Shatel: ESPN 'College GameDay' possible for Miami's game with Huskers - Omaha.com
Published Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm / Updated at 5:09 am
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Shatel: ESPN 'College GameDay' possible for Miami's game with Huskers

Is the college football barometer of national relevance making its way back to Lincoln, Nebraska? Yes. Maybe. Stay tuned.

Chris Fowler, host of ESPN “College GameDay,” was in Omaha last week as the guest speaker of the Christ the King sports banquet. According to two people who attended the function, Fowler said “GameDay” would be in Lincoln on Sept. 20 when the Miami Hurricanes come to town.

Fowler couldn't be reached for comment, but Keri Potts, ESPN's senior vice president for public relations, responded on Monday that “GameDay” sites aren't selected until the summer or announced until August.

We'll assume that game, then, is on Fowler's wish list. It would be “GameDay's” first trip to Lincoln since the USC game in 2007. Anybody remember that one?

If that happens, ESPN would choose Lincoln over the Clemson at Florida State game. Maybe the names Miami-Nebraska still hold some clout.

» The question of the day Monday was if Tim Miles and Terran Petteway can win coach and player of the year in the Big Ten. The answer is absolutely, they're in position. I think NU has to get at least 10 league wins and finish in the top four to get the voters' attention. I don't think your coach or player of the year will come from the fifth-place team, no matter where it was picked. Don't forget Michigan, with John Beilein and Nik Stauskas, is in first place and beat NU twice.

» Petteway will make All-Big Ten, and should. The kid is setting a no-fear, no-excuses tone for this program. You gotta love the way Petteway and Co. constantly drive and attack the rim. It sends you to the free-throw line and it wears on an opponent. Miles has made things very simple for his team: play mostly man and pack it in on defense, and spread it and attack on offense. Play, don't think.

» A better question: Will Miles pull for Creighton the next two games? The Jays are at Xavier and Georgetown, two teams on the NCAA bubble, according to bubble writers across the country. I don't think there's any question he will. From the time I've been around him, Miles has shown nothing but respect for CU hoops. He's going to pump up the series, and still send a barb to Omaha once in awhile.

I get that. But the jab at Creighton fans last week was interesting timing, in the midst of a Husker win streak. No harm, no foul. Certainly no reason for any Jays fans to go Jim Boeheim on anyone.

It should be noted, too, that they didn't build a bunch of churches across from Pinnacle Bank Arena. Those are bars. Darned good ones, I might add.

» We need to create a trophy for the Nebraska-Creighton hoops game. How do you do a trophy of a hallway?

» What is it about the mystical powers of bobbleheads? Would anyone pay $125 for a Doug McDermott doll on eBay? Would anyone go $1,000? If they would, then Creighton should have saved a few boxes for its annual Jamboree auction and let the dollars fly.

And while you're at it, give some back to the likeness himself. Not that it's Doug's style, but this is the sort of thing that they're talking about at Northwestern. I think college athletes will eventually get a piece of the revenue they generate.

» Danny Manning and Oscar Robertson are the next two on Mount Olympus that McDermott chases. That's unbelievable rare air, and worth more than any bobblehead on eBay.

» If I ever get a bobblehead, I want it to look like Jack Klugman. Or Dabney Coleman.

» What, you kids don't remember Slap Maxwell?

» Every college president leaves some legacy. The Rev. Timothy Lannon will leave one of the biggest in Creighton history. In fact, we won't know the entire significance when he steps down in 2015. Membership into the Big East will provide years of benefits for Creighton, not just in athletics but in student enrollment and national awareness, opportunity and prestige.

Someone asked what CU should do to honor Lannon. I'm not that smart, but he should always have a seat at a Jays basketball game. I'd say a Big East championship this year would be a great tribute.

Either that, or a McDermott bobblehead.

» Just as I was about to wonder if Nebraska fans would storm the Big Ten basketball tournament in Indy, the league announces the event is sold out. Husker fans are going to love this tournament. I loved the old Big Eight tourney and there are some similarities. The Big Ten does this right.

» Fascinating column by Mike Hlas in the Cedar Rapids Gazette about the uneasy relationship between some Iowa basketball players and some Iowa fans. There have always been some fans/students who hammer the home team, but social media has made it faster and meaner than ever. I don't know many college kids who are equipped to handle it. I'm not sure this old cowboy is equipped to handle it. Coach Fran McCaffery has told his players to stay off Twitter until the end of the season, but that's easier said than done.

» Any win in February is a good one for Nebraska or Creighton baseball. Beating No. 1 Oregon State will serve NU well later. And an early performance like Christian DeLeon's seven-inning shutdown of OSU is never a bad thing.

» I hope “Nebraska” wins at the Oscars on Sunday, and double that for Alexander Payne as best director. I'm a fan of all of Payne's movies. They have a distinct sense of humor, with terrific, real characters. I'm rooting for Bruce Dern, too. I've finally forgiven him for killing John Wayne in “The Cowboys.” He was one of the best bad guys ever. I'd like to see him win the lottery Sunday night.

» Welcome back, Ryan Massa. Keep firing, Josh Archibald. With four games left, UNO finds itself in third place in the NCHC, in good shape to get home ice for the playoffs. Let's see if the Mavs can finish.

» There's a saying, don't cry because they're gone, smile because they were here. That fits Harold Ramis, the genius who gave us all the great lines from “Animal House” and “Caddyshack,” and directed “Caddyshack,” “Vacation” and “Groundhog Day,” among others. And who among us from the SCTV generation in the 1980s could forget his roles in “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters?” RIP, Russell Ziskey and Egon Spengler. You gave us laughs to last a lifetime. What a legacy.

» One more and I'm outta here: “The Bottom Line,” The World-Herald's Internet radio show, debuts next Monday at 2 p.m. Some of the guests Mike'l Severe will welcome the first week include Kevin Kugler, Tom Osborne and Bruce Feldman (Monday), Kyle Peterson and Andrew and Scott Shanle (Tuesday), Jason Peter and Grant Wistrom (Wednesday), Bruce Chubick and Erick Strickland (Thursday) and Zac Taylor and Joe Ganz (Friday), along with various World-Herald sports and entertainment writers.

The show will air from 2 to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and can be found on Omaha.com and Tunein Radio on your mobile device. There will be a Bottom Line app coming soon.

To hear more about this, come listen to Severe at the Omaha Press Club Tuesday at noon.

Contact the writer: Tom Shatel

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Tom Shatel is a sports columnist who covers the city, regional and state scene.

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