Thursday, February 28, 2008

Nebraska football season ticket prices remain the same

From Nebraska's sports information department:

LINCOLN -- Nebraska football season ticket holders will see no increase in cost per game of tickets for the 2008 home schedule, and will once again receive a discount compared to the full face value of a season ticket.

Season ticket holders will pay $52 a ticket for eight home games in 2008 ($416 total), a 15 percent savings ($74) over the full face value of a season ticket at $490. Individual tickets to Nebraska home games will cost $65 each for contests against four Big 12 opponents and Virginia Tech, and $55 each for home games against Western Michigan, San Jose State and New Mexico State.

For the sixth consecutive year, Nebraska students will not see an increase in their season ticket prices. UNL students will pay a total of $168 for the eight games, or $21 per game. UNL faculty and staff will pay $392 for season tickets, a 20 percent discount on the full face value of season tickets.

Husker ticket holders will see an attractive home schedule in 2008, including games against three teams that finished in the top 10 of the final 2007 rankings. Defending Big 12 North Champion Missouri (Oct. 4) finished No. 4 in the Associated Press Poll, with Kansas (Nov. 8) at No. 7 and Virginia Tech (Sept. 27) ranked ninth.

Schedule notes

--Nebraska will have eight home games for the first time since the 2002 season and just the sixth time in school history.

--The Huskers’ first five games of 2008 will be played at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska last played its first five games at home in 2005, and the 2008 season will mark just the fifth time in school history NU has opened with five straight home games (1906, 1918, 1975, 2005).

--The Oct. 4 game against Missouri will be Nebraska’s Homecoming contest.
Nebraska’s meeting with Western Michigan will be the first between the two schools, while its matchup with Virginia Tech will be the first regular-season meeting between the two programs. Nebraska holds a 1-0 series edge over the Hokies, defeating Virginia Tech in the 1996 Orange Bowl.

--Nebraska faces a total of six 2007 bowl teams this fall including Virginia Tech, Missouri, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.

--Tickets for the April 19 Red-White Spring Game continue to be on sale at, by calling 1-800-8 BIG RED or 402-472-3111, and in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. As of Wednesday, approximately 39,000 advance tickets had been sold for the game. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance to avoid long lines on game day. Kickoff on April 19 is set for 1 p.m.

2008 Nebraska Football Schedule
Aug. 30 Western Michigan
Sept. 6 San Jose State
Sept. 13 New Mexico State
Sept. 27 Virginia Tech
Oct. 4 Missouri (HC)
Oct. 11 at Texas Tech
Oct. 18 at Iowa State
Oct. 25 Baylor
Nov. 1 at Oklahoma
Nov. 8 Kansas
Nov. 15 at Kansas State
Nov. 28 Colorado

Ticket Prices Summary
2008 Single-Game Home Total (Average) $490 ($61.25)
Season Ticket Total (Average) $416 ($52)
UNL Student Ticket Total (Average) $168 ($21)

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Thursday, February 28, 2008 || 0 comments

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Monday, February 25, 2008

New York Times features Pelini stop in G.I.

OK, so one item from the list of Bo Pelini "facts" circulating the Internet on Husker fan sites was disproven last Thursday at the Heartland Events Center. Apparently, former Nebraska coaching great Tom Osborne and current Cornhuskers' coach Bo Pelini actually can be in the same room without it exploding due to the high volume of "awesome."

However, the Central Nebraska Big Red Luncheon did make it into Monday's edition of the New York Times. Writer Joe Drape, noting that he enjoyed his stay in Grand Island, was kind enough to give us a heads up and his story on Bo Pelini and his effect on Husker Nation can be viewed online.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Monday, February 25, 2008 || 0 comments

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

BASEBALL: Dorn won't be holding back in 2008

LINCOLN -- Nebraska pitcher Johnny Dorn won't be holding anything back this season -- and not just because it's his senior year.

Despite posting a 31-9 record with a 3.69 ERA in his first three seasons with the Cornhuskers, Dorn admitted he hasn't always given it all on the mound. It wasn't that the right-hander from Grand Island was necessarily dogging it or didn't care, but instead, he operated by the philosophy that he always wanted to leave a little extra left in the tank for crucial situations.

Under the direction of first-year pitching coach Eric Newman, Dorn’s approach has changed radically.

"I think I've always been a 90-percent guy and would save that 100 percent for when you need it to get somebody out," Dorn said Tuesday during Nebraska's preseason media day. "Coach Newman has brought a new philosophy, especially for me, that I need to get my (velocity) up and just to go after it on every pitch.
"It's more of an attack mode rather than trying to finesse guys, so I like it."

Newman said that there's something to be said for being able to reach back for a little extra to get out of a jam. However, his view is that it's difficult for a pitcher to fully realize his potential if they're not putting everything they've got into every pitch.

"If you want to be a sprinter, you've got to run hard," Newman said. "If you want to be a pitcher who throws hard, you've got to practice throwing hard. It's pretty simple."

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Tuesday, February 12, 2008 || 0 comments

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