Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bay Area Husker ENews 7-3-07

Happy Independence Day Bay Area Husker Fans,

Since its been awhile since my last email, there is lots of other great news to pass. Great academic success, Pavan named Women Athlete of the Year, Volleyball team goes to the White House, and other Husker news below. You should also check out the Declaration of Independence and an audio website narration of the Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton near the end of the email. And of course there is some Husker Humor at the end. Enjoy and have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Go Big Red (White and Blue), and Happy Birthday America!!!

Bay Area Husker Big Red Roundup Picnic...

We're gearing up for our big Bay Area Husker event of the summer and we'd like to make sure everyone gets a chance to attend. Our annual picnic is just around the corner and we hope you have already registered. If not check out our registration form on our website: , print the form and send it in.

The old saying for corn growers in Nebraska used to be "Knee High By the Fourth of July", and the song "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" from the play "Oklahoma" claims "The corn is as high as an elephant's eye, an' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky." Well, neither one of these phrases holds a candle to what Kernel (aka Corn King) Don Pace is growing in Stockton for our annual picnic.

Here is his take on this year's corn crop:
"THE HAY IS IN THE BARN, WE ARE GO FOR PICNIC. To quote the great Red Skelton, WE DOOD IT. This is the most phenominal corn I have ever grown. Two months ago today, we planted the seed. Today, much of the corn plants are from seven to nine feet tall. If it tastes as good as it looks, we have found a new picnic corn. Its name is Temptation. As tall as the corn is, I probably will need a ladder to pick it. So, gang, get the steaks, the beans, the potato salad and Charlie's Band ready, WE ARE GOING TO EAT!!!!! GO BIG RED!!!"

So get your reservations into Mac as soon as you get done reading this and join the rest of the Bay Area Huskers on the 22nd for our Big Red Roundup picnic.


Sarah Pavan became the first Husker to win the Honda-Broderick Cup in 2007.

Husker student-athletes added another chapter to the University of Nebraska’s tradition as a national academic leader in 2006-07. Nebraska’s academic success reached new heights, as the Huskers increased their nation-leading total of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all sports to 248 with four new honorees.

Nebraska also celebrated the crowning of its first-ever Honda Broderick Cup winner - Husker volleyball star Sarah Pavan - who also claimed the Honda Award, CoSIDA Academic All-American-of-the-Year and National Player-of-the-Year awards for NU’s national champion volleyball team.

Nebraska led the nation with nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all sports, including five first-team honorees. Coach Gary Pepin’s Husker track and field team produced the most impressive academic accomplishments with five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including a nation-leading four first-team honorees (Jenny Green, Nate Probasco, Ashley Selig and Issar Yazhbin).

Nebraska’s academic excellence was also demonstrated on the football field and the classroom by senior fullback Dane Todd, who became NU’s second winner of a prestigious Walter Byers NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship worth $21,500. Todd, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, was also the winner of a $7,500 Prentice Gautt Big 12 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship. Nebraska women’s swimmer Lauren Bailey was also honored with Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship worth $7,500 from the Big 12.

Across all sports, Nebraska student-athletes claimed 131 Academic All-Big 12 selections across all sports, including 109 first-team Academic All-Big 12 honorees. NU student-athletes also earned a Big 12-leading 525 spots on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall and Spring Academic Honor Rolls, 46 more than a year ago. To earn a spot on the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 grade-point average during the semester. During the fall and spring semesters combined, a Big 12-leading 79 Husker student-athletes produced perfect 4.0 semester GPAs, seven more than 2005-06.

The University of Nebraska Athletic Department took one special night to honor its own student-athletes on April 15 at the 17th annual Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet. Approximately 800 people were in attendance at the Bob Devaney Sports Center to see 206 student-athletes honored during the banquet, including Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Dane Todd (football) and Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Stephanie Carter (women’s gymnastics).

