Husker coaches tour state, 5.30

Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg (left) answers a question as Husker football coach Scott Frost looks on, part of a stop at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum involving five NU head coaches and athletic director Bill Moos on Thursday.

Let's take a late Monday afternoon joyride, in the form of some leftovers from last week's Big Red Blitz Tour featuring Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos and coaches.

1. It's June, where we see an increase in ice cream headaches and football camps.

Nebraska football coach Scott Frost, on Thursday in Norfolk, said he likes where the staff's recruiting efforts stand entering a key stretch.

Nebraska has assistant coaches attending satellite camps in Georgia and Florida this week, and NU will be hosting Friday Night Lights camps on June 14 and 21 at Memorial Stadium.

There's a 7-on-7 camp set for Sunday and a camp for offensive and defensive linemen set for June 15.

Frost said he expects more good players at the camps.

"We're farther ahead this year just because we've been here longer," he said. "When we first got here ... we were in such a big hurry to get the ’19 class ready that we weren't able to look at the ’20 class as much.

"With our staff being here longer, we have a better start on all those things. We've had more good players on campus than we did a year ago and I think will continue through (summer camps)."

2. How can one tell Fred Hoiberg has big plans for incoming freshman Kevin Cross?

A Georges Niang reference.

NU's first-year basketball coach sees a way for Cross, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Arkansas, to stretch the floor much like Niang did at Iowa State.

"What Georges would do is he would pull the other team's center away from the basket," Hoiberg said.

3. Hoiberg was asked about Juwan Howard, who was hired by Michigan recently.

The former Iowa State standout recalled playing against Howard and Michigan's Fab Five in the early 1990s.

"We lost by 50," Hoiberg quipped.

Hoiberg tried to hire Howard to his staff while coaching the Chicago Bulls, but the Miami Heat would not let Howard out of his assistant contract.

Now they'll be coaching against each other in the Big Ten.

"He's a great person, a great basketball mind and I think he'll do a great job at Michigan," Hoiberg said.

4. Here's your stat of the day: More than two-thirds of Nebraska's student-athletes are on campus 12 months a year.

It's a number Moos pointed to when talking about a hot topic: paying college athletes.

Moos is against paying college athletes. He has made that clear more than once. He stood by it again last week in Norfolk.

"There's a place for (paying athletes), Moos said. "It's called the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball.

"What worries me, is transfer stuff and pay-for-play, that in two years we might be sitting in (a) room and talking about salary caps and free agency.

"When that happens, I'm going back to the ranch," Moos quipped.

5. Former Husker offensive lineman Tanner Farmer is getting a chance to play pro football with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

He is one of five ex-Huskers listed on CFL camp rosters, joining Ciante Evans (Montreal), Jermarcus Hardrick (Winnipeg), Drew Brown (Toronto) and Jonathan Rose (Ottawa).

The CFL season starts June 13.

6. And easing the weekend baseball pain — or making it worse — is this. On this day in 2005, the Nebraska baseball team beat Illinois-Chicago 8-6 to open the NCAA Tournament.

The Huskers' run that season, of course, landed NU in the College World Series.

A crowd of 7,669 watched Jeff Christy hit his first collegiate homer and throw out three Flames attempting to swipe bases in the June 3 contest.

Christy just finished his second season as a volunteer coach at Texas A&M.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.


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