Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Ashton Murphy commits, baseball bad loss, more

Nebraska Cornhuskers marching band performs (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska Cornhuskers marching band performs (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Nebraska Cornhuskers got their third 2024 commit and the first one in Ashton Murphy, which doesn’t come from Texas. That and more in today’s news.

Ashton Murphy might not have gotten the same kinds of headlines that Malachi Coleman got when it came to the 2023 class or that Carter Nelson is getting as part of the 2024 class, but the Elkhorn South, defensive lineman, is a heck of a get for the Nebraska football team.

Murphy is a 3-star prospect that is considered the eighth best player in the state for the 2024 class and that alone shows just how deep these classes have become in a state that used to see two or three guys go to FBS schools in a year.

When Murphy announced he had committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, her eschewed eight other scholarship offers from schools that included Iowa State and Colorado.

Now he’s given the Nebraska football team a little boost in momentum as they head towards the spring game and the biggest recruiting weekend of this part of the year.

Nebraska baseball gets a bad loss

Coming off a weekend series where they managed to take two of three from Michigan and, before that, a midweek win against Kansas State, things seemed to be moving in the right direction for Will Bolt’s crew. Then they went up against Omaha.

The Mavericks dominated most of the game, opening a 5-0 lead early on. The Huskers did manage to rally and even tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. However, that they had to tie it with a ground out rather than get a big hit that could have driven in two seemed to be important.

It was, as NU immediately gave the lead back in the top of the 10th and then went 1-2-3 in the bottom half to lose 6-5. We’re officially at the part of the year where RPI matters, and the Huskers need to start playing like that. Omaha is 241st in RPI. Nebraska baseball was 89th coming into Tuesday night. They’re obviously going to drop. There’s a real concern about the Cornhuskers making the postseason as an at-large team. Those concerns were amplified by the loss.

Other Nebraska Cornhuskers news

  • The Big Ten has finally found its replacement for Kevin Warren. Former MLB and TV executive Tony Petitti has been named the conference’s new commissioner. He doesn’t have any experience in this particular area, so it’s certainly an interesting hire.  Petitti served as CEO of the MLB and worked at both ABC Sports and CBS Sports.
  • For the first time, well ever, Nebraska Cornhusker fans who want to watch their favorite former players in every game this fall will be able to do so, even if they don’t have DirecTV. YouTube TV announced the pricing plan for NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows viewers to watch every out of market game. As long as you sign up before June 6, you can save $100 on the package.