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Flakes: Olympic Volleyball, Pokemon GO, and Sandusky

Three former Huskers will represent the U.S. in Rio for women's volleyball. One Husker baseball players opts out of MLB and returns for his senior season, and the Sandusky story continues to get worse - if that is even possible.

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The Olympics are coming! It is our once-in-every-four-years chance to care about gymnastics, track & field, and swimming. It is sports and its on TV. Sure, there will be NFL preseason football at that time, but the end of the Rio Olympics will signify that we are only days away from college football.

Are you excited for this season? Or are you dreading the terrible things that can happen to a team without much defensive line depth and a talented collection of wide receivers and running quarterback?

U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Trials |
Complete London Games coverage from Sports Illustrated. Get news, results, medal tracker and more from the 2012 Olympics at

U.S. women's national soccer team focused on Rio while also building for the future
The roster that the U.S. women's national team takes to the Olympics is that of a program with one eye on its present and one eye on its future. Which makes it anatomically impossible to keep an eye on the past.

On to Flakes...

A big bat will be returning to the Husker lineup in 2017.

Miller decides to return to Huskers - Kearney Hub: State
LINCOLN — Before the MLB draft restarted on its third and final day last month, Nebraska junior Ben Miller had already decided he wanted to return to school.

Three ex-Huskers named to Olympic volleyball team | Volleyball |
The Red, White and Blue will be well-represented by Husker red on the volleyball court in Rio de Janeiro.

Offseason news about football players is never good news.

Wild party gets five Huskers in trouble
Five Husker athletes, including three football players, were cited for maintaining a disorderly house for what police say was a wild party on Saturday night.

Q&A: Lions running back Ameer Abdullah, former Husker, continues to train in Lincoln | Football |
However you define “home,” it isn’t Nebraska for Ameer Abdullah. Not anymore. Yet, 18 months after his last college carry, Abdullah returned to Lincoln a month ago. Why? Because Lincoln

Elsewhere in Sports....

I finally downloaded Pokemon GO. I did it mostly because my job is encouraging people like me to get used to virtual reality and augmented reality as an educational tool. I'll probably spend more time diving into the structure and tactics used in the game to interest people and figure out ways to use if for virtual tours or augmented tours of different farm management practices. No one will probably every try to climb Memorial Stadium gates because of my efforts though.

All 129 major college football teams as Pokemon -
Gotta catch 'em all!

This just gets more and more awful every time a new story comes out. So many people had a chance to put an end to Sandusky's abuse but no one did.

Penn State has only itself to blame for latest accusations
It results in another round of contempt heaped on everyone with any involvement in Jerry Sandusky’s reign of terror. As victims, and Penn State sure does consider itself the victim, it isn’t sympathetic. Instead it tried to pawn the settlement off on its insurance company, which promptly balked, sued

Joe Paterno told of Jerry Sandusky assault in 1976
Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew of child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky as early as 1976, according to newly unsealed court testimony.

It is SEC Media Days. Sigh.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen defends Jeffery Simmons decision - SEC Blog- ESPN
Tuesday was consumed with off-field storylines at SEC media days, where Mississippi State's decision to bring in Jeffery Simmons was the hot topic.

Lynx Players Not Wearing 'Black Lives' Shirts in Texas - ABC News
Minnesota Lynx players did not wear T-shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of Tuesday's game in San Antonio after four off-duty police officers walked away from security jobs at a Lynx game over the weekend because of the garb.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!