@Robin: Tshimanga played very efficiently (when he wasn't on the bench in foul trouble). He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes. As BTN analyst Shon Morris said, "If Jordy Tshimanga is a stock, I'm buying." But, yes, you're right, he had a couple fouls that he has to learn to avoid -- especially the fifth one when he "bodied" a dribbler 38 feet from the basket.
@Steve: I really don't subscribe to the notion that players are "soft." On the other hand, if you're comparing current players to players in previous eras -- well, my read is players were tougher in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. I'm not sure how one would go about proving such a statement, so I guess it's safe. But I want to be clear: The vast majority of today's football players are plenty tough enough.
@AZHusker: Darn it. I need to look into this.
@Redrealist: Here's why I don't think Tim Miles is on a hot seat: 1. He has assembled a good-to-excellent roster of young talent and deserves the chance to develop that talent; 2. Ed Morrow's injury, and now Glynn Watson's developing injury situation (groin) are mitigating factors in what's evolved into a disappointing season; 3. Nebraska has been competitive in almost every game, and has some excellent wins by any standard.
@SiliconValleyHusker: The short answer is it's very comparable to classes in the last eight or nine years.
@Robin: My prevailing thought is I'm sickened by Briles' attempts to land a Power-5 head coaching gig within the last several months, with him knowing exactly what he had done (and failed to do) at Baylor. I would find it hard to believe that any athletic director would come within 20 miles of hiring Art Briles as a head coach, considering what we know now. As for the second part of your question, I don't think a "Baylor situation" could ever occur -- at least not to such a startling magnitude -- because of the intense media coverage of Nebraska football. No way could a Nebraska staff get away with letting so many allegations (and outright crimes) fly under the radar. The coverage if Baylor football is comparably sparse.
@Colby: I'm going to lapse into a Phil Elmassian impression here and say, "That's a statement. Give me a question..." LOL. I miss that guy sometimes.
@TMats: Our beat writer, Chris Basnett, likes Gonzaga, Kansas, Villanova and Louisville. I throw in Florida as a good long-shot pick.
@SiliconValleyHusker: I can think of another school that makes sense in that regard. It also wears crimson. As is the case with Stanford, this other program's uniforms are bland in nature. And, is the case with Stanford, this other program will knock the snot out of you on Saturdays with a physical style. Yeah, I'm a fan of Nick Saban.
@rickylee41: Tom just wanted something to do? You can't be serious...
@Tommy: There was a reason Osborne gave Miles a seven-year contract. Nebraska's program needed a lot of work at the time Miles was hired. The project would require a high level of energy, especially in the rigorous Big Ten. My heavens the Big Ten is rugged. Look at Iowa, which hovers just above .500 in conference play. Fran McCaffery has a roster of ample young talent.
@HuskerBball: I don't think even Tim Miles could answer that question with much certainty. I'm guessing Morrow will return. But how effective would he be?
@Steve: You are right about the media convicting the Duke lacrosse team. That story seems like a great example of the importance of defense attorneys. In this world, anybody can accuse you of anything at essentially any moment. And my read is, for whatever reason, public sentiment has increasingly become, "Guilty until proven innocent." How did it become that way?