"I am thrilled to bring Mike Dawson back to Nebraska to re-join our coaching staff," Frost said. "Coach Dawson has a great history with our coaching staff and brings all of the attributes we look for in an assistant coach. He is a man of great character, has outstanding defensive acumen and knowledge of our defensive system, is a proven teacher and recruiter and relates well to his players."
Dawson rejoins the Nebraska staff after spending the 2019 season coaching outside linebackers for the New York Giants. Prior to the 2019 season, Dawson coached Nebraska's defensive line for the 2018 season and served in the same capacity on Frost's coaching staff at UCF in 2016 and 2017.
A coaching veteran in his 21st season, Dawson has coached at the FCS, FBS and professional levels. He has spent 17 seasons in the collegiate ranks, including 11 at FBS schools. Dawson also boasts four years of coaching experience in the National Football League and has coached both outside linebackers and defensive lineman in college and the NFL.
Dawson has helped build impressive defenses throughout his career, including working with a UCF squad that ranked second nationally in takeaways in 2017, and a Philadelphia Eagles defense that ranked second in the NFL in sacks in 2014. Dawson coached two All-Big Ten defensive linemen in his one season at Nebraska in 2018, and has coached four defenders to all-conference accolades in his two most recent college seasons.
"I am excited to rejoin Coach Frost and the rest of the Nebraska staff in Lincoln," Dawson said. "The opportunity to coach at a school with Nebraska's football tradition and commitment is special. I am fired up to represent the N, and sell Husker Football and the University of Nebraska to young men around the country.
"Our family fell in love with Nebraska during our one year here. The passion of the fans and the culture Coach Frost has brought is extraordinary. We look forward to making it home again."
Nebraska has also completed contract extensions for assistant coaches Greg Austin, Travis Fisher and Ryan Held, extending each of their contracts through Dec. 31, 2021. Austin has added the title of Run Game Coordinator in addition to his role as Offensive Line Coach. Fisher and Held each received salary increases, with Held adding the title of Recruiting Coordinator.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach when they won the 2017 World Series and led Boston to the title the following year in his first season as manager. MLB also had been investigating allegations the Red Sox had stolen signs en route to their 2018 World Series championship.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Minnesota Twins have worked out a four-year, $92 million contract with third baseman and 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson. The 34-year-old Donaldson returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 to bat .259 with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and a .900 OPS for the Atlanta Braves last season. The deal likely means a position change for third baseman Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’), who just finalized his three-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota on Tuesday.
UNDATED (AP) — Tight end Antonio Gates has formally announced his retirement after a 16-year NFL career spent entirely with the Chargers. He holds the league record for tight ends with 116 touchdown catches, doing it without playing a down of college football. Gates didn’t play last season and is the Chargers’ all-time leader for TDs, receptions and receiving yards, grabbing 955 passes for 11,841 yards.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (KEEK’-lee) is retiring after eight seasons, announcing in a video posted on the team’s website that he feels now is the right chance to move on. Kuechly was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro five times. However, he suffered three concussions during his career, which may have led to his decision.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa is leaving school a year early to enter the NFL draft, posting on Instagram that his time with the Hawkeyes was everything he hoped it would be. He was an Associated Press second-team All-American and an AP All-Big Ten first-team pick this past season, recording 11.5 sacks to become the first Hawkeye to hit double-figures in that category in consecutive seasons since 2002-03. Epenesa paced the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks as a backup in 2018.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Amherst 61, Alma 22
Aquinas 43, Twin River 41, OT
Ashland-Greenwood 63, Platteview 56
Auburn 64, Nebraska City Lourdes 29
Battle Creek 62, West Point-Beemer 29
Boyd County 53, Ainsworth 39
