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.

From the NU Media Relations

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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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