Off-Season Reads - August 24th, 2012

It may be eight days until Nebraska plays, but it's only six days until college football!

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

Nebraska starts preparing for Southern Mississippi, Barrett Ruud has one heck of a mustache and it's the last weekend to do chores before football gets in the way. Those stories and more below.

8 days to kickoff

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Football

Huskers Shift Focus to Southern Miss - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

When asked how the Huskers will prepare for a team with a new staff, Papuchis said research is key.

"You turn over every rock, look at the resources that are out there and use your best judgment," Papuchis said. "We're not going to know exactly what they're going to try to do coming in here, but we're going to try to get the best idea we can possibly get from all their coaches' backgrounds. We're going to get a feel for what they do and hope that we've taught enough lessons throughout the course of spring ball and fall camp that we apply them next week."

Remembering Nebraska's historic three championships in four years - NCAA Football - SI.com

Will Saban find a way to match Osborne's achievement? Will Saban's achievement be more impressive due to the different era of football?

Huskers seek more depth at I-back position - The Grand Island Independent : Sports: college football, nebraska, rex burkhead, ameer abdullah, imani cross

"I know one thing — when we do kind of sort it out, I think we’ll have a very good rotation." - Ron Brown

A lot of confidence in our stable.

Prep football: Nebraska recruit Natter plans to matter : Wisconsin State Journal

Sounds like a solid get. I like these recruits who are very vocal about their commitments.

More Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!

Barney Cotton at a crossroads - Tad Stryker - HuskerMax.com

I guess we'll have to wait and see how Cotton/Garrison's second year in Beck's system goes. I'm hoping it goes well enough that we can have some staff stability. Or at least let Pelini replace Cotton and not public opinion.

(**) Pelini talks Cross, defensive depth and Martinez | sports.omaha.com

"He’s turned out to be faster, more elusive and athletic than we imagined he would be at this point in his career," Pelini said. Cross could play some special teams, too.

The OWH delivers some depth chart news following Pelini's monthly appearance on 'Sports Nightly'. Seems mostly in line with Mike's analysis.

(**) Turner finds mentor in Marlowe | sports.omaha.com

Sounds like Turner might've found the maturity he'll need to find his way back on the field. Another weapon for Martinez and this offense.

(**) Two gap or not two gap? : Husker Extra

I thought we'd settled this? Anyway, long story short, it sounds like rather than waiting for the offense to give a tell about what they're going to do, the defense is going to roll the dice and hope it works. Sounds like a high risk, high reward kind of system. Hope it works for us.

Non-conference Update

USM's running game to be another collective effort | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com

Worked for Rex and Roy but I'm not expecting them to get much traction against Nebraska.

USM NOTEBOOK: Eagles' Collins back at practice | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com

USM sounds like it has a lot of rebuilding to do after last year's C-USA championship and losing Larry Fedora to UNC.

Men's Tennis

Tongoona Named Assistant Tennis Coach - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Congratulations and good luck!

Big Ten

Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog

"What sort of season should Wisconsin expect from the transfer? Nothing like the year Wilson put forth last year, for one. "

Wisconsin will live and die by the play of two things: Danny O'Brien and their secondary.

Other Stories

New Saints LB Barrett Ruud was surprised by trade but believes he landed with a contender - The Washington Post

DAT 'STACHE.

Ex-Nebraska QB Cody Green gets new start at Tulsa

"That's all nice and wonderful, but I'm not here for facilities. I'm here for learning football, playing football and trying to get to the next level. Trying to get the guys that I'm playing with to the next level."

Kind of a back-handed compliment there. Wish him well.

Thought Experiment: Could The NFL Function Without Officials? - SBNation.com

Isn't this how the Big 12 was run...?

Breaking: Tim Brewster to join the Mississippi State coaching staff | CoachingSearch.com

Tim Brewster has found a job in the SEC. College football: where failure means you still can find employment elsewhere.

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Have a great Friday and a wonderful LAST WEEKEND BEFORE FOOTBALL!

-Salt Creek and Stadium

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