LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has hired former assistant coach Ron Brown to help players off the field.
Coach Scott Frost announced Brown's hiring Wednesday in a non-coaching role as director of player development. Brown will mentor football players, work with the athletic department's university's Life Skills program and aid community outreach. Brown served as an assistant from 1987 through 2003 and again from 2008 to through 2014. Frost quarterbacked the team in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Brown was associate head coach at Liberty University for the past three seasons, working for another former Nebraska quarterback, head coach Turner Gill.
Brown spent 2004 through 2007 as Nebraska state director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Brown has a bachelor's from Brown University and a master's from Columbia University.
JULY 9, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — Two people have been arrested for making counterfeit money following an operation of the WING (Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group) Drug Task Force in Sidney.
Acting on a tip received by a Nebraska State Trooper, WING investigators executed a search warrant at a residence at 2405 11th Ave in Sidney on Thursday, July 5. During the operation, investigators found items being used to make counterfeit money.
Christopher Humphries, 32, of Denver, Colorado, and Jaclyn Greer-Humphries, 31, of Ft. Collins, Colorado were both arrested for first degree forgery and possession of criminal devices. During the arrest, Christopher Humphries threatened law enforcement officers, adding the charge of making terroristic threats against an officer. Both were lodged in Cheyenne County Jail.
This operation was made possible with the assistance of the Sidney Police Department and the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office
JULY 7, 2018 (NORFOLK, NEB.) — One person has been arrested after ramming into a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) cruiser and a Dakota County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) vehicle during a pursuit Friday evening in South Sioux City.
An NSP sergeant became involved in a pursuit at approximately 6:20 p.m. when a suspect being pursued by the South Sioux City Police Department approached the intersection of 29th St and Highway 77. The suspect was traveling at approximately 80 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone and passing vehicles on the right shoulder.
The vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet pickup, then went eastbound on Interstate 129, with speeds nearing 100 miles per hour. At this point, the NSP sergeant was able to get in front of the suspect vehicle and attempted to slow it down, while a DCSO deputy approached from the rear. The suspect then intentionally rammed the NSP cruiser from behind.
As the suspect crossed in Iowa, NSP and DCSO continued the pursuit until Iowa authorities could arrive. After a short period of time on Interstate 29 in Iowa, the suspect exited at Singing Hills, but lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the median. The suspect then intentionally rammed the DCSO unit and the NSP unit a second time. The suspect attempted to flee again, but the vehicle became stuck. The entire pursuit last approximately five minutes.
Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol arrived on scene and quickly took the suspect into custody. Larry Johnson II, 43, of Sioux City, Iowa, faces charges in both states. Nebraska charges include attempted assault on an officer, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, and driving under suspension.
Johnson was lodged in Woodbury County Jail. No NSP personnel were injured. The DCSO deputy was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
JULY 6, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) —Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) took 16 impaired drivers off the road during special enforcement operations over the July 4th holiday.
The effort, which ran from July 3-5, placed an emphasis on taking drunk drivers off the road. Troopers worked to reduce the potential for serious injury or fatality crashes in several counties identified as priority counties by the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO).
In addition to the 16 arrests for drunk or drugged driving, troopers also issued citations for speeding (432), open container (6), minor in possession (6), driving under suspensions (19), no proof of insurance (15), no seat belt (39), and improper child restraint (9). Troopers also responded to 154 calls for assistance from motorists on Nebraska roads.
This effort, which included saturation patrols and vehicle checks, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $12,000 from NDOT-HSO.
JULY 5, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — A Florida man has been arrested following a road rage incident on Interstate 80 near Kimball Wednesday evening.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. MT Wednesday, July 4, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) received a report of a man shooting from one vehicle into another on I-80 near mile marker 20.
The victims, driving westbound in a 2005 Chrysler minivan, reported that they had come upon the suspect vehicle, a 2000 Kia Rio, traveling at 45 miles per hour through a one-lane construction zone. The driver of the minivan honked and flashed its lights in an attempt to urge the suspect vehicle to drive faster.
