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Frosted Flakes: Track and Field Nationals, Kevin Warren and Schrodingers Cat is Saved

The Huskers compete at the NCAA championships today, the B1G has a new commissioner and a whole bunch of examples of bored scientists

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NCAA National Track & Field Championships

Seventeen Huskers earned 14 bids to the National Championships, with 13 individual qualifiers and one relay team all to compete in Austin, TX starting today. There will be a total of 11 student-athletes from the women’s team and six from the men’s squad competing. A live stream will be available at WatchESPN.

Action for the Big Red will begin on Wednesday when George Kusche runs in the 1,500-meter semifinal at 6:46 p.m. Luke Siedhoff will compete in the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles at 7:32 p.m., while Burger Lambrechts Jr. will participate in the finals of the shot put at 8:40 p.m.

11 Huskers will compete on Thursday. The 4x100 team of Whitney Bridges, Lakayla Harris, Deja Ingram and Quashira McIntosh will run in the semifinals at 7:02 p.m. Chanel Freeman will compete in the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles at 8:02 p.m. and Jasmine Barge and Michaela Peskova will race in the 400-meter hurdle semifinals at 9 p.m. Chase Wolinski, Brittni Wolczyk and Sydney Otto will all be in the finals of the javelin at 8:15 p.m. and Shylia Riley will leap in the long jump finals at 8:30 p.m.

On Friday, Mayson Conner will jump in the high jump at 7 p.m., while Carlos and Khalil Davis will toss the discus at 7:05 p.m. The finals for the 1,500 meters (7:41 p.m.) and 110-meter hurdles (8:12 p.m.) are both on Friday as well.

The NCAA Championships will commence for the Huskers on Saturday with the finals of the 4x100-meter relay (5:32 p.m.), 100-meter hurdles (6:12 p.m.) and 400-meter hurdles (6:57 p.m.).

Go Big Red!

More on where each contestant is currently ranked and their best time/distance is available at: Huskers travel south for national championships

New Big Ten Commissioner

Kevin Warren was introduced as the next Big Ten commissioner, succeeding Jim Delany when he retires in a year or so. As Jon wrote yesterday, Warren was an unexpected pick but is an intriguing choice. Here are a couple of thoughts from SB Nation’s Matt Brown.

If the Big Ten only wanted to make a “diversity hire”, they could have hired a sitting conference commissioner, or perhaps a long tenured athletic director, who wasn’t a white male. That would have been pretty safe, and the conference would have still been praised.

But by hiring a qualified candidate who doesn’t exactly fit the expected profile of what the candidate’s resume should look like, you’re making a much stronger case that diversity is important to your organization.

More on our new benevolent B1G overlord:

5 things to know about new Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, including his connection with Dick Vermeil and his credentials on the basketball court - Chicago Tribune
Kevin Warren, the next Big Ten commissioner, counts former NFL coach Dick Vermeil as one of his mentors.

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Kevin Warren was named the Big Ten's new commissioner Tuesday, replacing Jim Delany, who in March announced his plans to retire in 2020 after 30 years with the league.

Of interest to Husker fans, Warren was once the representative (agent?) for Nebraska great Will Shields.

Frosted Flakes

Nothing new is available on the Maurice Washington front after yesterday’s news that he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. At this point, the concern over the football player takes a back seat to the concern over a young person who appears to have poor decision-making and judgment. Let’s hope he finds a mentor or support system that can help him change that.

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Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

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I’m about to take you on a journey.

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Another Week - Another Poop Article

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More Noise and Other Disturbances

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Then There’s This

Some scientists apparently had some spare time on their hands.

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According to the latest research results, the presence of simple hyphens in the titles of academic papers adversely affects the citation statistics, regardless of the quality of the articles.

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