Nebraska tradition put on hiatus due to helium shortage

Ever since 1940s, Nebraska has released Big Red balloons into the sky following the Huskers’ first touchdown at Memorial Stadium. The tradition will live to see one more day, in the 2012 opener against Southern Miss, but it will be put on indefinite hiatus until a global helium shortage is solved. According to Huskers.com, the team will release 2,000 to 2,500 balloons – compared to the usual 4,000 to 5,000 – if and when the Huskers score their first touchdown Sept. 1 to give fans one last photo op.

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The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

The BTN bus tour continues to make its way across the Big Ten landscape, stopping in Madison on Monday. You can follow all of our tour coverage here and don’t forget about the TV schedule. To no surprise, much of the tour material finds its way on our top 10 stories from the past week. See the entire top 10 list in this post.

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Olympic Journal: Herbert all class at Olympics

NUsports.com posted the final Olympic update from Wildcats head wrestling coach Drew Pariano, and we’re sharing it here as part of our Big Ten Olympic coverage. Pariano and associate head coach Tim Cysewski headed to London to support Northwestern graduate and U.S. wrestler Jake Herbert as he competed in the the 84 kg freestyle division. In this last entry, Pariano explains how well Herbert handled a frustrating and controversial Olympic experience.

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BTN Tour Mailbag: Gophers & much more

Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from every stop along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We saw the Gophers practice Saturday, and Minnesota fans sent me some questions. We’ll be at Wisconsin practice Monday, and here’s what I want to see from the Badgers. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart).

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