NebraskaToday Bill Callahan hired Joe Rudolph as the new tight ends coach.  Rudolph spend the last three seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Two years being a graduate assistant and lat year as part of their strength and conditioning team.

“Joe has a strong work ethic and will bring great energy to our staff,� Callahan said. “He has an excellent football mind and a history of success. He was a part of winning teams on both the collegiate and professional level as a player, and has been part of one of the top programs in the country the last three years.�

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NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska second baseman Jake Opitz was named Big 12 Player of the Week Monday for his performance at the Rice Invitational over the weekend. It is the first weekly honor for Opitz, a junior from Littleton, Colo.

Opitz hit .600 (6-for-10) with five runs scored, one RBI and a pair of doubles in helping the Huskers to a 2-1 week, highlighted by a win over nationally-ranked Florida Atlantic. Optiz, who also drew three weeks, finished the weekend with a .692 on-base percentage. Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, he went 3-for-4, scored three times and went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks against sixth-ranked Rice on Saturday.

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NebraskaAleks Maric had another big day for the Huskers today as they defeated the Missouri Tigers 82-77 in overtime.  Maric finished with 31 points, 19 rebounds (a career high), and two blocks.  The first half alone he had 18 points and seven rebounds.

With the victory, Nebraska (16-11, 5-8) is assured of a winning season, remains in position to finish as high as fifth in the Big 12 and completed the first regular-season sweep of Missouri (17-10, 6-8) since 1993.

Many fans are not giving Maric any credit even though he had a big day and helped the Huskers win another Big12 game.  They feel with all the close shots that he misses that he shouldn’t even be playing and sitting on the bench.  I just have to say if Maric was not on the team, the Huskers would be shooting 30 three pointers a game and probably losing by 15 points each and every game.  Which would you rather have?

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NebraskaAs the Huskers took the field this Friday afternoon, you had to ask yourself which Nebraska team will show up. Is it going to be the error prone Huskers? Or the confident and slugging Huskers? Too bad for the Islanders of Texas A&M- Corpus Christi the confident and slugging Huskers came to play today. Very impressive Arizona State transfer, Drew Bowman, started on the mound today for the Big Red. He pitched six innings and only gave up seven hits, and one earned run. Also, he allowed no walks and almost doubled his strikes over balls ratio. On offense, a lot of the production came from the bottom of the order with the six, eight, and nine hitters Jake Opitz, Thad Weber, and DJ Belfonte. Just them combined: seven for ten, four RBI’s and five runs.

The Islanders scored their only run in the fifth inning off Bowman, when the strung together three hits. Shortly after that, in the sixth inning, Steve Edlefsen came in and and pitch an inning, then back-up first baseman and current DH, Thad Weber came in and threw two scoreless innings. The Huskers played a lot of “small ball� today. With a lot of bunts, sacrafice hits and steals; it is very obvious that Nebraska has focused on that in practice.

Tomorrow the Huskers will take on the number six Rice Owls. Many thought with the recent “suspension� of Husker pitcher Tony Watson, that the Owls would beat up on the Big Red. But actually, pitcher Charlie Shirek was going to start the game regardless of Watson. This is a very big game for the Huskers, it will give us a big jump in the poles if we take this one. The Owls are a strong team from top to bottom and it should be a good game. It starts at 1:00pm, and can be heard online at this link:

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NebraskaWhat are the players thinking?  That is one question I have to ask myself as you see across the country as players are being suspended for violation of team rules.  Well now it has struck the Nebraska baseball team right before a tough tournament down in Texas.

Ace starting pitcher Tony Watson and reliever Mike Harmelink did not travel with the Nebraska baseball team today to Houston and will miss the three-game Rice Invitational for violating team rules, coach Mike Anderson said. Watson, a 10-game winner last year and preseason All-American, was scheduled to pitch Friday as NU opened the weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The junior left-hander allowed one run in six innings to earn the win last week as Nebraska beat New Mexico in its season opener. Sophomore lefty Drew Bowman, a transfer from Arizona State who threw three innings of relief last week, will start in Watson’s place.
You gotta hope other players take notice of this and really watch their actions.

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NebraskaAnother bad night for the Husker Basketball team as they lost another Big 12 game against Baylor 69-59.  It could have been worse as Baylor missed seven free throws in the last 2:44 of the game.

Leading scorer Aleks Maric, averaging 17.5 a game, was held to 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting. He also committed seven turnovers. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound junior spent the night being hounded by 7-0, 255-pound Mamadou Diene and 7-0, 265-pound Josh Lomers.

NU guard, Charles Richardson said he knew from the beginning of the game that the Huskers really weren’t into the game.  They didn’t have that attitude “We are going to win this game” and hopefully play for atleast a NIT bid.  Does that come down to coaching or players? I say both, the coach should reconize that during pre-game warmups and and be on the players from the get go.

