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NEWS ARCHIVE

January 2016

31 SUN
The Army All-American Bowl was an eye-opener for John Raridon.*
The OWH traces Lawrence Phillips' final months and hours.
Catching up with a former Husker: police Capt. Richard Bell.*
Desmond Fitzpatrick's dad says it's a tossup between NU and Louisville for the 4-star receiver. | Williams connection* | Announcements coming*
This week in Husker history: The opening of the Coliseum gives Nebraska “the most complete athletic plant in the Missouri Valley.”
A North Platte writer's appeal spurs $15,000 in donations to the Husker Greats Foundation.
JD Spielman’s path to NU* was paved with love of family and football.
The Calabasas Crew* isn't just a recruiting pipe dream for Nebraska.
Clete Blakeman's rise in the refereeing ranks* came one step at a time.
The strong finish* to the 2015 season has athletic director Shawn Eichorst bullish about the football program.
30 SAT
Former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee picks Nebraska as his transfer destination.* He must sit out 2016. | Discuss
Future Husker defensive back JoJo Domann is part of a bountiful Colorado pipeline to Lincoln.
29 FRI
Matt Farniok says he needed no sales pitch by the time Mike Riley visited Wednesday night. | High-priority recruit
Fans will be able to follow signing day live via a streaming show on Huskers.com hosted by Greg Sharpe and Lane Grindle.
Three-star tight end Chase Allen opts for Iowa State.
Nebraska's Pro Bowlers serve as inspiration to current Huskers.
28 THU
Wisconsin is hiring Justin Wilcox as defensive coordinator.
The Huskers are already in pursuit of a second Farniok.* | The Cav connection* | Chase Allen to announce | McKewon's takes*
A 247Sports analyst likes the Huskers’ strong recruiting momentum.
Nebraska is in a fourth-place tie nationally among colleges for representation in this season's Pro Bowl.
The Huskers’ nutrition program is a strong selling point.
The Jet Award goes to Stanford's Christian McCaffrey.
Kearney Catholic linebacker/receiver Creighton Hamik* will walk on.
SI's Andy Staples sees NU's luck – and record – improving in 2016.
Tom Shatel says Lawrence Phillips remains a mystery and a magnet.*
27 WED
Matt Farniok, the highly coveted offensive tackle from South Dakota, has committed* to the Huskers. | Highlights | Discuss | 2016 class
Former Husker recruiter Jack Pierce* spins stories about some big fish NU didn't land: Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith and more.
Rickey Thenarse says a gambling problem was his undoing.
Spring game tickets will go on sale Feb. 3, and season ticket prices in 2016 will hold steady.*
In a recruiting battle for a tight end, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is working to “debunk” what Mike Riley says about Nebraska's offense. | Touché
One week before signing day, we look back 55 years on when the sensational Gale Sayers wasn’t, then was, then wasn’t a future Husker.
Nebraska isn't out of it yet with Omaha South end Noah Fant.* | In pursuit of Simmons |
26 TUE
In the Husker fold since June, tight end recruit Jack Stoll* from Colorado is eager to get to work* in Lincoln.
A contract extension* is in the works for linebackers coach Trent Bray.
Do Nebraska's diamond-in-the-rough* recruits pan out? Not often enough, Sam McKewon concludes.
Rickey Thenarse is sentenced to prison for burglary, and the former Husker safety says he “let a lot of people down.”
Mike Riley gets a C-plus in Athlon's ranking of first-year coaches.
Former Husker Richie Incognito is added to the Pro Bowl roster.
Watch future Husker linebacker Greg Simmons discuss his game and what is drawing him from Florida to Nebraska.
25 MON
Shawn Eichorst makes a case for comprehensive* rather than piecemeal recruiting reform. | Enhancing gameday*
Chase Haslett, son of NFL coach Jim Haslett, is joining the Nebraska staff as an offensive quality control assistant.
Husker Dan checks in with observations about the bowl game and news about the Husker Salute Golf Scramble.
There will be a free Big Red Bash at the Devaney Center on Feb. 4 celebrating the 2016 recruiting class. | National honor for Raridon
The recruiting styles of second-year Big Ten coaches Mike Riley and Jim Harbaugh provide a study in contrasts.
Former Husker linebacker Lavonte David is headed to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for Super Bowl players.
24 SUN
Tight end Branden Hohenstein from Sioux City will walk on.
The Purdue loss may have led to something good,* Mark Banker says.
Tad Stryker says patience will be needed when it comes to improvement along the Nebraska offensive line.
This week in Husker history: Coach Jumbo Stiehm's exit turns stormy.
23 SAT
The visiting Calabasas crew* appears impressed. | Florida “brothers”*
Outside linebacker Pernell Jefferson from New Orleans flips his commitment from Oklahoma to Nebraska.* | Highlights | 2016 class
Tom Osborne and former Husker players* eulogize Lawrence Phillips at his funeral in California. | Program | Videos | Photos | Discuss
Alex Lewis has had a solid week leading up to today's Shrine Game.
Relatives of Lawrence Phillips say a suspicious note found in his sock warrants further investigation.
