Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska Cornhuskers
University-of-Nebraska-Lincoln-logo.svg
University University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Conference(s) Big Ten
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Tom Osborne[1]
Location Lincoln, NE
Varsity teams 21
Football stadium Memorial Stadium
Basketball arena Bob Devaney Sports Center
Baseball stadium Haymarket Park
Other arenas Nebraska Coliseum
Mascot Herbie Husker; Lil' Red
Nickname Official: Cornhuskers, Unofficial: Huskers, Big Red
Fight song Dear Old Nebraska U
Colors Scarlet and Cream

         

Homepage www.huskers.com

The Nebraska Cornhuskers (often abbreviated to Huskers) is the name given to several sports teams of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Cornhuskers compete in NCAA Division I, fielding 21 varsity teams in 15 sports:

  • Men's sports
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Tennis
    • Track and field
    • Wrestling
  • Women's sports
    • Basketball
    • Bowling
    • Cross country
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Rifle[2]
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming and diving
    • Tennis
    • Track and field
    • Volleyball

Early nicknames for the university's athletic teams included the "Hawkeyes" (which is now associated with the University of Iowa), the "Antelopes" (which the University of Nebraska at Kearney later adopted), the "Old Gold Knights", the "Bugeaters" and the "Mankilling Mastodons". The name Cornhuskers first appeared in the school newspaper as "We Have Met The Cornhuskers And They Are Ours" referring to a 20-18 upset victory over Iowa in 1893. The name would be used again, this time to refer to Nebraska by Charles "Cy" Sherman in The Nebraska State Journal during the 1899 season and would replace all other names by 1900.[1][3]

The Cornhuskers have two official mascots, Herbie Husker and Lil' Red.

The Cornhuskers participate in 21 sports sponsored by the Big Ten Conference. In addition the Huskers play in two non-sponsor Big Ten events: Rifle and Bowling. Rifle is in the GARC and Bowling is independent.

For over 100 years, the Cornhuskers participated in what is now known as the Big 12 Conference, having been a member since the conference's earliest predecessor, the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, later the Big 8 Conference, was founded.

Contents

Athletic facilities

  • City Campus
    • Memorial Stadium: Football
    • Cook Pavilion: Student recreation area
    • Hawks Championship Field: Indoor practice facility
    • Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex: Strength training, conditioning, athletic health and athletic administration
    • Nebraska Coliseum: Volleyball, wrestling, formerly basketball
    • Bob Devaney Sports Center: Basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, indoor track and field, and swimming and diving teams
    • Ed Weir Track Stadium: Outdoor track and field
    • Nebraska Soccer Field: soccer
    • Nebraska Rifle Range: rifle team (lower level of the Military and Naval Sciences Building)
  • East Campus
    • East Campus Bowling Lanes: Bowling
  • Off campus
    • Haymarket Park
      • Hawks Field: Baseball
      • Bowlin Stadium: Softball
    • Firethorn Golf Course: Golf
    • Pioneers Park: Cross country
    • Woods Tennis Center/NU Varsity Courts: Men's tennis
    • Nebraska Tennis Center:en's tennis
    • Haymarket Arena — Men's and women's basketball, opening in 2013

Fall varsity sports

Football

The Cornhuskers play another sold-out game in Memorial Stadium

The Husker football team began competitive play in 1890, claimed 46 conference championships and part or all of five national championships:[4] 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. The latter three mark one of only two times that a team has won three NCAA Division I-A national football championships in four seasons. The other was Notre Dame in 1946, 1947 and 1949. Over the past 25 years, the Huskers' three Division I national championships are the second-most of any Division I university, behind only the University of Miami, which has won five.

The coach who brought about the most wins in Cornhusker history is Tom Osborne, who led the team for 25 seasons and attained the best winning % for a coach over a career, from 1973 to 1997; his final record at Nebraska was 255–49–3. During his tenure, the team won three national titles, including one in his final season.

Nebraska's home games always open with the Tunnel Walk, which signifies the entry of the team onto the field. When the Cornhuskers play at home in Memorial Stadium, the stadium holds more people than Bellevue (the third-largest city in Nebraska). The current attendance record was set on Saturday, September 26, 2009, when 86,304 people watched the Cornhuskers play Louisiana-Lafayette. They currently hold the NCAA record for the most consecutive sold out home games; the sellout streak dates back to November 3, 1962.

On December 2, 2007, athletic director Tom Osborne named Bo Pelini head football coach at Nebraska. Pelini left his previous position as defensive coordinator at LSU after the 2008 National Championship win against Ohio State. Pelini was defensive coordinator at Nebraska in 2003 and was interim head coach for the 2003 Alamo Bowl game, replacing former head coach Frank Solich.

