  |  I Like Mike tee
Three Huskers earn spots on Phil Steele's All-America teams, and eight are on his All-Big Ten teams.
Faux Pelini will live on, says the man behind the parody persona.
For Mike Riley's assistants* following him from Oregon State, a pay boost* comes with the new job. | Praise for Warren* | Riley audio
The Huskers' O-line could have its hands full with Leonard Williams and the rest of USC's defensive front.* | Kessler's quest | USC notes
Bo Pelini's contract had no nondisparagement* clause, but that doesn't mean it's a dead issue. | McKewon: Honesty vs. the truth*
Steve Sipple says Tommy Armstrong has earned the right for first crack* at quarterbacking the new offense.
18 THU
Barney Cotton announces the 2014 team MVPs and other award winners.
Here's a photo gallery of Mike Riley's first two weeks at Nebraska.
Youngstown State's athletic director calls Bo Pelini's comments "inappropriate and unfortunate."
Husker Dan bids a not-so-fond farewell to Bo Pelini. Commentary from elsewhere: Jones | Duber | Dodd | Klatt (audio)
The OWH shares more than a dozen photos from the Devaney era.
Kendall Bussey will reveal his college choice Friday afternoon.
Derek Johnson says the Pelini tape tells us little we didn't already know.
The Huskers were 1-1 in Athlon's top 10 Big Ten games of 2014.
H’Max poll: Does the Pelini tape make Mike Riley's job tougher or easier?
Steve Sarkisian says USC's latest practice “wasn't good enough.”
17 WED
Tom Osborne shoots down the theory that he was forced out.*
Here is the audio of Bo Pelini's talk to the players. (Explicit language)
BTN's Mount Rushmore of Husker football: Frazier, Suh, Rodgers, Rozier.
Mike Moudy says the players are motivated* for the bowl game
Vanderbilt reportedly hires James Dobson as strength coach. | Pink slips*
Paul Chryst officially becomes Wisconsin's coach, his former boss, former Nebraska A.D. Steve Pederson, gets the ax at Pitt.
Bo Pelini's comments* to players after his firing were laced with vulgar putdowns of Shawn Eichorst, the OWH reports. | Transcript* | University statement | Discuss
De'Mornay Pierson-El and Randy Gregory are named second-team All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America.
ESPN analyst Todd McShay has Randy Gregory going No. 4 in the 2015 NFL draft. | Foreman's thoughts
Antwaun Woods, USC's starter at nose tackle, will miss the bowl game because of injury, coach Steve Sarkisian confirms.
De'Mornay Pierson-El is a second-team Sporting News All-American and makes Fox Sports' list of top 10 true freshmen, while he and Ameer Abdullah are third- and second-team Athlon All-Americans.
Bo Pelini takes a dig at the leadership at Nebraska at his introductory press conference at Youngstown State. | Video | Discuss
The NFL looks to Christian Peter for help on domestic abuse issues.
16 TUE
Tim Beck reflects* on his tenure* as offensive coordinator* after Tuesday's practice. More: HuskerMax Report | Video | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4* | Riley watches | Photos: 1, 2,* 3 | Audio
New UNLV coach Tony Sanchez confirms that Barney Cotton will be his offensive coordinator and John Garrison will coach the O-line.
Youngstown State's hiring* of Bo Pelini* is now official. | Background
Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory are named* second- and third-team All-Americans by the Associated Press, and De’Mornay Pierson-El makes USA Today Sports' freshman All-America team.
Bo Pelini has reportedly been hired by Youngstown State, and Dirk Chatelain calls it a perfect fit.* | Comfort zone | Discuss
The Houston job goes to Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman.
15 MON
Husker Dan answers mail about the coaching change and the bowl game.
Charlton Warren reportedly will be retained* by Mike Riley as coach* of the defensive secondary.
New Husker commit Dedrick Young* intends to enroll early and "come in and compete" this spring.
Nebraska bucked a trend of declining attendance for FBS schools in 2014.
Barney Cotton and John Garrison will join the new staff at UNLV, according to Football Scoop.
Mike Riley* discusses staffing and more* on national radio. Here's the audio from the Jim Rome and Tim Brando shows.
Poll question: How many of the nine assistant coaches from Bo Pelini's staff should Mike Riley retain?
DeMornay Pierson-El makes ESPN's freshman all-Big Ten team.
