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9-4, 2nd in Big Ten - West

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst describes the package of legislation approved the D-I Council this week at the NCAA convention as "very transformational." Eichorst co-chaired the recruiting subcommittee and sat on the Football Oversight Committee, which drafted the proposal that would cut satellite camps, expand official recruiting visits to include a 12-week period in the spring before a prospect's senior year and add a 10th assistant coach, among other items. "Others have said that if we could keep the package together," Eichorst said, "it would be the most transformational football legislation that we've had in decades. That speaks volumes."

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Which commits could flip before signing day

There are less than two weeks until national signing day. A lot can happen between now and then, and commits are looking around. These schools will need to fight to hold onto these recruits.

Craig Haubert ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska is losing it's QB & 4 of its top 5 reception leaders from a '16 squad that was not real dynamic thru the air to begin with. With its latest pick-up of ESPN300 WR Tyjon Lindsey they add a diminutive but quick target with big play potential & now 4 of the top 5 commits in their '17 class are 3 WR's & a QB.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey has committed to Nebraska. Lindsey, the No. 77 ranked prospect overall, had recently and abruptly decommitted from Ohio State without much explanation as to why. The loss for the Buckeyes turned into a big gain for the Huskers, as Lindsey fills a big need at receiver.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska has made official the hire of former UConn coach Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator, replacing Mark Banker, whose firing was announced on Wednesday. "When we began looking for a new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco quickly rose to the top of the list," Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. Diaco, an Iowa graduate, won the Broyles Award in 2012 as the nation's top assistant coach while coordinating the Notre Dame defense.

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Nebraska fires defensive coordinator Banker

Nebraska has fired defensive coordinator Mark Banker, who directed a unit that ranked 10th in the Big Ten in yards per play allowed, yards per rushing attempt and passing yards per game.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Surprising news on the decision by Nebraska coach Mike Riley to fire defensive coordinator Mark Banker. Banker has worked 20 years with Riley, including the past two in Lincoln, and followed the head coach to Nebraska from Oregon State. They also spent three seasons together with the San Diego Chargers and one season at USC. The Cornhuskers ranked 10th in the Big Ten in 2016 in yards allowed per play, yards per rushing attempt and passing yards per game.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska announces firing of defensive coordinator Mark Banker, a longtime Mike Riley assistant. "I want to thank Mark for his hard work and contributions to our football program the past two years and for all of his service and dedication as a member of my other coaching staffs," Riley said in a prepared statement. "We will conduct a national search to find a great coach, teacher and recruiter as we continue our pursuit of championships."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Rice is hiring Nebraska defensive backs coach Brian Stewart as defensive coordinator, sources tell colleague Sam Khan Jr. and me. Stewart has been defensive coordinator at Maryland, Houston and the Dallas Cowboys. He spent the past two seasons at Nebraska.

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Four Heisman snubs have won a title

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson joins a legendary group of Heisman runner-ups to win the national championship. Should these quarterbacks have won the award?

Watson game winner joins championship moment pantheon (2:39)
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Saban climbing up another list

Alabama coach Nick Saban jumped past Nebraska's Tom Osborne with his 24th win in AP top-10 matchups. Only Hall of Famers Bobby Bowden and Bear Bryant have more.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

The rich keep getting richer when it comes to Pac-12 offensive line recruiting, as Stanford received a commitment from the nation's No. 12 overall prospect, offensive tackle Foster Sarell. Stanford was seemingly in front from beginning to end for Sarell, though Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC and especially the hometown Washington Huskies all recruited him hard. This is a huge win for Stanford, which will pair him with Walker Little in bringing in two elite offensive tackle prospects in this class. For Washington, it's definitely a blow, as Chris Petersen and staff have done a tremendous job keeping in-state prospects home, though Stanford and its offensive line pedigree proved too much in this battle.

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