When the construction zone ended and both lanes were open, the suspect vehicle stayed in the passing lane, traveling slowly. The minivan was attempting to pass in the right lane, when the passenger of the Kia Rio fired a single shot from a handgun into the minivan. The bullet went through the driver’s window and lodged in the dash. The driver of the minivan suffered minor injuries after being struck by bullet fragments and broken glass.
The victims stopped their vehicle, while the suspect vehicle continued driving westbound into Wyoming. NSP coordinated with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, which was able to locate the vehicle and take the suspect into custody.
Kevin Austin, 47, of Cocoa, Florida, will be returned to Nebraska on an arrest warrant for 2nd degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
JULY 3, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office joint Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) have arrested one man and seized 11 pounds of heroin during an encounter in Omaha.
CIU Investigators had contact with the suspect at a commercial transportation facility in Omaha, when they become suspicious of criminal activity. A search of the suspect’s suitcase resulted in the discovery of multiple bundles of heroin. Investigators then found additional bundles of heroin strapped to the suspect’s torso.
The total weight of the heroin was 11 pounds, carrying an estimated street value of $250,000.
Christian Molina, 25, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. He was lodged in Douglas County Jail.
JULY 2, 2018 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 52 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.
The stop occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. Sunday near Aurora, when a trooper observed an eastbound 2018 Jeep speeding near mile marker 329. During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity and conducted a search of the vehicle.
The search revealed marijuana inside two large boxes in the rear of the vehicle. Additional packages of marijuana were found hidden in the tire compartment. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 52 pounds. The estimated street value is $156,000.
The driver, Fahiem Faiyaz, 23, and passenger, Ameer Ghafoori, 21, both of California, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Hamilton County Jail.
JULY 2, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Troopers across Nebraska will be on patrol in the days surrounding the Fourth of July, looking to take drunk drivers off the road.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and numerous law enforcement agencies around the state will be working together this week to reduce the potential for alcohol-related crashes. NSP’s effort will run from July 3-5 and include troopers all over the state.
“Our state has many incredible celebrations surrounding the Fourth of July,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “It’s critical that drivers do their part to keep the fireworks off Nebraska’s roadways. Stay sober or designate a driver.”
The operation will include saturation patrols and vehicle checkpoints on roads in and around counties identified by the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) as priority counties because of their high incidences of crashes that result in personal injury or death.
The effort is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $12,000 from NDOT-HSO.
Nebraska Head Coach Mark Manning and Associate Head Coach Bryan Snyder have been named winners of the 2017 Terry McCann Freestyle Co-Coaches of the Year by USA Wrestling after guiding Jordan Burroughs to a world title and James Green to a world silver medal last year.
In addition to their duties with the NU program, Manning and Snyder work together as coaches for the Nebraska Regional Training Center, where a number of top men’s freestyle athletes train. The pair serve as the personal coaches of Burroughs , an Olympic gold medalist four-time world champion, and Green, a two-time world medalist. Burroughs and Green both retained their spots on the USA Wrestling World Team for the 2018 season by winning finals series at their respective weight classes at Final X at the Bob Devaney Sports Center last Saturday. The 2017 season was another remarkable campaign in the careers of Burroughs and Green, capped off by performances at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France, where the pair helped the United States to its first team title since 1995. Burroughs won his fourth world championship in 2017, as he became the second American men’s freestyle wrestler to win four world golds, following wins in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Burroughs also won Olympic gold in 2012, and he is tied for second in U.S. history with five combined World and Olympic titles. Green earned his best finish at the World Championships in 2017, as he earned the silver medal in Paris. He also earned a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships. Both wrestlers won titles at the U.S. Open in 2017, as well as the Grand Prix of Spain. The two clinched their spots on the 2017 World Team by winning their weight classes at the World Team Trials held in Lincoln. Green also won a title at the 2017 Pan-American Championships. Manning earns the Terry McCann Award for a third time, to go along with previous awards in 2011 and 2015. Snyder earns the honor for the first time, and 2017 marks the first year that USA Wrestling has honored two coaches with the award since it was initiated in 1992. Manning recently completed his 18th season at the helm of the Nebraska program after leading the Huskers to a ninth-place finish with three All-America honors at the 2018 NCAA Championships. Snyder, a four-time All-American at NU, wrapped up his eighth year on the Husker staff in 2017-18. Manning and Snyder have guided Burroughs and Green to notable wins so far in 2018. In addition to their wins at Final X, Green won the 70 kg title at the Pan-American Championships for the second year in a row, while Burroughs defeated the 2017 world champion at 70 kg Frank Chamizo of Italy, in a Super Match contested at 74 kg at Beat the Streets New York. The 2018 Freestyle World Championships are set for Oct. 20-28 in Budapest, Hungary, where Burroughs will look to defend his title and Green will look to claim world gold for the first time. This award is named after the late wrestling legend Terry McCann, a 1960 Olympic champion wrestler. McCann was a long-time coach with the successful Mayor Daley Youth Foundation club, which won numerous national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman and produced champion athletes for the United States. McCann also served as USA Wrestling President and a United World Wrestling Bureau member.
