Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Bay Area Husker ENews 8/31/10

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and the Huskers start their 2010 season under the lights of Memorial Stadium this Saturday night against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Kickoff is set for a little after 4 p.m. Pacific time and is can be seen on the Fox Network as a Pay-Per-View broadcast. See the info below about our watchsites for details on where to watch the game.

The Alumni Association is doing a lot more to connect with alums these days (especially us expat fans who live far away from the homeland). See the articles below, and note the info about the February 2011 event they are hosting in Southern California (Irvine). There is also an article about a new Huskers-only ticket exchange website (called the Husker Ticket Marketplace) below that may come in handy for some of you looking for tickets for upcoming games. And the email wouldn't be complete without a couple of Randy York NSider pieces (see excerpts below).

In other Husker Athletics, the Vollyball team stubbed their toe in their second match of the season at the Qwest Center in Omaha but will rebound tonight against Creighton, and the Soccer team is off to a good start with a 2-1 record early in the season.

Be sure to register for the "Red Out Around the World" at . Grand prize is a couple of tickets to the Texas game with hotel room and all the trimmings.

Enjoy the reading and...

Go Big Red (White and Blue),


Bay Area Huskers Watch Sites:

OK Bay Area Husker Fans...lets turn out in big numbers to watch the season opener this Saturday. The game is only available on PPV so unless you want to pay $40 at home, the best way to watch the Huskers is to head out to your favorite watch site and join other Red-Clad fans as we cheer on the team. We have confirmed with our watch site coordinators (thanks Steve and Jeff) that our three big watch sites: Final-Final in San Francisco, Jacks in Fremont (but not their San Ramon location) and Legends in Concord will be paying for the PPV broadcast feed. So to help the proprietors pay the more than $400 PPV tab, be prepared to donate to the cause. If everyone puts $10 in the hat/pitcher/helmet when its passed around that should help them break even for the night. And to make it even more attractive for all you beef eaters out there, Jack's in Fremont will be putting a prime rib in the roaster for the get your orders in early so you don't get left out. The broadcast starts at 4 p.m. our time, so get there early, grab a good seat, and enjoy some great pub grub and a cold one while you watch the Huskers take it to the Hilltoppers.



Game 1: Nebraska vs. Western Kentucky
Sept. 4, 2010 \ Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, Neb \ 4:10 p.m. PDT

Game Information
Television: FSN PPV
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Series Record: first meeting
Capacity: 81,091 (305th consecutive sellout)
Surface: Fieldturf

The Matchup

Nebraska opens its 121st season of play on Saturday, Sept. 4, when the Huskers take on Western Kentucky in the 2010 season opener at Memorial Stadium. Game time for the first meeting between the two schools is set for 4:10 p.m. PDT with Fox Sports Net televising the game on a pay-per-view basis.

The Huskers enter the season with momentum from a strong 2009 finish. NU won six of its final seven games and was just one second away from winning the Big 12 Championship. The Huskers completed their season with a shutout of Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, and finished No. 14 in both polls, their highest finish since checking in at No. 7 in 2001.

On the strength of the strong finish, Nebraska enters 2010 ranked eighth in the Associated Press preseason poll and No. 9 in the USA Today coaches' poll. The Huskers are starting the season in the top 10 for the first time since 2002 and have already achieved their first top-10 ranking at any point during a season since 2003.

Western Kentucky is in its fourth season of play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, after moving up prior to the 2007 season. WKU was 0-12 in 2009 and enters the year looking to end a 20-game losing streak. The Hilltoppers are under new leadership in 2010, as former WKU star Willie Taggart has returned to lead the program.

The Series

Saturday's meeting will be the first between the two schools. The game marks the second consecutive year Nebraska opens against a member of the Sun Belt Conference, after defeating Florida Atlantic in last year's season opener. Saturday's game will be NU's first against a school from the state of Kentucky.

The Coaches

Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, '90) owns a 20-8 record in his third season. Pelini has guided NU to nine or more wins in each of his first two seasons as head coach, joining Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich in accomplishing that feat. Pelini is the first coach in Big 12 history to guide his team to at least a share of division titles in each of his first two seasons.

