Bo Pelini's record has been exemplary when it comes to off-the-field incidents and how he deals with them.
I'm curious to see how he handles Alex Lewis, the offensive line transfer from Colorado.
Just days after announcing he was transferring to NU, and meeting with Pelini in Lincoln, Lewis was arrested for second-degree assault in Boulder, Colo., following an alleged shoving match on a sidewalk that escalated into an ugly incident.
Lewis is not the first football player (or student) to ever get in an after-hours incident fueled by alcohol. But his timing isn't exactly sterling.
Pelini is big on trust. He passionately backs his players but expects trust in return. He's given second chances to those he thinks earned it. Others have been sent packing, even those who could make a difference in winning.
Some think Pelini will cut the cord now. I'm not so sure. What I know is he'll gather all the facts. Lewis will have to sit out next season. Because Lewis hasn't arrived yet, that year might be time to earn Pelini's trust.
I respect Pelini's moral barometer. I'm interested to see what it decides here.
>> Has any team with a record below .500 grabbed an at-large bid to the NCAA baseball tourney? The NCAA would have some explainin' to do. But Nebraska could force the issue.
NU is 23-26. The Huskers' current RPI is 30 (thanks to a nonconference schedule that keeps on giving). The Big Red has four regular-season games left, at Creighton and three against Michigan.
The Huskers can win the Big Ten with a sweep of Michigan and help from Ohio State. That would be an attention-grabber. A No. 2 seed guarantees a first-round bye in the league tournament. That helps the cause.
Could they win the Big Ten, but go two-and-BBQ in Minneapolis and be OK? Would losses to CU and Michigan knock 'em out?
I have no idea. But it's mid-May and they're three games below .500 and still in the conversation.
>> FYI: Tickets for tonight's game at TD Ameritrade Park are $12 (adults) and $9 (18 and under).
>> The word out at Creighton's Jaybacker Bash on Monday at Shadow Ridge was that a Big East commissioner would be announced this week. No hurry. The league's inaugural meetings are set for next week and no league staff or policies are in place.
That hasn't stopped CU officials from looking for a team hotel in New York City for next year's basketball tournament. Unlike the Missouri Valley, Big East schools are on their own when it comes to finding team hotels.
Given the prices of New York hotels, CU officials may have needed to pass the collection plate around twice at last night's dinner.
>> Wow. DePaul is close to announcing a $300 million basketball arena (12,000 seats) near downtown Chicago. That could be a game-changer for an underachieving program.
>> Anywhere within walking distance of Giordano's works for me.
>> Great crowd and event last Thursday at Champions Run for the “Coaches vs. Cancer” fundraiser hosted by Greg McDermott, Tim Miles and Derrin Hansen. There was more Husker red at the event this year. The Pinnacle Bank Arena was part of the buzz.
“I don't know if you've heard, but we sold out of tickets to Pinnacle Bank Arena,” Miles told the crowd. “I bought 5,000 tickets.”
>> You may not be able to buy a Husker Hoops ticket, but you can still get in Miles' golf tournament on Thursday at Firethorn in Lincoln. It's $200 a spot, $800 a team. For information, go to huskersathleticfund.com/summergolf. Today's the final day to sign up.
>> I had no idea Bob Stoops was so chatty. The SEC is about to treat Stoops the way Tiger Woods treats Sergio Garcia: with a long memory.
>> When did we start ranking conferences in college football? Nobody did before 2006. Not even the SEC. If they did, nobody listened or cared.
>> All those years Oklahoma and Nebraska were in the top five in the country, folks in the Big Eight didn't crow too loud. Maybe because Kansas and K-State were in the bottom five.
>> College football has always been about dynasties, not leagues. Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Miami, Florida State and Alabama marked the decades. Now it's Alabama's turn.
>> That was nice of Nick Saban to say he wants the top five conferences to just play each other. The coaches who don't have the best 44 players in the country are telling Saban to shush.
>> Don't worry, Joba, they're not telling you to shush.
>> Nothing to see here folks. Just Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia airing out their bad blood in public. This could have been handled better by both, but then it wouldn't be bad blood.
>> You wonder how Tiger hit a shot on No. 18 with Sergio making all that splashing noise on 17.
>> Is Tiger major ready? He's never played Merion before. But then, he hardly ever plays TPC Sawgrass well. Maybe he can get Sergio in the same group on Sunday at the U.S. Open.
>> How nice for Gary Pepin to remind us that we have some real coaching gems in our midst. The Nebraska track icon and his program keep rolling along, this time with the first men's Big Ten title for NU. And how cool to do it at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
>> One more and I'm outta here: A melancholy, and well-deserved, shout out to University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Director Jon McBride, who has resigned to attend to his battle with Parkinson's disease.
The 11-year McBride era was full of proud accomplishment: three Division II national wrestling championships, national runner-up in volleyball, an Elite Eight appearance in men's basketball and seven Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference all-sports trophies, as well as many academic honors. Well done, Jon.
UNK will conduct a national search. You think Tom Kropp is interested?
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