Off-Season Reads - July 23rd, 2012

A run-down of sporting stories from the weekend covering Nebraska athletics, the Big Ten and around the world.

Selleck Quadrangle brings Tom Osborne to Nebraska, two more Lady Huskers help Team USA win gold and Will Shields enjoys dancing. Those stories and more below.

40 days to kickoff!

Obviously the big news for today is what the NCAA announces concerning Penn State. The NCAA will make its announcement at 8am CDT. I've also posted a second "links" post containing several links to editorials and rumors.

Football

Devaney's tenure gave life to modern Husker era - Omaha.com

I never knew that the Selleck Quadrangle played such an integral job in Nebraska Cornhusker history.

Big Red Bracket - Vote for your favorite Husker memories and traditions - Omaha.com/bigredbracket

The Omaha World-Herald is hosting an internet vote for the best parts of Nebraska history. Give it a look. I look forward to BHGP robo-voting Callahan's throat slash to winner.

Media poll pegs Huskers third in Legends Division

Should be a fun season. What do you think?

Recruiting: Johnny Be Elite | sports.omaha.com

Congrats to Mr. Stanton!

The struggles of being a dual-threat QB - ESPN

I'm not sure this article is genuine - with all the success the dual-threat QB has had lately, I can't see how any of them really gets a lot of criticism. Certainly nothing like Taylor Martinez gets.

More Nebraska football and other stories after the jump!

Dancing King Shields Would Shock Judges - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

"I still like to dance," he replied. "But it's more work dancing at the house than it is somewhere else. It's nothing major. I don't get out and shake it up much anymore. When you become the old guy of the bunch, you just sort of hang out near the wall."

I think this is great if only because we find out that Nick Saban enjoys good dance choreography.

25 yards: Buildup to the body blow

I remember this game. We almost wish the snow had fallen just a little bit harder.

Omaha.com : Recruiting: JUCO DT likes NU visit

Building depth? Or is this kid the real deal?

An early spin through Michigan State's football season: Nebraska's visit on Nov. 3 wraps up brutal stretch | MLive.com

Not big fans of Martinez. I hope Taylor makes them eat crow.

B1G position rankings: OL (individual) - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

5. Spencer Long, G, Nebraska, junior: Long is a former walk-on who didn't play in 2010 but started every game in 2011. And he made quite an impression, helping pave the way for the Huskers' powerful running attack. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder is expected to be a leader on the Nebraska line this year.

News and Events | 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year Preseason "Watch List" | Walter Camp Football Foundation

Don't remember if I reported this but Burkhead made the Walker Camp PoY watchlist as well.

Ohio State Buckeyes schedule preview, looking ahead to Nebraska Cornhuskers - ESPN

What do you think of our chances in Columbus? This is the last time we visit until 2017.

Steven M. Sipple: Crick heads to Houston with mature approach

Crick gave credit to Nebraska's defensive coaches for broadening his knowledge about the game.

"It makes it easy to be versatile and to work into different schemes," Crick said. "Going down to the Texans' (organized team activities in May and June), it was a smooth transition."

Not terribly worried about the defense this season, really.

Volleyball/Wrestling

Husker notes: Ex-Huskers help USA volleyball win gold

Former Huskers Nancy Metcalf (11 points on 10 kills and a block) and Kayla Banwarth (a team-high six digs) helped the United States rally from a two-set deficit to defeat Brazil 28-30, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-11 on Friday night in the championship match of the Pan American Cup in Juarez, Mexico. The U.S. team, which included no players expected to be on the Olympic team, won its first gold medal at this tournament since 2003 and prevented Brazil from a record-tying fourth gold.

Nebraska ladies helping Team USA all over. (Also a brief blurb about several Nebraska wrestling recruits.)

Women's Basketball

Touted point guard Theriot eager to play for Huskers - The Grand Island Independent : Sports: college women's basketball, rachel theriot, nebraska, connie yori,

Sounds like a good pick up for Coach Yori and the lady Huskers.

Baseball

Huskers add closer recruit

Josh Roeder (Porter Ridge High School, Matthews, NC) brought in as a pitcher and may earn the right to be a closer.

Olympics

Twitter Embraces Olympics To Train for the Big Time - WSJ.com

Another way to follow the Olympics this year. How far the Olympics have come from naked guys running around and throwing things.

Other Stories

UW football fares well in Big Ten media poll - JSOnline

Well, when the two other sluggers in your division are sidelined for stupidity, it's kind of hard NOT to win the division. (Come on Tim Beckman, you're our only hope.)

College Football Hall of Fame to be gone by December - South Bend Tribune

You want Nebraska to give any money maybe you should induct one of the greatest college football players ever?

UNL to host last-minute blood drive to help replenish low supply - News - Daily Nebraskan

If you're around Lincoln and you're eligible, please consider helping out.

Michael Dyer Won't Transfer From Arkansas State After All - SBNation.com

Oh, look, Arkansas State plays Auburn in 2013. Wouldn't that be delicious?

What If: Eddie George Had Been An Ohio University Bobcat? - Land-Grant Holy Land

What if he had been a fry cook at Denny's?

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