22 FRI
Nebraska is listed among 10 teams poised for possible big jumps in the 2016 recruiting rankings.
Wyoming's Craig Bohl hires former Nebraska quarterback Mike Grant as wide receivers coach. | One of nine* | Zac Taylor's rise*
Five Nebraska games make SB Nation's top 100 for 2015.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Husker Daniel Bullocks* as assistant defensive backs coach.
It's a big weekend* in recruiting, and Sam McKewon has a preview.
Shawn Eichorst* says his confidence in Mike Riley remains strong.
Referee Clete Blakeman's Super Bowl 50* assignment is the result of a top-tier season grade.
21 THU
Former Nebraska receivers coach Rich Fisher is hired as head coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California's Orange County.
Former Husker Prince Amukamara dusts off his acting skills in a Tonight Show spoof of “Pretty Little Liars.”
Athlon has Nebraska pegged for third place in the Big Ten West.
Mark Banker says he's disappointed* by Vincent Valentine's early exit.
20 WED
A linebacker* committed to Oklahoma and a transfer quarterback* from Tulane will be among this weekend's visiting recruits.*
Tony Butler, a three-star defensive back from Ohio, announces his commitment to the Huskers.* | Highlights & more | 2016 class | Discuss
Nebraska adds future nonconference games against Oklahoma (2029-30) and Arizona (2028 and 2031). | 16-year look
Mile Riley heads to New Orleans,* where the Huskers are in the hunt for at least three prospects.
ESPN.com looks at the help that's on the way for the offensive line.
The Huskers' shortage of linebackers has hurt the performance of special teams,* defensive coordinator Mark Banker says.
Former Husker quarterback Clete Blakeman will referee Super Bowl 50.
Defensive back Tony Butler from Ohio will announce his school choice this afternoon. | Juco CB to visit: 1,* 2*
19 TUE
An Ohio paper says secondary coach Brian Stewart is a candidate for a spot on the Cleveland Browns staff, but HuskerOnline's Sean Callahan says there's no truth to the report.
The latest recruiting map shows Husker coaches on both coasts* and points in between. | Discuss
Lawrence Phillips' funeral will take place Saturday in California,
Defensive improvement in 2016 could hinge on the Huskers' pass rush.
18 MON
A reunion with Lee Corso brings back memories for David Max.
Clemson and Michigan have joined the hunt for Isaiah Simmons.*
Poll question: Are you optimistic about Nebraska's recruiting?
Steve Sipple says Mike Riley's staff has more pressing priorities* than grooming a freshman quarterback.
17 SUN
This week in Husker history: No third season for Guy Chamberlin.
Oregon hires ex-Michigan coach Brady Hoke as defensive coordinator.
Patrick O'Brien’s mother says Nebraska is “just meant to be”* for her son, and one reason has nothing to do with football.
An Orlando scribe says Scott Frost's* hiring is a coup for Central Florida.
16 SAT
Lawrence Phillips' letters and conversations revealed another side of the enigmatic and troubled former Husker.
Future Husker running back Tre Bryant* of St. Louis is accustomed to the fast track. | Recruiting overview*
Maryland's front-loaded deal with the Big Ten brought the school nearly double Nebraska's payout in the 2014-15 school year.
Andy Janovich shares insights on player buy-in, the strength program and more in this 1620 The Zone interview. | Discuss
15 FRI
Lawrence Phillips' death is ruled a suicide, and his brain will be examined by researchers studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
A statistical analysis points to the Huskers as next season's "out-of-nowhere playoff contender."
Damon Benning has started a GoFundMe page to cover Lawrence Phillips' funeral expenses.
See where the recruiting trail is taking Husker coaches: 1, 2, 3* | Discuss
Tom Osborne discusses how TeamMates might have made a difference for Lawrence Phillips.
A season of blur: Jon Johnston's unique perspective on 2015.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Terran Petteway & Mike Peltz.
14 THU
Jack Gangwish played with a broken hand* in the bowl game. More from the Outland banquet Thursday night: Janovich,* Reeves*
More thoughts on Lawrence Phillips: Christian Peter | Damon Benning and more | Paul Koch* | Tom Osborne | Ivan Maisel's rethinking
Poll question: Is Nick Saban the best college football coach of all time?
Nebraska makes Athlon's list of top 10 teams on the rise for 2016.
13 WED
Coaches George Darlington* and Tom Osborne* say there was no hint of despondence in Lawrence Phillips' final letters, and Phillips' next of kin* don't believe his death was a suicide. | 1620 The Zone discussions | Teammates' memories* | What-ifs* | Commentary: Shatel* | Sipple*
Former Husker running back Lawrence Phillips is dead at age 40 in a suspected suicide* in his California prison cell. | Players' reactions | Letters from prison: 1, 2 | “Deep anger”: 1, 2,* 3* | Osborne's difficult season | Photos | LP archives | Discuss
The chase for 2016 recruits is down to the final three weeks, and Sam McKewon has an extensive rundown* of where Nebraska stands.
Defensive backs coach Brian Stewart reportedly has interviewed* for the head coaching job at Texas-San Antonio.
12 TUE
Former Husker linebacker Barrett Ruud joins Scott Frost's staff at Central Florida as a quality-control administrator.
