Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bay Area Husker ENews 7-26-07

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!WOW!

What a great picnic last weekend! We had over 90 Red Clad Husker fans in attendance for our 31st annual Big Red Roundup. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the food and raffle were as good as anyone could remember. We even had a tasty Husker cake added to the menu this year thanks to Bill Tucker! The event seems to get better every year and this one was no exception. Thanks to all of the Bay Area Huskers Board Members who worked so hard to make the event look (and taste) great, and go smoothly. And a special thanks to Lloyd (Mac) and Donna McBeth who have been the central organizers of the event for many years, and provided a lot of the "sweat equity" to make it happen. Hope we see all of you at next year's picnic!

We had some Husker schedules and a Nebraska home town quiz for those in attendance. Rather than attach these documents to an email, our webmaster, Brian Dehning has posted them on our website so you can print them (right side of the home page). Go to and check it out!. Thanks Brian!

Go Big Red (White and Blue),

If you are headed back to Nebraska next month (or want to send this to friends/relatives back in the homeland)...


The day starts out with the annual Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run/Walk.
Beginning with the Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run on Stadium Drive and ending in the Coliseum for a volleyball national championship celebration and scrimmage, Saturday, Aug. 18 will be an incredible day for Husker Nation fans. Bring the kids and participate in Football Fan Day or take a tour of the new Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex.

Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run / Walk
Saturday, Aug. 18 will begin bright and early with the Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run / Walk -- sponsored by the Nebraska Heart Institute and Houchen Bindery. The one-mile walk / run for kids and adults is first at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K run / walk. The route will begin and end on the southwest corner of Memorial Stadium on Stadium Drive. The walk is $15 and the run is $25, with each participant receiving a free T-shirt. Proceeds from the event will again go toward Juvenile Diabetes Research and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Library Electronic Fund.

Annual Football Fan Day
At the conclusion of the Fun Run / Walk, the annual Football Fan Day will commence in Memorial Stadium at 10 a.m. and last until 11:30 a.m. Fans can utilize Gates 3, 11, 15 and 24 to enter the stadium and follow designated lines to reach coaches and players, who will be seated by position groupings. For the second year, Special Olympic Nebraskans will join the Huskers in advance of Fan Day as the team takes position group and team photos. Public gates will open at 10 a.m. providing fans a great opportunity to meet their favorite players and coaches, take a snapshot, and get a favorite item autographed. Free blank autograph cards and rosters the day of the event.

The players and coaches will leave their seats at 11:30 a.m. to continue their schedules for the remainder of the day. Fans are asked to respect the time of the players, coaches, and other Husker fans and to limit their autograph requests to one item per coach or player. As always, there is not admission to attend Fan Day.

Public Tours of the New Husker Athletic Facilities
Back by popular demand, the Nebraska Athletic Department staff will welcome fans on a walking video tour of the Hawks Championship Center and the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m. Those interested in seeing the new facilities should meet at the tour’s starting point, the northwest corner of the Hawks Championship Center. More than 11,000 Husker Fans participated in the first public tour last fall, and while the actual walking video tour will last approximately 20 minutes, fans should expect that lines will form and there will be a waiting period. Please do not plan to leave children unattended in Memorial Stadium for Fan Day or allow Fan Day Participants to join you in line.

On the tour, fans will get to see the lobby of the Osborne Athletic Complex including the stunning 40-foot waterfall, the Strength Complex, Athletic Medicine areas and Hawks Championship Center, and will sneak a peek inside the football locker room. Please note that from 11:30 – 11:45 a.m., the locker room will close down for 15 minutes as the players come in from Fan Day to change. The tour will end at the northwest gate in Memorial Stadium as fans take the "Tunnel Walk" from the locker room out to the field. Tour fans will exit the Stadium through Gate 11.

Guided tours continue to be available on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. throughout the year, while self-guided tours can be taken anytime on weekdays from 8 5 p.m. Guided tours and self-guided tours will allow fans to see the Osborne Athletic Complex lobby, strength complex, athletic medicine areas and the field, but do not allow access to the locker room.

Volleyball Team to Receive Championship Rings, Display Banner, Begin 2007 Season

The Husker volleyball team will also be in action on Saturday, Aug. 18 giving fans a chance to see the defending national champions in their first public scrimmage of the season. The day will begin with the Little Red Spikers Kids Clinic in the morning, sponsored by The Match Club (time TBA). All children participating in the clinic must pre-register at Later in the evening, the Red-White scrimmage will begin the 2007 volleyball season at the Coliseum at 7 p.m. Prior to first serve, the team will receive their 2006 National Champion rings and will unveil the new championship banners in the Coliseum. General admission prices for the scrimmage are $10 for adults and $8 for youth and seniors. Tickets are available through or through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office (1-800-8 Big Red or 402-472-3111).

