Mike Ekeler is 36 and six months into the best job he's ever had. The first-year NU linebackers coach arrived in Lincoln Jan. 8, but his first official day off wasn't until June 18. Crammed into that time were things like practices, recruiting trips and fundraising events. Then there were more trips, more meetings. He swears he's having fun - lots and lots of it.
New York has Jobamania, but it's another Nebraska-born pitcher who has Long Island agog. Pat Venditte, the switch pitcher out of Omaha and Creighton, is a hit with the Class A Staten Island Yankees. His former coach at Creighton has done a half-dozen interviews with national publications
and Yank fans come to their feet when Venditte comes into the game.
Swimmers of all ages flock to Omaha's Masters program to stay in shape and even look better.
If it has a need for speed, UNO seems to have addressed it with the recent additions of three football transfers. Cornerbacks Isaac "Ice" Cooley of Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Anthony Sutton of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., as well as wide receiver Jonathan Price of Los Angeles, have recently signed conference tenders and plan to play football for the Mavericks this fall. All have two years of eligibility.
Rex Amack is director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He's at the top of Nebraska's outdoor recreation food chain, but admits spending most of his time in his Lincoln office - not hunting, fishing, or loafing on a white-sand beach at the edge of a big reservoir, like Lake McConaughy near Ogallala. He knows he's not a lone ranger when juggling work and recreation. The number of Americans, including Nebraskans, who hunt and fish have declined significantly during the last 20 years.
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