NebraskaThe Nebraska Football team picked up two more three star committments over the weekend as D.J. Woods and Josh Williams both verbally committed to the program.

Williams, at 6 foot 4, 220 pounds, becomes the second player out of the state of Texas to pledge to NU’s 2008 recruiting class. He registered 68 tackles, including 22 for losses, and added six sacks as a junior for Denton Ryan High School.

Woods, a 6-foot, 169-pound receiver out of Strongsville, Ohio, gave his commitment during a Thursday through Saturday Lincoln visit. Woods had an offer from Ohio State, as well as from Iowa, Auburn, Michigan State, Penn State and West Virginia.  Woods is a bigtime get for the program, and a much needed reciever commit for the 2008 class.

Welcome to the Husker family guys!

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NebraskaThe Nebraska Football team picked up a huge linebacker committment from Will Compton out of Missouri yesterday. Compton is rated a 4 star prospect by Rivals. He turned down scholarships from Missouri and a host of Big 10 schools.

He said he really enjoys spending time with Coach Cozgrove and also got to know Coach Callahan very well.  He sees himself fitting right in with the Blackshirt defense.  Compton also mentioned that he is going to try to help recruit other players to Nebraska just like Blain Gabbert has been.

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NebraskaHusker Tickets for the Nebraska Volleyball team will go on sale August 1st at 8 a.m. according to the Atheletic Department.  Tickets sell out very fast, so we encourage you to be ready before 8 if you are interested in tickets.

Single-match ticket prices for the upcoming season are set at $16 (floor and limited view seats), $10 (adult general admission) and $8 (youth/seniors general admission). Fans are limited to two tickets per regular-season home match at the NU Coliseum.

Tickets can be purchased on the Internet at, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office, located across the street from Memorial Stadium beginning at 8 a.m. or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED. Ticket Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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NebraskaFormer Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor has been released by the Tampa Bay Bucs after they needed to make room on their active roster for a linebacker.  Taylor could possibly resign with the Bucs and be placed on the practice squad but right now no one knows if that will happen or not.

Do the Minnesota Vikings or Atlanta Falcons have room for Taylor?  Those could be two possibilities after reading some message boards this morning.  What about Taylor returning to UNL and being a graduate assistant if he doesn’t pick up an NFL offer?

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NebraskaThe University of Nebraska today annouced that Athletic Director Steve Pederson has agreed to a five year contract extension that will till 2013.  Pederson’s current contract would have expired on June 30, 2008; the extension places the new expiration date at June 30, 2013.

Pederson has been the A.D. since 2003 and really helped out with fundraising for new complexes and kept Nebraska’s good standard of the true student athlete at the top.

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NebraskaCoach Callahan has issued a statement saying that senior wide receiver Maurice Purify will only be suspended for the first game of the year for his alcohol problems.  Callahan said that Purify has followed all their rules, has gotten the help he needs too, and done everything he has been asked to do so he feels that one game is enough.  Purify will be doing a lot of community service around Lincoln, take random drug / alcohol tests, and cannot be seen in a bar or he will be off the team for good.

I know a lot of college football fans are going to be like, “WHAT, ONLY ONE GAME?”  I agree that it should have been atleast two, but it seems like Mo has really been doing what the coaching staff and legal system has wanted the past six weeks.  Lets hope he keeps his head on straight!

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NebraskaThe Missouri Tigers have been picked to win the Big12 North Title over the Nebraska Cornhuskers who the media picked 2nd.  One reason the media loves the Tigers is because they return 15 starters from last years teams including quarterback Chase Daniels.

We all know the Missouri/Nebraska game on October 6th will more then likely decide the Big12 North Title.  Sure the Huskers will be bringing in Sam Keller and new people on the defensive line, but I’m pretty sure we will beat the Tigers by 10-14 points.  GO HUSKERS!

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NebraskaNebraska Volleyball fans who wish to purchase husker tickets for one of the most anticipated volleyball matches of the season will have their opportunity Saturday when tickets for the Holiday Inn Downtown Classic go on sale through Ticketmaster outlets.

The volleyball doubleheader at Qwest Center Omaha on Sept. 2 features the defending national champion Huskers taking on Penn State at 3 p.m. Cal Poly will play Creighton in the first match at 12:30 p.m. The two matches are part of the three-day Holiday Inn Downtown Classic, but are the only tournament matches taking place at the Qwest Center. The others will be played at the NU Coliseum.

Tickets for the doubleheader range from $20 (courtside and lower bowl) to $15 (upper bowl) and can be purchased online at or by phone in Lincoln at (402) 472-1212. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Nebraska Student Union, Younkers, Pershing Center or any Russ’s Market.

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NebraskaThe Nebraska coaching staff yesterday announced that they have signed three more players to the baseball team.  Two pitchers and a catcher will soon be wearing the Big Red!  The trio includes a pair of right-handed pitchers in Casey Hauptman (Omaha) and Aaron Pribanic (Plano, Texas) and catcher Drew Gray (Harrisonville, Mo.).

Hauptman played at Millard South and Coach Anderson says he is one of the most improved players in the state.  He has a very good makeup to be a good college pitcher and should really help out the team.

Pribanic went a combined 8-2 in two seasons at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.  Last year he went 6-1 with an ERA of 3.33 so he really got the job done for Hutchinson.  Pribanic can throw in the low 90’s and Coach Anderson said that he will be able to fill either the starters role or work out of the bullpen.

Gray will be coming to Lincoln from Longview Community College in Missouri.  In the 2007 MLB Draft, Gray was drafted in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers but has decided to goto college in Lincoln instead of signing a contract with the Rangers.  Gray earned first-team NJCAA All-America honors by hitting .386 with 14 homers, 16 doubles and 69 RBIs during his sophomore campaign.

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NebraskaMaurice Purify appeared in Lancaster County court this afternoon and pleaded no contest for counts of trespassing, failure to comply, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. The alleged assault charges to a female against Purify were dropped in court.  Purify received 12 months probation and fines totaling $1250 after pleading no contest for the four charges.

Maurice did have a few things to say afterwards and said he is sorry for his actions as they were all when he was drinking and said he is taking professional help to help him with the alcohol problems.  He also said he hopes to play football for Nebraska again, if Coach Callahan gives him a second chance.  If Coach Callahan  chooses not to have Mo back on the team, he would respect his decision.

It has been rumored that Callahan could give a statement in the next few days, but don’t be suprised if it doesn’t happen until after the Big12 Media days later in the month.

Hope for the best with Maurice!

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