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Corn Flakes: Taking Your Pulse on Nebraska Football

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Where I wonder where you're at with Husker football as spring practices continue. Are you buying into the next season? Are you paying attention? Or are you pretty skeptical?

Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, mostly empty. Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

I'm in Dallas Texas for a week, working on a company's network. Should be interesting. It's been years since I've been to Dallas, despite the fact that I have family here. As is typical with IT, I'll have to do a lot of off-hours work which means probably working through the weekend, but I will finally get the chance to meet Brian. At least I hope so.

I find myself reading regular media articles about Husker football spring practice with a great deal of skepticism. Rivals, Hail Varsity, and Sam at the Omaha world Herald all have articles about our young defensive lineman in the last day or so. I read them with a grain of salt.

They're all linked below.

Right now I don't have a lot of faith that the defense will be the part of the team that carries us if we're successful next season. Offense - that's another story, but more on that later.

It makes me wonder how other Nebraska fans are approaching this off-season. Are you looking forward to the next season with a great deal of enthusiasm, or with a great deal of skepticism?

February started thinking about what the seasons win loss totals will be?

The Husker football program is selling right now. What are you buying? I've even made up a poll!

March Madness begins today. I hope all of you have your bracket set and good luck!

Alex Davis won't be denied in his pursuit of playing time - Rivals

It was an eye-opening process, but Davis didn't shy from it. He's added 40 pounds of good weight ("I just ate when everybody told me to,") and is up to 255 now. The mental side of the game was just as important, and Davis asked his fair share of questions to get caught up with his more-experienced teammates and coaches. He said he honestly learns something new in each practice.

Young Huskers D-Linemen Making Strides | Hail Varsity

Nebraska has an experienced corps of returners in Greg McMullen, Kevin Maurice, Ross Dzuris and Kevin Williams, but the biggest gains will likely come in the underclassmen fighting for a spot in the rotation.

Sam McKewon's spring roster takes: Defense - Omaha.com: Big Red Today Blog

After four Nebraska football practices, some preliminary thoughts about how the Huskers' football roster is shaping up.

Huskers Continue Homestand with Visit from Shockers - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

After opening the 2016 home slate with six games last week, the Nebraska baseball team (9-6 0-0 Big Ten) will wrap up a nine-game homestand this weekend with a three-game series against the Wichita State Shockers (5-11, 0-0 MVC).

Foecke Named a Finalist for AAU Sullivan Award - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Foecke is among the seven finalists vying for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced today.

NIERENGARTEN: Nebrasketball was smart to not play in postseason | Sports | dailynebraskan.com

So, in the last five seasons, the only teams who have seen a significant improvement after playing in the CBI are historically solid programs with good recruiting classes. As you probably know, Nebraska has never won an NCAA tournament game and its recruiting class is ranked 64th in the nation by 247Sports.

Urban Meyer wouldn't mind copying Michigan's Florida spring break trip - Land-Grant Holy Land

Could we see the Buckeyes practice in Florida next spring?

It may not be the NCAA Tournament, but the NIT means something for Ohio State basketball - Land-Grant Holy Land

It's not as glamorous as the NCAA Tournament, but that doesn't mean the NIT isn't helping Ohio State.

Illinois hires Houston Texans assistant Bob Ligashesky as Special Teams Coordinator, Tight Ends Coach - The Champaign Room

Ligashesky coached in the NFL from 2004-15.

Basketball

2016 NCAA Tournament: Purdue A Trendy Upset Pick. Again - Hammer and Rails

Once again, folks are not high on Purdue despite Matt Painter's NCAA Tournament history.

Indiana vs. Chattanooga Q&A: beat writer Gene Henley gives us the lowdown on the Mocs - The Crimson Quarry

Chattanooga Times Free Press writer Gene Henley was kind enough to tell us who the Chattanooga Mocs are and how Thursday's first round game shapes up.

Wisconsin meets world: March Madness inexperience not rattling Badgers - Bucky's 5th Quarter

Wisconsin has been forced to mature and learn on the fly all season long. A group without much NCAA tournament experience, the Badgers will have another opportunity to grow once this year's Big Dance gets underway.

Matchup to Watch: Maryland Terrapins vs South Dakota State - BT Powerhouse

The Terrapins are obviously favored against South Dakota State, but they'll need to find a way to slow down the player nicknamed "The Dauminator."

NCAA Tournament: President Obama picks Maryland to lose in Sweet 16 to Kansas - Testudo Times

The president likes Maryland, but not too much.

Dienhart: Where will the NCAA road end for each Big Ten team? " Big Ten Network

There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my predicted scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.

Candidates For Rutgers Basketball That Could Emerge from NCAA Tournament - On the Banks

Danny Hurley reportedly removed himself from consideration for the Rutgers job. Where does Hobbs turn now?

Can Stony Brook Pull Off the Upset of the Year Against Kentucky? - Mid-Major Madness

The Stony Brook Seawolves ran their way to the NCAA Tournament and right into the clutches of big, bad Kentucky. Can the Seawolves pull off the upset of the century and knock off one of the NCAA's most prominent tournament teams?