The Nebraska rifle team earned the department’s most coveted team award by capturing the 13th annual Herman Award. The rifle team, which posted a top-five team finish at the NCAA Championships, produced a stellar 3.675 team GPA to claim the women’s award. Coach Jay Dirksen’s cross country team earned the Herman Award on the men’s side with a 3.096 combined GPA in 2006, marking the sixth time the team has won the award, including each of the last five seasons.

The hard work, dedication and commitment of Nebraska’s student-athletes in the classroom resulted in 95 current or former student-athletes earning degrees from August of 2006 through May of 2007.

In fact, the Huskers continued to set the graduation standard among Big 12 Conference schools by increasing their Exhausted Eligibility Graduation Rate to 94 percent. The Exhausted Eligibility Rate surveys the graduation rate of scholarship student-athletes who entered the University of Nebraska from 1990 through 1999 and exhausted their athletic eligibility at Nebraska.

Coach Bill Callahan’s Husker football program was one of just 34 teams honored nationwide by the American Football Coaches Association with its 2007 Academic Achievement Award in May. Nebraska, which has earned the AFCA award seven straight seasons, was recognized for graduating 70 percent or more of its football student-athletes from the freshman class of 2001-02.

In the community, Husker student-athletes reached nearly 100,000 people throughout the state of Nebraska in 2006-07. Cornerstone outreach programs included the statewide Tour of Excellence, American Education Week and "School is Cool" Celebration. In addition to those programs, individual student-athletes continued to make countless appearances in classrooms and community groups throughout the year.

The 2006-07 season marked the fourth year of the Huskers’ innovative Life Skills Award of Excellence Team Competition, which honored the team that demonstrated the strongest commitment to all phases of the life skills program, including outreach, education and leadership. Coach John Cook and the Nebraska volleyball team captured the team trophy for the first time. This award was presented at Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Banquet in April.

Academic All-America Tradition - Huskers Increase Nation-Leading All-America Total to 248

Nebraska student-athletes brought home nine CoSIDA Academic All-America awards during the 2006-07 campaign to increase Nebraska’s NCAA record total of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans to 248 - 59 more than No. 2 Notre Dame.

Nebraska’s CoSIDA Academic All-America contingent included Sarah Pavan (volleyball, first-team), Jenny Green (track, first-team), Nate Probasco (track, first-team), Ashley Selig (track, first-team), Issar Yazhbin (track, first-team), Dane Todd (football, second-team), Imke Reimers (women’s tennis, second team) and Stephen Tetrault (men’s gymnastics, third team).

Nebraska was one of only three schools in the nation across all divisions with more than eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2006-07, joining Tennessee and Notre Dame. The Huskers increased their nation-leading total of first-team All-Americans to an amazing 128 across all sports.

Five of Nebraska’s nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2006-07 will return to action for the Huskers in 2007-08, and 2005 volleyball Academic All-American Christina Houghtelling is also expected to return for her final season.

Academic All-Big 12 Conference - 131 Huskers Earn League HonorsNebraska was one of five league schools to have more than 100 student-athletes honored on Academic All-Big 12 teams in 2006-07. The Huskers brought home 131 Academic All-Big 12 awards across all sports, including Big 12-leading totals in women’s track and field (22), volleyball (8) and women’s golf (5). Coach Bill Callahan’s Nebraska football team added 22 Academic All-Big 12 awards, including a conference-leading 15 first-team honorees.

Coach Gary Pepin’s men’s track and field squad added 18 Academic All-Big 12 awards, giving the combined program a league-leading total of 40, three more its total from a year ago that also led the conference.

Among the 131 NU student-athletes named to Academic All-Big 12 teams, 109 earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors, which requires a 3.20 grade-point average or higher and a minimum participation requirement. Missouri was the only other school in the conference to put more than 100 student-athletes on various first-team Academic All-Big 12 teams. Twenty-two other Husker student-athletes grabbed second-team honors by posting a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19.