PAST TERRY McCANN AWARD WINNERS AS FREESTYLE COACH OF THE YEAR
2017 - Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska RTC and Bryan Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska RTC (co-winners)
2016 - Lou Rosselli, Norman, Okla., New York AC
2015 – Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska RTC
2014 – Terry Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2013 - Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio, New York AC
2012 – Cael Sanderson, State College, Pa., Nittany Lion WC
2011 – Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb., Sunkist Kids
2010 - Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill., New York AC
2009 – John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Gator WC
2008 - Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill., New York AC
2007 - Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio, New York AC
2006 - Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill., New York AC
2005 - Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye TC
2004 - Bobby Douglas, Ames, Iowa, Sunkist Kids
2003 - Tom Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2002 - Tom Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2001 - Zeke Jones, Morgantown, W.Va., Sunkist Kids
2000 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1999 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club
1998 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1997 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club
1996 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach
1995 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach
1994 - Gene Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo., Athletes In Action
1993 - Joe Seay, Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1992 - Bobby Douglas, Ames, Iowa, Sunkist Kids
A rising star in collegiate coaching with strong connections to the Big Ten, Florida and California, Sean Maymi was announced as the new men’s tennis coach at the University of Nebraska by Athletic Director Bill Moos on Wednesday, June 13.M aymi (pronounced MY-mee) has extensive ties to the Big Ten Conference in two successful stints as the associate head coach at Michigan. He helped the Wolverines to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in his nine seasons as an assistant in Ann Arbor. In 2008, Maymi was named the ITA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year after assisting Michigan’s run to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 and a No. 16 final national ranking. This past season, Maymi helped guide Michigan back to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament again, as the Wolverines finished No. 14 in the final ITA rankings after a 22-6 season that included an 8-2 Big Ten Conference mark. “I am delighted that Sean Maymi will be leading our men’s tennis program,” Moos said. “His energy and vision along with his background as a proven winner fit perfectly with the goals and objectives that we embrace at Nebraska.”
