The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 02, 1988, Page 6, Image 6

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By Mark Derowitsch
Senior Reporter
A post-Ncw Year’s Day puzzle is
developing in early November, and
the secret to fitting all the pieces in
may not be unveiled until later this
In three weeks, post-season bowl
bids will go out to the country’s best
teams, and it might take all 21 days to
decide which team goes where.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne,
speaking athis weekly press luncheon
Tuesday in the South Stadium
Lounge, said the Comhuskers’ drop
to No. 7 in The Associated Press
college football poll this week could
have an adverse impact on their bowl
“If we would have been rated 5th
or 6th, and if we win our next three
games, we’d probably go into the
bowl game cither 4th or 3rd, and
maybe as high as 2nd,” Osborne said.
“But if we have to come from 7th at
this point, we may be 4th or 3rd. And
that makes a lot of difference on who
we’ll play.”
Osborne said the drop may not
only hinder who the Huskers, 8-1
overall and 4-0 in the Big Eight, play
in the bowl game, but also whether
they’ll play for the national champi
Nebraska, rated No. 5 last week by
AP, slipped behind West Virginia,
which defeated Penn State 51 -30, and
Florida State, which was idle. The
Huskers downed Missouri 26-18 in
Osborne said the Huskers
shouldn’t be unfairly penalized after
an eight-point win. He said other
teams, including No. 1 Notre Dame
and No. 2 Southern California, also
have won close games, but have not
dropped in the polls.
“I watched USC on the coast and
their score was 23-21 over Stanford,”
Osborne said. “They haven’t been
penalized for that. Most teams have
had a close game somewhere. You
just don i win big every wecK.
Osborne said the rest oi the coun
try greeted Notre Dame’s ascension
to No. 1.
“I think our fans would have been
very upset if we beat Navy 22-7,
Osborne said. “There would have
been no joy in Mudville over that
Osborne said the Huskcrs’ primary
concern is to win (heir first Big Eight
title since 1983. Oklahoma has won
the conference championship each ol
the last four seasons.
“Our main concern right now this
year is the Big Eight,’ he said. “We
can control that. We don’t have to rely
on any ballots to win.
“I’d like to see our players win a
Big Eight championship. It’s been
four years since we won it.”
But Osborne said the Huskers’
post-season possibilities could be
decided if they don’t defeat Iowa
State Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Kick
off is scheduler! for 1 p.m. in Cyclone
Stadium-Jack Trice Field.
The Cyclones, 4-4 overall and 2-2
in the Big Eight, lost to Colorado 24
12 last Saturday in Boulder, Colo.
They defeated Missouri earlier this
season 21-3.
“If we don’t beat Iowa Stale, we
may not even go to a bowl,” Osborne
said. “This is a big game for us.”
Comhuskers gain first commitment
for 88-89 basketball recruiting class
By Steve Sipple
Senior Editor_ _
Nebraska basketball coach Danny
Nee’s running style of offense paid
big dividends Monday when Atkin
son West Holt senior Bruce Chubick
announced his plans to become a
Comhuskcr next fall.
Chubick, a 6-foot-7 senior who led
the Huskies to the Class C-l state
championship last season, said the
Huskers’ fast-paced offense figured
prominently in his decision to be
come the first player to verbally
commit to Nebraska.
“I love the way (Nee) runs his
offense,” Chubick said Tuesday in a
telephone interview from Atkinson
West Holt High School. “That’s defi
nitely one of the big reasons 1 came to
Chubick said he was also attracted
to Nebraska because of Nee’s 1987
88 recruiting class, which has been
touted as one of the nation’s best by
more than one publication.
“When he’s got guys who are re
ally good and really young, you know
the program is going to keep going up,
even after the juniors and seniors arc
Chubick, who averaged 33 points
and 14 rebounds per game last season
during the Huskies’ 24-0 season,
made his decision before the National
Collegiate Athletic Association early
signing period, which runs from Nov.
7 love the way
(Nee) runs his of
fense. That’s defi
nitely one of the
big reasons I came
to Nebraska.’
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9 through Nov. 16 this season.
Coaches aren’t allowed to visit play
ers at this time.
Chubick said he will sign with the
Huskers via the mail during the early
signing period.
Avoiding a recruiting process that
was becoming more and more intense
— and bothersome — is another rea
son for his early decision 10 sign,
Chubick said.
“Oh, definitely. That was getting
hectic,” he said. “Sometimes it was
really bad. There was one school that
had one person call me once a night,
and then a couple of others from that
school would call, too.”
Chubick’s father, Bruce Chubick,
Sr., who is the basketball coach at
West Hoil, said he was pleased with
his son’s early decision.
“1 tell you what, with that phone
ringing, I couldn’t sit still and watch
television,” Chubick Sr. said.
“Bruce’s mom and I would tell (the
recruiters) that Bruce wasn’t here
(when he really was). It was pretty
templing sometimes, though.”
Chubick Sr. said his son was con
tacted by more than 70 schools. The
decision came down to Nebraska and
“Bruce is a real Big Ten fan,” he
said. “But he chose Nebraska because
he fell that Nebraska’s program is
ready to hit the top level.
Chubick Sr. said his family moved
to Nebraska from Iowa in 1982. Iowa
was one of the schools who showed a
lot of interest in his son, he said.
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Injury may sideline Brinson
A neck injury may keep Nebraska
wingback Dana Brinson from playing
in the Comhuskers’ game against
Iowa Slate Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said
Tuesday that Brinson rcjammcd his
neck during the Husker’s 26-18 vic
tory against Missouri on Saturday. He
said Brinson, who originally hurl his
neck during Nebraska’s 41-28 loss to
UCLA earlier this season in Los
Angeles, suffered the injury after
being hit on a kickoff return.
Osborne said Brinson would have
to “improve drastically’’ in order to
make the trip to Ames. If Brinson isn ’ t
included on the 60-man travel roster,
first-siring wingback Richard Bell
would be backed up by senior Jamie
Osborne said he “doesn’t know
whaltominkaoouturinson Dccause
it took the senior from Valdosta, Ga.,
three-to-four weeks to recover the
first time he suffered the injury. He
said the injury is troublesome because
it includes a muscle spasm that hin
ders Brinson’s blocking ability.
The players who missed
Tuesday’s workout which was con
ducted in full pads included running
back Ken Clark, fullback Brian
Harchelroad, left guard Andy Keeler
and Worden. Clark has been ham
pered by an arch injury which ham
pered his performance against Mis
souri, while Harchelroad suffered a
knee injury against the Tigers. Keeler
is being bothered by an ankle injury
while Worden has the flu.
“Hopefully, Worden will feci bet
ter by (today),” Osborne said.
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