Off-Season Reads - August 21st, 2012

A run-down of sporting stories from yesterday covering Nebraska athletics, the Big Ten and around the world. (Blew the intro yesterday. Darn copy and paste.) (Actually, I didn't. I may not know what day of the week it is any more.)

UNL celebrates the Morrill Act, Minnesota claims a National Championship and the WAC officially announces the end of football. Those stories and more below.

11 days to kickoff!

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N for 'Nowledge

UNL Plans to Celebrate- The North Platte Bulletin

This year is the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Morrill Act which allowed for the establishment of our fine university.

Football (A sad dearth of stories today)

Hail Varsity: Nebraska and Football’s Pythagorean Theorem

Applying the so-called sports' "Pythagorean Theorem" pioneered by Bill James to Nebraska football has some interesting outcomes.

More stories after the Jump!

Non-conference Updates:

NCAA Football Preview - Southern Miss Golden Eagles - chicagotribune.com

The Chicago Tribune reviews the Eagles. While their non-conference is a difficult slate, most reviewers seem to believe that the Eagles should be competitive in the C-USA.

Golden Eagles Go Through Second Scrimmage of Fall Practice Saturday - SOUTHERNMISS.COM

A report out of Southern Miss' Saturday scrimmage.

A-State Football Practice Report: August 19 - Arkansas State Athletics Official Web Site - astateredwolves.com

The Red Wolves used the previous day to hold their fourth scrimmage of the year at 9 p.m. in order to better simulate game-time conditions for their season opener at Oregon on Sept. 1. The scrimmage featured some full-contact action early, but also put A-State in various scripted scenarios they could face in a game.

Perhaps this was Pelini's goal for scheduling night practices?

UCLA football players rave about practice field's new turf - latimes.com

We'll see what kind of dividends a new field pays when Nebraska travels to Los Angeles in September. If the players keep getting chased off the field, I don't think it'll help much.

Big Ten

Hill’s injury takes the air out of the stadium | TheGazette

At some point, OSHA's gotta step in, right? AIRBHG is very real...

AIRBHG; The Complete Saga - HawkeyeNation Forum

That's a really bad string of bad luck.

Minnesota claims 1904 national title - CBSSports.com

I'm sure their team will now be instantly better because they're a SEVEN TIME NATIONAL CHAMP instead of just a measly 6 before 1960.

2012 Big Ten Football Picks: Wisconsin Better Than Ohio State, Michigan - SBNation.com

Those interested in betting lines, here's one SB Nation writer's opinion. (Nebraska's a no-play.)

Other Stories

The Pac-12 Networks: Broadcasting To You Live From The Future - SBNation.com

A look into the launch of the Pac-12 Network from Spencer Hall. If their network is successful, the long-term investment should make a huge payoff. (It's already more successful than the Longhorn Network.

WAC to drop football after 2012 season, commissioner Hurd says - The Denver Post

Who will step up for those late Friday night football games?!

Big East Expansion: Another Football Team Likely Coming - SBNation.com

I'm convinced they're really just doing this to break EA Sports' NCAA college football games.

2012 Top Party Schools List Led By West Virginia, SEC - From Our Editors - SBNation.com

Iowa, Illinois and Madison make the cut!

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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 Tuesday! (Messed this one up yesterday as well, didn't I...)


-Salt Creek and Stadium

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