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■ The NU veteran says he
understands retiring Georgia Tech
Coach Bobby Cremins’ motivations.
By Joshua Camenzind
Nebraska basketball Coach Danny Nee has
three words for anybody looking to get into his
Don’t do it.
Nee, in his 14th season at the helm of the
Cornhuskers and 20th season overall, enlight
ened reporters on Monday about a struggle he is
naving witn ms son ratncK.
“I am begging him to not go into coaching,”
Nee said. “That is where he is headed.”
Nee said that as a 54-year-old veteran of his
craft, he can speak well on the subject. He has
coached at Ohio University and Nebraska after
starting out as an assistant at Notre Dame.
In 20 seasons, he has won 360 games but
has won only one NCAA tournament game -
none at NU.
Nee said he has seen the good and bad
throughout, and current times are much harder,
especially on young coaches.
“It is simply the scrutiny of the media,” Nee
said. “But I also think there is way more com
petition. There are more schools effectively
•• It is just very hard to find players who can
play this level, who can take you to the top and
keep you there and keep enough of them”
going after it, and the pool of players has shrunk
because of the academic conditions.”
Nee said losing one player can be devastat
ing to a team, much like when Tyronn Lue left
for the NBA or this season with Cookie Belcher
NU basketball coach
The Huskers have struggled to a 10-15
record this season with only one senior on the
team. Nee said be would like more four to five
year players on his team, but that is not die case.
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By David Diehl
They haven’t enlisted in the Army just yet, but the
Nebraska volleyball team still is going through boot
At the helm is Drill Sgt. and
Coach John Cook in his first year.
He said he is running an eight
week “very intense, physically
demanding” training program. The
series of workouts has been given
the title “boot camp” by Cook him
The hard work put in now,
though, hardly will go without a
A spring break getaway to
Puerto Rico awaits the Comhuskers at the end of the train
ing period. They will face the Puerto Rican national team
and possibly a local professional chib.
While Cook said that everyone is looking forward to
a week in the tropical sun, he said he has the team’s prior
ities in order.
“Right now toe focus is on them improving,” Cook
said. “Improving themselves physically - running faster,
jumping higher, moving quicker side to side, just getting
The program includes conditioning sessions six days '
a week. Two mornings are spent running and toe four
afternoons are devoted to lifting weights.
Freshman outside hitter Laura Pilakowski said her
first experiences with boot camp have gone pretty well.
“Iti pretty tough,” Pilakowski said. “But we Ye getting
used to it It’s getting to become pretty routine now.”
Greichaly Cepero agreed that toe workouts are diffi
cult but said she looks at the big picture and the long-term
“We’re getting better every week,” Cepero said. “I
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NU against the wall going into OSUgame
■Nebraska looks to stop
powerful Cowgirls guard
Jennifer Crow tonight.
By Brian Christopherson
Dig out any standard dramatic
sports cliche for tonight’s basketball
game between the Nebraska women
and Oklahoma State, and it would like
NU Coach Paul Sanderford is quite
in tune with the realization that a loss in
tonight’s 7:05 p.m. matchup at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center. The loss might
be the dart that bursts the bubble of the
Cornhuskers’ NCAA tournament
“With our postseason chances and
our conference situation, we need wins
- any win we can get,” Sanderford said.
“We need to win die next three basket
With a 13-11 record overall and a 7
6 conference mark, the Huskers sit in
sixth place in the Big 12 Conference,
one game behind Texas.
However, with wins over a ranked
Kansas team and Baylor, sandwiched in
between a tight road loss to No. 12y
Texas Tech, Sanderford said he hopes y
that a running of the table down the
homestretch could put his team in posi
tion to qualify for the Big Dance.
“The NCAA tournament is still in
the picture,” Sanderford said. “We
played ourselves back into that posi
tion, and now we have to continue to
Playing well tonight for NU will.
include stopping OSU guard Jennifer
Crow, who comes into the game averag
ing 21.4 points per game.
“I think (Crow) is one of the best
offensive players in the league,”
Sanderford said. “I watched the
Colorado film today, and it was like a
horror show. She had 34.”
Nebraska will hope to offset Crow
with the play of senior Nicole Kubik,
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CASEY LEONHARBT and the Huskers take on Oklahoma State tonight at the Boh Devaney
Sports Center. A win could keep HU’S NCAA hopes alive.
If Nebraska quits now, throw 2000 season out the window
You’ve heard the words in every
press conference, spoken breathlessly,
full of hope.
“Next year ..Nee says, making
another plea for his return.
“Next year...” say the players, dis
appointed in a season that began with
such high hopes, looking forward to
“Next year...,” says the die-hard in
section B-12, the old guy with the ill
fitting red hat It’s a reason for him to
keep coming to watch another Husker
loss. Many others don’t.
There’s this thing about next year,
It starts right now, today.
It starts on Wednesday, when the
Kansas Jayhawks come calling. It real
ly started a long time ago, maybe after
Nebraska got pasted at KU or Texas.
And maybe it began when obscure
Western Carolina, No. 239 in the latest
Sagarin ratings* left the Bob Devaney
Sports Center with a win earlier this
No matter. What is important is the
continued teamwork, enthusiasm and,
most importantly, effort of Nebraska in
the final weeks of a season headed
Until Saturday’s game against
Oklahoma State, effort hadn’t been the
main problem for the Huskers. But it
was in Stillwdler, Okla.
There were times in the second half
of the OSU game where Nebraska’s
defense disappeared, completely.
It wouldn’t have beenany easier for
the Cowboys if die five Huskers had sat
around die 3-point line.
This lack of intensity is easy to
understand. A season full of lopsided
road losses is bound to take its toll.
After a while, even the hardest-working
player is going to ask himself if it’s
If die Huskers he down and accept
beatings at Missouri and Texas A&M
and go through the motions in home
games with Kansas and Colorado, take
next year and flush it right down die toi
College basketball isn’t a year-by
year proposition. There’s no such thing
as a clean slate. If the final weeks of die
season degenerate into selfish play and
questionable effort, the team that takes
the court next Oct 15 very well could
be defeated already.
And ifNee expects to throw the ball
out to Cookie Belcher next season and
watch him single-handedly bring
together a team in shambles, he’s delu
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