November 30, 2015

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.


Six incoming Huskers on the 2015 Shrine Bowl roster

2015 Shrine Bowl

2015 Shrine Bowl

Husker recruits Michael Decker of Omaha North and Daishon Neal of Omaha Central are the two main players in this summer’s 57th annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl.  In addition four husker walk-ons will play.  They include:

Wyatt Mazour – Boone Central (Nebraska walk-on)
Conor Young – Cozad (Nebraska walk-on)
Noah Johnson – Sutton (Nebraska walk-on)
Fyn Anderson – Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska walk-on)

The game is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m. CT, at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Cope Stadium at Foster Field.


Alex Agostine – Lincoln Southeast
Fyn Anderson – Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska walk-on)
Brian Arp – Kearney (Ohio recruit)
Nicholas Brungarot – Kearney Catholic
Dennis Cababting – Kearney Catholic
Branden Carpenter – Lincoln East
Matthew Clark – Syracuse (South Dakota State recruit)
Tyler Craven – Ashland-Greenwood
Ryan Earith – Papillion La Vista South (South Dakota State recruit)
Jack Harms – Crete (South Dakota State recruit)
Adam Holtorf – Seward (Kansas State recruit)
Kyle Jensen – Exeter-Milligan
Noah Johnson – Sutton (Nebraska walk-on)
Dillon Kanne – Gretna
Riley Kentifeld – Norris
Ben Klenke – Seward
Bryce Lyons – McCook
Tanner Luck – Beatrice
Alex McGinnis – Crete
Jacob LaMarche – Ralston
Brandon Mecalf – Lincoln East
DaiShon Neal – Omaha Central (Nebraska recruit)
Kallon Neelon – Omaha Westside
Kyle O’Neill – Omaha Skutt Catholic
Isaiah Ramsey – Omaha Skutt Catholic (Iowa Western CC recruit)
Thomas Russell – Millard West
Tre’ Sanders – Omaha Central
Luke Sellers – Papillion La Vista South (South Dakota State recruit)
Colton Sis – McCook
Alec Sovereign – Lincoln Southwest
Brockton Sterling – Kearney
Sam Walker – Millard West
Jessup Workman – Beatrice (South Dakota State recruit)
Conor Young – Cozad (Nebraska walk-on)
Carter Zlab – Wilber-Clatonia


Doug Goltz, Falls City Sacred Heart – Head Coach
Ryan Gottula, Lincoln Southeast – Assistant Coach
Jim Jacobsen, Norris – Assistant Coach
Phil Truax, Dundy County Stratton – Assistant Coach
Matt Farup, Lincoln Christian – Assistant Coach
Lynn Jurgens, Wilber-Clatonia – Assistant Coach

Pierce Almond – Grand Island
Chance Anglin – Sidney
Nick Arlt – Oakland-Craig
Jared Bellar – Battle Creek
Trevor Benham – Millard North
Tanner Borchardt – Gothenburg
Blake Bubak – Columbus
Kevin Cahoy – Grand Island
Dash Cameron – Tekamah Herman
Jamie Davis – Lincoln High
Michael Decker – Omaha North (Nebraska recruit)
Louis DeJager – Battle Creek
Nate Flaherty – Norfolk Catholic
Colt Fisher – Hemingford
Dayton Golden – Lincoln North Star
Josh Holcomb – Omaha Burke
Chace Hutchison – Norfolk
Vance Janssen – Blair
Jack Kalina – Papillion La Vista
Michael Lipker – Boone Central
Wyatt Mazour – Boone Central (Nebraska walk-on)
Drew McClellen – North Platte St. Patrick’s
Jack McLeay – Omaha Creighton Prep
Ian Mertlik – Blair
Jack Morock – Elkhorn
Shawn Rouse – Omaha Benson
Jake Sager – Sidney
Garrit Shanle – Columbus Scotus
Trevin Steager – David City Aquinas
Brett Stinson – Elkhorn South
Joshua Stoltenberg – Omaha Creighton Prep
Calvin Strong Jr. – Omaha North (South Dakota recruit)
Nate Tate – Omaha Burke
Adrrell Taylor – Millard North
Tyler Thomsen – Fremont Archbishop Bergan


Larry Martin, Omaha North – Head Coach
Todd Ekart, Sidney – Assistant Coach
Charlie Shoemaker, Grand Island C.C. – Assistant Coach
Andrew Carlson, Battle Creek – Assistant Coach
Todd O’Neill, Omaha North – Assistant Coach
Randy Rouse, Omaha Benson – Assistant Coach