Nebraska officially opens its 2007 season at the Qwest Center on Friday, Aug. 24 against Tennessee in the AVCA Showcase. Volleyball season tickets are sold out, however, fans may purchase available single-match tickets from Ticketmaster for the games to be held at the Qwest Center (Aug. 24-25 vs. Tennessee and UCLA or Utah and Sept. 2 vs. Penn State).

Seats are also available for the Nebraska vs. Hawaii volleyball match at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Oct. 21. Those seats go on sale on Aug. 1 through or the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. In addition, a limited number of single-match tickets for Husker volleyball matches played at the Coliseum will also go on sale on Aug. 1 through or at the Athletic Ticket Office.

While the Nebraska women’s soccer team will not scrimmage on Aug. 18, its 2007 season will kick off with the annual Meet-N-Beat fan day at the Nebraska Soccer Field at Ed Weir Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. This free event is a great time for local youth to meet the Husker student-athletes and participate in basic soccer drills. NU will travel to Louisville, Ky. on Sat. Aug. 25 for an exhibition match with Louisville, before opening the season with Northwestern at home on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Parking for fans participating in the Fun Run has been reserved in the Stadium Drive Parking lot. Fans attending Fan Day or taking a tour should plan to park in the 14th and Avery parking garage for a minimal fee as determined by UNL parking services, or in lots 5 or 8 north of the stadium.

Huskers Authentic
Husker merchandise will be available throughout the day on Aug. 18 at the Huskers Authentic Team Store in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Huskers Authentic will open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday to accommodate fans who arrive early. Huskers Authentic will also have two satellite locations, one near Gate 24 and one near Gate 2. In addition to all the merchandise normally available at Huskers Authentic, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase the 2007 football team posters, as well as the 2007 Nebraska Football Media and Recruiting Guide.Vendors will be selling Pepsi products and water throughout the stadium on Fan Day.



Nebraska Football Coach Bill Callahan along with seniors Bo Ruud, J.B. Phillips and Terrence Nunn met with the Big 12 media Monday afternoon, as part of Big 12 Media Days in San Antonio, Texas. Click on the link above to see quotes from Callahan's interview session.

The Huskers were picked to finish second in the Big 12 North Division in the preseason media poll, while Ruud and junior offensive lineman Matt Slauson were tabbed as preseason all-conference selections. Ruud, a 6-3, 235-pound linebacker, was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by the league's coaches following last season, and Slauson is one of six returnees on the Husker offensive line with starting experience. In addition, Nebraska senior quarterback Sam Keller was chosen as the Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Video highlights of the 2007 Big 12 Media Days are available on



Senior linebacker Bo Ruud was a first-team preseason All-Big 12 pick, along with offensive lineman Matt Slauson.

Nebraska senior linebacker Bo Ruud and junior offensive lineman Matt Slauson have been chosen as preseason all-conference selections in a Big 12 Conference media poll. In addition, Nebraska senior quarterback Sam Keller was tabbed as the Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

The 6-3, 235-pound Ruud was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by the league's coaches following his junior season. The Lincoln native made 65 tackles as a junior, including seven tackles for loss. He has 162 career tackles and 21 tackles for loss entering his senior campaign.

Slauson is one of six returnees on the Husker offensive line who have starting experience. The 6-5, 335-pound Slauson was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as Nebraska's regular starter at right tackle last season. Slauson helped Nebraska rank in the top 25 nationally in all four major offensive statistical categories. Slauson will begin fall camp at offensive guard.

Keller joined the Nebraska program last August after a productive three-year stint at Arizona State. Keller was the Huskers' Offensive Scout Team MVP last season and racked up more than 3,000 passing yards with the Sun Devils.

The Big 12 media panel also picked Nebraska second in the Big 12 North behind Missouri. The media tabbed Texas as the preseason favorite in the South Division.

Nebraska will begin fall practice on Monday, Aug. 6, with the season opener against Nevada set for Saturday, Sept. 1 on ABC, beginning at 12:30 p.m. PDT.


Athletic Director Steve Pederson received a five-year extension until 2013.

Lincoln, Neb., July 23, 2007 -- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman today affirmed a five-year contract extension for Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson. Pederson's current contract would have expired on June 30, 2008; the extension places the new expiration date at June 30, 2013.

Pederson, who has served in his current role since 2003, led the development of the North Stadium project, which has given UNL athletics one of the best football facilities in the nation. Under Pederson's leadership, the academic focus for student-athletes continues as one of the nation's models. Nebraska has continued to lead the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans.

"Our athletic program is well-regarded in the highly competitive arena of collegiate athletics, due largely to the focus Steve has placed on balancing athletics and academics for our student-athletes," Perlman said. "Steve's leadership in the expansion of our athletic facilities and his selection and support of key coaching talent has placed Nebraska in a position of strength."

Perlman cited several factors that led to his decision to extend Pederson's contract, including:

* The continuation and enhancement of UNL's strong commitment to academic successes for its student-athletes. Nebraska leads the country in Academic All-Americans, and all men's and women's athletic teams satisfied the NCAA's new academic standards. Nebraska also leads the Big 12 in the graduation rate of student-athletes, at 94 percent.