Dedrick Young, a linebacker/running back* from Arizona, has committed to the Huskers. Meanwhile, defensive end commit DaiShon Neal* of Omaha warms up to Oregon. | Young highlights | 2015 recruits
14 SUN
The Huskers' enemy in 2014 and during much of the Pelini era was their own inconsistent execution,* Sam McKewon writes.
The Trojans' high profile* is motivation* for the Huskers. | ’70 tie revisited*
The recruits who visited Lincoln over the weekend speak favorably* of the experience. | Monday announcement*
Watch Rex Burkhead get his first NFL touchdown on a 10-yard run.
This week in Husker history: Nebraska routs Georgia in the Sun Bowl.
Dave Theisen, a Husker halfback, defensive back and kicker in 1962 and 1963, dies at age 73. His field goals were the difference in Nebraska's Orange Bowl win over Auburn.
13 SAT
Tom Shatel* returns from the College Football Awards show with perspectives on the coaching change and more.
Nebraska high school coaches* say they're eager to work* with Mike Riley. | Arizona prospect* | Neal to visit Oregon
Here are some notes from USC practice. The Trojans will begin installing their game plan for Nebraska next week. | Shaw's return
12 FRI
Stories and memories flow at services for Don Bryant.
Husker commit Kendall Bussey gets a visit from Mike Riley but will keep his options open as he waits to see who's the running backs coach.* | Whirlwind week* | Weekend visitors*
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart says Nebraska is among 25 destination jobs.
The OWH* and LJS* remark on the connectivity between the changes at Nebraska, Oregon State, Wisconsin and Pitt -- and what might unfold in Lincoln next Oct. 10.
De'Mornay Pierson-El makes Scout.com's freshman all-America team, while he and Josh Kalu are freshman all-Big Ten picks by 247Sports.
Tom Osborne urges fans to support* the new staff. Here's more from Friday's Big Red Breakfast in Omaha. | Video
Nebraska needs to upgrade its assistants' pay,* Sam McKewon writes.
Hear Eric Crouch discuss some ins and outs of the Heisman race and the upcoming weekend in New York.
De'Mornay Pierson-El and Ameer Abdullah are selected to ESPN.com's All-Big Ten team.
The Huskers are "amped to play" in the bowl game, Josh Mitchell* says.
11 THU
After a visit from Mike Riley, early-enrolling cornerback Aaron Williams of Atlanta says he remains fully committed to Nebraska. | Tight end to visit
Jordan Westerkamp's behind-the-back catch wins Play of the Year honors at the College Football Awards* ceremony. | Video
Pitt's Paul Chryst will return to Madison to become Wisconsin's head coach, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Keith Jackson and others and reminisce about Don "Fox" Bryant.
Reese Dismukes of Auburn will be presented the Rimington Trophy in Lincoln on Jan. 17, and Iowa's Brandon Scherff will receive his Outland hardware in Omaha on Jan. 15.
Four assistants -- Mark Banker, Trent Bray, Mike Cavanaugh and Bruce Read -- are now officially on board, but no offensive or defensive coordinator* designations have been made.
Dave Feit's latest hot takes touch on Nebrasketball, Mike Riley, Jack Gangwish and the Wisconsin situation.
Linebacker Courtney Love & tight end Greg Hart will transfer to Kentucky.*
Second-team All-America honors go to the Huskers' De'Mornay Pierson-El and Ameer Abdullah.
Barney Cotton is serious* about keeping the team united for the bowl game, even as the coaches face an uncertain future. | Notes: 1,* 2*
Poll question: Do you like the Huskers' chances in the Holiday Bowl?
The “Westerkatch” is up for Play of the Year on ESPN. | Video
10 WED
Mike Wynn, a mainstay at defensive end on Bob Devaney's 1967-69 teams, has died in Indiana at age 67.*
After a visit from Mike Riley, the Davis twins* remain committed* to Nebraska but will continue listening to other schools.
Are you interested in watching the Holiday Bowl from a HuskerMax skybox? Get the details here.
Details of Mike Riley's contract,* including a $1 million buyout provision,* are made public. | PDF
Barney Cotton says the bowl game is a chance for players and coaches to “reveal our character* one last time together.” More from Wednesday's practice: HuskerMax Report | Video | Notes: 1, 2, 3 | Photos | Audio
In a stunner, Oregon State has hired Wisky's Gary Andersen. | Discuss
Athlon's All-Big Ten team has De'Mornay Pierson-El as a first-teamer and four other Huskers on the second team.