Western Kentucky: Willie Taggart (Western Kentucky, 1998) was named head coach on Nov. 23, 2009. He has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford. Taggart previously served as an assistant at WKU from 1999 to 2006, and he is one of only four players in Hilltopper history to have his jersey retired.

Nebraska Football

Nebraska is 827-341-40 all-time, one of just seven schools with 800 all-time victories * Nebraska has won five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997). * The Cornhuskers have won 43 conference championships. * Nebraska's 46 all-time bowl appearances rank fifth nationally. * Since 1970, Nebraska has 393 wins, 26 more than any other school. * Nebraska's 98 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation. w The Huskers have had 107 All-Americans in school history.

Scouting the Opposition-Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky begins its fourth season of play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level (previously Division I-A), after moving up a division prior to the 2007 season. The Hilltoppers were 0-12 in 2009 and have lost 20 consecutive games dating back to 2008, the longest active losing streak in the FBS.

But Western Kentucky is under new direction this season, as former Hilltopper star Willie Taggart has returned to lead the program. Taggart is a first-time head coach after spending the last three seasons as the running backs coach at Stanford, where he helped Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart twice break the school's rushing record.

Taggart selected Clint Bowen as his defensive coordinator. Bowen is familiar with the Huskers, as he spent the last 12 seasons at Kansas. Bowen was the Jayhawks' defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009, when KU won 31 games, including a 12-1 campaign in 2007 that included an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.

Bowen will have his work cut out for him this season, as Western Kentucky allowed at least 21 points in every game last year, including three times allowing at least 62 points. The 2009 Hilltopper defense ranked last among all 120 FBS teams in sacks and pass efficiency defense, while ranking next-to-last in scoring defense by allowing an average of 39.6 points per game.

For the rest of this article (including some great stats for the Huskers) go to



Nebraska's 2010 football season opener vs. Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 4 will be telecast via pay-per-view on participating video providers. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 4 p.m. PDT.

Information about how to purchase the telecast, including a current list of confirmed participating video providers, is attached. Providers will be added throughout the week, and updates will be posted on, and as they become available.

For the first time Nebraska's pay-per-view contests will be available in High Definition. Suggested retail price for the pay-per-view telecasts is $39.95. Participating providers will offer the telecast to their customers on specially designated pay-per-view channels. The telecast will not preempt FSN's regularly scheduled programming.

The game is being televised on pay-per-view because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. Nebraska and FOX Sports Net (FSN) are working together to make the game available on a pay-per-view basis, giving fans an option to watch a game they otherwise wouldn't be able to see on television. FSN's pay-per-view division will produce and distribute the telecasts.

The Sept. 11 Nebraska game vs. Idaho will also be televised via pay-per-view. Other Nebraska games, including the Sept. 25 home game against South Dakota State, could possibly be shown on a pay-per-view basis if they are not selected by one of the Big 12's television partners. Those TV choices will be made six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.

For the Western Kentucky-Nebraska contest, Ron Thulin will call the play-by-play, with Richard Baldinger as analyst and Brent Stover as sideline reporter.



Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team continued to gear up for its season opener against Western Kentucky with a two-hour practice in full pads on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice fields northeast of Memorial Stadium. Bo Pelini spoke after practice about maintaining a humble deamanor as the team approaches its first game.

"We have a lot of work to do," Pelini said. "Like I said, we're not nearly to the finished product yet. Our biggest competition now, and like it is throughout the whole year, is yourself. (It's) coming out every day with the right attitude, the right focus to keep improving and try and reach your potential. That's the challenge we have in front of us."

With a football culture built around competition, Pelini and his staff will remain focused on constantly evaluating the players and like today, correcting mental errors.

"I think we need better attention to detail," Pelini said. "There were some good things out there. There were some things mentally; there were some mental errors, some things that weren't up to our standards. We saw a lot of good things too. We need a whole week's practice."