Pelini won his first three bowl games (including the 2003 Alamo Bowl) and lost his fourth. After his first three years as head coach, Pelini has a record of 30-12 as head coach at Nebraska. This record includes bowl victories in the Gator Bowl on January 1, 2009, against the Clemson Tigers and the 2009 Holiday Bowl against the Arizona Wildcats. The 2009 Holiday Bowl was notable in that Nebraska gave the bowl game its first shutout in its 32-year history. This also earned Nebraska its first shutout in 46 bowl appearances. On December 31, 2010, Nebraska played in the Holiday Bowl for a second consecutive year, this time against the Washington Huskies. Nebraska lost the game 19-7, even though the Huskers had played Washington earlier in the non-conference season and won 56-21.

The previous Husker coach was Bill Callahan, who was hired before the 2004 football season and was later fired by interim Athletic Director Tom Osborne on November 24, 2007. Callahan represented a break from tradition in many ways. First, Callahan was the first head coach since 1956 not to be hand-picked by his predecessor. Second, Bill Callahan had implemented the West Coast Offense at Nebraska. The Huskers had previously been known for the tough running game; specifically, running the option with a strong backfield, while their new style relies heavily on a balance between the run and the pass. The previous three head coaches were Frank Solich, Tom Osborne, and Bob Devaney.

Nebraska achieved 800 total wins on October 14, 2006 with a 21–3 victory over Kansas State. As of April 2011, there are eight teams with 800 wins: Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Alabama.

Volleyball

Nebraska playing Texas in 2004

Nebraska is home to one of the nation's most storied collegiate women's volleyball programs. The Nebraska women's volleyball team has won three NCAA Women's Volleyball National Championships, in 1995, 2000, and 2006 and has had three NCAA National Runner-Up finishes in 1986, 1989, and 2005 as well as 5 other NCAA National Semifinal (Final Four) appearances in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2001, and 2008 bringing the program total to 11 NCAA Final Four appearances. The Nebraska program is second only to Stanford in all-time NCAA Tournament wins, all-time NCAA Tournament winning percentage, number of NCAA National Semifinal (Final Four) appearances, and in the number of NCAA National Championships won. Nebraska has made an NCAA Tournament appearance in every year of the tournament's existence except for the tournament's first year in 1981. Nebraska has had more combined AVCA 1st and 2nd team All-Americans than any other program, tops the nation in the number of AVCA 1st team All-Americans, and has produced 4 AVCA National Player of the Year award winners. Nebraska also is one of only three programs east of the west coast to have won a NCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship.[5]

Nebraska volleyball is a very popular spectator sport in the state. In 2008, AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer described Nebraska as "the epicenter of volleyball fandom". The four largest ever NCAA volleyball crowds were in the state of Nebraska, including the largest ever crowd of 17,209 for the 2006 National Championship game between Nebraska and Stanford. In 2005, an NCAA volleyball-record 13,252 tickets were pre-sold for the NCAA regionals. The vast majority of these sales are attributed to Nebraska volleyball fans, as these games were played at the Qwest Center in Omaha.[6] The Huskers also have the ongoing NCAA record for consecutive home sellouts in a women's sport at the Nebraska Coliseum in Lincoln.[7]

The 4,030-seat Nebraska Coliseum has provided the Nebraska volleyball program with an unmatched home-court advantage. Nebraska has had 15 undefeated seasons at home compiling an all-time record of 454-30 (.938) under its roof. Only three times in 33 years of regular-season Big Eight/Big 12 play has a conference opponent ever won in Lincoln.

At the Coliseum, the Huskers are the current holders of the NCAA record for the most consecutive sellouts in a women's sport.

The Nebraska Coliseum is one of the few collegiate arenas that is designed specifically for volleyball. It is noted for its classical architecture, intimate setting with fans close to the floor, perpetually sold-out crowds, and deafening acoustics. The Coliseum has statistically proven to be one of the most difficult venues for visiting teams to win in all of sports, has anecdotally been described as 'the arena that the volleyball gods would build', and has drawn comparisons to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium due to its design, acoustics, and intimate atmosphere. It has also been the subject of a CBS Sports documentary.[8]

Team records

The Nebraska Cornhuskers Women's Volleyball team holds 4 NCAA team records:[4]

  • Assists in a Five-Game Match (116) Nebraska vs Texas, November 15, 1988 (Record is a combined total, shared with Texas)
  • Winning Percentage (1.000) Nebraska, 2000 (34-0), shared with Long Beach State and Southern California
  • Consecutive Winning Seasons (27) Shared with Hawaii, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA
  • Home Court Winning Streak (90, 2004–2009)


Women's soccer

Nebraska became the first team in the Big Eight to create women's soccer as a varsity sport in the 1995 season. John Walker was hired to coach the soccer team in April 1994 and was determined to get the Huskers into an NCAA tournament by 2008. During his second season, he led the Huskers to the NCAA tournament followed by an addition nine consecutive trips to the tournament, with his first miss in the 2006 season. The team has reached the Sweet sixteen eight times and to the Elite Eight on two occasions. John Walker has earned NSCAA/Umbro National Coach-of-the-Year, NSCAA/Umbro Central Region Coach-of-the-Year and Big 12 Conference Coach-of-the-Year over his tenure at Lincoln. The Husker program has created many professional athletes that went on to the WUSA.