Overall, Nebraska had 525 student-athletes honored on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll during the fall and spring semesters combined, including a Big 12-leading 79 student-athletes who posted perfect 4.0 GPA semesters in either the fall or spring. NU totals represented an impressive increase of 46 honorees, including seven more 4.0 GPA semesters than a year ago, and a total of 14 more than 2004-05.


An impressive list of 255 Nebraska student-athletes across all sports claimed spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll released on Monday, June 11. Among the 255 student-athletes who achieved 3.0 or better grade-point averages during the semester, 46 Huskers posted perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Overall for the academic year, Nebraska student-athletes earned 525 spots on the Big 12 fall and spring honor rolls, including 79 perfect 4.0 semesters.

Nebraska's approach to recruiting the nation's finest student-athletes yielded a remarkably diverse contingent of spring academic honorees that included representatives of 23 U.S. states and 17 foreign countries, including honor roll members from four Canadian provinces. The Huskers' Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll class also carried a distinct state flavor with 104 native Nebraskans among the 255 award winners.

A talented and remarkably diverse group of Nebraska student-athletes received diplomas during spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers’ 53-member graduating class consists of student-athletes from 20 U.S. states and five foreign countries, including Austria, Canada, Colombia, Poland and Serbia. All 23 of Nebraska’s varsity sports are represented by at least one student-athlete in the graduating class, while the Huskers graduated with nearly 30 different majors in their fields of study. While the class is strikingly diverse, 16 native Nebraskans make up nearly a third of the class.

Nebraska’s graduating class includes nine student-athletes who combined for 16 All-America awards, including 2006 NCAA air rifle champion Kristina Fehlings.


Nebraska was one of 34 schools nationally to have its football program recognized Thursday with the 2007 Academic Achievement Award by the American Football Coaches Association.

The Huskers were one of just 34 Division I-A schools to be honored for graduating 70 percent or more of their football student-athletes. Just four of the 34 schools were honored for graduating 90 percent or more of its student-athletes.

Nebraska has been honored by the AFCA for its 70 percent or better graduation rate for seven straight years and 11 times since 1994. The Huskers were one of four Big 12 schools honored by the AFCA, joining Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech that also graduated 70 percent or more of their football student-athletes.

Northwestern and Notre Dame led the nation with 95 percent graduation rates for their freshman classes of 2001-02, while Duke and Vanderbilt had rates of 90 percent or better.

In addition to Nebraska and the other Big 12 schools, those honored at the 70 percent or higher level were Alabama, Arkansas State, Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Miami (Ohio), Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio, Penn State, Rice, Rutgers, Syracuse, TCU, Toledo, Troy, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington State and Wisconsin.


Former Husker fullback Dane Todd completed his undergraduate work with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Former Husker fullback Dane Todd continued to gain recognition for his academic excellence this week, as he was awarded the Walter Byers Scholarship, the NCAA’s highest academic honor. Todd was selected as the men’s recipient of the award, while Katie Kingsbury (women’s tennis) of Washington & Lee University was selected among the women.

The Walter Byers Scholarships were established in 1988 and recognizes the contributions of former NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. The awards encourage academic achievement of student-athletes and each Byers Scholar receives a $21,500 scholarship. Winners have the option of renewing the scholarship for a second year based on his or her academic standing.

Todd, who graduated from Nebraska with a degree in biological sciences in May of 2006 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, finished his career with the Huskers in 2006. During his time at NU, Todd was a first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection for his work on the field, while adding multiple awards for his academic excellence. Todd was a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American in 2005 and a second-team pick last fall. He was a four-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and a two-time Wuerffel Award finalist. Todd was also recently honored as the Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Todd’s superior performance extends to his community involvement, where he has volunteered his time with American Education Week, "School is Cool" Week, the Dads of Kids with Disabilities, the UNL Shadowing Program, and numerous hospital visits and speaking engagements. Todd has been a representative on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee each of the past three years and is also a Big 12 Community Champion.