Pelini noted that senior quarterback Latravis Washington will see time on special teams this season. As a player who has sacrificed a lot for the team, the coaching staff wanted to give him the opportunity to work with the special teams. Pelini praised his attitude throughout his time at Nebraska.

"Latravis is as good of a guy in the locker room as you're ever going to have," Pelini said. "We love having him around, he has a great attitude; he's a winner. I can't say enough good things about LT."

Pelini also announced after practice that junior defensive back Austin Cassidy has been awarded a scholarship. The Lincoln Southwest product has been a walk-on in the program for the past three seasons, and has been one of Nebraska's key special teams performers. Cassidy is expected to again be a special teams leader this fall, while battling for playing time in the secondary.



With 85,000-plus fans ready to pass through the gates of Memorial Stadium seven times this season, Nebraska football tickets are, as always, a valuable commodity.

An NCAA record 304 consecutive sellout crowds make Nebraska football tickets hard to come by, especially when the Huskers are ranked in the Top 10 of almost every major preseason 2010 poll.

So with the season sold out, what do true Nebraska fans do if they want to experience a Husker game?

Answer: Husker Ticket Marketplace, the place to go for the sports you know, including football, volleyball, basketball and baseball.

"We are now entering the secondary market of Nebraska ticket sales," said Angela Christ-Zemunski, a Nebraska Athletics Ticket Office associate who is in her fourth year at NU after spending 21 years as a customer service agent, trainer, supervisor and secretary for a major airline.

A mother of four, Christ-Zemunski knows how hectic a household can get when families are trying to decide who can and who can't go to any particular game.

That's why she has worked diligently to help launch Husker Ticket Marketplace, a site that gives Nebraska Athletic Boosters free membership to register their ticket accounts and charges other ticketholders a $25 annual fee for the same Marketplace opportunity. Tickets will be sent to users' email addresses, so they can be printed at home. Ticket Marketplace users also will receive email reminders before events for which they have purchased tickets.

Fully aware that Nebraska fans have used a variety of well-known secondary markets to buy Husker tickets at increased prices, Holly Adam, Nebraska's Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing, wanted a better solution for NU donors and season ticketholders - an electronic place they could go to list their unused tickets at face value.

"The difference between us being in the secondary ticket market and all others is we endorse our version, and we stand behind it," Christ-Zemunski said. "If there's a problem or issue with any transaction, we can remedy the situation almost immediately."

Today, Husker Ticket Marketplace has two sets of two tickets for sale to Nebraska's season opener against Western Kentucky. A set of two tickets to the Idaho game posted Tuesday were sold the same day. Twelve tickets were purchased on the site before that. As donors and season ticketholders become more familiar with the site, ticket opportunities are likely to increase.

"We guarantee tickets purchased directly from Husker Ticket Marketplace because we can and we do protect every original transaction, based on our ability to verify the identity of buyers and sellers," Christ-Zemunski said. "For those who buy that same ticket from an unknown seller above face value, it becomes a case of buyer beware - just like it is with all other secondary transactions."

Major college ticket offices are also fully aware that football ticket prices can go through the roof for high-demand games on major ticket broker sites.

That market is not the intent of or the purpose for Husker Ticket Marketplace. "We make it easy for donors and season ticketholders to get their unused tickets into the hands of other loyal Nebraska fans," Christ-Zemunski said. "We can't take sold tickets back and resell them or even distribute them for free, so this Marketplace is a great place for those unused tickets. For us, it's easy to facilitate this service, and for our fans, it's a safe way to search for and buy tickets."



Conf    Best Player   Likely To Disappoint  Sleeper Team     Champion
ACC    Ryan Williams,  North Carolina     Boston College   Miami over BC
          Virginia Tech

Big     Travis Lewis, Oklahoma State Texas A&M Oklahoma over Nebraska
12      Oklahoma

Big      Dion Lewis, West Virginia       Cincinnati        Connecticut
East    Pitt                    
Big      Adrian Clayborn, Wisconsin Northwestern      Ohio State
Ten     Iowa          

Pac-    LaMichael James, USC            UCLA             Stanford
10       Oregon
SEC    Patrick Peterson,  Arkansas        Georgia     Forida over Auburn

National championship game: Ohio State over Oklahoma

Kirk Herbstreit is an analyst on ESPN's "College GameDay."


