February 7, 2016

Nebraska well represented on Northwest Missouri State’s D-II football championship roster

Northwest Missouri State celebrates their national championship (photo/Ian Echlin)

Northwest Missouri State celebrates their national championship (photo/Ian Echlin)

In front of a record-setting crowd of 16,181 fans Saturday evening at Sporting Park, in Kansas City, KS, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats stamped their name in the history books and treated their fans to their fifth overall national title and second in three years. Over the last three years, Northwest has compiled a 40-2 record.

Playing a big part in this program’s success is the play of quarterback Brady Bolles, a native of Lincoln.

“It was incredible,” said the senior, Bolles, who concluded his stellar career at Northwest by going 20 for 27 for 233 yards and one touchdown. “Our fans were nuts all game. All season they were incredible. To go out on top my senior year is what you dream about.  It felt like a home game at a different field. Like I’ve been saying the whole year, we have the best fans in D-II hands down.”

Bolles played his high school ball at Lincoln North Star, threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns against only nine interceptions, averaging 265 yards per game.

Bolles is one of 13 Nebraska natives who made up the Bearcats roster that finished the season 15-0.

2 Brock Sherman LB 6-0 226 Sr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
62 Chase Sherman OL 6-0 271 Jr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
50 Zach Maloley LB 6-1 237 Sr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
Eli Keller LB 6-2 215 Fr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
78 Landon Kubicek OL 6-4 291 So. Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln Southeast HS
10 Brady Bolles QB 6-3 205 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. / North Star HS
99 Brandon Yost DT 6-2 290 Sr. Omaha, Neb. / Millard West HS
72 Sam Gill OL 6-4 247 So. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Burke HS
36 Cole Bixler LB 6-1 210 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha North HS
54 Matt Connelly LB 5-11 224 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Westside HS
DJ McGargill DE 6-2 195 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Skutt HS
74 Zach Flott OL 6-5 303 Fr. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS
79 Ryan Huff OL 6-4 276 So. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS

Financial details on Miles and Yori contract extensions

Tim Miles-Big TenTim Miles will make $2,000,080 annually through March 31, 2020. Miles was making $1,652,646 for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Nebraska assistant coaches also received a salary increase.  Recently hired Rashon Burno is the Huskers’ highest-paid assistant at $248,000.  Jim Molinari is making $244,297 after previously making $237,182, and Kenya Hunter is making $243,665 up from $236,568.

Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori, who received a two-year contract extension through 2020, received a raise from $707,000 to $732,913 annually through 2020.  Women’s assistant coaches salaries are Amy Stephens, $171,561; Britney Brown, $150,000; and Dayna Finch, $121,635. All three are under contract through April 30, 2016.

NU women to play NC State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Nebraska vs. Duke in last season's Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska vs. Duke in last season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska will play North Carolina State on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  The Huskers, who defeated No. 9 Duke, 60-54 in Lincoln on Dec. 3, 2014 in the annual challenge, will play host to the Wolfpack exactly one year after beating the Blue Devils in the series between two of the nation’s best women’s basketball conferences.

“We’re excited about adding another quality opponent to our home schedule this season,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “We know that NC State is a great basketball school with outstanding tradition. I think it is a matchup that our fans and our players will be excited about.”


The young Huskers will expect to have their hands full with a Wolfpack team that returns four starters from last year’s squad that finished 18-15 overall and 7-9 in the ACC. NC State advanced to the third round of the Postseason WNIT, ending its season with an 80-79 loss at Temple on March 26.  It was one of 11 losses by single digits for the Wolfpack last season, including a pair of one-point losses and an overtime setback late in the season.

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Contract extensions for both Nebraska basketball coaches

Tim Miles will coach at the NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles 

Connie Yori

Connie Yori

The Nebraska’s basketball coaches are getting contract extensions. Tim Miles and Connie Yori have had their contracts extended through 2020. Miles receives a one-year extension to an original signing that was good for seven-years and was already extended by one year. Yori’s extension in for two year.

Yori, the 2013 and 2014 Big Ten coach of the year, has led the Huskers to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments while averaging 24 victories over the past four seasons. She’ll start her 14th season later this fall.

Miles is 47-49 through three seasons, and led the Husker men to the NCAA Tournament two season ago and was named Big Ten coach of the year. Last season, the Huskers fell to 13-18. Miles’s salary for last season was just over $1.65 million. Beginning in 2017, his salary will be over $2 million. Yori’s salary last year was $707,000. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The athletic department saying they haven’t been finalized.

NU comes up short against Illinois as they set Big Ten win streak record

Nebraska lost to the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament (photo courtesy/Illinois Athletics)

Nebraska lost to the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament (photo courtesy/Illinois Athletics)

Big Ten Tournament, Illinois rallied to beat Nebraska 3-2.  The Huskers broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth with two runs on four straight hits, including back-to-back doubles from Tanner Lubach and Luis Alvarado. The Illini rallied in the bottom of the sixth with three singles and sac fly.  A bases loaded single in the bottom of the eighth put Illinois on top.  For Illinois, it’s their 27th win in a row that’s a Big Ten record.  Texas and Florida hold the NCAA record of 34.

Two-time All-Big Ten pitcher Chance Sinclair made his 31st career start on Wednesday night and gave the Huskers 5.2 strong innings, as he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four. Sinclair allowed one hit over the first five innings, with three of Illinois’ four hits off of Sinclair coming in the sixth.

Huskers play fifth seeded Michigan State today at 1 p.m.