The Nebraska volleyball team won the Huskers' 23rd national title across all sports in 2006-07.

University of Nebraska athletic teams continued to grow their championship tradition in 2006-07, highlighted by 15 NCAA Tournament appearances by Cornhusker teams, including a third NCAA title for the NU volleyball program, and a New Year’s Day bowl game for the football team.

The Huskers also re-established themselves as the dominant athletic program in the Big 12 North. Along with conference championships won by the volleyball, women’s gymnastics and men’s indoor track and field teams, the Nebraska football team won the Big 12 North Division title. The women’s basketball, women’s indoor and outdoor track, men’s and women’s golf and men’s tennis teams were also the best North Division teams in the Big 12. Overall, Nebraska teams finished first or second among the Big 12 North schools in 18 of NU’s 23 sports.

Coach John Cook’s Nebraska volleyball team enjoyed the greatest success, winning the program’s third national championship in the last 12 seasons. The Huskers advanced to the NCAA title match for the sixth time in school history and rolled to a victory over Stanford in front a record crowd at the Qwest Center Omaha. NU also stretched its streak of consecutive home sellouts at the Coliseum to 90 and won the Big 12 Conference title. The national title made Nebraska one of just 28 Division I schools across the country to capture at least one of the NCAA’s 36 championships in 2006-07.

The volleyball team’s amazing success came despite losing 2005 AVCA National Player-of-the-Year Christina Houghtelling to injury before the start of the 2006 campaign. The returning Huskers more than picked up the slack, as Sarah Pavan captured 2006 AVCA National Player-of-the-Year honors, while also being named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.

Nebraska will return both Houghtelling and Pavan along with All-Americans Jordan Larson, Tracy Stalls and Rachel Holloway to make a run at back-to-back national titles in 2007.
The Nebraska volleyball team was not alone in producing its second straight National Player-of-the-Year, as Coach Bill Straub’s Husker bowling team featured 2007 National Player of the Year Amanda Burgoyne and 2006 National Player-of-the-Year Lindsay Baker. Burgoyne and Baker, along with 2007 National Rookie-of-the-Year Cassandra Leuthold, helped the Huskers to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Individually, 28 Nebraska student-athletes captured 37 All-America awards in their respective sports, including NCAA 125-pound wrestling champion Paul Donahoe. The sophomore from Davison, Mich., will return to lead Coach Mark Manning’s wrestling team in the years to come.

Across the board, the future looks bright for Nebraska’s athletic programs. Among NU’s 28 All-Americans, 19 were underclassmen who will return in 2007-08, including five freshmen, six sophomores and eight juniors that combined to claim 25 All-America certificates in 2006-07.

The Nebraska rifle program added a top-five NCAA finish in 2006-07, by finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships. The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team led by Coach Dan Kendig continued its outstanding tradition by adding a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships after advancing to the NCAA Super Six Finals for the eighth time in the past 10 years. The women’s gymnastics team also reclaimed the Big 12 Conference crown, while featuring one of the best gymnasts in school history - Emily Parsons. The Big 12 Co-Gymnast of the Year, Parsons smashed the school record for individual event titles in her career while claiming her ninth career All-America award at the NCAA Championships. The junior from St. Charles, Mo., will return to lead the Huskers again next year.

The Husker men’s gymnastics team earned its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships and finished 10th overall to give Nebraska’s its fifth top-10 national team finish across all sports in 2006-07. Junior Stephen Tetrault and sophomore T.J. Schmidt combined for three All-America awards to lead Coach Francis Allen’s young squad that featured 11 newcomers.

Coach Gary Pepin’s Nebraska track and field programs added to their remarkable tradition of success with the men claiming the Big 12 Conference title indoors. Men’s and women’s track and field athletes combined to capture 13 All-America awards during the indoor and outdoor seasons, including an NCAA runner-up finish from Dusty Jonas in the indoor high jump.

