Good morning friends!
Today, if you believe it, is the start of the second signing period. It looks to be a quiet day for Nebraska, which is nice change from previous seasons. Brian would’ve like this NSD, though he’d wonder why we can’t recruit a pass rushing OLB.
Demariyon Houston makes his call around 10am Central, and Scott Frost will join 247Sports for their NSD broadcast on Facebook Live around 12:15pm. Nebraska will hold its NSD press conference around 2pm, and we’ll have a follow up shortly after, and Rick will offer his #hottakes on this year’s class later on.
On with the Flakes, and an interesting bit of internet data:
For some reason, Nebraska fans are very interested in the Alliance of American Football.
According to Google Trends, the state of Nebraska is all-in for the Alliance of American Football. pic.twitter.com/lUWyztpKdo— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) February 6, 2019
The AAF* kicks off this Saturday with a nationally broadcast (CBS) showdown between the San Antonio Commanders and the San Diego Fleet. The latest attempt to establish a spring football league, the AAF promotes itself as a complement to the NFL’s off-season, offering a shot for free agents to get a second look from NFL executives. It’s also a chance for head coaches like Steve Spurrier (Orlando Apollos) to get one more shot at a head coach job.
*Not to be confused with the All-American Football League, a defunct league from 2011, with stronger SEO.
According to Wikipedia, “Teams will have 52 players on each roster, with some selected by a territorial draft. The territory assigned to a team consists of at least five colleges plus designated professional teams, one Canadian Football League, and four NFL teams, for those from Big Ten and the Big 12 conferences. Only one quarterback can be taken from their region.” Nebraska, apparently, falls into the Salt Lake Stallions’ territory.
According to 247Sports (note: 247Sports is owned by CBS, who is the broadcast partner for the AAF), six Nebraska players and two former coaches can be found in the AAF.
Terrell Newby, Josh Banderas, Kenny Bell, and Demornay Pierson-El will suit up for the Stallions, facing off against Kieron Williams (Arizona Hotshots) and Alonso Moore (San Antonio Commanders).
Mike Riley has taken the reigns of the San Antonio Commanders. Riley has always loved the San Antonio area, having been head coach of the (now-defunct) San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football for two seasons. He is joined by former wide receivers coach Keith Williams.
In other coaching news, Southern Mississippi is seeking an offensive coordinator, and they looked in the wrong place by tapping the disgraced Art Briles for an interview.
Question 1: Coach, how do you explain 31 of your players being accused of committing 52 sexual assaults, including 5 gang rapes?— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) February 4, 2019
Oh right, you can't. End of interview. https://t.co/wqoQxRKWJJ
After tremendous (and deserved) push-back, USM’s leadership has rescinded his candidacy.
Statement from Southern Miss:— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 6, 2019
"We have met with Art Briles regarding a position with the Southern Miss football program. Following that meeting, we informed him that he is not a candidate. The University will have no further comment on this matter."
Their head coach has since decided to take his turn in the barrel, using the ubiquitous iPhone Notes app to declare his dissent.
Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson on Art Briles pic.twitter.com/X124t9JHxD— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) February 6, 2019
Nothing bad has ever happened when using the Notes app to disagree with your superiors about an issue of public interest. Especially when you make the old white guy the victim over the women who were assaulted under his watch. I’m sure this story isn’t done yet.
An Interview with Nebraska’s First Sub-4 Minute Mile. Just thinking about how fast that run is makes me tired.
The freshman gymnast brings home some honors coming off a break-out performance against Illinois.
Millions of Nebraska trees took root thanks to Bessey - Omaha.com (via UNL150)
Nebraska is home to the first planted forest in the United States.
Reviewing almost every frame of the NFL’s Super Bowl ad - SBNation.com
The Mothership has too much time on their hand with the lull between the end of football and the beginning of spring training, so they analyze this year’s slate of advertisements from the Defense Bowl.
Lakers agree to trade with Pistons for Reggie Bullock
A basketball story for basketball fans. LeBron something.
Ghost of M&N Sandwich Owner Haunts Goodcents Location – SmellNebraska.org
A haunted sandwich shop with flying tomatoes. Good morning!
Your Accidental Legend of the Day:
Colorado Runner Kills Mountain Lion In Self-Defense : NPR
A story, in tweets:
More on today's mountain lion attack at Horsetooth Reservoir Open Space: the trail runner is recovering from his injuries, and the lion was killed as the victim defended himself on the trail. A necropsy will be performed by @COParksWildlife. More details: https://t.co/RVX0pfMg62— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) February 5, 2019
He defended himself without the use of weapons.— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) February 5, 2019
After additional investigation, including examination of the lion, we have confirmed the victim's account that he was able to suffocate the animal while defending himself from the attack.— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) February 5, 2019
The number one advice for surviving big cats? Don’t go near them. But if you do, stand your ground, look big, and fight back. Cats are cowards, and will run away if their prey doesn’t submit.
As Mike Gundy says,