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Corn Flakes: Baseball vs Loyola Marymount, Big Ten Tourney!

Nebraska baseball has a four-game series against Loyola Marymount and an update on the Big Ten Tourney!

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I was so excited about Nebraska's win over Wisconsin that I did not take the time to compile what's going on this weekend for the entire Big Ten in baseball.

What a win by Nebrasketball! The defense was as stifling as most 20-year marriages and it stayed that way throughout the entire game!

I'm hoping that Shavon Shields doesn't want his Husker career to end tonight and the rest of the team stays with him on the intensity!

Here are the current Big Ten Baseball standings:

Sparty has been kicking some ass early the season when it generally takes Northern (cold weather) teams about two-three weeks to really get started every season. Boydsworld has put out his early RPI and ISR (Interactive Strength Rating) for 2016, and Sparty is ranked very high in both.

Minnesota is rather a surprise at 7-3 but Michigan is about where everyone thought they'd be. The Weasels remain the only ranked Big Ten team.

Nebraska baseball has a four game series with Loyola Marymount this weekend. The Lions come into Lincoln with a 6-6 record, having spent the previous weekend in Miami, FL where they won three of four against Florida International last weekend. Boyds has them with a RPI of 84, a little below Nebraska's 78.

Note the baseball schedule change:

The series was originally scheduled for one game on Friday, a doubleheader on Saturday and a game on Sunday, but because of forecasted rain, the teams will now open with a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1:35 p.m. Game two of the doubleheader will start 45 minutes after the end of game one.

How to Listen/Watch Husker Baseball

Fans can listen to Greg Sharpe, Ben McLaughlin and Nick Handley call all the action on the Husker Sports Network, including on and the Official Husker App.

Friday’s series opener can be heard in Lincoln on 1400 AM and in Omaha on 590 AM. After that it all depends on if Nebraska’s men’s basketball team is still in the Big Ten Tournament. If the team is still playing in Indianapolis, games will be carried on 105.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. TuneIn Radio will only carry baseball games if there is not a men’s basketball game that day.

Friday and Sunday’s games will also be video streamed live on HuskersNSide (subscription required). Saturday’s game will be carried on the Big Ten Network’s online streaming service, BTN Plus (subscription required).

This is very significant news:

The NCAA Board of Governors approved a one-time supplemental distribution of $200 million to Division I schools, which must be used explicitly for programs that benefit student-athletes.

Athletics departments will be permitted to use the funds to create endowments that directly support students, to launch financial literacy and mental health programs, or to expand academic advising and tutoring resources, for example. Additionally, uses can include funding for scholarships up to the full cost of attendance, four-year guaranteed scholarships and unlimited meals and snacks for athletes, all of which have been approved in Division I in the past two years.

Do you suppose the NCAA released the fund in order to convince the courts they are doing more to support student athletes? Or do they want to give it away to people who might actually benefit rather than just give it to lawyers (because that's what typically happens in class action lawsuits)?

That is a significant chunk of change to some programs. It will be interesting to see how they use it. I hope that the media keeps a watchful eye on this stuff.

Coach Cav's 2016 Goal: Knock People Around | Hail Varsity

"He coached me up," Foster said. "He did everything he could. He told me if I want to be the player he thinks I can be, I need to buy in. I accepted that. This fall, we were all out here; we’ve been working; we’ve all been doing everything that we can to be the best players we can be. I think that this spring ball is going to show that the line, we’re definitely molding and we’re definitely coming to be a better line than we were in previous years."

Cavanaugh sees progress on line

"I think Nick (Gates) has made a pretty good transition to the left side," Cavanaugh said. "At right guard, you have a lot of battles going on between Corey Whitaker, (Tanner) Farmer, left side is Foster and I thought (David) Knevel had a pretty good day today."

Big 12 expansion talk is being twisted by Oklahoma egomaniac David Boren | The Kansas City Star

A disproportionate amount of this is the fault of Oklahoma president David Boren, an egomaniac whose platform and continued public criticisms of the league are driving the push. Boren is such a problem that the league issued a gag order on its presidents and chancellors on the topic of possible expansion, a championship football game, and a conference television network. The league’s more considered and well-intentioned leaders have obeyed. Boren, of course, continued to talk.

This is about as scathing an article as you can find.

As March Madness approaches, two reporters take a withering look at the NCAA – Poynter

"Indentured" is a harsh term to employ in describing many college athletes. But it's the carefully chosen title of a new book on college sports and, in particular, the role of a goliath overseer, the NCAA.

Rutgers Fires Men's Basketball Coach Eddie Jordan - On the Banks

Athletic Director Patrick Hobbs made the decision to part ways with the former star player after the worst season for the program in 28 years.

Who Will AD Pat Hobbs Target For The Next Rutgers Men's Basketball Coach? - On the Banks

Eddie Jordan is out. Who are likely to be the candidates to replace him?

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