The Nebraska football team added to the Huskers’ Big 12 hardware haul in 2006-07 by winning the Big 12 North Division title to earn a bid in the Big 12 Championship Game. Nebraska finished the season with nine victories and earned a New Year’s Day bowl bid to the Cotton Bowl in Coach Bill Callahan’s third season at the helm. Nebraska also stretched its NCAA-record consecutive home sellout streak to 282 games, while Memorial Stadium’s capacity expanded beyond 80,000 for the first time in school history. Quarterback Zac Taylor rewrote Nebraska’s career passing record book and was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Four Huskers were chosen in the NFL Draft, including first-round pick Adam Carriker who became the 32nd Husker in history to be drafted in the first round. Carriker was also named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Coach Connie Yori’s Nebraska women’s basketball team continued its progress by earning its fourth consecutive postseason tournament berth by advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. Honorable-mention All-American Kiera Hardy was chosen in the third round of the WNBA Draft, while sophomore Kelsey Griffin joined Hardy as a first-team All-Big 12 selection.

On the men’s side, first-year coach Doc Sadler jump-started the Nebraska basketball program, leading the Huskers to a win over No. 20 Creighton and a regular-season sweep of Missouri, along with a road win at Texas Tech and a home win over Oklahoma State in NU’s regular-season finale. Sadler will hope to lead the Huskers to increased success in the future after signing one of the nation’s top 20 recruiting classes for 2007-08.

Coach Mike Anderson’s Nebraska baseball team earned an NCAA Regional berth for the eighth time in nine years and advanced to the championship round of the Tempe Regional. Following the season, eight Huskers were chosen in the top 35 rounds of the Major League Draft.

The Nebraska softball team led by Coach Rhonda Revelle advanced to its 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and played host to an NCAA Regional at Bowlin Stadium for the fourth time in the past five years. NU finished with a 37-20 record, as the Huskers posted at least 35 wins for the 10th straight season.

The Nebraska men’s and women’s golf teams both advanced to NCAA Regional competition for the second straight seasons.


2008 Nebraska Football Schedule

2009 Nebraska Football Schedule

Memorial Stadium will play host to eight home games in 2008.

Nebraska has announced the addition of five non-conference home games during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, completing the schedules for those two seasons.

The games announced for the 2008 season include Sept. 6 against San Jose State, Sept. 13 against New Mexico State and Sept. 27 versus Western Michigan. In 2009 Nebraska has finalized contracts with Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 12) and Arkansas State (Sept. 26). Each of the five schools agreed to one-game contracts to play the Huskers in Lincoln.

The non-conference contests complete the Huskers’ schedules for both the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. Previously, Nebraska announced a home-and-home series with Virginia Tech that will bring the Hokies to Lincoln on Sept. 20, 2008, with Nebraska traveling to Blacksburg on Sept. 19, 2009. Additionally, Nebraska previously announced a Sept. 5, 2009 home matchup against Florida Atlantic.

“We are pleased to have the 2008 and 2009 schedules finalized,” Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. “We are extremely excited about Virginia Tech highlighting our schedule for those two seasons. That should be a great intersectional home-and-home series against one of the nation’s top programs, and I know our fans are looking forward to the trip to Blacksburg.

“The additional games we have added complement the Virginia Tech series very well. With the permanent 12-game schedule, we have talked regularly about trying to play eight home games on occasion and we are excited the 2008 season will present us that opportunity.”

The addition of three home games to the 2008 schedule will give Nebraska eight home games during that season. The 2008 campaign will mark the sixth time in school history Nebraska will play host to eight home games. Nebraska most recently played eight home games in both the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

In addition to opening the season with four non-conference home games, the Huskers are also scheduled to open Big 12 action at home. Nebraska will host Missouri on Oct. 4 at Memorial Stadium, giving the Huskers five straight home games to begin the season. The 2008 season will mark the fifth time in school history Nebraska has opened the year with five consecutive home games, most recently in 2005.

