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The flagship sports at Nebraska may be down, but the whole of Husker athletics is definitely not out. EA Sports settled their lawsuit. Another day, another article about a woman trying to do her job being treated badly by a person with dishonorable intentions.

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Good morning Corn Nation! It has been a beautiful spring here in the Cornhusker state.

OK, Nebrasketball stumbled down the stretch and the women's hoopsters fell short of their goals. However, their season still continues and they have a chance to put together a WNIT run. If you look around, there are still some pretty good sports being played at dear old NU. The rifle team has All-Americans, softball is ranked, bowling is back on top and the track teams are continuing their usual excellence. Also, don't look now but baseball may have found starting pitching (knocking on wood).

As a bonus, we are only weeks away from crowning new spring football heroes and arguing over whether player X, coach Y, or walk-on Z will be the difference-maker that brings the conference title back to the Big Red.

Take a deep breath. Enjoy the spring sports optimism.

Red Review: Tim Miles coached most improved offense in Big Ten | Huskers - KETV Home
Tim Miles coached the most improved offense in the Big Ten Conference this season. Check the numbers.

NU RIFLE: Husker pair claims all-america honors - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com
The pair led the Huskers to their fourth consecutive NCAA Championship on March 11-12, where the team finished eighth.

NEB WRES: Huskers set sights on NCAA Championships - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com
The Nebraska wrestling team concludes its season at the NCAA Championships, Thursday through Saturday, at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. All 10 Huskers qualified for the tournament

Huskers Ranked First in March Poll - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska bowling team has taken over the top spot in the nation in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll, released Tuesday.

Huskers receiving plenty of relief from the bullpen - North Platte Nebraska's Newspaper: Husker Sports
LINCOLN — Nebraska pitching coach Ted Silva doesn’t approach his staff as a jigsaw puzzle where only one piece fits in a certain spot.

Huskers Run-Rule Georgetown With Late Offense | KTIC Radio
The 23rd-ranked Nebraska softball team scored 10 runs over its final two at bats to run-rule Georgetown, 12-4, in five innings Sunday in the Huskers’ final game at the Louisville Slugger Invitational.

Nebraska women's gymnastics - four Huskers earn All-BIG Ten hono - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com
Nebraska gymnasts Hollie Blanske and Grace Williams were named first-team All-Big Ten and Danielle Breen and Jennie Laeng earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Monday.

Lance's Journal: Husker Gymnasts Battle Cancer Together, Mar. 14, 2016
The Nebraska Women's Gymnastics team is lending one another hope and support this winter.

Elsewhere in sports...

EA Sports settles lawsuit with college athletes for $60 million | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports
Players who were featured in the NCAA football or basketball franchises will receive a modest amount of money.

The article below makes me mad. It should make everyone mad. This also will not get better anytime soon. I have heard quite a few people in higher education say that there is an entire generation of young men coming out of college that have no idea how to treat females as colleagues and coworkers.

I have casually read articles and paid some attention (my way of saying I am not an expert) to the gloom and doom predictions made about the generation about to enter the workforce (every generation thinks the next generation is going to destroy the world and somehow we are all still here). if the "entitlement" descriptors are correct, we will likely read articles like this one for many years.

I am not sure what a person can do about this - it seems like such a big problem. I do have three sons.  At least I know where to start.

Fired Cal coach tried to 'trick' reporter into sex for job favors, report says - Yahoo Sports
The coach claimed that if the reporter would engage in sexual activity, he would help her gain greater access to the team, a report says.

Obligatory "March Madness as football" articles follow.

Picking the 2016 March Madness bracket as if each school's football team is playing - SBNation.com
Family, we need to spend more time thinking about the sport Kansas is bad at.

What would a 68-team college football bracket look like for 2016?
9-seeds: Auburn, Nebraska, Arkansas, Texas

Illinois? Hahahaha! Oh wait, Nebraska lost to them last season? Sigh.

Can Lovie Smith revitalize Illinois's recruiting? | SI.com
Put it all together, and it’s not difficult to see why the Illini have been unable to compile the talent necessary for sustained success.

Colt McCoy opens up about the 'normal' hit that altered the BCS Championship vs. Bama - SBNation.com
Texas hasn't been the same since that hit.

Pitt RB James Conner practices one day after cancer treatment | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Conner, a former All-American, was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma at the end of last season.

Former Huskers player encourages students to be own heroes - North Platte Nebraska's Newspaper: Local News
Former Huskers football player DeMoine Adams began by asking a simple question: "Who’s your favorite superhero?"

Have a great Wednesday everyone!