Tim Beck's pay places him 19th among assistant coaches nationally, according to a USA Today tabulation.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests will be Kareem Moss, Clester Johnson and Reggie Baul.
ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman takes a deep look at how Mike Riley ended up at Nebraska. | Sherman on "Unsportsmanlike Conduct"
Go 3:20 into this segment for Jay Foreman's thoughts on the changes that might happen on defense under the new staff.
Twenty-one Husker football players earn Academic All-Big Ten honors, including Lane Hovey with a cumulative 4.0 GPA.
PETA calls for "empathy training" and discipline in the case of Jack Gangwish and the roadside raccoon. | Discuss
The Texans elevate Jason Ankrah from their practice squad.
Four Trojans make BTN.com's all-opponent team in Big Ten bowls.
See how Eric Crouch fares in a cornhusking contest.
Big Ten thoroughbreds Abdullah, Gordon & Coleman all lacked blue-chip status out of high school. | Gordon going pro
Sam McKewon says Mike Riley is off to a good start* with his staff and recruits, despite some fans' Internet-fueled angst.
The OWH recalls a 1969 story about Don Bryant story, a rabbit's foot* and the beginning of Bob Devaney's big unbeaten streak.
Mike Riley knows the importance of adapting* to roster talent.
Youngstown State and Bo Pelini shoot down a FootballScoop.com report that Pelini plans to accept the job at Youngstown. | Discuss
09 TUE
Defensive backs Eric Lee and Avery Anderson reaffirm their commitments,* and the new staff reaches out to running back Kendall Bussey.* More from the recruiting trail: Riley in Colorado | Insights on Bruce Read
Husker Dan weighs in on the coaching change.
Oregon State's director of football operations, Dan Van De Riet, is reportedly joining the staff at Nebraska. | Bio
Derek Johnson says Mike Riley has adjustments to make now that he's not in Corvallis anymore.
Have the Davis twins from Missouri decommitted? Some sources say yes, but their mother says no -- and their high school coach says NU remains in the hunt. Sort it all out: OWH* | HOL | HI | LJS* | 2015 class
The OWH says Kevin Steele won't be on the staff. | Orgeron: No contact*
Linebacker Tyrin Ferguson says his decision to flip to Nebraska was all about his relationship with coaches Mike Riley and Trent Bray.
A case is made that Pat Fischer belongs in the pro Hall of Fame.
USC has momentum* and NFL-caliber athletes on its side.
Don't blame Tom Osborne for the playoff committee's snub* of the Big 12, Tom Shatel writes. | Sipple on Eichorst*
08 MON
Tad Stryker says Mike Riley's success in Lincoln is likely to hinge on the running game, both offensively and defensively.
One of these 6 finalists will be presented the Rimington Trophy in Lincoln.
Mark Banker from Oregon State appears to be Mike Riley's pick for defensive coordinator.* | Bio | Video
Mike Riley goes to Colorado to try to keep two key recruits in the fold.*
Tom Osborne* says he wishes the new coach "the very best." | Discuss
Travel agencies decide against chartering flights* to the Holiday Bowl.
FootballScoop.com has a video update on Mike Riley's staff selection process and says there has been no contact with Kevin Steele or Ed Orgeron. | Bo to Youngstown State?
Avery Moss' situation remains uncertain* as the defensive end continues to hold out hope for a return to the university and the team.
All 10 Big Ten bowl teams are underdogs,* including Nebraska by 6 points.
The Big Ten announces enhanced concussion protocols.
HuskerMax poll: How will the coaching change affect the quality Nebraska's 2015 recruiting class?
Sam McKewon says there's enough talent* on the roster for the Huskers to reach the conference championship game next year.
Husker recruits await contact* from the new coach.
07 SUN
This week in Husker history: Bring on Harvard, says the 1914 team.
It's the Huskers vs. Southern Cal in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. | Stats matchup | Team breakdowns | NU bowl history | Series history | Early reports: HV, LJS,* OWH* | Pregame page | York commentary
Mike Cavanaugh as O-line coach appears to be a done deal. | Bio
The playoff teams are set: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State & Ohio State.
