Huskers prepared for NIL; Solar, Stivrins replace; NCAA guidelines; Nebraska Olympians

John Prepare dinner teaching within the 2018 NCAA Championship/Ed Chan.

A summertime go to on the recruiting trails with John Prepare dinner tell us that:

Nebraska volleyball is greater than able to pounce on the NIL and all that goes with it;

He’s nonetheless mad concerning the Texas Tweet;

Lexi Sun may earn more money in faculty than had she gone professional;

Lauren Stivrins will probably be again, however that’s a double entrende;

And Prepare dinner, who has gained 4 NCAA championships at Nebraska, goes onto the NCAA volleyball guidelines committee subsequent yr and his wheels are turning.

“Pay attention, that is like Pablo Escobar stepping into with the DEA,” Prepare dinner mentioned with fun.

Begin with the NIL with NCAA approving that athletes can make money off their name, image, and likeness. The main points are nonetheless being labored out, many schools are taking a wait-and-see strategy, however not Nebraska and never Husker volleyball.

“I’d say we two years in the past we had our first assembly with Opendorse and Opendorse relies in Lincoln,” Prepare dinner mentioned. 

(From the Opendorse web site: “Opendorse gives know-how to the athlete endorsement business. We serve the total lifecycle of supporting athletes: educating, assessing, planning, sharing, creating, measuring, monitoring, disclosing, regulating, itemizing, searching, reserving, and extra.”)

As Prepare dinner famous, the corporate works with loads of schools, “however we have been the primary faculty to decide to them over a yr in the past.” 

Earlier than that, nonetheless, Prepare dinner labored with the corporate to assist his daughter, Lauren, the previous Husker who this previous November had a child, Madden. Prepare dinner turns to mush speaking about her, however again to the topic at hand.

“Lauren was doing Dorothy Lynch salad dressing. It’s a practice in Nebraska. Dorothy Lynch is in each restaurant. They might inform they have been going to ship one thing out (on social media), you OK it, hit the button on her cellphone and sends it out, 500 bucks. That’s how straightforward it’s.

“Opendorse has LeBron, they’ve obtained Federer, they’ve obtained the highest of the highest, all the best way to school volleyball gamers and past that.”

Two of them are returning Nebraska seniors Stivrins and Solar, who, for instance, has 75.3 thousand Instagram followers.

“A yr in the past I had Lexi and Lauren meet with them they usually laid it out for them. Due to COVID they have been going to get a yr again and it was one thing to consider in the event that they wished to work on their model. When you comply with Lexi, she’s throughout it, Lauren’s not, however Lexi’s additionally a advertising and marketing main getting her grasp’s. 

“In order that’s the place we’re at and we’re able to go.”

A handful of states have already got NIL legal guidelines set to enter place July 1 (Thursday). Nebraska handed a legislation in July 2020 to going into impact not later than July 1, 2023, however faculties can implement a brand new coverage at any time. Tuesday, that is what the NCAA introduced: “The Division I Council voted to suggest the Division I Board of Administrators undertake an interim coverage that will droop amateurism guidelines associated to call, picture and likeness. The board meets Wednesday. Whereas opening NIL actions to student-athletes, the coverage leaves in place the dedication to keep away from pay-for-play and improper inducements tied to picking to attend a selected faculty. These prohibitions would stay in impact.”

Prepare dinner: “We’re able to go as quickly as they (the NCAA) determine they’re going to do it. Nevertheless it appears to me that every college goes to be left to how they wish to deal with it.”

He smiled.

“We’re going to be all in. All of the chips are stepping into.”

It gained’t be a tough promote in Lincoln, the place volleyball is robust on all ranges and the Huskers promote out their matches. For that matter Nebraska is utilizing the hashtag #NILbraska on social media.

“We’re utilizing Lexi for instance,” Prepare dinner mentioned. “When she got here to Nebraska, when she transferred from Texas she had 22,000 followers. She’s now as much as 77,000 since she’s been at Nebraska. I feel she has greater than our quarterback. That’s simply an instance of how huge volleyball is in Nebraska.

“And so they simply put out one thing the opposite day that Nicklin (Hames) is the No. 1 setter within the nation with (24.7 thousand Instagram) followers.”

For clarification, Nebraska volleyball, which has 120,000 Instagram followers, put out an Instagram publish final week that ranked the Energy 5 Convention leaders in assists per set by social-media followers (Instagram + Twitter + TikTok) and Hames was No. 1 with 36,465. Texas setter Jhenna Gabriel was second with 32,172.

Which is an efficient time to recall the Texas Tweet from the NCAA Match when the Longhorns beat Nebraska within the NCAA Match spherical of eight. It mentioned, “At present’s forecast: All sky, no solar.”

Name it volleyball tit-for-tat.

“I feel there’s some unhealthy blood happening between us and Texas as a result of Texas put out after they beat us a fairly nasty tweet about Lexi. It was unhealthy. I’ve obtained their volunteer coach, Jamie Morrison, apologizing to us and I by no means heard a phrase from Jerritt (Elliott) or Erik (Sullivan). That was a fairly low blow, I believed. That was one of many methods of getting again, I suppose.”

Talking of Solar, the 6-foot-2 product of Encinitas, California, who has 13,000-plus Twitter followers, led Nebraska in kills and was third in blocks this previous spring. She actually might flip professional, however due to COVID, the NCAA gave each volleyball participant an additional season in the event that they select. 

Solar is coming again for her fifth yr, which, after all, she introduced on social media.

“Right here’s the selection, do I am going professional or keep right here and see what this will do,” Prepare dinner mentioned, “as a result of I would have the option to earn more money than if I flip professional and I get to play one other yr at Nebraska and be right here and get a grasp’s. So for her it was a fairly straightforward choice.

