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Checking in on Big Red

LINCOLN, Neb. -- They've finally let me out to cover spring practice in the Big Ten, and I'm starting my tour at the league's newest member.

I'll be spending the next two days in Husker country with Nebraska players and coaches. The Huskers resume spring practice later today following spring break.

First impressions on my maiden voyage to Lincoln:

  • Memorial Stadium is impressive and should fit in with the Big Ten's mammoth football facilities. I didn't realize how close the stadium is to downtown Lincoln, making it one of the more urban settings in the league (along with Camp Randall Stadium, and, to a lesser extent, Ohio Stadium).

  • From what I've seen of Nebraska's football facilities so far (weight room, indoor practice field, lobby areas), they are right up there with the Big Ten's best. The facilities are all connected much like Wisconsin. The weight room is simply massive.

  • Sign on the marquee of a bar/nightclub: "In Bo We Trust." As several of you have astutely pointed out on Twitter, this inscription could be easily displayed in Ann Arbor (Schembechler) or even Madison (Ryan). But they love them some Pelini here.

  • I visited with Huskers receiver Brandon Kinnie, and while I'll have more from the senior later, he had some interesting thoughts on leading a young group of wideouts, the new offense and the Nebraska haters (of which there are many). Although Kinnie is a LeBron fan, he admits D-Rose is tearing it up right now, so we're cool.

There's no shortage of spring storylines here. Nebraska is adjusting to a new offensive scheme under coordinator Tim Beck. There's a quarterback competition going on as Taylor Martinez tries to retain his job. The Huskers are trying to keep the bar raised on defense behind Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard. And while they're focused on themselves, the Big Ten move is creeping closer.

Much more to come, so stay tuned.