December 18, 2014

Eichorst has a leg up on coaching search on Michigan if Hoke is let go (AUDIO)

Shawn Eichorst

Shawn Eichorst

Tell me you were not surprised that Bo Pelini was fired before Michigan’s Brady Hoke, who has been on the hot seat all season? Apparently Pelini’s went from luke warm to blazing after the trouncing by Wisconsin. Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst made a quick decision, less than 48 hours after the season finale at Iowa. All indications are that Eichorst is prepared to make a quick hire as well, with hints that he would like to wrap something up by mid-December. Eichorst also going against the grain, by not involving a consulting firm, but acknowledging he’s making the decision on his own.

Meanwhile in Michigan, Hoke is scheduled to meet this afternoon with interim A.D. Jim Hackett. His future is still up in the air. If Michigan does go in a different direction, did Eichorst get a head start on the Wolverines by making the Husker head coaching job available first?

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Cady and Theriot lead Huskers to win over Utes

Emily Cady attempts a shot against Utah (photo/NU Athletics)

Emily Cady attempts a shot against Utah (photo/NU Athletics)

Emily Cady scored a career-high 25 points and added nine rebounds as No. 16 Nebraska picked up a 66-43 women’s basketball win over Utah on Sunday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  The Huskers, who played their first game on their old homecourt at the Devaney Center since March 2, 2013, improved to 4-0 on the season.

In addition to the 16 points from Cady, the Huskers got 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals from junior All-American point guard Rachel Theriot. The Huskers never trailed in the game and led by as many as 27 points on their way to victory.  Cady and Theriot combined to hit 18-of-33 shots from the field to lead the Huskers, but the rest of the Big Red struggled to hit just 9-of-31 shots on the afternoon. As a team, NU hit 42.2 percent (27-64) of its shots, including 3-of-12 threes. The Huskers did hit 9-of-10 free throws.

The Huskers complete a three-game Pac-12 swing by traveling to Los Angeles to take on UCLA on Friday. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion is set for 3 p.m.

Pollmiller Named B1G Co-Setter of the Week

Mary Pollmiller (photo/NU Athletics)

Mary Pollmiller (photo/NU Athletics)

Senior setter Mary Pollmiller was named Big Ten Co-Setter of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. The award is the fifth career weekly Big Ten honor for Pollmiller and the first of this season for her or any Husker.

Pollmiller led the Huskers to a pair of road sweeps at Rutgers and Maryland over the weekend. The Littleton, Colo., native averaged 11.67 assists per set and tallied seven kills, eight digs and two blocks. Pollmiller tallied 42 assists in the win against Rutgers on Friday. She added 28 at Maryland on Saturday with five kills on nine attacks for a .556 attacking percentage, helping the team hit .329 for the match.

The senior captain guided the Huskers to back-to-back conference road sweeps in the same weekend trip for the first time since joining the Big Ten in 2011, the 13th weekend with two road matches. Pollmiller shared the honor with Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini.

Abdullah hauls in more awards and Pelini talks intensity (AUDIO)

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

In addition to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week, NU’s Ameer Abdullah was also named the Athlon Sports National Player of the Week, the College Football Performance Awards National All-Purpose Performer of the Week and he was named to the Paul Hornung Award Week Nine Honor Roll.  He has 4,226 career rushing yards and he’s less than 560 yards from passing Mike Rozier’s school record and his 6,604 all purpose yards ranks second in Big Ten history only behind Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne.

On my Big Red Report yesterday, which you can hear on most of our Nebraska Radio Network Stations, I said it has to be tough to be mentally sharp in a game in the fourth quarter when you’re up by more than three scores, but for football players and coaches, Bo Pelini wants to see perfection the whole and that’s what he wasn’t too pleased with after the Rutgers win.

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This will be Purdue’s first trip ever to Lincoln and third time playing the Huskers. The series is tied at 1-1.  Purdue has scored 30 points in three straight games, first time they’ve done that since 2009.

Husker soccer gets back to .500 with win over Indiana

A strong second half propelled the Nebraska soccer team to a 3-0 win over Indiana at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.

Caroline Flynn, Mayme Conroy and Jaycie Johnson each scored goals for the Huskers, while Kelly Schatz and Erika Johnson combined for the shutout. Schatz earned one save in 75 minutes of action before Johnson finished the final 15 minutes.

In the 12th minute, Conroy crossed to Flynn, who knocked it in from five yards out. Flynn’s goal marked her third of the season, as the Huskers took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Conroy added a goal of her own in the 79th minute off a pass from Katie Kraeutner. Conroy’s goal marked her seventh of the season, and Kraeutner’s assist was her second of the 2014 campaign.

In the 85th minute, Johnson went the distance from midfield, juking the goalkeeper before scoring to give NU a 3-0 advantage. The goal marked Johnson’s 11th of the season, and second of the weekend.

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