Off-Season Reads - August 13th, 2012

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.

The Big Ten Network previews Nebraska football, Jonathan Rose (DB, Auburn) signs and Paul Chryst doesn't study history. Those stories and more below.

19 days to kickoff!

(Sites indicated by the double asterix (**) may have a limited number of views per 30 day/month period.)

'N' for 'Nowledge

11 Huskers Earn Degrees at Summer Commencement - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

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!

Football

(+) Big Ten Football Fall Tour: Nebraska - BTN2Go.com

A replay of the Big Ten Network's preview of Nebraska football. (+: Requires a cable subscription with access to BTN.)

Dienhart: Things I learned at Nebraska practice " Big Ten Network

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!

Burkhead Earns Preseason All-America Honor - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

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.

BTN tour mailbag: All things Nebraska Huskers " Big Ten Network

Tom Dienhart's mailbag. I wonder if his opinion of our offense changes with the loss of Moore.

Hail Varsity: Practice Report – Day 8

–Pelini said it’s a "possibility" that kicker Mauro Bondi will redshirt this season with Brett Maher capable of handling placekicking, punting and kickoff duties.

And our offensive line sounds...well...Jay Cutler may have some tips for Taylor Martinez.

Hail Varsity: Hot Reads – Joseph, Burkhead getting it done

Terry Joseph seems to be off to a great start for Nebraska.

Hail Varsity: McBride talks two-gap

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?

More B1G experience, more success for Nebraska? | TheGazette

The Gazette (Eastern Iowa) reports on Nebraska's upcoming season and the potential role that a year of experience should play.

Phil Steele 2012 - Initial Power Ratings 8/11/12

19 Nebraska 139.61

Ask the Voices with guest Rex Burkhead - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

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:

Brett Hundley named UCLA's starting quarterback - latimes.com

An update out of UCLA - they finally have a QB. He's a redshirt freshman.

Recruiting

Former Auburn DB Jonathan Rose signs with Nebraska | al.com

Rose will have 3 seasons to play after red-shirting this fall.

Nebraska-bound duo Love, McWilson back for Cardinals - TribToday.com - News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Tribune Chronicle - Warren, OH

An update about Nebraska recruits Marcus McWilson and Courtney Love of Cardinal Mooney High School (Ohio).

(**) Banderas writing own story as Lacouture joins the fray : LJS

A recruiting update from Josh Banderas and Christian Lacouture of Lincoln Southwest.

(**) Omaha's imprint fades on Big Red - Omaha.com

A thorough look at the decline in the recruitment of future Cornhuskers from Nebraska.

Volleyball

Huskers Meet Media at Coliseum - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Follow the links for words and video from our ladies of the court.

Women's Soccer

Huskers Shutout Jackrabbits, 2-0 - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

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!

Big Ten

Big Ten not No. 1 right now - The Grand Island Independent

COMMENTARY.

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.

Big Ten: Football schedules need upgrading - TwinCities.com

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?

Former SHG lineman Ryan Klachko at Illini football workout - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

Good luck to Klachko. Hope it works out for him. Don't expect any love against Nebraska in 2013.

Michigan will let Toussaint and Clark practice - Yahoo! Sports

Hoke, though, wouldn't say if part of their discipline would include missing the opener against defending champion Alabama on Sept. 1 at Cowboys Stadium.

Oh, I think I can make a pretty good guess. Sounds like "know".

Olympics

I'll try and put together a final review of our Olympians' stories at the Olympics for later this week. Until then, here's some quick notes:

B1G in London 2012 - Off Tackle Empire

OTE takes a stab at determining the Big Ten's Olympic pedigree.

Burroughs: Gold Represents Nebraska Way - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

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.

Husker N Side, Tebow, Huskers Influenced Burroughs’ Grit

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?

Other Stories

COLLEGE FOOTBALL '12: Who went where and why - Yahoo! Sports

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?

Pac-12 Conference networks come with big money at stake – USATODAY.com

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.

It's Preseason For Cameramen, Too - From Our Editors - SBNation.com

I can't think of anything scarier.

Purify catches 7 TD passes, Rattlers win Arena Bowl 72-54 over Soul - The Washington Post

Remember Purify? He's doing alright.

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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.*

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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 Monday!
-Salt Creek and Stadium

*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.

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