Thought I'd repost an earlier Guide to Nebraska. Look forward to the intense competiton from Michigan and the rest of the BT, glad our entry to the BT didn't end The Game!
"Now that Nebraska's officially in the Big Ten, here's the basics to Nebraska football tradition, lore, and history all in one post. Sorry if it's a bit long, but at least you have it all in one place.
You can pretty much summarize Nebraska football and fans this way: Long term excellence, devotion to team, knowledge and respect for opponents and the game. We love smashmouth football on both sides of the ball, a pounding rushing attack and hard hitting defense.
On gameday, Memorial Stadium becomes the 3rd largest population in Nebraska.
Since November 1962, the Huskers have had 304 consecutive sellouts, easily an NCAA record. EVERYONE wears red, giving our fans and stadium the "Sea of Red" moniker. You'll soon learn that we release red balloons after the first score, play "Hail Varsity" after every TD, and shout "Go Big Red!".
Our fans are known for traveling well, there's a famous picture of the 2000 NU-ND game that shows the Sea of Red taking over Notre Dame's stadium, of all places.
Jim Delaney mentioned Nebraska's sportsmanship as one of the intangibles Nebraska brought to the Big Ten. Applauding the opponent--win or lose--is an end of the game tradition in Lincoln. Texas Ricky Williams got a standing O and shouts of "Heisman" from Husker fans after upsetting the Huskers in Lincoln in 1998 and killing our NC chances.
That's why when you enter Memorial Stadium, over every entrance you'll read, "Through these gates pass the greatest fans in college football."
Nebraska doesn't have the trophy rivalries traditional in the Big Ten. Although many think of Oklahoma as our rival from the old Big 8 "Game of the Century" days, that ended when the BXII formed. Most Husker fans agree with our legendary coach Bob Devaney, who said about rivalries: “We have no rival. We are Nebraska.” But Michigan should become a terrific division rival.
Another example of Nebraskans passion and devotion to the Big Red is the Walk-On program. Many non-scholarship players native to Nebraska have become starters this way, even giving up scholarships from competing programs for the chance to play for their home team. Notre Dame only had one Rudy but Nebraska gets a new crop of Rudys every season.
Winningest college football program over the last 50 years, both by winning percentage (78%) and number of wins (468). 8th all time winning % and 4th in total wins
Five National Championships, 43 conference championships, three Heisman Trophy winners, nine Outland Trophy winners, five Lombardi Award winners, 107 All-American selections.
1994 and 1995 national championships are the only consensus back-to-back titles by a Division 1-A school since Oklahoma in 1956-57.
Nebraska holds the record for longest streak of bowl game appearances at 35 straight, done before the days of 6 win bowl teams (1968–2003). Nebraska's 40-year streak of winning seasons, started in 1961, ended 2002.
This was accomplished running a clean program that does things the right way with no significant NCAA violations and a high graduation rate for a top tier football program and a nation-leading 64 First-Team Academic All-American football selections.
We've benefitted from a very loyal and stabile coaching staff, including two of the top 5 all time most winning modern college coaches.
Bob Devaney (1962-1972, 101-20-2, 83% WP, 2 NC's) Devaney played at Alma College in Michigan, coached at 4 Michigan high schools, and was an assistant with Duffy Daugherty at Michigan State. Known as "The Bobfather".
Tom Osborne (1973-1997, 255-49-3, 84% WP, 3 NC's) never won less than 9 games in a season, won 3 NC's and 13 conference titles.
Frank Solich (1998-2003, 58-19, 75 WP%), Cleveland Ohio native was a starting fullback for the Huskers in the 1960s, All-B8 and co-Captain. After 19 seasons as an assistant coach he was fired after a 9-3 2003 season because the AD would not "let Nebraska gravitate into mediocrity" and then succeeded by Bill Callahan to "turn around the program". Does that sound familiar?
Although known officially as the Nebraska Cornhuskers, we also go by 'Huskers, Big Red, or just NU (with all due respect to our more senior BT brothers at Wisconsin and Northwestern). We were once known as the Bugeaters. Official colors are Scarlet and Cream, the team wears red jerseys/white pants at home and white/red on the road. Uniforms are basically unchanged since the late 60's. Main mascot is Herbie Husker, a big blonde farmboy in bib overalls, wearing a cowboy hat and carrying some ears of corn.
I mentioned our love of defense. So sometimes The Sea of Red is sprinkled with fans in black, honoring "The Blackshirts" the name for our 1st string defense. This tradition developed when Bob Devaney wanted separate practice jerseys to offset the red jerseys worn by the offense. Eventually the coaches referred to the top defensive unit by this name."
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