January 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For all the controversy over President Obama's choice for Defense secretary, many of Chuck Hagel's most outspoken critics were for the former Nebraska senator before they were against him. In 2006, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who forged a close bond with Hagel over their shared service in Vietnam and penchant for bucking the Republican establishment, said, "I'd be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity. " In 2007, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that many of Hagel's dire predictions about the Iraq war had come true.
December 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's consideration of Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary has set off an outcry of criticism that could force a second damaging White House retreat over a Cabinet pick. Even as Obama was nominating Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of State on Friday, the possible selection of Hagel, a Republican who served two terms as a U.S. senator from Nebraska, drew intensifying crossfire from influential pro-Israel groups, Iran hawks and the gay rights lobby.
December 2, 2012 |
Aren't you going to miss the Bowl Championship Series? (Don't email answer that). The college football selection system for bowl games that has been ordered to the junk heap after next season might have a couple of surprises left in it. Nebraska's blowout loss to Wisconsin in Saturday's Big Ten title game created a slight opening for Northern Illinois to snatch the last BCS bowl spot away from powerhouse Oklahoma. Northern Illinois, the champion of the Mid-American Conference with a 12-1 record, can earn the bid if it finishes in the top 16 of the final BCS standings, which will be released at 5:30 PST Sunday.
November 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Former Democratic senator, governor and onetime presidential contender Bob Kerrey stumbled in his efforts to again represent Nebraska in the U.S. Senate. Kerrey's campaign had struggled to overcome Deb Fischer, the Sarah Palin-backed state legislator in the Cornhusker State that Republicans have long expected to flip. The Associated Press and CNN projected Fischer the winner. The seat was opened by the retirement of conservative Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who chose to step down rather than run in one of the most targeted races in this Republican stronghold.
October 21, 2012 |
James White's situation is less than ideal, you might say. The Wisconsin running back has the misfortune of being stuck behind a Heisman Trophy candidate, Montee Ball, on the depth chart. And when Ball announced he'd return for his senior season, it meant White, a junior, would get just one season as a starter, if that. But White didn't transfer. He stuck around, and on Saturday against Minnesota in the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe, White stole the spotlight usually reserved for Ball by rushing for 175 yards and three touchdowns in 15 carries in Wisconsin's 38-13 victory.
October 10, 2012 |
Before the start of Friday's Trinity League opener against Anaheim Servite High at Saddleback College, Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton joined his fellow captains on the 50-yard line for the customary pregame coin toss. As always, he was wearing his No. 4 jersey, but instead of his helmet he donned a baseball cap. And instead of his confident stride, he hobbled on crutches back to the sideline. He did not play, but that doesn't mean he played no role in the Eagles' 21-0 victory.
September 30, 2012 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Louisiana State had better hope after Saturday night's lethargic home win over sub-division Towson that it was just caught looking ahead to next weekend's huge Southeastern Conference showdown at No. 10 Florida. That now makes two straight bumpy outings for LSU, which dropped in the polls after a 12-10 win at Auburn. 2. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns against Baylor, should get a much stiffer test when the Mountaineers make their Big 12 Conference road debut in Austin.
September 26, 2012 |
Legendary former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, who has served as the school's athletic director for the last five years, announced Wednesday that he would step down Jan. 1. "At some point, whether you're able to function or not, just the perception that you're getting old can get in the way," Osborne, 75, said. "I don't want to be one of those guys everybody is walking around wringing their hands trying to figure out what are we going to do with him? That happens sometimes.
September 18, 2012 |
Victory makes folks write the darnedest things. Dan Guerrero is brilliant. The UCLA athletic director hires an ex-NFL coach who gets to act like an NFL coach to begin his collegiate career. Jim Mora takes his new team to a training camp sweat box just like NFL coaches do. He gets his players all to himself like a drill sergeant with new recruits and convinces them they are one big, nasty fighting machine. He gets them to buy into his tough-talking agenda, gets their attention morning, noon and night and all the way through the school's initial four games without any campus distractions.
September 17, 2012 |
Bo Pelini has been cleared to be a grumpy football coach again after he was taken to the hospital during Nebraska's game on Saturday against Arkansas State. "I'm as healthy as can be," Pelini told reporters during his Monday press conference in Lincoln. "You guys are going to be stuck with me for a while. " Pelini, 44, said he has been given a clean bill of health. He said he started feeling ill about an hour before Saturday's game. He was not having chest pains but was experiencing heartburn that led to dizziness.