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Flakes: Perspective, Gordon!, Jerry Kill, Fyfe & Bacon

Football really is just a game. A former Husker great shines in the World Series and we may have a different QB on Saturday.

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Sometimes things happen that make you remember that football is just not all that important no matter how much time and effort we put into writing about it.

UNL statement on death of student | News Releases | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln issued the following statement regarding the death of UNL student Brianna Anson, a UNL student and member of Nebraska Athletics' Spirit Squad. This young woman's death is being investigated as a suicide according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

In addition to including her family and friends in my prayers, I think I will look up from my computer a bit more today and try to be more attentive to the needs and signals of my own family and friends (though my counselor friends who have real expertise tell me it is much more complex than that simple act). Reading about whether o-line rotations are effective or not does not seem very important right now.

Unexpected News from Minnesota

Minnesota Football: Jerry Kill Retiring Immediately Due to Health Concerns - The Daily Gopher
Due to health concerns, Jerry Kill is retiring as head football coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers

Kill Steps Down Due To Health Reasons - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill announced today that he is retiring from his position effective immediately due to medical concerns. Tracy Claeys has been named interim head coach.

After listening to some of his retirement press conference, it really sounds like the stress and demands of his job reached a point where he and his doctors did not feel like they could properly manage his health anymore. He had a very difficult choice, risk very serious consequences (even death) or retire.

We here at Corn Nation wish Coach Kill the best as he deals with whatever is ahead.

OK - Time for something on a lighter note:

Former Husker Alex Gordon's heroics were on full display in Game 1 of the World Series last night.

Gordon's solo home run forces extras - ESPN Video
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon rockets a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings in Game 1 of the World Series.

A Long Night In Kansas City: World Series Game 1 In Numbers And Images : The Two-Way : NPR
In the longest opening match in World Series history, the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets, 5 to 4.

Husker Sports

Nebraska at Purdue Preview - Hammer and Rails
Nebraska has a losing record. Of course they are a double-digit favorite this week. They must be playing Purdue.

Nebraska volleyball notebook: Huskers didn't handle expectations : Latest Husker News
Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook said the Huskers didn’t handle expectations after going into last weekend tied for first place in the Big Ten Conference and being ranked No. 3

Notes: Mike Riley looks at junior colleges to help Husker pass rush - Big Red Today - Husker Football News, Schedules And Videos
Despite Nebraska facing more passes than any other team in college football, the Huskers have just 17 sacks overall. Roughly 4.5 percent of the opponents’ drop-back passes have resulted, thus, in sacks.

New Verse, same song for Huskers - North Platte Nebraska's Newspaper: Husker Sports
LINCOLN — You wonder if Nebraska coach Mike Riley ever gets really ticked off. If he does, now is the time to at least show it to his team.

With 4 games left, close losses leave Huskers far from bowl
Close losses leave Huskers far from bowl eligibility with top-10 opponents looming in November

Elsewhere in the world of sports...

Flip Saunders’ death 'leaves gaping hole in fabric of NBA' -
Flip Saunders arrived in Minnesota 42 years ago to play basketball for the University of Minnesota. Despite taking jobs elsewhere, he never really left.

When I was a kid in South Dakota, I remember Coach Saunders from when he was coaching the D-league team in Sioux Falls (Skyforce; back then it was the CBA or Continental Basketball Association). It was apparent very quickly that he was destined to leave for bigger and better things. It is a sad thing to lose someone like him so young.

Ranking the 7 most interesting college jobs for Chip Kelly ... you know, just in case -
Please come home, Chip.

Just because...

Don’t Panic! Understanding the Link Between Processed Meat and Cancer | Nerdist
You've probably seen the breathless headlines today saying that eating meat gives you cancer. While it is true that eating red and processed meats has been

The WHO is tryin' to take away our bacon Pawwwwwwwwl!

Maybe It's Time To Stop Snickering About Aliens : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
This may be the moment for all of us sober, rational, boring scientists to stop with our quick dismissals, as beyond them hides a much more interesting reality, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.