December 17, 2014

Pelini going back home. Reports suggest he’ll coach Youngstown State

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

Bo Pelini

Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will become the head-coach at Youngstown State. Pelini went to high school in Youngstown, Ohio.   Pelini was 67-27 as Nebraska’s coach, passing Tom Osborne for the most wins ever at the school in a coach’s first seven years, but he couldn’t win the big games.

Pelini joins former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who is president of Youngstown State.


Michigan and Wisconsin still on hold with their coaching searches (AUDIO)

Paul Chryst (photo/

Paul Chryst (photo/

After LSU’s Monday evening bowl practice, Tigers’ coach Les Miles addressed persistent rumors that he will return to his alma mater, where he played under Bo Schembechler and spent a decade as an assistant coach.  Miles refused to be quoted on the record, but he sent a clear message: A return to Ann Arbor is not going to happen. He and his agent, have not heard from Michigan, Miles said, and he would not change jobs even if Michigan made contact.

Paul Chryst is still the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers. While the former Wisconsin player and offensive coordinator said Monday he has talked to the Badgers about the vacant head coaching position, he hasn’t heard anything concrete and doesn’t expect to before Wednesday, the earliest Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez can name a successor to Gary Andersen.

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Lamberty wins freshman honor again in the Big East

Sydney Lamberty (photo/

Sydney Lamberty (photo/

Freshman Sydney Lamberty liked being the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week so much, she decided to keep the title a second week.  Lamberty earned the honor for the second consecutive week on Monday, Dec. 15.

Lamberty averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in a 2-1 week for the Bluejays, with the lone setback being a narrow 60-57 loss to nationally ranked Nebraska.  The rookie started all three games for Creighton, with her 14 points, 11 rebounds against Northern Iowa being team highs. Lamberty’s assist average led the Bluejays last week, while her rebounding mark was tied for the lead and her point total ranked third. She shot .441 from the floor, including a .400 clip from deep. She is the first player this season to be named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks.

Nebraska-Kearney gets a new head football coach

Josh Lamberson (photo/UNK Athletics)

Josh Lamberson (photo/UNK Athletics)

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has hired former Central Missouri assistant coach Josh Lamberson as its head football coach, UNK announced today.

UNK will formally introduce Lamberson as its 17th coach in team history at a 10 a.m. news conference Monday at the Health and Sports Center.

“I’m extremely honored and excited to help carry on the tradition of Loper football and write the next chapter,” Lamberson said. “UNK is a proud program, and Nebraska is a proud football state. We are going to build our program around Nebraska kids and hard-nosed players who are committed to success.”

Lamberson, 32, is a native of Wilbur, Neb., and has a career record of 80-30 in nine years as an assistant coach at Central Missouri (39-19), Southeastern Oklahoma State (13-9) and Northwest Missouri State University (28-2).

He spent the past five seasons at Central Missouri, including four as offensive coordinator. He also coached wide receivers and was the recruiting coordinator.

Lamberson worked two seasons at Southeastern Oklahoma State as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008-10. He also was a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State in 2006-07, helping lead the Bearcats to a 28-2 record and spot in the national championship game both seasons as quarterbacks coach.

Lamberson replaces Darrell Morris, who was UNK’s head coach the past 15 seasons.

UNK Director of Athletics Paul Plinske chose Lamberson following a nationwide search that garnered more than 125 applicants. Lamberson signed a three-year contract with an annual salary of $100,000.

“Josh brings an incredible passion for the student-athlete experience, a keen understanding of how to coach football and an uncanny ability to create a family atmosphere,” said Plinske. “His experiences at two highly successful Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association schools were incredibly appealing to me, but his ties to the state of Nebraska put him over the top and make him a perfect fit for UNK.”

Lamberson is no stranger to the MIAA. In addition to coaching seven years in the conference, he was an All-American quarterback at Northwest Missouri State and played in two NCAA Division II national championships. He finished his career in 2005 as the school’s all-time passing leader with 7,365 career yards and was a semifinalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy given to the top player in NCAA Division II.

“This is my first job as a head coach, and I’m absolutely confident that I’m prepared for it,” Lamberson said. “I’ve learned from great coaches and leaders of men in Mel Tjeerdsma and Jim Svoboda. I know what it takes to win football games and how to go about doing it.”

Lamberson is recognized as a coach with a strong offensive mind.

Using a no-huddle, up-tempo offense, his teams at Central Missouri were regularly among the MIAA’s top offenses. This season, Central Missouri led the MIAA in scoring offense with 35.7 points per game, was second in total offense at 446 yards per game and fourth in passing offense at 224 yards per game. His teams set 70 school records on offense.

Central Missouri went 39-19 during Lamberson’s five years there and made back-to-back postseason appearances in 2010 and 2011, when the Mules advanced to the NCAA-II quarterfinals and finished 11-3.

“Our staff is going to sell a brand of football where kids play together. A family atmosphere is the building block of something special,” Lamberson said. “UNK football has rich tradition and fantastic support from the community, campus and former players. We are going to embrace the past, build on what’s already in place and work hard to get everybody pointed in the same direction.”

Husker volleyball upended by BYU after shocking Washington at NCAA regionals

BYU celebrates their win over Nebraska volleyball (photo/

BYU celebrates their win over Nebraska volleyball (photo/

The 14th-seeded Nebraska volleyball team’s run through the NCAA Tournament came to an end late Saturday night in Alaska Airlines Arena, as the Huskers fell to upset-minded BYU 3-0 (21-25, 20-25, 21-25) in the Seattle Regional Final.

The Huskers finished the season 23-10 and came up one match shy of the NCAA Semifinals for the third straight season. Nebraska has been in four regional finals since its last NCAA Semifinals appearance in 2008 but has been unable to advance each time.

After upsetting No. 3 Washington on Friday to snap the Huskies’ 34-match home win streak, the Huskers couldn’t muster the same performance on Saturday to top the Cougars.

BYU (29-4) entered the NCAA Tournament ranked 12th in the nation but was unseeded. The Cougars reeled off a second-round win over No. 11 Arizona and a Sweet 16 win over No. 6 Florida State on Friday before knocking off the Huskers on Saturday. BYU will take on No. 2 Texas in one NCAA Semifinal in Oklahoma City, Okla. next Thursday. The other semifinal pits top seed Stanford against fifth-seed Penn State.

Amber Rolfzen led the Huskers with 11 kills. Kadie Rolfzen had 10 kills and 15 digs for her fourth double-double of the NCAA Tournament. Kelsey Fien added nine kills. Senior setter Mary Pollmiller capped her Husker career with 38 assists for a career total of 5,230, which ranks fourth among current DI setters. Justine Wong-Orantes had 22 digs in a solid defensive effort.

On Friday, Washington’s amazing season ended in the NCAA round of 16, and 14th-seeded Nebraska pulled off the stunning upset, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 29-27. The Huskies saw its 34-match home win streak and national title chase come to an end too soon.