Michigan Wolverines-Ohio State Buckeyes matchup timing could be affected by new Big Ten expansion - ESPN



By Skip Wood, USA TODAY

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — A visitor is momentarily taken aback when plopping down on a stool beside Kyle Vanden Bosch's locker and looking into his eyes. His gaze looks like that of a demon.

"Yeah," he says with a chuckle. "Red contact lenses. I started wearing them in Tennessee. It helps to block the sunlight."

No, Vanden Bosch hasn't bought in to the recent vampire craze. He's more interested in sinking his teeth and considerable talents into a Detroit Lions defense that finished last in the league last season, giving up 392 yards a game.

The 10th-year veteran defensive end signed with the Lions in March after spending the previous five seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

He's part of a revamped unit that also added tackle Corey Williams in a trade with the Cleveland Browns and tackle Ndamukong Suh via the second overall pick of the draft.

For the rest of the article go to:



Tuesday, Aug. 31
No. 7 Nebraska at Creighton • D.J. Sokol Arena • 7 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on
Live Stats: &

BYU Tournament
No. 7 Nebraska at BYU • Friday, Sept. 3 • Smith Fieldhouse • 8 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on
Live Stats: TBA

No. 7 Nebraska vs. Cal Poly • Saturday, Sept. 4 • Smith Fieldhouse • 1 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on
Live Stats: TBA

No. 7 Nebraska vs. Idaho State • Saturday, Sept. 4 • Smith Fieldhouse • 6 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on
Live Stats: TBA

Huskers Head Back to Omaha

After opening the 2010 season at the Runza/AVCA Showcase at the Qwest Center, the No. 7 nationally-ranked Nebraska Huskers (1-1) will return to Omaha on Tuesday night for a match with the Creighton Bluejays (1-2) at the D.J. Sokol Arena.

Tuesday's match will mark the first time the two schools have met on Creighton's campus since 1980 when the two programs played at the Kiewit Center. The Huskers will play at the 2,500-seat Sokol Arena for the first time in program history and the match is expected to be sold out.

The Huskers hold a 12-0 series lead over the Bluejays dating back to 1980 and have only lost one set all time to the Jays. Nebraska started the series with eight straight sweeps, before Creighton took the first set of the 2006 match-up, before the Huskers won 3-1. Nebraska has followed with sweeps in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Fans can listen to all of the action with John Baylor and Lindsay Peterson on the 25-station Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha. Fans outside the state will also be able to catch the live audio feed for free on



Lincoln - Nebraska senior Lindsey Licht was honored by the Big 12 Conference on Monday afternoon as the league's Offensive Player of the Week. It was the first time in Licht's career that she has earned a player of the week honor from the conference.

A native of Aurora, Colo., Licht started 2010 on fire at the Runza/AVCA Showcase in Omaha at the Qwest Center with 32 kills on just 48 swings to hit .542 in two matches against then-ranked No. 14 Kentucky and No. 13 Florida. After putting away 14 kills in a sweep of Kentucky on Saturday, Licht followed with a career-best 18 kills in a five-set loss to Florida on Sunday.

Licht's .650 (14-1-20) hitting percentage against the Wildcats was tops in the Big 12 over the weekend, while her .464 (18-5-28) hitting against the Gators ranked third best. The 6-5 lefty also put up a solid defensive weekend, as she produced eight blocks, including three solo stuffs.



Omaha - The second-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fought off four match points in the third set and led 11-7 in the fifth and final set only to see No. 13 Florida win eight of the final nine points and rally for a 25-22, 25-22, 29-31, 13-25, 15-12 victory in front of 5,978 fans in the final match of the Runza/AVCA Showcase Sunday at Qwest Center Omaha.

