Scott Schreiber, Nebraska

Fall Report: Nebraska

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After Nebraska made its second regional in three years but exited quietly with an 0-2 showing in Clemson, Cornhuskers coach Darin Erstad wasn’t satisfied with his team’s 37-win season and NCAA tournament appearance. Not even close.

“I told them, ‘We’re not good enough.’ That’s not the expectation here. We’re not here for a pat on the back — that’s not the standard that’s been set at Nebraska,” Erstad said. “We’ve been to a couple regionals the last few years, but we need to take that next step. Getting through the door is important, but that’s not good enough.”

The message couldn’t be much simpler than that. In June, Erstad was kind enough to join Kendall Rogers and me for a podcast at the adidas house in the Omaha Baseball Village, right across the street from TD Ameritrade Park — but he made it clear that he had no plans to watch any of the games himself. That would be too painful; Erstad is aching to get back to the College World Series with his Cornhuskers, who haven’t been there since 2005.

Nebraska has a real shot to pull it off in 2017, with a veteran team that might wind up being the best of the Erstad era.


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