Maymi said he jumped at the opportunity to chart a new course in the Husker men’s tennis program, after becoming just the fourth head coach in the last 68 seasons of Nebraska tennis. “I am extremely grateful and blessed to be named the head coach of the Nebraska men’s tennis team,” Maymi said. “Thanks to Athletic Director Bill Moos, Deputy AD/SWA Pat Logsdon, and Senior Associate AD Keith Zimmer for this opportunity. I am motivated to lead this program and challenge these young men to achieve great things on and off the court.” In his first five seasons at Michigan from 2006-07 through 2010-11, the Wolverines advanced to five straight national tournaments and finished No. 34 or higher in the ITA national rankings all five seasons. Michigan climbed as high as No. 8 in the ITA rankings in both 2008 and 2011 before Maymi’s departure from the Wolverines and then-head coach Bruce Berque. In 2014-15, Michigan chose new leadership for its tennis program with the hiring of Adam Steinberg, who previously led Pepperdine to an NCAA team title in 2006. Steinberg brought Maymi back to the Wolverine staff for the start of the spring dual campaign. After a losing season in 2014-15, Maymi helped Michigan to three consecutive 20-win seasons and three straight top 25-final national rankings, including a final No. 14 ranking in 2017-18. For three seasons from 2011-12 through 2013-14, Maymi stepped away from collegiate tennis to work as the general manager of the global division and director of business development for Todd Martin Tennis in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Martin is the current CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and a former ATP Player who was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world in the 1990s. Maymi also spent six months training players at the Junior Tennis Champions Center - a world-class training center for young players in College Park, Maryland. After returning to Michigan for the dual season in 2015, Maymi also has served as the primary coach for current ATP player Evan King, who was ranked as high as No. 185 in the world earlier this year. King was a three-time ITA All-American and two-time Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Year (2012, 2013) as a player at Michigan. Maymi’s playing and coaching career has established strong connections from coast to coast. As a collegiate player, Maymi was a four-year letter winner and two-time team captain at North Florida, helping the Ospreys to NCAA Division II Championship appearances in 1999 and 2001. He also served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams in 2001-02 before graduating with his bachelor’s degree as a communications/advertising major in 2003. Maymi worked with ATP professional Michael Russell in 2002-03, acting as a coach, hitting partner and strength and conditioning leader. He also served as a member of the Player Services team at ATP International Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in 2003. In 2004, he served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California. He went on to work as a teaching professional while providing personal and group coaching to top-ranked junior players at the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff, Illinois, in 2004-05. He also made his first connection in the Big Ten Conference as a volunteer coach for the Northwestern men’s tennis team, helping the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2005-06, Maymi returned to California as an assistant coach at Fresno State. He helped the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference title match while coaching the WAC Player of the Year and four other all-conference players before starting his first assistant coaching stint at Michigan in 2006-07. Originally from Yorktown, Virginia, Sean and his wife, Samantha, have three daughters and a son.
THE SEAN MAYMI FILE
Born: July 31, 1978
Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
High School: York
College: University of North Florida, 2003
Bachelor’s Degree: Communications/Advertising (sociology minor)
NCAA Division I Coaching Experience
Year Record NCAA Final ITA Rank
2017-18 22-6 NCAA Round of 16 14
2016-17 23-7 NCAA Second Round 17
2015-16 21-8 NCAA Second Round 25
2014-15 7-17 None
2010-11 13-11 NCAA First Round 34
2009-10 14-11 NCAA Second Round 26
2008-09 14-15 NCAA Second Round 33
2007-08 20-7 NCAA Round of 16 16
2006-07 20-7 NCAA Second Round 21
Fresno State (assistant)
2005-06 15-7 None 46
2004-05 12-13 NCAA First Round 47
The Nebraska baseball team produced three ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region selections when the honorees for all eight regions were announced on Wednesday. Scott Schreiber and Jesse Wilkening each earned first-team accolades, while Jake Hohensee took second-team honors. Schreiber adds this to his 2018 award haul, which includes second-team All-Big Ten status in addition to being named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. The ninth-round pick by the Houston Astros in the 2018 MLB Draft previously earned All-Region honors in 2016 when he made the second team. Schreiber batted .369 this season with 18 home runs, 79 hits, 62 runs scored and 48 RBIs in 52 games. Wilkening, a junior who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 14th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, collected second-team All-Big Ten accolades after leading the Huskers with a .372 batting average in 2018. A 2017 and 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch List selection, Wilkening tallied nine home runs, 74 hits, 56 RBIs and 45 runs scored this season. Hohensee served as Nebraska’s closer during his senior campaign in 2018 and earned a spot on the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Midseason Watch List. Hohensee earned a team-high 13 saves in 19 appearances out of the bullpen and went 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA. He struck out 28 batters, while only walking six in 25.2 innings of work. In 2017, Hohensee earned third-team All-Big Ten recognition. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 16.
