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Off-Season Reads - July 20th, 2012

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

Rex Burkhead gets on a watch list, Michael Dyer denied a waiver and Big Ten basketball coaches aren't big fans of the proposed firing powers for the commissioner. Those stories and more below.

43 days to kickoff!


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Promising sign for Ciante - he struggled in some games to stay in position.

27 yards: Putting on his cape

35 carries. Gods be good, I hope the receiving corps steps up so that Mr. Burkhead doesn't need to run like that again.

2012 Doak Walker Award Candidates Announced

(Warning, PDF) Rex Burkhead makes the list.

More football and other stories after the jump!

2012 UCLA Football Season Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers - Go Joe Bruin - A UCLA Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

That’s what we’re striving for, here at UCLA, and we hope to be where Nebraska is: Whining over nine-win seasons.

Rather apt description of our fan base.

And I actually kind of like this review of our team too. And they do make the point that if they go with a pocket-passing QB, their chances of beating Nebraska diminish significantly. And it sounds like the way to beat UCLA is through the air, so I hope our receivers are up to the task.

Life in the Red's Blog | Martinez learns from Mannings

In one sense, Taylor Martinez may regard persistent questions about his passing mechanics as a welcome change. That discussion perhaps took focus off questions about his leadership ability -- with many folks attempting to draw conclusions from what they see of the Nebraska junior quarterback at news conferences and on the sideline.

43 more days and we won't have to nitpick!

Nebraska Cornhuskers Postional Preview: Quarterbacks : Nebraska Cornhuskers Football

And our receivers should work on catching the ball.

B1G position rankings: WR/TE (units) - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

Nebraska is again ranked as a top unit (No. 2) which past results suggests catching the ball is a difficult concept for all the Big Ten teams, not just Nebraska.

Live Webcast of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Show | National Football Foundation

The National Football Foundation (NFF) highlighted today that college gridiron fans from around the country will be able to watch live on the internet the historic 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Show on July 21 at 8:20 p.m. EDT.

No Tommie Frazier but they are inducting Will Shields.

Michael Dyer Denied Waiver, May Transfer Again -

Dyer would only have been eligible to play at Arkansas State in 2012 with a successful waiver appeal, but could still, in theory, transfer to an FCS or Division II school and be immediately eligible to play.

One less tool for Malzahn. Too bad - would've been a good test for our defense. If you don't remember, Dyer had kind of a big run in Auburn's BCS win against Oregon for the 2010 MNC.


How Olympic audio engineers create a hyperreal sound experience | The Verge

Interesting, no? Sometimes I wish I could get a "hyperreal sound experience" at Memorial, if only to hear the band play.

Big Ten

Life in the Red's Blog | Camp previews: Indiana

Here's the final capsule from the East Division. (You can catch the other ones here). No mentions of tire fires but apparently Indiana went to a swap meet with Arizona.

BTN and ESPNU to Air Coverage of 2012 Big Ten Football Media Days - BIG TEN CONFERENCE Official Athletic Site

The Big Ten Conference announced today that BTN and ESPNU will continue to air coverage of the opening session of the 2012 Big Ten Football Media Days on Thursday, July 26. The media days will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

Just an FYI for those who may be interested in watching the proceedings live.

Jim Delany Wants the Power to Fire Coaches - Players - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Big Ten’s 12-member Council of Presidents and Chancellors must approve any decision to suspend, expel, or place on probation any member of the conference. According to the conference handbook, expulsion requires a vote of not less than 60 percent of the full council (a Big Ten spokesman said that figure is actually 70 percent, or eight members, which will be reflected in the 2012-13 handbook).

Do you see eight members of the Big Ten voting out Penn State? I'm not sure I do. (Story via the Mothership.)

Big Ten may give commish power to fire coaches

A reminder of yesterday's big story out of the Big Ten. (Join our discussion here.)

Big Ten coaches blast Big Ten proposal -

Basketball coaches aren't too high on the centralized authority proposal for Big Ten employment. Can you blame them?

Alvarez against potential PSU death penalty

He makes a good point about collateral damage but is it enough of an argument against it?

College football is king in South, and uneasy lies the crown –

But the reality is that coaches such as Saban and many others make in half a month what the school presidents earn in a year. The coaches are held up as almost gods by adoring fans who dump nine figures into the major programs, through cash donations, ticket purchases, apparel sales and tuition.

Does Pelini carry that kind of weight at Nebraska? How much influence does Osborne have? Or are we not that crazy?


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Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekends!

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