Early Break

Early Break: J.J. Watt planned on winging his speech to Wisconsin’s graduating class and he’s never seemed more cool

  • Watt said he was asked to send a copy of his speech to the University of Wisconsin for their May 11th commencement, and told them he didn’t have a speech because he just planned on winging it. Bravo, J.J. Screw the scripts…stay in the moment!
  • Jake and Sip have had their various speeches to different groups…would they do a large commencement speech without a script, though?

Early Break: Parker Gabriel (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple

  • What’s the scoop on Nebraska’s newest defensive tackle, Jahkeem Green?
  • What exactly went wrong with Caleb Lightbourn? How did he fall apart so much as a punter?
  • Overall impressions of Spring Game and what’s the schedule like going ahead for the summer…?

Early Break: Do you feel yourself starting to become less cynical with Nebraska athletics or are you still skeptical?

  • We are still seeing people on the text line and Twitter saying to stop drinking the Kool-Aid, and that’s fair, since football went 4-8 last year and basketball might have a rough first year with so much to replace
  • But this place has been full of a lot of people sarcastically saying, ‘next year,’ in all sports. People thought we kept showing up for games in sports and just going in circles of mediocrity. Do you still feel cynical until you see the results or do you feel like you believe in this place becoming elite in the main programs?

Early Break: Rick Barnes might regret how transparent he’s been in the aftermath of him choosing to stay at Tennessee

  • Barnes told reporters Tuesday that if UCLA had been willing to pay his buyout at Tennessee, he’d likely be the coach at UCLA. Why would he admit that? What do his players say in response to hearing that?
  • Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

Early Break: Fred Hoiberg makes another appearance on national radio with Doug Gottlieb

  • Scott Frost went on a lot of national radio when he was hired at Nebraska, and Tim Miles did eventually after he had success at Nebraska…but it took him having success for people to want to talk to them. He wasn’t a ‘big get’ for radio when he was hired, and that shows where Nebraska is in present-day
  • Hoiberg discussed how he got Doc to come back, his thoughts on Nebraska’s chances to create something special, and more. Play the hits!

Early Break: Which program will recruit at a higher level going forward at Nebraska: football or men’s basketball?

  • Is this as easy of an answer as you think it should be? The easy answer is Scott Frost; look what he’s done already with guys like Adrian Martinez in elevating his play since he got here, and other guys. But can Frost consistently land a ton of 4 and 5 star guys? Maybe, but that’s tough
  • Basketball, as we know, is nowhere near the same prestige level of football. But……they ARE now paying their assistants a lot of money, including the 2nd and 5th highest paid assistants in the conference (Matt Abdelmassih, Doc Sadler)….which makes you expect more in recruiting. Will they ever get higher classes than what football gets? Interesting conversation.

Early Break: Husker Baseball takes on Kansas State, are the Big Red the real deal

  • Nebraska is 10-2 in conference play and 20-10 overall, but have they done enough to prove themselves
  • Still need to beat more quality opponents?

Early Break: Robin Washut (Husker Online)/ Shut up Sipple

  • Hoiberg’s staff is filled, biggest takeaways from what we heard on Monday
  • Jervay Green re-commits to Nebraska, who else will follow?
  • Status on Isiah Roby

Early Break: How long will it take for fans to believe that Nebrasketball can actually be a consistent tournament team

  • Hiring Fred Hoiberg helps the conversation, as well as committing to a large salary pool for assistants.
  • When do you start to buy in that it can happen hear? Coaches aren’t scared of the task at hand
  • More audio from coaches

Early Break: Caleb Lightbourn enters the transfer portal

  • Lightbourn fell to 3rd or 4th string for the spring game and didn’t perform well. How did he fall so far?
  • Song of the Day:

Early Break: For Adrian Martinez to be a Heisman contender, the team needs to win at least 9 games

  • Can this team make the big leaps in year 2?
  • Sip didn’t seem enthused with what he saw Saturday, was he reading too much into a scrimmage?

Early Break: Nebraska basketball assistants speak to the media

  • Doc Sadler makes his return to Lincoln and still is glowing to the media
  • Matt Abdelmassih discussed recruiting transfers, and his relationship with Hoiberg and Sadler
  • They are trying to tamper down expectations for Year one, is there a chance this team could be decent