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By Steven Lassan, 3 days 16 hours ago
So far, it has been an interesting offseason for Nebraska. Well, interesting in a good way.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini appears to be having a lot of fun since beating Georgia in the Gator Bowl, as he had a Twitter interaction with his alter ego (@FauxPelini) earlier this offseason. If you aren’t familiar with @FauxPelini, the avatar features Pelini in a sweater holding a cat.
Fast forward to the spring game, and Pelini is still having fun with the alter ego. Pelini held a cat and held it up to the crowd prior to Nebraska’s spring game.
And no, this wasn’t @FauxPelini. This was the real Bo Pelini.
Check out the video and pictures from Nebraska’s spring game:
By David Fox, 6 days 19 hours ago
For a few minutes and for a small sliver of the college football world, the national championship game was of secondary concern.
In Lincoln, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini sat down to watch the BCS championship game between Florida State and Auburn and fired off this Tweet to his cat-loving doppelganger.
@FauxPelini ok enough is enough... I want my cat back. You've had her long enough!— Bo Pelini (@BoPelini) January 7, 2014
Pelini is not a coach known for his sense of humor, so this public acknowledgement of his own parody account came as a shock. The spur-of-the-moment post garnered more than 10,000 retweets.
“I was aware of it — I don’t know how you couldn’t be aware of it,” Pelini said on Wednesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference. “My wife reminds me of it all the time. I was just sitting around one night thought, what the heck?
“I was surprised how viral it went. I was surprised to see the amount of attention it got.”
It wasn’t the last time Pelini showed he’s just like the rest of us when he’s not in the heat of football season. The Cornhuskers coach, who has been quite vocal with football officials, slyly complained about officiating during Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament loss to Baylor.
Can I get fined if I comment about basketball officiating?— Bo Pelini (@BoPelini) March 21, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 2 weeks ago
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is squarely on the hot seat after Saturday’s loss to Iowa. But Pelini’s job doesn’t appear to be in any danger, as athletic director Shawn Eichorst offered his support for the embattled coach on Saturday.
Eichorst has been silent this year in regards to Pelini’s job status. But his statement on Saturday should put to rest Pelini’s job status – at least until the bowl game is over.
Below is Eichorst's statement that was released on Saturday morning:
“My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska — that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family. We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future.”
By Stephen Schindler, 5 months 1 week ago
Taylor Martinez has been battered and bruised this year. After being riddled with turf toe and sidelined for two games, the senior quarterback is now battling a hip pointer and a shoulder injury. He suffered the hip pointer on Oct. 26th and did not play on Nov. 2nd against Northwestern. He is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan. Freshman Tommy Armstrong will make his second straight start. Last week he was 15 of 29 for 173 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. He rushed 17 times for 69 yards and a score. Backup Ron Kellogg III will also see time.
Pelini says Taylor Martinez could be back in the mix this week at QB, depending on his health. Has appeared in just one game since September— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) November 5, 2013
By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
College football’s Week 10 slate wasn’t particularly deep with intriguing matchups, but there was plenty of intrigue.
Nebraska-Northwestern provided the weekend’s best finish, as the Cornhuskers scored on a 49-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game.
Quarterback Ron Kellogg barely got the pass into the endzone, but the ball was batted and caught by receiver Jordan Westerkamp for the touchdown.
Considering how much pressure coach Bo Pelini has been under the last few weeks, this win will help quiet some of his critics – at least until next Saturday.
By Steven Lassan, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Nebraska suffered a disappointing loss at Minnesota on Saturday, but running back Ameer Abdullah turned in one of the few bright spots for the Cornhuskers.
In the fourth quarter, Abdullah hurdled a Minnesota defender to put the Cornhuskers into scoring position. Abdullah finished with 165 rushing yards on 19 attempts.
Check out this play by Nebraska’s No. 1 running back:
By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 days ago
Nebraska guard Spencer Long is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s win over Purdue.
Long was one of the best linemen in the Big Ten and was a preseason All-American selection by Athlon Sports.
The senior had 33 career starts prior to Saturday’s injury.
Junior Mike Moudy is listed as Long’s backup at right guard, but with a bye week, Nebraska may evaluate the entire line and shuffle this group before playing at Minnesota on Oct. 26.
Spencer Long will have surgery Thursday. "It looks like he'll be out for the year," Bo Pelini said on Big Ten teleconference. #Huskers— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 15, 2013
By Stephen Schindler, 6 months 2 days ago
Oregon and Nebraska haven't met since 1986. That will soon change. Oregon will travel to Lincoln for a game on Sept. 16, 2016, with Nebraska visiting Eugene for the first time on Sept. 9, 2017.
Huskers to visit Ducks in 2016 and host them in 2017. Great move.— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) October 14, 2013
The athletic departments will exchange $1 million payouts to the visiting team in each year of this series. This is a big win for playoff-era scheduling, as the agreement should pave the way for other big programs to seek top competition.
By Athlon Sports, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Illinois with a turf toe injury. This will be the second straight game Martinez will miss due to injury, as he did not play in the Cornhuskers’ win over South Dakota State.
Freshman Tommy Armstrong will start in place of Martinez, and he held up well against South Dakota State, completing 12 of 15 passes for 169 yards and one score. Armstrong also added 38 rushing yards on five attempts.
If Armstrong struggles, Ron Kellogg III will get the call off the bench.
Although Martinez will be missed, Nebraska has a strong supporting cast to ease Armstrong’s transition into the starting lineup.
Also, this experience should serve Armstrong well this offseason, as he is expected to be Nebraska’s No. 1 quarterback in 2014.
By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
Before sitting out last Saturday's game against South Dakota State, Taylor Martinez made 32 consecutive starts. The streak, dating back to his freshman season, was ended due to a nagging turf toe injury. Martinez was replaced by the combination of redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong and senior Ron Kellogg III. The two led the Cornhuskers to more than 300 yards rushing and 300 passing for the first time in school history. Armstrong started the game and completed 12 of his 15 throws for 169 yards, while Kellogg connected on eight of nine passes for 136 yards. The Cornhuskers will certainly miss the FBS' second-leading active rusher; however, word is that Nebraska will bring Martinez along slowly. In fact, it appears Nebraska won't even let him practice until he is 100 percent healthy.
Taylor Martinez's status for Saturday's game is "to be determined," according to Bo Pelini at his weekly news conference. #Huskers— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) September 30, 2013