2018 ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team
First Team: Scott Schreiber – 1B
First Team: Jesse Wilkening – DH
Second Team: Jake Hohensee – RP
Nebraska Football will host its Friday Night Lights camps on June 15 and June 22 at Memorial Stadium. Both events will take place from approximately 6-8 p.m., and are free and open to the public.
The following information will assist fans who intend to attend the Friday Night Lights camps at Memorial Stadium:
- Gates to the stadium will open at 5 p.m., and fans may enter the Stadium through Gates 3 (SW corner) and 11 (NW corner).
- Fans should note that access to Stadium Drive along the West side of Memorial Stadium will be limited due to construction, but fans will be able to access gates 3 and 11.
- All seating for the Friday Night Lights camps will be in the lower bowl of West Stadium, and the West Stadium concourse will not be available.
- Restrooms will be available at field level in the northwest and southwest corners, as well as South Stadium. Fans in need of ADA restrooms should see an event staff member to access restrooms in the northeast corner.
- Fans attending Friday Night Lights camps may park in the West Stadium parking garage, and the Champions Club parking lot. Those lots will be cashiered.
- Concession stands will not be open, but fans may bring their own water and snacks into the event.
The Nebraska women's basketball team will square off with 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four participant and ACC regular-season and tournament champion Louisville in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The conferences announced the match-ups for the 12th consecutive season of the challenge, which pits two of the nation's premier women's basketball conferences against each other in head-to-head clashes.
The Huskers, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament after finishing third in the Big Ten Conference regular-season standings, will travel to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville to collide with the Cardinals on Thursday, Nov. 29. Tip times and television coverage will be announced for all match-ups in the challenge at a later date. The Cardinals, who are coached by former Nebraska assistant Jeff Walz, finished with a 36-3 overall record last season that included a 15-1 ACC mark. Walz, who will be in his 12th season at Louisville in 2018-19, will lead a squad that returns four of its five starters from its 2017-18 team. First-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year Asia Durr headlines the group of returning Cardinals after averaging 18.7 points per game while shooting 41.5 percent (115-277) from three-point range. Fellow seniors Sam Fuehring (9.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and Arica Carter (7.6 ppg, 4.0 apg) join junior Jazmine Jones (8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg) back in Louisville's starting five. The only loss to graduation for the Cardinals was second-leading scorer and top rebounder Myisha Hines-Allen, who averaged 14.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game a year ago.
Coach Amy Williams, who was a player at Nebraska when Walz was an assistant for the Huskers in 1997-98, was the Big Ten Coach of the Year in her second season at her alma mater in 2017-18. The Big Red finished with a 21-11 overall record that included an 11-5 Big Ten mark. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska, which produced the nation's top turnaround in 2017-18 with a 14-game improvement in the win column, returns four starters and its top five scorers from last year's team. Second-team All-Big Ten guard Hannah Whitish averaged 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists as a sophomore in 2017-18, while Maddie Simon pitched in 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds as a junior forward. Taylor Kissinger, a 6-1 guard/forward averaged 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds primarily off the bench, while fellow 2017-18 freshman Kate Cain pitched in 9.9 points and team bests with 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks. Cain, a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams, shattered the Nebraska school record with 100 blocked shots last season.