The Huskers rise to 22nd in the coaches' poll and remain 25th in AP. | How coaches voted: 1, 2,* 3*
Nashville and Santa Clara appear to be NU's likeliest bowl destinations.*
06 SAT
Ohio State annihilates Wisconsin, 59-0, for the Big Ten title.
Mike Riley has a reputation for coaching up* quarterbacks. | Competitive streak | 61 and seasoned* | Recruiting résumé*
College football leaders pay tribute to Don "The Fox" Bryant.*
Three more Oregon State assistants* are said to be headed to Nebraska:* Mike Cavanaugh, Mark Banker and Bruce Read.
Oregon State's linebackers coach, Trent Bray, will reportedly be part of the Nebraska staff, and three-star LB recruit Tyrin Ferguson decides to follow him.* | Video: Ferguson, Bray | Bray bio | 2015 recruits
The College GameDay crew has praise* for Nebraska's hire.
05 FRI
Former Husker assistant Kevin Steele* is said to be on Mike Riley's radar.
Don Bryant,* the legendary NU sports information director, dies at age 85.
Campus police cite Tanner Farmer* for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Losing* has helped mold Tim Miles and Mike Riley, Dirk Chatelain writes. | Sipple: Sense of stability* | Shatel: Decisive Eichorst*
Jeremy Pernell says it's clear Mike Riley can coach but that only time will tell whether it's a good hire.
An alleged gang rape in Corvallis in 1998 still sticks with Mike Riley.
Hear Husker historian Mike Babcock's perspective on the hire and how the new coach will fit in. | Callahan & Kendeigh | Feldman
Mike Riley says he must be careful* in his staff choices because they will be crucial* to the program's success.
How it happened: A hiring timeline. | Bielema offer? "Almost absurd"
Huskers Courtney Love and Greg Hart are reportedly set to visit Kentucky, but other players* are warming up* to the new coach.* Meanwhile, Mike Riley says it's essential to hit the recruiting* trail quickly. | Overachiever*
Dave Feit offers advice to the coach, the A.D., players, fans and media.
Here's some video and audio from Mike Riley's introductory press con­ference. | Reports: HOL, HV, OWH,* LJS,* ESPN.com | Reactions: 1, 2* | Transcripts: Eichorst, Riley | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4 | McKewon analysis
Contract details: A five-year deal starting at $2.7 million per year.
An eligible Big Ten team could be left out of the bowls.
A Denver columnist says Colorado State should make play for Bo Pelini.
04 THU
The new coach meets with the team* and also reaches out to former Husker players* in an e-mail. | Recapping the day* | Video reports: 1, 2
A man, a raccoon, a camera: What could go wrong? Ask Jack Gangwish.*
His ex-players say Mike Riley* is the genuine article.* | Riley on motivation
Mike Riley's staff at Oregon State has an NFL flavor,* but it's unknown who'll be on board in Lincoln. | Orgeron interested | Pay hike*
Tom Shatel says it's a wow hire* in more ways than one, while Dirk Chatelain calls it gutsy.* | Sipple: Embrace the intrigue* | York: Great hire
More national commentary on the hire: USA Today | SI.com
Former Husker O-line commit Mirko Jurkovic Jr. opts for Ohio State.
Quarterback development and character are seen as two Mike Riley strong points, Lee Barfknecht* writes. | Recruiting record*
Mike Riley says the Nebaska job came "out of the blue" and was not something he was pursuing. | Oregon commentary: 1, 2, 3, 4
Derek Johnson says Mike Riley's first big football decision will involve the Husker quarterbacks. | Hoppen: What to expect
Harvey Perlman* says nobody else* was offered the job and that Mike Riley was the only finalist. | Boosters approve*
Who is Mike Riley? Watch this ESPN feature from 2012 and read this 2013 article. | Underrated
The new coach will be in Lincoln this evening to meet with the team.*
Reaction and commentary on the hire: McKewon,* Shatel* | Sipple* | Ellis | Byrne* | Bender | Griese & Matich (video) | Deinhart | Wetzel | Miller | Babcock | Vogel | Sherman | Fox | Dufresne | Social media: 1, 2, 3 | Faux Pelini | Poll: Thumbs up or down?