After falling behind 2-0, the Huskers fought off four match points and pulled out a 31-29 thriller in set three. Nebraska then cruised to a 12-point win in set four and led for much of the fifth set. Four points away from a come-from-behind win, the Huskers saw Florida win eight of the final nine rallies. Nebraska errors accounted for four of Florida's final six points, including three straight attack errors that turned an 11-9 lead into a one-point deficit.

"I think our kids did a great job of fighting back and getting in the match and getting in position to win the match," Head Coach John Cook said. "The thing that hurts the most is that it was pretty much all on our side of the net. The good thing is we can take care of those things; we can get better from that. The bad news is, we let Florida get out of here with a win."

With the loss, Nebraska fell to 1-1 on the season, while Florida improved to 2-0. Four Huskers matched or set career highs in kills during the win, including senior Lindsey Licht (18), junior Brooke Delano (14), sophomore Allison McNeal (7) and freshman Morgan Broekhuis (10). Sophomore Hannah Werth added 12 kills to give Nebraska four players with double-figure kills and two more with at least seven.



Omaha - The second-ranked Nebraska volleyball team opened the 2010 season with an impressive 3-0 sweep of 14th-ranked Kentucky on Saturday at the Runza/AVCA Showcase in front of 5,853 fans at the Qwest Center.

The Husker defense was on display in the 25-9, 25-14, 25-20 victory as Nebraska held Kentucky to -.010 hitting for the match, as the Wildcats totaled only 18 kills in the three sets while committing 18 errors, including nine Nebraska blocks. The Huskers had at least 15 kills in every set, including 17 in set one when the Huskers hit .484. Nebraska hit .267 for the match, led by impressive performances from senior Lindsey Licht and sophomore Hannah Werth.

"It's always great to win your first match of the year," Head Coach John Cook said. "It was good for us to see how we can run a lot of points. I thought our team did a really good job of that, where as last year I'm not sure if we had the mentality to run four, five, six, seven points."



Lincoln - Strong defense for the second straight match and timely goals from All-Big 12 selections Morgan Marlborough and Molly Thomas gave Nebraska a 2-0 win over Loyola Maryland on Sunday at the Nebraska Soccer Field. The Huskers improve to 2-1-0 on the season and keep their unbeaten home streak alive that dates back to October of 2008 (12-0-2).

Marlborough accounted for the game-winning goal in the 24th minute on a free kick from 20 yards out. The sophomore found a gap on the left side of the Greyhound wall that snuck inside the post and out of the reach of LMU goalkeeper Danielle Ippolito. It was the first goal of the season for Marlborough, who was named the 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year last year with 49 goals (21 goals, 7 assists).

The Husker defense was stellar throughout the day in compiling its second shutout in a row. Loyola Maryland was held to zero shots in the first half and tallied only six in the match to Nebraska's 23. Senior goalkeeper Tara Macdonald (2-0-0) saved all four Greyhound shots on goal in the second half.



Lincoln - Junior Molly Thomas scored two goals in a four-minute span to begin the second half and carry the Huskers to a 2-0 win over Loyola Chicago on Friday evening at the Nebraska Soccer Field. The home-opening win improves Nebraska to 1-1-0 on the season.

The Huskers used a determined team effort to pick up their first win of the season, as NU played with only 10 players for the last 68 minutes of the match. In the 21st minute, Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens received a red card for using her hands outside of the penalty box. Senior Tara Macdonald played the rest of the game in net and helped hold the Ramblers scoreless while tallying three saves.

Nebraska outshot Loyola Chicago, 20-7, including a slim 5-to-3 advantage in shots on goal. Thomas made the most of her opportunities, earning her first goal in the 52nd minute after sophomore Jordan Jackson advanced a pass through the Loyola Chicago defense to a sprinting Thomas. The junior dribbled into the penalty area and fired a low shot past Rambler goalkeeper Katie Groesch on the right side of the net.



Nebraska goalkeeper Tara Macdonald has been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for matches Aug. 27-29 following her strong performances in wins over Loyola Chicago and Loyola Maryland. Macdonald's player of the week award is the first of her career and the ninth for a Husker goalie in school history.