Nebraska’s meeting with San Jose State will mark the second between the two schools, and the second time Nebraska has met the Spartans in a season opener. The Huskers opened the 2000 season with a 49-13 victory over San Jose State at Memorial Stadium.

San Jose State is a member of the Western Athletic Conference and finished the 2006 season with a 9-4 record and a victory over New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl. SJSU is coached by former Arizona head coach Dick Tomey, who completed his first season at the school in 2006. This fall the Spartans will play non-conference road games against Arizona State, Kansas State and Stanford.

The 2008 matchup against New Mexico State will mark the third meeting on the football field between the two schools. Nebraska defeated the Aggies, 57-0, at Memorial Stadium in 1979 and shut out New Mexico State, 68-0 in Lincoln in the 1982 season.

New Mexico State finished with a 4-8 record in 2006 and capped the year with victories over Utah State and Louisiana Tech. The Aggies are coached by Hal Mumme and ranked second nationally in passing offense, averaging 399.3 yards per game. NMSU also ranked third nationally in total offense and 15th in scoring offense.

Nebraska and Western Michigan will meet for the first time on the gridiron in 2008. The game will also mark the second straight season the Huskers will play a member of the Mid-American Conference, including a home game this fall against Ball State on Sept. 22. Prior to this season’s meeting with Ball State, Nebraska has played just three games against current members of the MAC, a 1997 contest against Akron and 1989 and 1990 games against Northern Illinois.

Western Michigan is coached by Bill Cubit, who is entering his third year with the Broncos in 2007. Last season Western Michigan finished with an 8-5 record, including a 6-2 record in the Mid-American Conference, good for second in the league’s Western Division. The Broncos lost to Cincinnati in the inaugural International Bowl, the school’s first bowl bid since the 1988 California Bowl, the school’s only other bowl trip. Western Michigan was powered by a strong defense in 2006, as the Broncos finished 11th nationally in total defense. This fall the Broncos will face non-conference games against Indiana, Missouri, Iowa and West Virginia.

With non-conference games against three teams that played in bowl games in 2006, the Huskers’ 2008 schedule will include seven teams that played in bowl games last fall.

In 2009, the Huskers will play three non-conference home games, sandwiched around the road trip to Virginia Tech. Nebraska will open the season at home on Sept. 5 against Florida Atlantic, a game that was finalized last summer.

The meetings with Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State in 2009 are the first for Nebraska against both schools. Both Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State compete in the Sun Belt Conference.

Lousiana-Lafayette finished the 2006 campaign with a 6-6 overall record, highlighted by a road win at Houston. The Ragin’ Cajuns are coached by Rickey Bustle and featured a powerful rushing attack in 2006, finishing 11th nationally in rushing offense.

Arkansas State also finished the year with a 6-6 record in 2006, including a 4-3 conference record and a victory over Sun Belt champion Troy. The Indians are led by coach Steve Roberts, who is entering his sixth year at the school in 2007. Arkansas State’s 2007 schedule includes road trips to Texas, Tennessee and Southern Miss.

In addition to the 2008 and 2009 schedules, Nebraska has previously announced future home-and-home series with Washington (2010, 2011), UCLA (2012, 2013) and Tennessee (2016, 2017).


Nebraska and Southern California will play in prime time before a national television audience for the second straight season this September. The Sept. 15 game will kick off at 7 p.m. CDT from Memorial Stadium and will mark the second straight year the clash between two of college football’s traditional powerhouses will be part of ABC’s Saturday Night Football television package.

The Nebraska-USC game is one of five confirmed games in the Saturday night television package. Additional Nebraska games could be selected for the Saturday night package six to 12 days in advance of the game day.



