Walk-ons Welcome

Nebraska’s long-standing walk-on tradition can be traced to Bob Devaney’s tenure as coach. For all intents and purposes, it began then. But walk-ons became commonplace under Tom Osborne, as a hedge against the NCAA’s reduction in football-scholarship limits. In 1974, Osborne’s second season as head coach, the NCAA maximum was reduced dramatically, from 45 to […]

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Last Time

Will Compton can laugh about it now. But when it happened, it was no laughing matter. “I was like a deer in the headlights,” he said. “I was nervous. I was caught off-guard.” Compton was a freshman on coach Bo Pelini’s first team at Nebraska in 2008. The Huskers were playing Virginia Tech at Memorial […]

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Mistaken Identity

Yep, Justin Blatchford looks a little bit like Taylor Martinez, enough so that Nebraska football fans have even mistaken him, on occasion, for his Husker teammate. “I’ve gotten that a couple of times from fans, asking me for my autograph, and they’re kind of surprised when they get it,” said Blatchford. As the starting quarterback, […]

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Blackshirts Back

These practice jerseys are a far cry from those distributed in 1964, when Nebraska’s Blackshirt tradition began, as near as anybody can remember, anyway. Accounts differ on exactly when the originals were purchased and distributed. And the jerseys were actually not jerseys but rather mesh vests, black ones, pulled over practice jerseys to provide color […]

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Game-Changer or Not

Put it this way, when Taylor Martinez is good, he’s very, very good. And when Nebraska’s junior quarterback is bad . . . remember those three interceptions against Ohio State? But the three interceptions, and a lost fumble when the game had been decided, reflected issues shared by his teammates on both sides of the […]

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They’re Back

As it usually does in soccer, Creighton’s 2011 men’s soccer season came down to inches. The Jays were one game away, a few penalty kicks actually, from playing for a national title in coach Elmar Bolowich’s first season when Charlotte crashed the party. The 49ers outlasted Creighton, robbing college soccer fans of the match-up everybody […]

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The Return of Baseball

Pauli’s isn’t Pauli’s anymore. The old bar on an old stretch of Leavenworth Street used to be a hub of activity during the College World Series. Sometime in the early-1980s the ESPN talking heads made it their home base following telecasts and with that the crowds came. It never made much sense. The bar wasn’t […]

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Let’s Get Physical

Check a few things off your bucket-list this summer and join The Nebraska Adventure Group. Skydiving, snowshoeing, kayaking, horseback riding and archery/shooting are some of the many activities NAG does. This group formed in 2009 and is all about exploring the meaning of adventure. Any age group can get involved – it’s a great way […]

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Always Something

Bo Pelini was on the offensive following the Nebraska football team’s final bowl practice in Lincoln. “All right, guys,” he said as he approached reporters, “first of all, there’s some . . .” Clearly, he had anticipated the first question. “The irresponsible reports out there aren’t true,” he said. “I have not interviewed for Penn […]

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