“For Lauren, it was a bit of completely different. She ended up having again surgical procedure so she will be able to’t go proper now. Her most suitable choice was to stick with us and rehab.”

Stivrins — second in kills and the blocks chief — will attempt to play for Nebraska this season, again prepared, Prepare dinner confirmed, noting that she performed injured this previous season.

For that matter, each Husker however pin hitter Jazz Candy, who has turned professional, and defensive-specialist Hayley Densberger, will probably be again, and Nebraska’s incoming group of six freshmen is among the many nation’s greatest.

The group consists of three gamers within the Fab 50’s top five, No. 1 Lindsay Krause, No. 3 Kennedi Orr, and No. 4 Ally Batenhorst, and three others on the listing, Rylee Grey, Lexi Rodriguez, and Whitney Lauenstein.

“With that class our crew will probably be improved,” Prepare dinner mentioned. “I feel we discovered rather a lot this yr about what it takes to win. What I’m speaking to our crew about is that faculty volleyball goes to be nice this yr. There are going to be loads of nice groups. A whole lot of groups, not simply 4 or 5, as a result of so many groups are returning everyone.

“It’s going to be a extremely fascinating yr and enjoyable and also you’d higher get after it.”

Within the fall of 2021, Nebraska opens at house August 27 with Tulsa, Colgate, and Kansas State. The subsequent weekend, the Huskers are house once more, this time for Omaha, Georgia, and Arizona State. Earlier than the Big Ten season begins, Nebraska performs Creighton, Utah, Stanford, and Louisville.

And, not like the spring, there will probably be a full Large Ten schedule, and, hopefully, a back-to-business NCAA Match.

This previous season?

“I’m simply glad it’s over,” Prepare dinner mentioned. “It wasn’t loads of enjoyable and I feel the entire NCAA (Match) factor in a conference heart was a catastrophe. However everyone needed to undergo it. I’d have achieved issues completely different if I used to be in cost and achieved extra of the basketball mannequin. I really feel just like the seniors obtained their seasons cheated. I feel we solely performed like 12 or 14 matches (really 16 common season, three within the NCAA Match) and a few faculties didn’t even play. So it makes me respect all that we now have.”

John Prepare dinner teaching through the spring 2021 NCAA Match/NCAA Images

One a part of it performed into one thing Prepare dinner’s been espousing for years: “I do assume we confirmed that volleyball might be actually in style within the spring. TV mentioned we had actually good scores they usually have been televising loads of matches, loads of matches they wouldn’t usually televise.”

Talking of TV, it’s a giant a part of the replay system in NCAA matches. And nobody is extra of a grasp of the problem than Prepare dinner, who appears to have sixth sense about it. 

“It’s not me, it’s my assistants,” Prepare dinner mentioned. “Jaylen (Reyes) is a hawk.”

Maybe, however Prepare dinner has the knack. And now the NCAA “approved an experimental rule permitting ladies’s volleyball groups to start a match with two video coach’s challenges in convention matches just for the 2021 season. If the problem leads to the reversal of the unique name, the crew would retain the problem.”

Prepare dinner: “One of many issues we noticed within the pandemic yr within the Large Ten, there was one match we had after I went by means of all three challenges within the first sport. And now you’re like, what do you do? You’re out. 

“So when you’re in a scenario the place you get an entire lot of unhealthy calls early, this manner when you’re assured (and also you win the problem) you get to maintain them. You gained’t run out and have to attend till the fifth sport. It’s possible you’ll not get to a fifth sport. It occurred a few occasions to groups, it occurred to us. It’s going to be experimental, however all of the Large Ten coaches have been throughout it, we find it irresistible, and we really proposed it final yr and it didn’t get anyplace. Any individual else joined it.”

By the best way, former Nebraska assistant coach Craig Skinner, whose Kentucky Wildcats gained the NCAA championship this spring, leaves the foundations committee and Prepare dinner goes on.

Keep in mind the Pablo Escobar reference?

“I need eight subs, I wish to do away with the setter over if the ball is 50-50. You go it tight, take care of it.”

OK, how concerning the double?

“I nonetheless assume it shouldn’t be picnic volleyball.”


There are three of Prepare dinner’s former Huskers on the USA ladies’s Olympic crew that performs subsequent month in Tokyo, veterans Jordan Larson and Kelsey Robinson, and newcomer Justine Wong-Orantes.

“Identical factor as in Rio, we had three Huskers, so it validates every part that we’re doing. We’ve obtained youngsters who’ve these goals and once more, it validates that we will get them and assist them get there.

“Justine to me is a superb story. It’s humorous how issues occur. Lara Dykstra was our libero. Proper earlier than the semester ends within the spring she walks in and says, ‘I’m gonna switch to Pepperdine, they’re beginning seashore.’ She was on the junior seashore crew on the time. 

“So nice, we don’t have a libero going into that yr. So I am going to JOs and we discover Justine setting for (Mizuno Lengthy) Seaside. Everybody was recruiting her as a backup setter or a walk-on … I did a house go to. She didn’t even know the place Nebraska is however we get her on the market and he or she commits, she will get a full trip, and what a fantastic story.”

He additionally had reward for Jordyn Poulter, the previous Illinois setter who’s a first-time Olympian. 

“When Poulter was a senior, we beat them within the last 4, however once they got here to Lincoln, I informed Chris (Tamas, the Illinois coach and former Prepare dinner assistant), that is likely to be pretty much as good as I’ve ever seen any participant play in opposition to us in my whole teaching profession. She was at simply one other stage. She was superb.”

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