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NebraskaNick Sullivan has been bothered by injury for the later part of last year, and all through fall camp. He played sparingly in this past weekends series, but he should be back to full health for this weekends big series versus Rice. Also, Andy Brown will be back in the line-up after miss the past weekend due to a “violation of team rules”. He will be back at first base, where Thad Weber had an above average weekend with some great and clutch hits, but also many strike outs. It will be intresting to see how Coach Mike Anderson makes the line-up with both Andy Brown and Thad Weber being able to play. With all three guys being healthy and ready to go, it will add a huge boost to a power lacking line-up. Stay tuned for more Husker baseball coverage!

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NebraskaDesptite going 3-1 in their opening weekend of play, the Nebraska Baseball team still held onto their #17 ranking in the Rivals.Com baseball poll.  I think starting later in the year and having practiced indoors for most of their practices held the Huskers back a little bit.

This weekend they will face some tougher competition down at the Rice tournament in Texas.  The Huskers will really have to battle to sweet the tournament and continue on with their winning ways.  The offense is going to have to start getting some key hits and help the pitching out.  You can’t win if you don’t score runs early in the ballgame to help out your pitchers.

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NebraskaThe Huskers came back with a will to win on Saturday after a loss the previous night. Saturday afternoon, the Huskers faced the Mavericks of UT- Arlington. By the end of the first inning, the Huskers had 3-0 lead, due to Maverick errors. They committed two errors in the first inning, and four total in the game.

But it wasn’t all Maverick errors that kept the Huskers in the game. The starting pitching of Charlie Shirek, and the relief work of Eric Bird, Zach Herr, and Dan Jennings. Shirek pitched five and a half innings and took a shutout all the way into the fifth inning.

The Big Red bats were led by Thad Weber and Jeff Lanning, whom each had three hits. The Huskers had to fight off a couple of Maverick rallies. In the fifth, there was a Maverick solo home run by Leo Radkowski. Also, in the sixth the Mavericks scored three runs, but Jennings came in and shut them down. Stay tuned for more baseball coverage! Here are some game stats:

Nebraska- 5     UT- Arlington- 4
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
Nimmo, Bryce cf……….  6  1  1  0   0  1  6  0   2
Corriston, Craig 3b……  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   3
Wehrle, Ryan ss……….  3  2  1  1   2  1  0  3   3
Sullivan, Nick lf……..  3  1  1  0   1  0  1  0   0
 Edlefsen, Steve pr/lf…  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Opitz, Jake 2b………..  4  0  0  1   0  1  2  3   3
Lanning, Jeff c……….  4  1  3  1   0  0  5  0   0
Gerch, Andy dh………..  5  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Weber, Thad 1b………..  4  0  3  1   0  0 10  0   2
Belfonte, DJ rf……….  2  0  0  0   2  0  2  0   0
Shirek, Charlie p……..  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jennings, Dan p………  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Herr, Zach p…………  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Bird, Erik p…………  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals………………. 35  5  9  4   5  4 27 10  14

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NebraskaAfter a good win over the New Mexico Lobos, the Huskers faced them again in the night-cap. This time, Husker errors caught up with them. The Husker bats came up short today. They managed only five hits the whole game off the Lobos starter Bobby Lafromboise.

Huskers starting pitcher Johnny Dorn, pitched well, and only allowed one earned run. But the Husker fielding didn’t back up Dorn. They committed three errors in the game. In the nineth innging, the Huskers threatened when they scored one run, and runners on the corners. But Lobo releiver struck out Craig Corriston to end the game. It is evident that the Huskers need some fielding work. Because if this keeps up, the Big Red will be out of a lot of ball games. The Huskers have another game Saturday at 3:30pm against UT- Arlinton, so stay tuned for more updates! Here are the games stats:

Nebraska- 2    New Mexico- 6

Nebraska                  AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
Nimmo, Bryce cf……….  4  0  1  1   0  2  1  0   1
Corriston, Craig dh……  4  0  1  0   1  1  0  0   2
Wehrle, Ryan ss……….  3  1  0  0   0  0  0  6   1
Gerch, Andy lf………..  3  0  1  1   1  1  1  0   0
Opitz, Jake 2b………..  3  0  0  0   1  2  4  0   3
Weber, Thad 1b………..  3  0  0  0   0  3  8  1   2
 Tezak, Jeff ph……….  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Mort, Jake 3b…………  4  0  1  0   0  0  2  2   0
Abeita, Mitch c……….  1  0  0  0   0  1  7  0   0
 Lanning, Jeff ph/c……  2  1  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Edlefsen, Steve rf…….  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Belfonte, DJ ph………  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Dorn, Johnny p………..  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Wertz, Luke p………..  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Nihsen, Mike p……….  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jennings, Dan p………  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals………………. 31  2  5  2   4 11 24 10   9

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