A native of Austin, Texas, Macdonald turned in two shutouts last week in her first action of the 2010 season, as Nebraska downed the Ramblers (2-0) and the Greyhounds (2-0). Macdonald totaled seven saves in the victories, including a four-save, complete-game shutout against Loyola Maryland. She currently ranks in a tie for first in the conference with a 0.00 goals-against average and 1.000 save percentage.

Macdonald transferred from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Despite battling injuries in just over one season at Nebraska, she is nearing the school's all-time top 10 lists for career saves and wins. Macdonald is 8-2-3 as a Husker, putting her two victories away from reaching 10th on the all-time win chart, while she also has 52 career saves, just five short of the 10th spot in all-time saves.

Last season, she ranked fourth in the Big 12 Conference with 3.75 saves per game and totaled 45 on the year with a .763 save percentage.

In addition to Macdonald, Texas A&M midfielder Alyssa Mautz (Offensive) and Texas Tech forward Jessica Fuston (Newcomer) earned the other two Big 12 Player of the Week honors.

Nebraska will hit the road this Saturday for an 11 a.m. match at Indiana. The contest will be streamed live by the Big Ten Network ( Nebraska returns home Monday, Sept. 6 to face IUPUI at Noon.



The Nebraska softball program is inviting all former players to attend the Husker Softball Alumni Weekend, Oct. 1-3, to help celebrate the retirement of Peaches James' jersey.

The weekend begins on Friday, Oct. 1 when alumni can watch the end of practice and meet the current team. Alumni can then tour Bowlin Stadium before participating in a slow-pitch softball game at 6:30 p.m. and a social gathering at 8 p.m.

Saturday is the highlight of the weekend. Alumni will have the chance to tour other athletic facilities in the morning before heading to Bowlin Stadium for a pre-game tailgate. Alumni will then be introduced prior to the first game of Nebraska's doubleheader with a collection of all-stars from the National Pro Fastpitch league. Prior to the start of the second game, James' jersey will officially be retired in an on-field ceremony. Alumni are then invited to attend a retirement banquet in James' honor at 6:30 p.m. for $25 per person.

On Sunday, an alumni golf outing is planned (based on interest) to wrap up the weekend.

All alumni interested in attending are asked to please fill out the questionnaire or RSVP to Coach Sippel at



The day before Nebraska hosts Texas Oct. 16 in a rematch of the 2009 Big 12 Conference Championship football game, Jason Peter is reaching out to his fellow Huskers to support two important causes that are important to him - Junior Achievement and the Nebraska Athletic Department.

Peter has received commitments from a well-known cast of Husker Legends that will play in the Jason Peter all fore! Junior Achievement event at Lincoln's Hillcrest Country Club.

Two of those legends, Brenden Stai and Matt Davison, are up for auction on

In addition to Stai and Davison, other Husker Legends who have committed to join Peter, Nebraska's former All-America defensive tackle, in this charity event are Mike Anderson, Eric Crouch, Tommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, Larry Jacobson, Chad Kelsay, Chris Kelsay, Jeff Kinney, Joel Makovicka, Danny Noonan, Christian Peter, Mike Rozier, Aaron Taylor, Eric Warfield, Zach Wiegert, Grant Wistrom and, as Jason says, "more to come."

Each Husker Legend will host a foursome, and proceeds from those foursomes - as well as a Thursday night banquet that will feature a live and silent auction - will benefit Junior Achievement, an organization that Peter has gained great respect for in terms of developing future leaders.

Davison and Stai, both of whom now work for the Husker Sports Network, will lead separate foursomes. Bidding for four spots to play with Davison and for four spots to play with Stai will begin at $2,000 each. Bidding will end on Tuesday, Sept. 14, for the Friday, Oct. 15 event. Proceeds from the Stai and Davison auctions on will benefit Nebraska's Athletic Department.

One of Nebraska's all-time leading receivers, Davison is best known for making the "miracle catch" at Missouri in 1997, sending that game into overtime and helping Tom Osborne finish his career with a third national championship in his last four years as head coach.

