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Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:09 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 1:14 am

Bubba Starling spurns Nebraska, signs with Royals

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Nebraska's brief flirtation with Kansas City-area wunderkind quarterback/baseball prospect Bubba Starling came to an end late Monday night, as Starling came to terms with the Kansas City Royals. According to Nebraska RapidReporter Brandon Vogel, negotiations between Starling and Kansas City went down to the last hour of the August 15 deadline imposed on MLB draft picks; Starling was the fifth overall pick of the draft

Starling had been on campus at Nebraska since July attending classes, but he never reported to practice, and Nebraska left him off its 105-man practice roster when it convened last week. This was a mutually agreed-upon decision, though, and even Peter Gammons' potentially damaging report that Pelini had lost his temper and threatened Starling didn't really jibe with the larger pattern of supportive behavior displayed by Pelini and the rest of the Nebraska staff in their handling of the Starling situation.

Here's what Pelini had to say in a statement issued after Starling's signing:

"Everyone associated with our football program at Nebraska wishes Bubba nothing but the best in his future with the Kansas City Royals organization," Pelini said. "I know this decision has been very difficult for Bubba and his family, as it would be for anyone in his position. In the end, Bubba was in a win-win situation regardless of his choice, and we respect the decision he has made. I personally will root for Bubba in every game except when he plays against the Indians!"  

Starling's deal is worth $7.5 million over three years. It's pretty hard to pass up that kind of money for the comparatively scant benefits college football offers its student-athletes.

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 2:12 pm

Nebraska opens camp without Bubba Starling

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The will-he-or-won't-he drama surrounding Nebraska blue-chip quarterback signee and baseball mega-prospect Bubba Starling took another turn this weekend as the Huskers' fall camp opened without Starling on the team's 105-man roster.

Per RapidReporter Brandon Vogel, Starling's absence wasn't a surprise to Husker head coach Bo Pelini. "Obviously he's got a lot of risk and after communicating with the family we decided this was the best way to go about it," Pelini said.

Pelini and the Huskers are holding two spots open on the roster, one for Starling and one for freshman defensive back Charles Jackson, who has yet to be cleared academically by the NCAA. Starling has until August 15 -- one week from today -- to sign with the Kansas City Royals, who selected Starling fifth overall in this year's MLB draft.

Despite that gaudy draft position and the massive contract it demands, Starling has long maintained he would consider playing both football and baseball for the Huskers, and has already enrolled in classes in Lincoln--meaning that as soon as the Aug. 15 deadline passes, he would be free to join the Huskers at any time.

That said, the consensus opinion has long been that Starling's Huskers flirtation was simply a ploy for leverage in his contract negotiations with the Royals. That Starling has passed on joining the football program for the start of camp won't do anything to change that consensus. (Nor will this bizarre tweet from ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons stating that Pelini had "gone off" and "threatened" Starling, an unsourced claim Starling's father has already denied.)

Meaning that for all the drama -- and with one week to go before Starling's signature is due, there's bound to be more -- the likely outcome remains the same as it ever was, with Starling cashing million-dollar checks to play for his hometown Royals. That's not what Husker fans will want to hear (especially with the transfer of backup Cody Green already limiting the team's depth under center), but until Starling's name actually appears on a Nebraska roster, that's the case.

Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 12:51 pm

Bubba Starling still mulling offer from Royals

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Bubba Starling may be one of Nebraska's prized commitments in its latest recruiting class, and he may have been working out with the team this summer, but that doesn't mean he'll still be on the Cornhuskers' roster this fall. The quarterback is also a pretty good baseball player, good enough to have been drafted fifth overall by his hometown Kansas City Royals in June's MLB amateur draft.

Still, until he signs a contract with the Royals, there's a chance that Starling will stay in Lincoln and at the moment there's a bit of a gap between what the Royals have offered Starling and what he and his agent are looking for. According to Nebraska beat reporter Sean Callahan, that gap is $2.5 million.

It's a big difference, but let's be realistic. Starling grew up a Royals fan and he's not been offered $7.5 million to play for them. Whether he wants $10 million and gets it or not, he's still got $7.5 million sitting on the table. Put yourself in his position for a second. Would you pass on that kind of money knowing that if your baseball career didn't pan out you could still come back to football in the future as so many others have?

No, I wouldn't either.

Starling's name may not be on the contract yet, but it will be soon enough.
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:54 pm

Two top recruits go in top ten of MLB draft

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The MLB amatuer draft kicked off on Monday night, and it wasn't long before the player some consider to be the best athlete in the draft, Bubba Starling, was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the fifth pick. Starling also happens to be one of the top recruits in Nebraska's latest class, and the Cornhuskers were hoping Starling would be in Lincoln to play football.

But will he?

Nobody but Starling knows for sure, but if I were Nebraska fans, I wouldn't get my hopes up. Drew Pomeranz was selected by the Cleveland Indians last season in the fifth spot, and he ended up signing a contract worth $2.65 million. That's the kind of money that is going to be offered to Starling, and considering that Scott Boras is his advisor (which means he'll likely be his agent shortly) he may wind up with even more than that.

That's a lot of money to turn down. Maybe Starling will do it and decide to play two sports at Nebraska, but I wouldn't even bet $2.65 on it. 

Nebraska wasn't alone, though. Oklahoma also saw one of its quarterback recruits taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the seventh pick. Last year's seventh pick, Delino DeShields, got between $2 and $2.5 million from the Houston Astros. 

Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:50 am
Edited on: September 16, 2010 9:51 am

Pat White on Denard Robinson: 'He's a beast.'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Pat White was one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in college football across the last decade.  His 4,480 yards rushing are the most of any quarterback in FBS history.  Under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia, the dual-threat White set all kinds of school and conference records for total yards and finished as the first quarterback in college football history to start and win four bowl games.

While White is stepping away from football to join the Kansas City Royals baseball organization, his name has been brought in college football recently up as a comparison for Michigan's Denard Robinson.  White was recently asked about Robinson, and like all of us, he is impressed.

"He's a beast, that's all you can say," White said Wednesday in a teleconference announcing his shift from pro football to a baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. "He's just doing amazing things out there."  

"He obviously knows the position and looks like a hard runner and a good leader," White said. "He doesn't look afraid to run the ball or stick his nose in there."

Rich Rodriguez has had to live through two seasons of forcing his spread option on mostly-Lloyd Carr team before finally getting the pieces in place in 2010.  Robinson showed flashes of potential in 2009, but was not ready to handle the starting duties.  The sophomore looks more than comfortable with the offense in his hands.  Against Notre Dame, 94% of Michigan's offensive plays ran directly through him, including every play of the winning drive in the final minutes.

Robinson's, who is already on the short list of Heisman hopefuls, first goal will be to return Michigan to the postseason, something that has not been accomplished in Ann Arbor yet under Rich Rod's tenure.  With wins over Connecticut and Notre Dame, the Wolverines are off to a great start.  As long as Robinson's legs keep moving, they will always have a chance.

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