Off-Season Reads - July 31st, 2012

Jul 28, 2012; London, United Kingdom; United States outside hitter Jordan Larson (10), middle blocker Foluke Akirnradewo (16) and libero Nicole Davis (6) celebrate during womens preliminary volleyball match against South Korea at Earls Court. The United States defeated South Korea 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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

ESPN likes Martinez' work ethic, Jordan Larson is doing well and Wyoming adds to the current trend of terrible uniforms. Those stories and more below.

32 days to kickoff!

Football:

Big Ten rankings: No. 25, Taylor Martinez - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

ESPN likes Martinez because he reportedly worked hard in the off-season. No, I'm serious - read their preview.

Team countdown: No. 19 Nebraska - Yahoo! Sports

Yahoo's review seems in line with most - they see nine wins if the defense improves and Martinez is improved. I do think we pick up at least one more win than they expect - our so-called terrible defense managed 9 wins last year.

College Football Countdown: No. 14 Nebraska - Orlando Sentinel

Another fair review of the Cornhuskers.

Big Ten coaches ‘excited’ for 2012? Better believe it " Big Ten Network

Tim Beckman is really, really excited for Illinois football.

Clothes Call: Big Ten media days edition " Big Ten Network

Man, the Big Ten Network is doing really, really well. WE CAN ALL GET NEW THREADS.

An update from Nebraska volleyball and our Olympians and other stories after the jump!

Volleyball:

Dani Busboom Joins Nebraska Volleyball Staff - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Nebraska Head Coach John Cook announced on Friday the hiring of Louisville assistant and former Husker Dani Busboom to Nebraska's volleyball staff. Busboom spent the past season with the Cardinals, helping them to a 24-9 record in 2011 including a trip to the semifinals at the Big East Conference Tournament.

Welcome back, Dani!

Nebraska Olympians Update:

(Today's events are highlighted in bold below; for the general schedule of events, head over to the Mothership.)

Family, friends cheering on Olympian Larson - Fremont Tribune
Amazing journey.

Women's Volleyball - Olympic Volleyball | London 2012

Jordan Larson and Team USA notched another win, this time against Brazil. They are 2-0 heading into their match against China on Wednesday at 2pm CDT.

So far, Jordan has 30 spikes, 3 blocks and 1 serve, earning 18 points against Brazil and 16 points against South Korea. Keep it up!

Women's Road Race - Olympic Cycling - Road | London 2012

#36 Bib#14 NEBEN Amber 3:36:20

Neben's finished 36th in the Women's Road Race, less than a minute behind gold medalist Marianne Vos. Her next competition, the individual time trial, is Wednesday around 6:30am CDT.

Huskers Open Olympic Action - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

It was an early morning for a pair of former Huskers, as Nigeria and Australia opened up Olympic play on Sunday. For Ade Dagunduro and Nigeria, the nation picked up its first-ever Olympic win with a 60-56 win over Tunisia, while Aleks Maric and Australia dropped a 75-71 decision to Brazil.

- Ade Dagundoro contributed six points and a rebound to Nigeria's win. Dagundoro and Nigeria take on Lithuania at 8:30am today.

- Aleks Maric contributed four points and two rebounds but ran into foul issues. Maric and Australia took on Spain at 3:15 this morning. We can check the results in the morning.

**Update: 7:29am

Men's Basketball - Olympic Basketball | London 2012

Australia falls to Spain, 70 to 82. Maric picked up two offensive rebounds but scored no points in the 9 minutes he played. He also drew four fouls.

Both games can be watched on NBCOlympics.com.

Aubry Helps Canada to Olympic Win - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Through a pair of Olympic contests, the 28-year-old Aubry is averaging 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds as a starter. Aubry and Canada take on France (2-0) at 3:15am CDT on Wednesday.

Swedish sprinter Therese Alshammar to skip 100 free due to pinched nerve in her neck - The Washington Post

Looks like she's not having a great Olympics. She was unable to swim the relay (which was disqualified after their anchor leg dived in too early) and may not be able to swim the 100m or 50m events.

Women's Soccer- Olympic Soccer| London 2012

LeBlanc had a really good outing against South Africa, guarding the goal against 7 shots on goal. Team Canada's (1-1-0) next match is against Sweden (1-0-1) at 8:30am CDT today on MSNBC or online for those with access.

General Olympics News

Olympic flame extinguished, relocated within stadium by Games organizers
You know, if they hadn't put it in the basement of the stadium they wouldn't have needed to extinguish the flame.

Missy Franklin has body built for speed - The Washington Post

They said the same things about Phelps - let's hope she finds a way to stay dedicated.

Ryan Lochte loses again, cannot escape Michael Phelps’s legacy at London Games - The Washington Post

Lochte isn't as special built for swimming like Phelps or Franklin - why would we expect him to usurp Phelps?

Other Stories

'Champions Bowl' Already Worth As Much Money As Rose Bowl - From Our Editors - SBNation.com

Yeah. So...that Rose Bowl is really somethin', right? SEC and Big 12 are a big product now, I guess. Products trump tradition.

Wyoming Will Not Be Seen On TV - From Our Editors - SBNation.com

I blame Maryland.

College Football Science: Where Your Team Ranks On The Fun/Skill Chart - SBNation.com
Interesting, completely non-scientific alignments.

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That's all for today. Join me every morning Monday to Friday for a round-up of the day's stories. Comments, rants and cat pictures are welcome below! (Not a member of CornNation? Join today and take part in the conversation!)

Have a great Tuesday!

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