Lonnie Albers announced today the hiring of Mark Mayer (pronounced Meyer) as Nebraska’s Head Football Athletic Trainer. He will begin his duties on Monday, May 14.

Mayer comes to Nebraska with more than a dozen years of experience in athletic medicine and has been the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Oakland Raiders for the past nine years.

Mayer looks forward to his new position. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Nebraska family and the great Cornhusker football tradition,” Mayer said. “I look forward to working with Coach Callahan, Dr. Lonnie Albers, Jerry Weber and the rest of the medical staff.”

Prior to joining the Raiders, first as an athletic trainer intern in 1995 and gaining full-time status in 1998 as a strength and conditioning assistant for the Raiders, Mayer served as a student athletic trainer for UC Davis from 1992 to 1994. He was named a full-time assistant athletic trainer for Oakland in 1999 and served in that capacity for Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 when the AFC Champion Raiders faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In his 11 years with the Raiders, Mayer worked with Coach Callahan and former Husker players Adam Treu, John Parrella, Eric Johnson and Fabian Washington and also worked with current Husker assistant coach and former Raider Randy Jordan.

Originally from San Leandro, Calif., Mayer graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1994. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in physical education and is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Married to the former Kira Schoeneman, Mayer and his wife have two children, 4-year old daughter Savannah Audren and 1-year old son Boston Zachary.


(Thanks to Duane for catching this...hopefully we can gather the clan to cheer them on!)...


University of Nebraska Baseball Coach Mike Anderson announced the hiring of Eric Newman as the Huskers’ pitching coach. Newman comes to Nebraska after five years at Dallas Baptist University, serving the last three seasons as head coach of the Patriots program.

Anderson said that Newman’s ability to develop pitchers and pitching staffs and his proven ability to recruit in the Big 12 region stood out when choosing Newman for the opening on the Husker coaching staff.


Former Nebraska All-American Joba Chamberlain received another honor on Thursday, as he was selected by Major League Baseball and Baseball America for the 2007 XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game.

Chamberlain, a second-team All-American at Nebraska in 2005, will lead a group of 25 prospects on the Team USA Roster that will go against 25 prospects on the World Roster on Sunday, July 8, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The game will be televised nationally at 3 p.m. (central) on ESPN2 to begin All-Star game week activities. The game can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio (Ch. 176) beginning at 2:30 p.m. that day.

A first-round draft pick in 2006, Chamberlain has opened his professional career with a flourish, going 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA in nine starts between Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in the New York Yankees organization.


Five members of the 2007 Nebraska baseball team have signed with Major League teams and are in the process of beginning their professional careers. Pitchers Drew Bowman, Matt Foust, Tony Watson and Luke Wertz and first baseman Andrew Brown were among the eight Huskers recently selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Seven Husker baseball players, including six pitchers, were taken on the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday afternoon.

The Huskers picked during the final 45 rounds included pitchers Matt Foust (sixth, Pittsburgh), Tony Watson (ninth, Pittsburgh), Luke Wertz (13th, Philadelphia), Steve Edlefsen (16th, San Francisco), Charlie Shirek (23rd, Chicago) and Thad Weber (35th, Cincinnati). In addition, senior first baseman Andrew Brown was an 18th-round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The eight selections ties for the second-highest single-season total in school history and was one off the school record of nine set in 1983. It also marks the eighth straight year where at least four Huskers were selected.


Congratulations Sarah! National Female Athlete of the Year. That's a good as it gets, even for a perfectionist, on the court and in the classroom, like young Ms. Pavan.



The Huskers volleyball team received an ESPY Award nomination on Tuesday.

The Nebraska volleyball team’s performance during the 2006 season was rewarded this week, as it earned an ESPY Nomination.

The Huskers, who went 33-1 en route to the school’s third national title, is one of six nominees for the “Undeniable Performance” – honoring the best female collegiate team of the year.

