February 11, 2016

Former Husker rooting for fellow 85 Bear

Mitch Krenk photo courtesy of YouTube

Mitch Krenk
photo courtesy of YouTube

Former Nebraska standout Mitch Krenk believes his former Chicago Bears’ teammate Ron Rivera will be the winning coach on Sunday when his Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Krenk and Rivera were both members of the 1985 Bears squad the pummeled New England 46-10 in Super Bowl 20 in New Orleans.

“I am not a betting guy but I think Carolina is too tough for them”, said Krenk. “Maybe that is me wanting Ron Rivera to get the win but Carolina has looked so tough in the playoffs I think they have got too much”

The 85 Bears were considered a team full of characters. They released a music video called “The Super Bowl Shuffle” in the middle of the season and were the subject of a 30 for 30 that premiered on ESPN Thursday night.

Krenk says the team just recently got together for a 30-year reunion.

“We had around 40 guys come back. I think it shows the bond that we have that 30 years later we are still getting together for parties.”

Karla James contributed to this story


Huskers sign balanced class

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says the Huskers’ new recruiting class understands what Nebraska is all about. Riley says there were no signing day surprises as the Huskers inked a class of 21 players.

“We can give them a combination of things that almost nobody can match in terms of the life skills they are going to get here, the academic support and the football part of it”, said Riley. The combination here is awesome and I think these guys get it.”

Riley says it is a balanced class that will help shore up some areas that lacked depth. The class includes three linebackers and four offensive linemen.

Dates set for sale of Spring Game tickets


Nebraska football fans can purchase tickets for the Red-White Spring Game beginning next week.

Season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets at 8:00a.m. on Tuesday, February 2 and tickets to the general public will go on Sale Wednesday, February 3 at 8:00a.m.

The spring game will be played on Saturday, April 16 at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff time to be determined at a later date.

All individuals entering Memorial Stadium for the spring game will need a ticket. The majority of tickets are $10 and all seats are reserved. A limited number of $15 club seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A new feature in 2016 is a group rate of $5 per ticket for any group purchasing 15 or more full-price tickets. Club seats are not available at a discounted rate.

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to ensure good seats as demand is once again expected to be high. For each of the past several years, more than 20,000 tickets were sold on the first day of sales, and Nebraska has drawn more than 54,000 fans for every Red-White game since 2004.

Former Husker Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison cell

Lawrence Phillips

Lawrence Phillips

Former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips was found dead in his prison cell this morning at Kern Valley State Prison in California. The death is being investigated as a suspected suicide.

The 40-year-old Phillips was facing first-degree murder charges for the April death of his cellmate at the prison. He was sentenced to 31 years in prison in 2008 for a variety of convictions, including choking and beating an ex-girlfriend.

This is a release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation:

The incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, when staff conducting security checks found Phillips, 40, unresponsive in his cell. He was transported to an outside hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:27 a.m. Next-of-kin has been notified.

Phillips had been in an Administrative Segregation Unit on single-cell status since April 11, 2013, after he was suspected of killing his cellmate. Phillips was currently in the early stages of the trial in Kern County for the homicide.

Phillips was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Oct. 16, 2008, from San Diego County to serve a 31-year, four-month sentence for inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft. Phillips played in the National Football League prior to his incarceration in state prison.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,896 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

Phillips was a star on Husker national championship teams in 1994 and 1995 and was taken in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

Valentine leaving for NFL

Vincent Valentine

Vincent Valentine

Nebraska defensive tackle Vincent Valentine announced he is leaving the Huskers to make himself available for the NFL draft.

As a junior this past season the Edwardsville, Illinois, native registered 10 tackles, including three sacks. He made his announcement via Twitter:

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Valentine was an Honorable Mention Big Ten All-Freshman team selection following the 2013 season and becomes the second Husker defensive lineman to leave early for the NFL. Maliek Collins announced he was leaving early following Nebraska’s win over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl.