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Friday, February 3, 1995 Page 7
Former Husker hired as linebacker coach
By Tim Pearson
Craig Bohl’s high school football
coach knew Bohl was a leader.
But when Bohl graduated from
Lincoln East in 1977, Lee Zentic had
no clue Bohl would be the lineback
ers’ coach at Nebraska 18 years later.
“It was kind of hard at that point to
determine,” Zentic said. “He had re
ally good knowledge of the game, and
he was very interested in the game.”
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne an
nounced Thursday that Bohl, a former
Husker player and graduate assistant,
had been hired to fill the position
vacated by Kevin Steele. Steele re
signed two weeks ago to become the
inside linebackers coach with the ex
pansion Carolina Panthers of the
National Football League.
As a running back and defensive
back for the Spartans, Bohl helped
lead Lincoln East to a state title in
John Gingery, a former teammate
of Bohl’s and now an assistant coach
at East, said Bohl always played hard
on the field.
“He was a 100-percent kind of guy
when he played football,” Gingery
said. “He was very determined.”
And that determination has led
him up the coaching ladder.
Bohl was a graduate assistant at
Nebraska from 1981 -83. He then spent
a year at North Dakota State, two
years at both Tulsa and Wisconsin
and the last five years at Duke.
“You never know what the profes
sion has in store for you,” Zentic said.
Duke coach Fred Goldsmith said
the 36-year-old Bohl would be missed.
“We will certainly miss Craig, as
he has been a member of the coaching
staff since my first day at Rice,” he
said. “We have had a very close-knit
group the last six years, but I wish
him well at his alma mater Nebraska.”
Osborne said in a release that Bohl
would recruit in Texas, the Caroli
nas, Florida and Georgia.
“We know Craig well,” he said.
“He’s-a hard worker of sound charac
ter with a great deal of experience and
has been cfuite successful. We are
delighted to have hfm join our staff.”
soon fizzles out
By Trevor Parks
What a difference a week makes.
One week ago, both Nebraska and Okla
homa were 14-4 and 1-2 in the Big Eight
Conference, but now both teams are headed in
The Sooners have used an 82-72 win over
Nebraska in Norman, Okla., as a springboard
to improve to 16-4 and 3-2 in the Big Eight.
Oklahoma defeated No. 11 Iowa State 79-78
in Norman Wednesday night.
In the meantime, 14-6 Nebraska, fell to 1-4
in the conference after losing to the Sooners
and being embarrassed by Oklahoma State 82
65 in Lincoln.
Now the two teams square off again Sunday
at 12:30 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Cen
“We just played them, so they are still in the
back of our minds with what they do and how
they play,” Nebraska guard Jaron Boone said.
“We need need need need this game right here
for us to turn it around.”
Boone said the Comhuskers had not been
discouraged by their recent skid.
“I think it’s a positive for us,” Boone said.
“Everybody rs frustrated and everybody wants
to play well.”
That pressure to play well was evident
Nebraska was forced into shooting 37.9
percent by a tough Oklahoma State defense and
shot only 25 percent from outside the 3-point
The Huskers were alsooutrebounded 36-25,
and die 65 points were the second fewest scored
Coach Danny Nee said Nebraska needed to
turn things around quickly.
“Losing is losing. Now we just have to find
a way to win,” Nee said. “But we have to start
Boone agreed, and said this trend of slump
ing at the beginning of the Big Eight season
had become typical for the Huskers.
“We lose the flow of the offense and doing
things that we did at the beginning of the
season,” Boone said. “Then we tend to pick it
up in the middle half or right about now in the
Big Eight, and that’s what we can do. If not,
we’re in trouble.”
Nebraska’s Chris Sallee fights for the ball with Oklahoma State’s Bryant
Reeves while knocking over Andre Owens during the Cornhuskers’ 82-65 loss
on Wednesday night.
rises to meet
By Trevor Parks
Some players tend to raise their play against
Oklahoma basketball player Ryan Minor is
one of those players.
And Nebraska just hap
pens to be a team that Mi
nor excels against. Minor
and the Sooners will take
on the Comhuskers Sun
day in a 12:30 p.m. game at
the Bob Devaney Sports
Minor said he didn’t know
why he’s had so much sue
... cess against iNeorastca.
Minor “Nebraska’s fun to play
against,” Minor said. “They’re easygoing, and
I really want to say that I don’t focus on
Nebraska every year. It just happens to be like
In his last three games against Nebraska,
Minor has averaged 25.3 points per game,
including a 30-point effort in last Saturday’s
Sooner win in Norman, Okla.
Minor missed one game against Nebraska
because of a broken foot.
“I had a couple of good games last year,”
Minor said. “They beat us in the Big Eight
Tournament, and that was really tough on us.”
Minor scored 23 points against the Huskers
in the first round of the Big Eight Tournament
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound junior from
Hammond, Okla., said even though the Soon
ers defeated Iowa State 79-78 Wednesday,
playing Nebraska twice in eight days was not
“It’s kind of tough to play a team back-to
back like that,” Minor said. “Teams that get
beat on the road and then have to come back
and play the same team at home have a mindset
of coming out and playing hard because they
still have that bad taste in their mouth.”
Minor said more time off would be to the
“If you have time in between, you have time
to regroup before you play that team again.”
See MINOR on 8
Wrestlers healthy, ready to dominate, Neumann says
Nebraska’s Kenny Mbah goes for a takedown against Penn
State’s Rob Neivdlinger at the National Duals. Mbah will
wrestle at 177 pounds Saturday.
By Tim Pearson
Nebraska wrestling coach Tim
Neumann is ready for his team to
After splitting two duals last week
end, the Comhuskers will make the
trip to Clemson, S.C., on Saturday for
The fourth-ranked Huskers will
take on No. 22 Ohio State, Clemson
and James Madison.
“We’re doing enough to win,”
Neumann said. “But we’re not tear
ing people apart like Iowa.
“Our theme for the rest of the
season is to dominate.”
And the Huskers better start domi
nating soon with the Big Eight and
NCAA meets coming up, Neumann
Last year Nebraska finished 29th
at Nationals. Before this season
%started, Neumann projected his team
would be in the top four by now.
“Before the Big Eights, we should
be in the top four or five,” he said. “A
lot of that is based on work done the
past summer. How we finish depends
on how we do from now until nation
“If we finish weak, it’ll be like last
For the first time in a month, the
Huskers will be wrestling at full
strength. Steve Baer at 126 pounds
and Temoer Terry at 150 pounds will
both be ready for this weekend after
missing last weekend’s duals against
Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
“We’re just about healed up,”
Neumann said. “We determined our
starting lineup (Wednesday) with
Neumann said his team should be
excited to wrestle with a completely
healthy team. But the Huskers will
have some tough competition and
face some different styles of wrestling
this weekend, he said.
“Clemson is in the toughest posi
tion they’ve been in in a long time,”
Although Ohio State is ranked
22nd, Neumann said the Buckeyes
should qualify six wrestlers for the
Neumann said he was a little con
cerned about his team’s fatigue after
last weekend’s trip to Oklahoma.
“We expected to beat Oklahoma
State. We wrestled unemotional
against them and average against
Oklahoma,” he said.
“(Oklahoma State) was an oppor
tunity for us to move up,” he said. “I
don’t know if the National Duals
sapped our emotion. But it’s tough to
beat the No. 2 team without two start
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