Brady 63, Overton 57
Bridgeport 78, Leyton 22
Chadron 57, Hemingford 33
Chase County 59, Southern Valley 51
Columbus Scotus 66, Norfolk Catholic 60
Creighton 77, Summerland 49
David City 55, Raymond Central 50
Doniphan-Trumbull 64, Centura 56
Dundy County-Stratton 52, Hitchcock County 40
East Butler 67, Nebraska Lutheran 49
Fort Calhoun 55, Louisville 52
Friend 62, Dorchester 54
Fullerton 82, Elgin Public/Pope John 39
Garden County 55, Minatare 33
Gibbon 49, Blue Hill 35
Gordon/Rushville 55, Hay Springs 43
Grand Island Central Catholic 67, York 62
Grand Island Northwest 51, Hastings St. Cecilia 48
Hastings 49, Aurora 44
Heartland 71, Superior 65
Hershey 53, Sutherland 47
Homer 55, Pender 40
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 62, Wisner-Pilger 39
Kenesaw 34, Giltner 33
Kimball 67, Potter-Dix 34
Lexington 67, Kearney Catholic 61
Lincoln Christian 69, Boys Town 55
Lincoln Lutheran 69, Elmwood-Murdock 41
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 68, Madison 42
Malcolm 38, Fillmore Central 33
Maxwell 61, Maywood-Hayes Center 50
McCool Junction 49, Harvard 33
Mead 53, Weeping Water 39
Mitchell 61, Sidney 44
Morrill 45, Bayard 29
Nebraska Christian 54, Osceola 51
Nebraska City 66, Conestoga 62
North Bend Central 73, Arlington 32
North Platte St. Patrick's 62, Mullen 37
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 64, College View Academy 28
Omaha Roncalli 71, Blair 38
Omaha South 81, Omaha Bryan 40
Osmond 68, Neligh-Oakdale 36
Palmer 61, High Plains Community 36
Pierce 53, Columbus Lakeview 25
Pleasanton 61, Central Valley 48
Ponca 68, Wakefield 56
Ravenna 52, Minden 33
Riverside 72, Burwell 45
Rock Hills, Kan. 62, Lawrence-Nelson 50
Sandhills Valley 63, Medicine Valley 62
Sandy Creek 33, Deshler 24
Scottsbluff 72, Cheyenne South, Wyo. 49
Shelby/Rising City 53, Centennial 51
Shelton 37, Arcadia-Loup City 35
Spalding Academy 59, Elba 37
St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51, Elkhorn Mount Michael 48
Stanton 55, Plainview 54
Stuart 47, CWC 44
Wayne 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 35
West Holt 59, Crofton 51
Winnebago 80, Emerson-Hubbard 30
Winner, S.D. 74, Valentine 57
Wynot 48, Niobrara/Verdigre 23
Yutan 52, Douglas County West 37
Falls City Sacred Heart 65, Johnson County Central 39
Palmyra 41, Freeman 25
Parkview Christian 64, Johnson-Brock 43
Tri County 69, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 32
Diller-Odell 54, Lewiston 53
Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 32
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 47, Pawnee City 44
Southern 54, Sterling 35
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Alma 65, Amherst 45
Arcadia-Loup City 51, Shelton 42
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 67, Tekamah-Herman 43
Bayard 54, Morrill 49, OT
Beatrice 61, Waverly 25
Bennington 69, Omaha Duchesne Academy 43
Blue Hill 49, Gibbon 31
Boyd County 44, Ainsworth 37
Bridgeport 55, Leyton 39
Burwell 54, Riverside 16
CWC 52, Stuart 35
Centennial 50, Shelby/Rising City 27
Chadron 57, Hemingford 23
David City 56, Raymond Central 30
Doniphan-Trumbull 51, Centura 45
Dorchester 44, Friend 26
Douglas County West 32, Yutan 29
Dundy County-Stratton 57, Hitchcock County 43
East Butler 69, Nebraska Lutheran 29
Elba 44, Spalding Academy 29
Elgin Public/Pope John 43, Fullerton 33
Elkhorn 64, Plattsmouth 34
Elmwood-Murdock 32, Lincoln Lutheran 28
Franklin 51, Red Cloud 16
Garden County 39, Minatare 35, 2OT
Giltner 50, Kenesaw 32
Gordon/Rushville 63, Hay Springs 28
Grand Island Central Catholic 67, York 62, OT
Grand Island Northwest 56, Hastings St. Cecilia 50
Guardian Angels 63, Bishop Neumann 40
Hampton 50, Heartland Lutheran 48
Hartington-Newcastle 47, Randolph 34
Hastings 29, Aurora 18
Heartland Christian, Iowa 54, Boys Town 48
Hershey 57, Sutherland 25
Homer 52, Pender 48
Howells/Dodge 64, Lutheran High Northeast 58
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 58, Wisner-Pilger 48
Kearney Catholic 51, Lexington 25
Kimball 61, Potter-Dix 8
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 53, Wayne 46
Lawrence-Nelson 55, Rock Hills, Kan. 22
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 41, Madison 33
Louisville 46, Fort Calhoun 38
Malcolm 38, Fillmore Central 33
Maywood-Hayes Center 60, Maxwell 28
McCool Junction 31, Harvard 26
Milford 39, Syracuse 34
Millard North 64, Omaha Marian 37
Mitchell 19, Sidney 16
Mullen 51, North Platte St. Patrick's 40
Nebraska Christian 59, Osceola 29
Nebraska City 52, Conestoga 50
Nebraska City Lourdes 31, Auburn 22
Neligh-Oakdale 45, Osmond 39
Norfolk Catholic 36, Columbus Scotus 22
North Bend Central 50, Arlington 20
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 52, College View Academy 24
Omaha Bryan 48, Omaha South 47