A first-team All-America offensive guard on Osborne's first national championship team in 1994, Stai went on to play eight years in the National Football League, including his first five with Pittsburgh, where he became a Super Bowl starter.

Former Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride will be the featured speaker at Thursday night's banquet at Hillcrest.

Joining Husker Legends as an all-star for each foursome in the golf tournament is Houston Alexander, a friend of Peter's and an Omaha native who is an American professional mixed martial artist in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In addition to McBride, Peter has received "special guest" commitments from Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne, Nebraska Men's Basketball Coach Doc Sadler, University of Nebraska-Omaha Athletic Director Trev Alberts and Nebraska Astronaut Clayton Anderson



A Night with Nebraska
California Celebrates UNL

February 10, 2011

Special Guests: Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Husker Football Coach Bo Pelini, and former Husker players Tommie Frazier and Matt Davison.

Featuring “Taste of Nebraska” food from Valentino’s® and Runza®

Details to follow in an invitation, including an opportunity to play in the Alumni Association golf tournament at Oak Creek Golf Club




Soldiers are protected from many conventional weapons of war, but the helmet they wear isn’t designed to protect them from the blast waves created by improvised explosive devices, known as IEDs. Soldiers caught in the path of an explosion could suffer a traumatic brain injury, even if they walk away without visible injury. At a one-of-a-kind research facility at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, engineers recreate and precisely measure shock waves created by an IED on the battlefield. This research will help understand what happens to the human body during these explosions and how to protect our service members and innocent civilians.

Read more about brain trauma research at UNL


Education students get new home

Did you know that more than 60 percent of the teachers in the Omaha metropolitan area and 33 percent in the state are UNO graduates? And now the next generation of students who want to be teachers will have a modern, new facility next fall when Roskens Hall is complete at UNO's College of Education. The revamped facility will feature state-of-the-art classroom facilities and outreach clinics focused on teaching, educational administration, counseling, learning disabilities and speech/hearing education. With an annual enrollment of 2,500 the college prepares professionals who serve as teachers, school administrators, counselors, librarians, speech pathologists, exercise scientists, athletic trainers and health researchers. For more than 80 years, it’s prepared some of Nebraska’s finest educators.

Read more about the College of Education's new home


Call for more nursing students answered in Norfolk

The College of Nursing strives to educate more nurses in Nebraska with the opening of a new program in Norfolk, Neb., in partnership with Northeast Community College. The program is a priority, as Nebraska’s medical community faces a shortage of more than 4,000 nurses by 2020, and the current national shortage of nurses is expected to grow by more than 20 percent over the next decade. The college is rallying around modern facilities to take in more students, creating accelerated education programs, proposing higher academic standards for better care quality, and making certain its graduates are prepared for challenges ahead.

Read more about the College of Nursing


The One Fund supports them all at UNO

Supporting the UNO Mavericks and its 15 student teams has never been easier or more important, as they work nonstop to make their mark in college athletics. The University of Nebraska at Omaha athletics department launched The One Fund to make supporting Omaha’s Team more efficient. Created in partnership with the University of Nebraska Foundation, The One Fund provides a centralized fund to support all Maverick teams. Director of Athletics Trev Alberts said everyone has worked diligently to create a new way that makes donating seamless for all who enjoy giving at any level.

Read more about The One Fund


Extreme makeover coming to Devaney Center

The Bob Devaney Sports Center isn’t just getting a facelift. It’s getting something close to an extreme makeover with renovations and the addition of the new Hendricks Training Complex, which promise to be a recruiting benefit for Nebraska basketball and wrestling. In a summer Q&A series, Athletic Director Tom Osborne discussed the timeline and the scope of the Devaney Center improvement project. Construction of the new addition began this summer, and it will open for student-athletes in time for the 2011-12 season—the same season Nebraska is scheduled to begin play in the Big Ten Conference.

Read more about the Hendricks Training Complex


Student experiences set UNK’s business and technology program apart

The University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Business and Technology strives to be a place where its students can fit in, stand out and get ahead. It provides students with more than just a quality classroom education; it encourages them to seek experiential learning opportunities that help graduates stand out in the job market. Students gain these must-have experiences through internships, study abroad opportunities, research participation and business consulting. In this brief video, Dean Tim Burkink highlights the benefits of experiential learning and shares what sets the college apart from others.