Riley hired
In a move that surprised almost everyone following the search, Mike Riley of Oregon State has been named the Huskers' new coach. Stories: HOL, LJS,* OWH* | Bio | Photos: 1, 2, 3 | Biggest wins* | Discuss
Colorado State's Jim McElwain is off the list as he is hired by Florida.
The current playoff rankings show that head-coaching experience shouldn't be a prerequisite for Nebraska's next coach, Steve Sipple* writes.
Poll question: Should head-coaching experience be a requirement for Nebraska's next football coach?
03 WED
It's a waiting game* for Eric Lee, Avery Anderson and other recruits.
The focus for Turner Gill and Joe Moglia is the FCS playoffs.*
Jake Cotton's "trust fall" at Michigan State isn't forgotten at ESPN.
Sam McKewon says it's time for a truce* between Nebraska's football program and the outside world.
After a flurry of speculation that Bret Bielema* might be headed to NU, the coach tells ESPN.com's Chris Low it's not true.* | Vogel commentary
Husker Dan says Bo's firing was the right move.
FootballScoop.com now says Nebraska is targeting Bret Bielema.* Hear the website's Scott Roussel explain what he knows. | Discuss
Hear Jay Moore and Zac Lee analyze the firing and recap the Iowa game.
ESPN.com looks at what the next coach will inherit.
Ahman Green is named to the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame.
Shawn Eichorst may be locked in on one candidate, says Football Scoop.
BTN.com names DeMornay Pierson-El to its freshman All-Big Ten team.
Adam Rittenberg says it's crucial to the Big Ten that Nebraska and Michigan make good hires.
Dave Feit reveals the results of his State of the Huskers fan survey, plus his own responses.
Scott Frost gets some love from from Angry Dad.
Bo Pelini has a farewell meeting with the players: 1, 2, 3*
Sam McKewon sees four bowl destinations in play for Nebraska.
02 TUE
On a cost-per-win basis, Bo Pelini was the bargain of the dismissed coaches at Nebraska, Florida and Michigan.
Scott Frost gets a vote of confidence* from former teammate Jason Peter, who was part of Frost's rough initiation at Nebraska.
USA Today Sports sees a Nebraska-USC matchup in the Holiday Bowl.
Tim Beck is reportedly inverviewing* for the Kansas job.
As expected, Brady Hoke gets the pink slip at Michigan.
Jim Tressel's agent says there's been no contact from Nebraska and that Tressel is committed to his job as president of Youngstown State.
01 MON
HuskerMax's Derek Johnson and Football Scoop's Scott Roussel (audio) offer thoughts and insights on the coaching search.
Hugh Freeze, on many people's lists of possible hires for Nebraska, signs a contract extension with Ole Miss. | OWH's big list*
Bo Pelini's recruiting classes weren't the issue , according to this HuskerOnline analysis.
National analysts say the Nebraska job* still has plenty of allure.* | Commentary: Hinton, Fornelli
Little is publicly known about the reserve fund* that will pay for the firing.
Barney Cotton can draw on the Huskers' 2003 experience* in his role as interim coach. | Team meeting | Commentary: Shatel,* Sipple*
First-team All-Big Ten honors go to Randy Gregory and Kenny Bell, while Ameer Abdullah, Maliek Collins and Nate Gerry are second-teamers and six other Huskers earn honorable mention. | Jeremy Pernell's selections
Hear Damon Benning's breakdown of the eventful weekend.
Will Faux Pelini go too? The parody character's future* is uncertain.
Former Nebraska assistant Lance Leipold accepts the Buffalo job.
Scratch former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel off the list, says a Cleveland radio host. | Vegas odds: 1, 2 | Athlon debate (audio) | Moglia comments
The Big Ten will be on the hook for fewer bowl game tickets this year.
This week in Husker history: NU throttles Texas in the Big 12 title game.
Dirk Chatelain makes a case for giving Craig Bohl* a close look.
Angry Dad says the first stage of repair is acceptance.
Oregon's athletic director asks that potential suitors of Scott Frost respect the Ducks' need to prepare for the Pac-12 title game.
Nate Gerry is named Big Ten defensive player of the week, and De’Mornay Pierson-El shares special-teams honors.
Poll question: Was the firing of Bo Pelini the right move?
Here's an LJS gallery of 20 potential candidates for the Nebraska job.
Tad Stryker and Dave Feit weigh in on the firing.