What did Paul Chryst get himself into?(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
And we're back! (Steve promises never to let this happen again.)
A run-down of sporting stories from the weekend covering Nebraska athletics, the Big Ten and around the world.
Lincoln - A solid class of 11 Husker student-athletes will earn their bachelor's degrees from the University of Nebraska during summer commencement exercises at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday morning.
Congratulations to all our new graduate-athletes!
A replay of the Big Ten Network's preview of Nebraska football. (+: Requires a cable subscription with access to BTN.)
Dienhart is warming up to Nebraska. (He picked one of the Mitten schools to win the West.) He remains hesitant about our offenses chances with third and longs but is quite bullish on the depth of our defense.
More Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!
Preseason honors continued to roll in for senior I-back Rex Burkhead on Thursday, when he was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated.
Congratulations to Mr. Burkhead. Well-deserved recognition. Hope he can turn it into a first-team selection by December.
Tom Dienhart's mailbag. I wonder if his opinion of our offense changes with the loss of Moore.
And our offensive line sounds...well...Jay Cutler may have some tips for Taylor Martinez.
Terry Joseph seems to be off to a great start for Nebraska.
A very interesting read about Pelini's favored two-gap. Would Nebraska's defense have been better last season if we used a one-gap approach?
The Gazette (Eastern Iowa) reports on Nebraska's upcoming season and the potential role that a year of experience should play.
Greg Sharpe and Jeff Culhane take your questions about the upcoming 2012 football season. Guest Rex Burkhead will join them as well.
Non-conference opponent update:
An update out of UCLA - they finally have a QB. He's a redshirt freshman.
Rose will have 3 seasons to play after red-shirting this fall.
An update about Nebraska recruits Marcus McWilson and Courtney Love of Cardinal Mooney High School (Ohio).
A recruiting update from Josh Banderas and Christian Lacouture of Lincoln Southwest.
A thorough look at the decline in the recruitment of future Cornhuskers from Nebraska.
Follow the links for words and video from our ladies of the court.
A pair of underclassmen carried the Huskers to an exhibition win on Friday night at Fishback Soccer Park, as sophomore Samantha Areman and freshman Caroline Flynn each scored a goal in a 2-0 shutout over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
Good job, ladies!
I love HTML tags. Anyway, let's take away from this that Meyer's presence might force the Big Ten to improve across the board. That's better for the league and really college football in general.
Can't argue with this - we fans all want better matchups. Here's an interesting question: Would we put up the money to support better matchups? If a school has to go to six home football games a season to play a stronger non-conference schedule, would you be willing to pay a premium?
Good luck to Klachko. Hope it works out for him. Don't expect any love against Nebraska in 2013.
Oh, I think I can make a pretty good guess. Sounds like "know".
OTE takes a stab at determining the Big Ten's Olympic pedigree.
A 5-foot-8, New Jersey native and Nebraska graduate won the Olympic gold medal Friday in the 74-kilogram division and in the process, he became the first Olympian to claim the $250,000 prize from the Living the Dream Medal Fund, a program designed to support U.S. wrestling. Make no mistake. Jordan Burroughs represented Nebraska every bit as much as he represented America.
I love watching Rex Burkhead. I know I made a lot of sacrifices and commitments to get to the top of my sport, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he (Burkhead) does everything possible to get to the top of his. - Jordan Burrough
REX BURKHEAD INSPIRES OLYMPIANS. Seriously, what doesn't he do?
A review of the season's coaching changes.
PITTSBURGH - Previous coach: Todd Graham. New coach: Paul Chryst. How he got the job: By directing one of the most prolific offenses in the country at Wisconsin since 2005. How he can keep it: Pull Pitt from the muck of mediocrity it's been stuck in for way too long.
Oh, Paul. You didn't know about Steve's history, did you?
Interesting. Wonder if this succeeds if the Big Ten will attempt to buy share of the network from Fox to increase revenues down the line.
I can't think of anything scarier.
Remember Purify? He's doing alright.
And a quick note on my move south, it went smoothly. I'm still waiting on furniture (I'm typing this from my living room floor).
Also, in light of recent events, I promise never to let you all go without news reports for so long. I didn't realize how much of an impact my morning links posts could have in such a short time.*
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!)
*I'm confident I'm not THAT important. But in the event that I am, I'll be sure to leverage my new found powers into season tickets and charter flights to Lincoln in exchange for my continued cooperation.