This is probably a silly question, but is the schedule always released with the paper rule book? Is there a reason why that can't be released earlier or separately for event assignment purposes?
Yes, it's released with the rule book. And keep in mind it's 'tentative'. We've occasionally had to change it after publishing (and in fact just recently finalized it). I'm not sure why you'd be assigning events already since the rules aren't actually out yet. It'll also appear on the Nebraska website at some point.