March 31, 2015

Randy Gregory fails NFL pot test at Combine

Randy Gregory (photo: NU Athletics)

Randy Gregory (photo: NU Athletics)

NFL.com is reporting that former Nebraska star and potential top-ten draft pick, Randy Gregory, tested positive for marijuana in February at the scouting combine.

Gregory admitted to the website that he’s been smoking pot for a long time and almost got kicked off the Husker football team. He said he smoking after graduating high school and tested positive in January 2014 and April 2014 at Nebraska.  Gregory was threatened that he would be kicked off the team if he failed a third test.

“I blame myself,” Gregory told NFL.com in revealing the positive test. “And I know it sounds cliché, but there’s really no one else I can blame.”

Gregory, 6’5, 243-pounds, had 17.5 sacks in his two years at Nebraska.

 

Former Husker coach Kaczenski arrested on domestic assault

Rick Kaczenski

Rick Kaczenski

Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski, part of Bo Pelini’s staff that was fired in December, was arrested Sunday on a charge of third-degree domestic assault and remains in jail as of Monday morning. Lincoln police arrested the 40-year old Kaczenski Sunday afternoon after they had already responded to a call from someone outside the Kaczenski’s home regarding arguments between he and his wife late Saturday night/early Sunday.

According to the police report, Kaczenski’s 33-year old wife suffered a cut to her forehead and scratches to her face and neck, but did not seek medical treatment at a hospital.  Kaczenski allegedly threw a picture frame at her head.

Suspects arrested on suspicion of domestic assault charges in Lancaster County remain in jail until their arraignment and can’t be released on bond.  He was NU’s defensive line coach for three seasons.  Prior to that he was a defensive line coach at Iowa.

Former Husker Suh ready to sign a monster deal with Miami

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

Former Husker standout Ndamukong Suh, who started his career with the Detroit Lions is ready to sign one of the biggest deals in NFL history.  When the new NFL season officially starts on Tuesday with the opening of free agency, the Miami Dolphins are ready to sign Suh to a guaranteed $60 million.

The figures, first reported by ESPN are $19 million per season, $60 million guaranteed, $114 million total.

Four quarterbacks were the top earners in guaranteed money, and only San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick had passed the $60 million guaranteed mark ($61 million).  The three biggest defensive guarantees before Suh’s $60 million were $47.368 million (Patrick Peterson), $51.5 million (Gerald McCoy) and J.J. Watt’s $51.876 million.

Riley hires former Maryland DC as defensive backs coach

Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart

University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley announced Tuesday the hiring of Brian Stewart as the Huskers’ defensive backs coach. Stewart brings defensive coordinator experience at both the college and professional levels to the Husker staff. Stewart comes to Nebraska after spending the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Maryland.  His stop at Maryland continued an impressive coaching resume that includes seven years as a defensive coordinator—five years in college football and two in the National Football League. Stewart also has 15 years of tutoring defensive backs on his coaching resume.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Nebraska football program,” Stewart said. “The opportunity to coach at Nebraska is awesome. My first impression is ‘wow’. From the weight room to walking down the hallway and seeing the national championship trophies, Nebraska is what you think it is…a football powerhouse. The most important thing for me in my coaching career is my family. Coach Riley and his staff have been together so long, and you can just see the loyalty and trust. I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Riley said adding another experienced coach to his staff will provide excellent leadership to a veteran group of Nebraska defensive backs.

“Brian Stewart brings a record of success in both the collegiate and professional ranks and will be a great fit at the University of Nebraska,” Riley said. “He has experience coaching and recruiting in all parts of the country, most recently with experience in the Big Ten Conference. We look forward to Brian getting started with our defensive staff and our secondary.”

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First chance to see Mike Riley’s Huskers will come on April 11th

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

The University of Nebraska and BTN have announced that the Huskers’ April 11 Red-White Spring Game will be televised live on the network, beginning at 1 p.m.

In addition to live coverage on BTN, the game will also be available for fans on their mobile devices through BTN2Go. This marks the fourth straight year BTN has provided coverage of the Nebraska spring game.