Omaha Concordia 54, Ralston 45
Omaha Roncalli 57, Omaha Skutt Catholic 46
Omaha Westside 45, Gretna 39
Overton 40, Brady 25
Palmer 35, High Plains Community 20
Pierce 40, Columbus Lakeview 38
Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36
Pleasanton 59, Central Valley 15
Ponca 64, Wakefield-Allen 46
Ravenna 56, Minden 49
Sandhills Valley 38, Medicine Valley 35
Sandy Creek 50, Deshler 48, OT
Scottsbluff 80, Cheyenne South, Wyo. 41
Southern Valley 44, Chase County 33
St. Paul 68, Central City 39
Stanton 48, Plainview 25
Summerland 58, Creighton 35
Superior 52, Heartland 24
Wahoo 46, Omaha Mercy 35
Weeping Water 65, Mead 24
West Point-Beemer 47, Battle Creek 32
Winnebago 91, Emerson-Hubbard 12
Winner, S.D. 66, Valentine 29
Wynot 58, Niobrara/Verdigre 30
Ohio State (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) shot 54.5 percent on the night, the highest percentage by a Husker opponent this season. The Buckeyes were 30-of-55 from the field, including 10-of-22 from the 3-point line. CJ Walker, who scored 14 second-half points, paced six Buckeyes in double figures with a game-high 18 points. Kaleb Wesson added a double-double for Ohio State with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Nebraska, which topped the 60-point mark for the first time in seven trips to Value City Arena, fell to 7-10 overall with the loss and dropped to 2-4 in Big Ten play. The Huskers shot 42.4 percent from the field and were 9-of-22 from the 3-point line. NU knocked down eight threes and shot 54.8 percent in the second half.
It was a balanced scoring night for the Big Red, as six Huskers had at least nine points. Thorir Thorbjarnarson led Nebraska with 15 points – all of which came in the second half – while knocking down a career-high five 3-pointers. He also led NU with six rebounds. Jervay Green, Cam Mack and Yvan Ouedraogo each added 10 points for the Huskers, with Mack adding six assists. Dachon Burke Jr. and Haanif Cheatham scored nine points apiece.
In the first half, Nebraska outscored the Buckeyes in the paint, had more second-chance points, more fast-break points and more points off turnovers, but shooting was the difference as Ohio State built a 13-point halftime lead. Ohio State shot nearly 54 percent from the field and was 5-of-10 from the 3-point line, while the Huskers shot just 31 percent and missed eight of their nine 3-pointers.
The Huskers held the Buckeyes scoreless for more than three minutes to open the game before Andre Wesson hit a trio of 3-pointers in less than a minute to quickly give Ohio State a 9-4 advantage. Three minutes later, the Buckeyes used an 8-0 run to build their first double-digit lead at 17-7.
NU was down nine with 6:49 remaining in the half before Kyle Young scored six straight points to push the lead to 15. The Buckeyes would stretch the lead to 16 before the Huskers scored five of the final seven points of the half, cutting the lead to 11 before Justin Ahrens hit a buzzer beater to send OSU into the locker room on top 38-25.
After making only one 3-pointer in the first half, Nebraska knocked down a pair of threes in the first two minutes of the second half, but Ohio State answered with baskets on five of its first six possessions to lead by as many as 18. Nebraska chipped away and cut the lead to 13 on Thorbjarnarson's third 3-pointer of the half, only to see Ohio State respond with a 12-0 run to take a 68-43 lead with 8:25 to play.
Nebraska then held Ohio State without a field goal for more than three minutes, but the Huskers were able to trim only five points off the lead during that stretch. Trailing by 20, Nebraska continued to fight with Green and Thorbjarnarson combining for 11 points during a 13-3 Husker run that cut the lead to 76-63 with 1:30 remaining. But the closest Nebraska could get was the 12-poitn final margin, as NU outscored Ohio State 43-42 in the second half.
Following a two-game road trip, Nebraska returns home to host Indiana Saturday night. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on BTN with a radio broadcast available, courtesy of the Husker Sports Network.
- Nebraska falls to 0-1 this season against ranked teams, as Ohio State was ranked No. 21 in the AP poll released Monday.
- Thorir Thorbjarnarson set a career high with five 3-pointers, topping his previous high of four at Creighton on Dec. 7. It is the fourth time this season he has hit at least three 3-pointers in a game.
- With five rebounds tonight, Yvan Ouedraogo has grabbed five-or-more rebounds in six of the last seven contests and 12 times this season.
- With six assists, Cam Mack upped his season assist total of 114, which eclipses the 112 that Glynn Watson Jr. had in 36 games a year ago. Mack now has at least five assists in eight straight games and 13 times this season.