Nicea Eliely rounds out Nebraska's top five scorers from a year ago with 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in her second season as a starter in 2017-18. The Huskers also add a four-player freshman class that includes Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Kayla Mershon and Ashtyn Veerbeek that has been ranked among the top 20 incoming classes in the country. The Challenge takes place over two days in late November, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28, with Big Ten schools Michigan State and Wisconsin playing host to ACC counterparts that evening, while Illinois, Indiana and Rutgers venture on the road. The following night (Thursday, Nov. 29), Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue will serve as the Big Ten host schools, while Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State will play at ACC sites. The ACC and Big Ten offices collaborate to determine the Challenge schedule each season. In addition, the official title of the Challenge rotates each year. The 2018 event will be referred to as the ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences’ Challenge agreements for men's basketball and softball. The ACC and Big Ten have been among the most competitive conferences on the national women’s basketball landscape for many years, with both conferences sending 10 schools to postseason play in 2017-18. The Big Ten sent six schools to the NCAA Tournament in 2018, as Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State all advanced to the national tournament, with Ohio State earning a top-four national seed. Four other Big Ten squads (Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue) participated in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), with Indiana winning its first WNIT championship with a 65-57 win over ACC member Virginia Tech in the title game before a record-setting crowd of 13,007 fans at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Last season, the ACC had eight women’s basketball programs selected to the NCAA Tournament, while two ACC schools competed in the WNIT.
2018 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge
Wednesday, Nov. 28Illinois at Clemson
Indiana at Wake Forest
Virginia at Michigan State
Rutgers at Virginia Tech
Duke at Wisconsin
Thursday, Nov. 29Iowa at Notre Dame
Georgia Tech at Maryland
Michigan at NC State
Syracuse at Minnesota
Nebraska at Louisville
Pittsburgh at Northwestern
North Carolina at Ohio State
Penn State at Florida State
Miami at Purdue
Nebraska wrestling greats Jordan Burroughs and James Green headline the field for Final X Lincoln, which will be held this Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Four men's freestyle weight classes and three women's weight classes will be contested, with the winners earning a spot on Team USA for the 2018 UWW Freestyle World Championships. Final X Lincoln is one of three events to determine the United States World Team, as other weight classes will be contested on June 16 in State College, Pennsylvania, and June 23 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In addition to Burroughs (74 kg/163 pounds), an Olympic gold medalist and four-time World champion, and Green (70 kg/154 pounds), a two-time World medalist, World and Olympic Gold Medalist Kyle Snyder (97 kg/214 pounds) and World Silver Medalist Thomas Gilman (57 kg/126 pounds) will also be wrestling to retain their spots on the men's World Team, as will World Silver Medalist Alli Ragan (59 kg/130 pounds) and World Bronze Medalist Becka Leathers (55 kg/121 pounds) in the women's competition. Burroughs will be looking to represent the United States at the premier international competition (Olympics or World Championships) for the eighth year in a row. He is the reigning world champion at 74 kg, and is tied for second in U.S. history with five total World or Olympic titles. A two-time national champion and three-time All-American at Nebraska, Burroughs continues lives in Lincoln and train at the Nebraska Wrestling Training Center under NU Head Coach Mark Manning and Associate Head Coach Bryan Snyder. His opponent at Final X will be Isaiah Martinez, who won the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament. Martinez, a four-time NCAA finalist and two-time NCAA champion, will be looking to make his first senior world team. The matchup between Burroughs and Martinez will be the final bout on the card. Green, a two-time world medalist, will be looking to make his fourth-consecutive U.S. world team. He was the silver medalist at the 2017 World Championships, and also owns a bronze medal from the 2015 World Championships. Green also continues to live in Lincoln and train at the NWTC after wrapping up a career as a four-time All-American at Nebraska in 2015. He will face Jason Chamberlain, who spent three years training at the NWTC. Chamberlain, who is currently an assistant coach at Fresno State, won the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament. Green’s matchup against Chamberlain will be the first bout of the evening. Gilman will face Daton Fix and Snyder will take on Kyven Gadson in the other men's matches at Final X Lincoln. Leathers will face Jacarra Winchester, Ragan will take on Jenna Burkert and Tamyra Stock will wrestle Randyll Beltz (68 kg/150 pounds) in the women's matchups. Each matchup will be a best-of-three series, and the order of bouts will be the same for the first round and the second round of competition. If any weight classes are forced to a deciding third match in their series, the bouts in round three will stay in order, with a minimum waiting time of 30 minutes from the end of bout two. The bout schedule is below. The 2018 UWW World Championships will take place Oct. 20-28 in Budapest, Hungary. Tickets for Final X Lincoln are on sale now at Huskers.com/tickets. FloWrestling will provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of the three-event Final X series to subscribers. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4, as well as on desktop or mobile web via FloWrestling.com.
