Strong Collegiate Soccer Programs an Omaha Mainstay

For collegiate soccer fans and soccer fans in general around the metro, a nationally respected product is not hard to find on the field. In fact, Omaha hosts a preseason top-ten team in Creighton and a Summit League challenger in the University of Nebraska – Omaha Mavericks.

The charge is led by preseason No. 6 CU, entering their first season as a member of the Big East Conference. Creighton returns sophomore Eric Miller, a preseason Second Team All-American defender, according to College Soccer News. The Jays finished the 2012 campaign ranked fourth in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Jays competed in the NCAA College Cup and were knocked out of the competition…

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Sobering Start

To quote legendary television sportscaster Keith Jackson: “Whoa, Nellie!” The Nebraska football team’s season-opener against Wyoming wasn’t supposed to go quite like that.

Yes, the Huskers won. Yes, they scored 37 points and rolled up 530 yards of offense. And yes, a record crowd of 91,185 was on-hand to watch.

But the fourth quarter, in particular, didn’t make for good viewing from a Nebraska fan’s point of view. And because of the game’s statistics, many among those 91,185 left wondering what the future holds for coach Bo Pelini’s sixth team. 

“Whoa, Nellie!”

The skepticism couldn’t be avoided.

The final score was 37-34, much closer than expected, certainly, but not really cause for concern on…

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Big Dance + Big East = Big Dreams

March madness indeed. It’s been a month like no other so far for the Creighton basketball program, and the Jays haven’t even put their dancing shoes on yet.

In the span of two weeks, the Jays fought their way out of a hole to capture their first outright regular season Valley title since 2001. Then Creighton and their fans stormed through the field in St. Louis to bring home the Arch Madness trophy, with junior phenom Doug McDermott becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer along the way. Then to trump it all, news came down that Creighton has been invited and is expected to join the Big East Conference starting next season.

“I don’t think it’s been…

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McDermott Carries Creighton to Valley Title

The stakes couldn’t have been higher. The atmosphere couldn’t have been more electric. And the Jays couldn’t have come up with a more clutch effort in clinching the regular season Missouri Valley Conference championship before an ecstatic sellout crowd last Saturday at the CenturyLink Center.
“Wow, that was an incredible performance by our team,” said Creighton head coach Greg McDermott. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. The way they have conducted themselves off the floor and in the locker room throughout the season in a championship fashion…you like to think good things will happen to guys who do the right things. So I’m proud that they are champions on the floor as well.”
He was also…

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Jays Shaken by Recent Slump

Doug’s sigh said it all. The Jays were mired in a slump, and Illinois State had just come into the CenturyLink Center and handed Creighton another unexpected defeat. Suddenly the team that couldn’t miss couldn’t make ‘em. The team that many had pegged as perhaps the best in program history looked ordinary. The Jays looked lost and out of synch.

Junior all-American Doug McDermott left the podium after doing his best to answer the tough questions about his team’s lack of execution, he exhaled deep and hard. He looked like his dog got hit by a car, somebody stole his ice cream, and his girlfriend dumped him all on the same day. He looked like he needed a…

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Preseason Favorites on a Roll

Seismic shifts in conference alignment have been rocking college athletics over the past few seasons, and it appears likely that Creighton could get caught up in the shift. Speculation has been running wild around the Creighton program in recent weeks regarding the Jays’ future conference plans.
Last month the presidents of the 7 Catholic colleges that compete only in basketball in the Big East Conference elected to defect and form their own league. DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. Johns, and Villanova are expected to add either 3 or 5 teams to their ranks, with Creighton’s name high on the list of potential new members.

The timing has never been better for Creighton to…

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Grounded by a Broken Heart

It was supposed to be one of the biggest nights of young Josh Jones’ life. Creighton’s senior guard was playing the best ball of his Bluejay career, and he was pumped to be returning to the Bob Devaney Center floor for one last game.

After all, this was the court where he became a legend. This was the place where some of his fondest memories had been made, where he and his Omaha Central teammates won 3 consecutive state championships with Jones leading the way.

But Creighton had lost both games played in Lincoln so far during Jones’ Bluejay career, and he hadn’t had much impact on the outcome. He couldn’t stand the thought of closing out…

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