Read more about UNK's unique program


University of Nebraska receives top ratings for 2010

The four campuses of the University of Nebraska again ranked well among their peer institutions by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 edition of Best Colleges. In each category, data of up to 15 indicators of academic quality are gathered from each school and analyzed according to the magazine’s own methodology. Among them include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, class size, student-to-faculty ratio, financial resources and alumni giving.

Read the highlights for each campus


Campaign for Nebraska. Unlimited Possibilities

Raising $1.2 billion to help students, faculty and the university in general is a lofty goal. It will only be reached through the generosity of many. No gift is too large or too small. To learn more about the Campaign for Nebraska, or to contribute, go to




Randy's N-Sider Archives

This is the story of a native Nebraskan who's a 2007 engineering graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He lives in Singapore and is finishing up a Fulbright Grant.

That means he's adapting to a new culture, experiencing a different style of learning, engaging with the community, sharing the experience, finding new pathways, changing perspectives, fusing cultures, learning independently and always looking for challenges.

Fulbrighters are innovative in ways we haven't even thought about, so you can imagine what it might have been like for Clayton Miller listening intently to Nebraska's 10-3 upset of Oklahoma on a Sunday morning last fall in Singapore while his Vietnamese roommate was still sleeping.

Miller, a McCook native and a student at the National University of Singapore, was living in a student hostel at the time, so he had no choice but to share a bedroom with another student.

Since the bedroom was the only place that had air-conditioning, and his computer was the only place he could connect to the game via, imagine the roles Miller had to play to hide his excitement and conceal his enthusiasm.

With every pop from a Blackshirt, every stop of a Sooner and every elevated inflection in Greg Sharpe's demonstrative play-by-play paint-by-voice, Miller was reaching an emotional threshold that made him look like a mime on steroids.

He Could Barely Control His Emotions

"I could barely control my outbursts as we went on to win," he said. "I'll never forget the look on my roommate's face when he woke up seeing me do a crazy end zone dance in my pajamas on that Sunday morning. It took me a while to explain what was going on."

That was last year's silent movie in Singapore. This year will be a full-fledged, full-bright action movie where Miller will camp out with other Nebraska football fans to celebrate Red Out Around the World.

Forgive Miller for thinking to heck with a Red Out. This Husker is just happy he now has a place to yell.

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Jake Wesch has seen college football from so many different angles, he could probably write a fairly interesting book, but he would never have time to do it.

Four varsity letters after walking on at Nebraska, Wesch is zeroed in on the only two goals that matter right now.

First, he won't come up for air until he gets his master's degree next spring in Education and Athletic Administration at the University of Nebraska.

Secondly, he's enjoying his role as a football sponge, so the first-year intern on Bo Pelini's staff can learn everything possible to become what he now knows he wants to be - a director of football operations at a Division I school.

"You have to juggle a lot of balls and be really organized, but I like the idea of being behind the scenes and making sure everything runs smoothly, so the head coach doesn't have to worry about things he shouldn't have to worry about," Wesch said. "It's a great experience being able to work with Jeff Jamrog in football operations."

Wesch, who addressed nearly 200 Husker fans at the season's first Nebraska Walk-On Club Luncheon Thursday in Lincoln, knows that "If you want to have a big impact on a student-athlete and want to learn what I've learned since I've been here, you have to be focused on total-person development," he said. "Being an intern in both operations and recruiting, I got to assist in areas like team travel - something you always took for granted as a player, but learned to appreciate when you saw how much was involved."

Wesch was more than willing to volunteer whenever Nebraska Life Skills Associate Athletic Director Keith Zimmer asked for players to reach out to the community.

As he waited patiently for the kicking job he always sought but never got, Wesch still contributed to the team, doing whatever he was asked to do while earning the trust of the coaches he played for and the respect of the administrators he served.

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