Final X Lincoln
June 9 - 6 p.m. (CT)
Lincoln, Neb. (Bob Devaney Sports Center)
Bout One - Men's freestyle 70 kg
2017 World silver medalist – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)
Bout Two - Women's freestyle 59 kg
2017 World silver medalist – Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC/OTC)
2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Bout Three - Men's freestyle 97 kg
2017 World champion – Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion –Kyven Gadson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone RTC)
Bout Four - Women's freestyle 55 kg
2017 World bronze medalist – Becka Leathers, Choctaw, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC)
2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
Bout Five - Men's freestyle 57 kg
2017 World silver medalist – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy WC)
Bout Six - Women's freestyle 68 kg
2018 U.S. Open champion - Tamyra Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Randyll Beltz, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Bout Seven - Men's freestyle 74 kg
2017 World champion – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Isaiah Martinez, Leemore, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Illini RTC)
Sydney Townsend of the Nebraska volleyball team, and Landon Bartel of the Husker track and field team were honored as Nebraska's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners by the Big Ten on Thursday, as the conference announced its 28 honorees. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Townsend, a defensive specialist from Lincoln, earned her second straight Elite 90 award last December as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. Townsend became one of two Division I women's volleyball student-athletes all-time to earn multiple Elite 90 awards in a career, and she was a five-time academic All-Big Ten selection and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Townsend, who graduated with a degree in biochemistry in May, helped the Huskers win two national championships and two Big Ten titles during her career. She finished her Husker career with 520 career digs and 60 service aces. Townsend was the Nebraska volleyball team's sportsmanship award winner in both 2015 and 2017. Bartel, a senior high jumper from Ashland, Missouri, is a three-time All-American in the high jump and will compete for a fourth-career honor at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Friday. Bartel was Nebraska's indoor track and field sportsmanship award winner after capturing his second-career Big Ten indoor high jump title and leading the Husker men to a runner-up finish. Bartel posted a 3.443 cumulative GPA majoring in classics and religious studies, and he was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and two-time academic All-Big Ten selection. Both Townsend and Bartel are members of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award recipients and Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll members.
The Nebraska baseball team had two players and two signees selected during the final day of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Junior Jesse Wilkening and senior Luis Alvarado each heard their name called during a day that featured rounds 11-40 of the draft. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Wilkening in the 14th round, while the Los Angeles Angels picked Alvarado in the 17th round. In addition, Husker signees Spencer Schwellenbach and Bo Blessie were each drafted on Wednesday. Schwellenbach, a right-handed pitcher from Saginaw Heritage High School in Saginaw, Mich., was drafted in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians with the 1,033rd overall pick. Blessie, a right-handed pitcher from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, was taken in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals with the 1,091st pick. During the second day of the MLB Draft on Tuesday, Scott Schreiber was drafted by the Houston Astros in the ninth round with the 282nd overall pick.
Jesse Wilkening – Philadelphia Phillies (14th Round – 407th Overall Pick)
Wilkening led the Huskers with a .372 batting average in 2018 en route to second-team All-Big Ten honors. Wilkening, who had at least one hit in 15 of NU’s last 16 games, compiled 10 multi-hit performances during that stretch. His .372 batting average and team-high 56 RBIs each ranked fourth in the Big Ten this season. Wilkening also led the team in doubles (14), while ranking second on the team in hits (74), home runs (9), runs scored (45) and total bases (117). Before coming to Nebraska, Wilkening was drafted in 2015 by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round after a successful prep career at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Ind.
Luis Alvarado – Los Angeles Angels (17th Round – 511th Overall Pick)
Alvarado, who had been previously drafted twice, converted from reliever to starter in 2018. Alvarado, who threw a team-high 70.0 innings this season, led the Huskers in strikeouts (65) and recorded the lowest opposing batting average (.256) among NU’s starters. He went 3-7 with a 4.89 ERA in 14 starts in 2018 after earning 10 saves in 16 relief appearances in 2017. Alvarado was drafted in 2017 by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round after being selected in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox in the 33rd round out of high school.