Early Tuesday morning wasn't the first time Lane Kiffin missed the team bus, and a former Husker is part of the story.
Satellite camps are again on the SEC's and ACC's hit lists.*
Athlon Sports has Nebraska among its top bowl season winners.
Early rankings* for 2016 have the Huskers on the outside looking in, although they just missed the cut here.
Andy Janovich has NFL hopes* that were nonexistent just 6 months ago.
11 MON
Nebraska places 11th nationally in a Wall Street Journal ranking of college football programs' monetary value. | Discuss
Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine announces he's skipping his senior season* and entering the NFL draft.* | McKewon's thoughts* | Discuss
Quarterback Patrick O'Brien is motivated* to live up to fans' expectations, but patience might need to be the byword for his freshman year.
Steve Sipple says Andy Janovich is a perfect fit for the Novak Award.
10 SUN
Redshirt freshman cornerback Trai Mosley announces he's transferring* to Central Arkansas. | Discuss
The University of Cincinnati is reportedly hiring former Husker QB Zac Taylor as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
This week in Husker history: Tom Osborne's pay passes the $30,000 mark; President Richard Nixon visits Lincoln to salute the 1970 Huskers.
Mike Riley still has fond memories* of his Alabama days.
Byron Bennett reflects on his infamous missed kick* that would have given Nebraska a national championship 22 years ago.
09 SAT
Lessons learned* as a reserve fullback at Nebraska still serve as the foundation for Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns.
Clemson's and Nebraska's paths have diverged* since the teams met in the Gator Bowl seven seasons ago.
Going undrafted* has made success all the sweeter in the NFL for Will Compton.
A walk-on at Nebraska and undrafted in the NFL, Trevor Roach* now finds himself starting on special teams in the playoffs for Cincinnati.
08 FRI
See Joe Ganz's breakdown of newly arrived QB Patrick O'Brien.
Mark Banker discusses NU’s recruiting needs* on defense. | Key dates*
Receiver Derrion Grim is an early enrollee who's driven* to succeed.
07 THU
Nine players at Ohio State, Nebraska's opponent next Nov. 5, are leaving early for the NFL draft.
Mitch Sherman's three questions for the 2016 Huskers involve Tommy Armstrong, the defensive line and error reduction.
Andy Janovich will take part in the College Gridiron Showcase and Symposium next week in Texas.
UNO's Marlin Briscoe reportedly has been selected* to the College Football Hall of Fame.
06 WED
USA Today's Paul Myerberg says the Huskers have optimism in their corner in year two of the Mike Riley era.
The Huskers reduced their penalties* in the second half of the season but still have work to do. | Year Two outlook*
Mike Riley expects five or fewer players to transfer* to other schools. |
Lil’ Red claims the top spot in NCAA.com's ranking of inflatable mascots.
Maliek Collins’ work ethic* helped burnish his NFL draft prospects.
The Redskins’ Will Compton is among several former Huskers with Super Bowl 50* hopes still alive.
05 TUE
A New Orleans sports anchor lists Mike Riley as one of the top potential candidates for the Saints' coaching job if it becomes open.
O-line commit John Raridon discusses his strengths and weaknesses, his attraction to NU and his hopes of getting Matt Farniok* into the fold.
Lavonte David* is the headliner as the OWH recaps the NFL seasons of former Huskers whose teams didn't make the playoffs.
ESPN.com names Husker freshman offensive tackle Nick Gates to its Big Ten all-bowl team. | Analysis: McKewon,* Greenstein
Former Husker assistant Ross Els, Purdue's new defensive coordinator, turned his year out of college football into a learning experience.*
04 MON
Oregon's defensive staff will have a new look when the Ducks visit Lincoln in September. | Discuss
The Bengals add former Husker linebacker Trevor Roach to their active roster for the playoffs.
Ameer Abdullah finishes as the NFL's leader in kickoff return yardage.*
Mitch Sherman says momentum from the bowl win can be a real thing for the Huskers, thanks to the promise shown in the run game.
The difficulty of the Huskers' conference schedule for 2016 ranks in the middle of the Big Ten.
Poll question: How to you rate Nebraska's 2016 recruiting class so far?
Steve Sipple expects Vincent Valentine to enter the NFL draft.*
03 SUN
Former Huskers Adam Carriker and Rob Zatechka take stock of the 2015 season and look ahead to 2016.
Tale of the Tape breaks down quarterback Tommy Armstrong's MVP-caliber game against UCLA.
This week in Husker history: The comings, goings and stayings of coaches, from Stiehm to Elliott to Osborne.
Jeremy Pernell looks back at the 2015 season and assesses the Huskers' talent needs going forward.
02 SAT
Mike Riley needs a strong finish* to land a top-25 recruiting class.
Steve Sipple says the 2016 Huskers' mantra should be “Prove it.”
The LJS examines the state of the Huskers by position group for 2016.
01 FRI
LSU hires away Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
The LJS revisits the best and worst plays of the Huskers' season.
Purdue hires former Nebraska linebackers coach Ross Els as defensive coordinator.* | Bio | Discuss
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Tony Davis & Steve Runty.

 
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