Nebraska was ranked No. 1 the entire season and won the national championship with a 3-1 victory over No. 2 Stanford in front of an NCAA record crowd of 17,209 at Qwest Center Omaha last December.

Fan voting is now underway for the ESPYs ( from now until 10:59 p.m. on July 7, as fan voting will determine the winners in each category. Other nominees for the award include Arizona softball, North Carolina soccer, Northwestern Lacrosse, Tennessee basketball and Wisconsin hockey.

The event will be televised nationally on ESPN on Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m, (central) from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.


University of Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson announced this week that Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook has signed a five-year contract extension.

Cook, who has guided the Husker volleyball program to a 220-14 record since taking over in 2000, will now be under contract through the 2011 season. This extension replaces the four-year contract Cook signed in 2004.


In the 7/1/07 Sunday's Mercury News Entertainment Section is a fine picture of Emily and Mike Ray (BAH Board Member), and a story about Emily's honorary award which she received at the Italian American Heritage Foundation Achievements Awards event for her work as the musical director of the Mission Chamber Orchestra. (thanks to Donna McBeth for sending this)



* ASUN President Says NU Tuition Hike Results From Bureaucratic Inaction
This piece by the head of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska is worthy of a read in like of the 6 percent hike in tuition rates.

* Nebraska's Big 3rd Is Biggest Recipient Of Farm Subsidy Dollars
This one has generated lots of commentary and more is welcome.

* Industry Targets More At UNL For Pirating Music
The RIAA is not letting up.

* NU Receiver Busted For DUI
Receiver popped twice by the cops in two months.

* Crime Scene Investigation (the job) Will Be Offered At UNL
Crime investigators are a bit like undertakers. They are never going to want for work.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!!! Here's the Declaration of Independence and some interesting facts about those who signed it. And check out the link at the end for an audio interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance...


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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Stories About the Signers

The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge, age 27 years.

Delegates Clinton, Alsop, R. R. Livingston, Wisner, Humphreys and Rogers never did sign the Declaration.

Although delegates Thornton, Rush, Taylor, Clymer, Smith and Ross signed the Declaration, they were not members of Congress when it was adopted on July 2nd nor when it was ratified on July 4th.

Those who voted steadfastly against the adoption of the Declaration were delegates Dickinson, Humphreys and Willing, all of Pennsylvania.

The longevity of the signers is remarkable. Three lived to be over 90, ten over 80, eleven over 70, fourteen over 60, eleven over 50, six over 40 and one died at 30.

Nine of the signers died before the war ended and the peace treaty was signed. They were Philip Livingston, George Taylor, John Morton, George Ross, Richard Stockton, John Hart, Thomas Lynch, Jr., Joseph Hewes, and Button Gwinnett.

The signers represented many vocations. Twenty-four were lawyers, fourteen were farmers, four were doctors, one was a minister, three prepared for the ministry, one was a manufacturer and nine were merchants.

The original signed copy of the Declaration was in the hands of the President of the United States until after the war of 1812. When Washington was invaded during that struggle and after President Madison had fled the White House, the President's wife, Dolly Madison, who had stayed behind to the last minute, saved the Declaration by carrying it away with her. Subsequently she returned it and it was placed under the charge of the State Department. It was hermetically sealed in 1894 and is now exhibited in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives and Records Administration, Constitution Ave NW [between 7th and 9th St.], in Washington, DC. The document has faded badly—largely because of poor preservation techniques during the 19th century. Today, this priceless document is maintained under the most exacting archival conditions possible.

Red Skelton Describes the "Pledge of Allegiance"...

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HUSKER HUMOR (Thanks Buck!)


FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Always bring the food.

FRIENDS: Will say "hello".
Nebraska FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Cry with you.

FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, and just being together.

FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds' back-ends that left you.

FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.

Nebraska FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, "I'm home!"

FRIENDS: Are for a while.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Are for life.

RIENDS: Might ignore this.
Nebraska FRIENDS: Will forward this.

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