Early Break

Early Break: How much does Sip care about the NBA playoffs without his beloved LeBron to cheer for?

  • It’s the first time in 8 years that LeBron hasn’t been in the playoffs, as his Lakers were terrible and weren’t even close to making it—the playoffs certainly seem to have a different vibe without him
  • How much will Finals/playoffs ratings, in general, suffer without The King? Down 26% so far…
  • Also, Hot Take’s grades for the show for the week:

Early Break: Chris Basnett (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple

  • Cam Mack says he’ll visit Nebrasketball…what exactly would he bring if he committed to Hoiberg?
  • Are you convinced this season has to be bad for Nebrasketball, or could they actually be decent if they get some decent grad transfers?
  • How soon do you expect to see some commits for Abdelmassih/Gates in recruiting?

Early Break: Has the B1G started to level out in terms of strength of divisions?

  • The past years, the East was a beast—Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State all beat up on each other, and the division was perceived not only as the best in the conference—but one of the best in the nation.
  • Urban Meyer is now gone at Ohio State, Michigan State has no QB, Penn State has lost star power the past 2 years in Barkley/McSorley, and Michigan is good but not great. Meanwhile, Minnesota and Nebraska are on the uptick in the West, and Nebraska/Wisconsin/Northwestern all have exciting young QBs, and Purdue/Iowa still have capable offense/teams

Early Break: Darin Erstad says he hates everybody he plays against—is that normal or is he just overly intense?

  • Erstad met with media yesterday before the team heads to Iowa for a weekend series, and said that he hated teams when he was playing, and he still hates them now as a coach. Nebraska fans generally ‘hate’ Iowa and Wisconsin in sports, but do they hate anyone else?
  • Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

Early Break: Oklahoma gets a 5-star commit at RB in 2020 and is the leader for another…can Nebraska get anything like that?

  • Jase McClellan, the 4th ranked RB in the 2020 class and a 5-star player, is a commit for the Sooners, and Kendall Milton, the 2nd ranked RB in the 2020 class and also a 5-star, has Oklahoma has the leader for his services at the moment
  • Nebraska did have a time in the Pelini era where they had three 4-stars at RB (Rex Burkhead, Aaron Green, Braylon Heard), but only Burkhead stuck around his whole career….can Oklahoma-type recruiting be achieved here?

Early Break: Fred Hoiberg appeared on local radio last night…what did we learn?

  • We did learn on Thursday that Cameron Mack, the 2nd ranked player in the JUCO ranks, will come to Nebraska for a visit—-always a good sign. Also, Donovan Williams tears his ACL—NOT a good sign
  • Other news/nuggets from Hoiberg on Sports Nightly..

Early Break: Mike Schaefer (247 Sports/Huskers Illustrated): Part 3

  • Show wrap-up
  • Schaefer likes bat flips in baseball and took issue with the Royals throwing at Tim Anderson on Wednesday…let’s let him explain his position

Early Break: Mike Schaefer (247 Sports/Huskers Illustrated): Part 2

  • Nana Akenten (not surprisingly) announces he will transfer from Nebrasketball….addition by subtraction, or did you think he’d fit in with Hoiberg?
  • Does this team have to be bad next year? Will Matt Abdelmassih’s recruiting ability with transfers, couldn’t you see a bunch of good/decent grad transfers come in and play with Dachon Burke/Jervay Green/Amir Harris and create a pretty dang good squad in Year 1?
  • Shut up Sipple

Early Break: Mike Schaefer (247 Sports/Huskers Illustrated): Part 1

  • What do we know about Jahkeem Green and Turner Corcoran, the 2 players to commit to Nebraska during/since the Spring Game weekend?
  • Do you expect any more commits soon or will it be a while before anyone else commits?
  • Overall impressions of the team following the Spring Game…do you like where the team sits heading to the Fall

Early Break: MAILBAGGG!!!!! Your questions, our answers

  • As always, email your questions for Sip & Jake to earlybreak937@gmail.com or twee at @HotTakeAyers
  • Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

Early Break: The situation that many feared for Nebraska with Bill Moos just happened at Texas A&M

  • Scott Woodward, the A.D. at Texas A&M who hired Jimbo Fisher last offseason and JUST hired Buzz Williams for basketball, announced he was taking the LSU job after Joe Alleva stepped down from the position
  • The rumor for a while has been saying that Bill Moos would step down soon, despite just landing 2 marquee coaches…how should A&M’s new coaches feel toward Woodward? Understanding, or pissed?

Early Break: Nana Akenten announces transfer from Nebrasketball….and the 2019-20 B1G opponents are released

  • Akenten’s news—which is little surprise to anyone—means Nebraska has 5 open scholarships for 2019-20 now…a tad scary, but also very interesting to see what Matt Abdelmassih and Armon Gates can land this late in the process for high school kids, and more likely transfers/grad transfers….who says this team has to be bad next year if they get a good amount of grad transfers?
  • Also, B1G hoops opponents released—no trip to Penn State this year (finally), only one game vs. Michigan State (in Lincoln), and more thoughts on the schedule