* The recruitment and hiring of coaches who reflect the tradition of Husker athletics with high goals for success, accomplished in the right way, said Perlman. Pederson has been responsible for recruiting and hiring head football coach Bill Callahan, and men's basketball coach Doc Sadler.

* The financial management of the athletic department. The North Stadium project was constructed on time and within budget, a substantial amount of private donations were raised within a very short time frame, and the funding for the remainder of the project was identified without jeopardizing the other operations of the department, Perlman said. In addition, budget management has put the athletic department in a stable financial condition. Private donations to the department continue to increase.

* Athletic performance. In all sports, progress toward championship level play is evident.

"In these days of close scrutiny of intercollegiate athletics, the university is fortunate to have someone as its athletic director who is committed to the overall development of student-athletes, has adopted sound financial management practices, and insists on the highest standards of compliance with university and NCAA rules. I am delighted that he has agreed to this extension," said Perlman.

"I view this extension of my contract for a long term as a compliment to our coaches, administrative staff, and our student-athletes," said Pederson. "I see this as an opportunity to continue the work that we have started together. I am especially thankful for my fellow Nebraska fans who make this the best college atmosphere in the country, and I look forward to many fun and exciting times together in the coming years."


In the spirit of announcing all things football in Nebraska, here's another game to add to your watch party schedule. More details to follow about the watch parties for this game at Ricky's and Mr. C's organized by Duane Tucker and other UNK alums in the area.

Published Thursday July 12, 2007
UNK-Chadron football on national TV

The Chadron State-University of Nebraska at Kearney football game has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 18, and will be nationally televised.

The annual showdown had been scheduled for Oct. 20.

Kickoff for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup will be 5:05 p.m. PDT at Foster Field in Kearney .

The game is being broadcast as part of a multi-media partnership between CSTV and the NCAA.

The game also will be telecast on NET, which is viewed in all of Nebraska and portions of Colorado , Iowa , Kansas and South Dakota .

CSTV, the national cable network owned by CBS, is available in more than 65 million households nationwide via cable and satellite on DirecTV's Total Choice Premier Package channel 610 and Dish Network's Americas Top 120 Package channel 152.

The game also will air on Altitude Sports and Entertainment, available in 5.5 million households. And it will be available online at no charge through a Division II Web page that can be accessed through and

RMAC officials say this is the most TV exposure for a live RMAC contest in league history.

Nine of the last 13 games between UNK and Chadron State have been decided by a touchdown or less. Last year, Chadron overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit to win 31-12.

The Eagles report to camp Aug. 1 and begin their season Aug. 25 against Washburn. UNK begins fall camp Aug. 7 and opens Sept. 1 against UNO.



Nebraska kicks off the 2007 season with its annual Red/White Scrimmage at 2 p.m. on Aug. 18.

The Husker Nation will have yet another opportunity to enjoy Nebraska athletics on Saturday, Aug. 18, as the NU soccer team hosts its annual Red / White scrimmage at 2 p.m. The event is free and takes place at the Nebraska Soccer Field, located between Memorial Stadium and the NU Coliseum.

The game will give fans a chance to check out Nebraska’s returning players and promising incoming class.

The other events surrounding Nebraska’s Fan Day will start with the Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run / Walk – sponsored by the Nebraska Heart Institute and Houchen Bindery. The one-mile walk / run for kids and adults starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K run / walk.

The annual Football Fan Day will commence in Memorial Stadium at 10 a.m. and last until 11:30 a.m. Fans are provided a great opportunity to meet their favorite players and coaches, take a snapshot, and get a favorite item autographed.

The Husker volleyball team will have their own Red / White scrimmage to begin the 2007 season at the Coliseum at 7 p.m. Prior to the first serve, the team will receive their 2006 National Champion rings and will unveil the new championship banners in the Coliseum.

The public can also meet the team at the annual Meet-N-Beat the Huskers fan day at the field on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. This free event is a great time for local youth to meet the Husker student-athletes and participate in basic soccer drills. The NU soccer team will travel to Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Aug. 25 for the Fourth Annual Jenna Cooper Memorial Exhibition match with Louisville that honors former Husker Jenna Cooper. The Huskers officially open their season against Northwestern on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Nebraska Soccer Field.


* Callahan & Huskers Look To New Season - Pederson Has Six More Years
What a day for Nebraska football followers. What a day for every breathless, but windy, participant on sports-talk radio.

* Callahan Says Purify Is Out For Season Opener
Despite his summer of legal troubles, Nebraska receiver Maurice Purify will only be suspended for one game.

* Daub Says Folks Tell Him U.S. Should "Stick with it" In Iraq
Hal Daub. Remember him?

* Report Predicts Good Growth In Aggregate Farm Income
Aggregate farm income in Nebraska is expected to grow rapidly in the remainder of 2007 and into 2008-09.

* More Counties Get Federal Disaster Declarations
Fifteen more Nebraska counties have received federal classification as portions of a major disaster area.


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