The deadline for drafted players, other than college seniors, to sign with a team is July 6. Players who have exhausted their college eligibility have until one week before 2019 MLB Draft to sign.
After being among the Big Ten and national leaders at the plate in 2018, Scott Schreiber was drafted in the ninth round of the MLB Draft by the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Houston drafted a Husker for the second consecutive year after selecting Jake Meyers in the 13th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. The Astros went on to win the 2017 World Series.
Scott Schreiber – Houston Astros (Ninth Round – 282nd Overall Pick)
A three-time All-Big Ten performer, Schreiber was drafted by the Houston Astros in the ninth round with the 282nd overall pick. In 2017, Schreiber was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 26th round, but came back for his senior season at Nebraska and led the team in most offensive statistical categories, including hits (79), home runs (18), runs scored (62) and total bases (148). He was also among the Big Ten leaders in those categories, leading the league in runs scored, while ranking second in home runs and total bases. Schreiber hit .369 and is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award as well as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award after receiving second-team All-Big Ten recognition. Schreiber climbed up Nebraska’s career charts in 2018, finishing his career ranked fifth in school history in hits (259), tied for fourth in home runs (44) and ninth in RBIs (172).
The MLB Draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40, starting at 11 a.m. (CT) on MLB.com.
Three Nebraska football greats are among 76 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision announced as finalists Monday for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Huskers on the 2019 ballot for induction into the Hall of Fame include Heisman-winning quarterback Eric Crouch, and a pair of Outland Trophy winning offensive linemen in Zach Wiegert and Larry Jacobson. Crouch is on the ballot for the eighth straight year, Wiegert is making his fourth appearance on the ballot and Jacobson is a new addition to the Hall of Fame ballot. The 2019 class will be announced on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019,in Santa Clara, Calif. on the day of the College Football Playoff championship game. Crouch would become the second Husker quarterback in the College Hall of Fame, joining Tommie Frazier, who was part of the 2013 class. Crouch became Nebraska's third Heisman Trophy winner in 2001 after leading the Huskers to the National Championship game. An option-based quarterback out of Omaha's Millard North High School, Crouch set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59, and he amassed 7,915 yards of total offense in his career. A consensus All-American in 2001, Crouch also reeled in the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Sporting News Offensive Player of the Year award during his senior campaign. His No. 7 jersey was retired by Nebraska in 2002. Jacobson was a stalwart on Nebraska’s first national title teams in 1970 and 1971. A consensus first-team All-American in 1971, Jacobson on the Outland trophy as a senior, as he tallied 73 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss to become the program’s first major award winner. He led the Blackshirts to top-five national rankings in rush defense (85.9, second), total defense (202.9, fifth) and scoring defense (8.2, third) en route to a 13-0 record and a second straight national title. During his three seasons at Nebraska, the Sioux Falls, S.D., product led the Huskers to a 33-2-1 mark with two national titles and three conference crowns. His No. 75 jersey was retired in 1994. Wiegert was a 1994 unanimous first-team All-American and is one of eight Huskers to win the Outland Trophy. A native of Fremont, Neb., Wiegert helped lead the Huskers to 1994 National Championship after NU played in the 1993 title game. The Huskers averaged 340 yards per game on the ground in 1994, and Wiegert led Nebraska with 113 pancake blocks. He even earned one first-place vote for the Heisman, finishing tied for ninth with 27 points. In addition to winning the Outland, he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a consensus All-American, the UPI Lineman of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year. His No. 72 jersey was retired before the 1995 season. Aaron Taylor will became the 18th Nebraska player in the College Football Hall of Fame, as he will be inducted this December in New York City, joining recent Husker enshrines Trev Albers (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011) and Grant Wistrom (2009).