Cross country

The Nebraska Cornhuskers field both a male and female cross country team coached by Jay Dirksen. They currently run on a course through Pioneer's Park in Lincoln. The men's team started in 1938 and the women's team started in 1975 as a result of title IX. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have never won a Big 12 conference championship. The only men's conference championship was in 1940 Big Six meet. The women have won the conference championship 5 times.
Men
Big Six
1940
Women
Big Eight
1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993

Winter varsity sports

Men's basketball

While the University of Nebraska has experienced varying amounts of success for their intercollegiate athletic programs, men's basketball has been an exception. Nebraska has not won a conference title since sharing the Big Seven Conference with Kansas and Kansas State in 1950, and they haven't won an outright conference title since going a perfect 12–0 through the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 1916.

Nebraska is one of the few major BCS conference programs never to win a single game in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, the first trip to the NCAA Tournament for Nebraska did not come until 1986, after 90 years. Much of the team's success came under the tenure of Danny Nee, head coach from 1987 to 2000. Nee is the team's all-time winningest head coach with a record of 254–190. Nee led the Cornhuskers to five of their six NCAA Tournament appearances, six bids to the National Invitation Tournament, including the 1996 NIT Championship.

The current head coach is Doc Sadler. Barry Collier, who led Nebraska from 2000 to August 2006, left to become athletic director at Butler University. He previously had been Butler's head coach from 1989 to 2000.


Women's basketball

Women’s basketball started as a club sport in 1970 and five years later it became a varsity sport when scholarships were offered. George Nicodemus was the first head coach and had a 22-9 record in his first season, taking the Huskers to the AIAW where they lost in the second round of the tournament. Five different head coaches would be hired after Nicodemus left the program in 1971 until 1986 when Angela Beck took a stable head coach position. Beck led the Huskers to their first NCAA bid after winning the Big 8 championship in 1988. She led the Huskers back to the NCAA in 93 and 96. She left the program in 1996 to pursue other opportunities and was replaced by Paul Sanderford. Sanderford led the Huskers to a NCAA sub-regional in 1998 and 1999 and received a third consecutive NCAA bid in 2000. Connie Yori became the head coach in 2002 and has led the Huskers to WNIT in 2004, 2005, 2006, and NCAA in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

AIAW tournament
1976, 1979, 1980, 1981

Big 8 Championship
1988

Big 12 Championship
2010

WNIT tournament bids
2004, 2005, 2006, 2009

NCAA tournament bids
1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2010

Wrestling

The first official Nebraska wrestling team started in 1910 with Dr. R.G. Clapp as coach.

Big 8 Conference
1993, 1995

Big 12 Conference
2009

Former standouts from the Nebraska Wrestling Team include 2004 Greco-Roman Olympic Gold Medalist at 120kg Rulon Gardner and NCAA Champion in 2009 and 2011 Jordan Burroughs who won the 2011 Freestyle World Championships at 74kg in Istanbul, Turkey.

Women’s gymnastics

The Nebraska Women’s Gymnastics team was first established in 1975. After the first season, the school hired head coach Karen Balke to lead a team of all freshman and sophomores for one year. Judy Schalk took over as head coach in 1977 until 1983. She led the Huskers to five conference titles and to one AIWA bid. In 1983, Rick Walton was hired to serve as head coach and led the Huskers to their first NCAA women’s gym event title when Michele Bryant came in first place on the vault. He captured four straight Big 8 championship titles and led the huskers to the NCAAs four times in a row. After the 1993 season, Rick Walton left the program and Dan Kendig was brought in. In his first year he became the Big 12 coach of the year after leading the Huskers to a Big 8 championship. In 1997 the Huskers reached the Super Six Finals for the first time by beating #1 ranked Utah. Kendig was named national coach of the year in 1999 after earning 6 conference championships in a row. Kendig's team has won four event titles when Heather Brink won two NCAA event titles in all around and vault in 2000 and Richelle Simpson won the all around title and the floor exercise title in 2003. The huskers have never had a losing season.

Men’s gymnastics

The Nebraska Men's Gymnastics team is one of the most successful teams in the nation with 8 national team titles and 41 NCAA event titles. Ten huskers have gone on to represent the United States in the Olympics. The Huskers compete in the Big Ten Conference, along with fellow Big Ten conference schools Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State.
NCAA Championship Appearances
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2009


NCAA National Championships
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990 1994

Bowling

Bowling has been an official varsity sport at Lincoln since the 1996-1997 season. Before bowling became a varsity sport, it was a club sport coached by Bill Straub who led the club team to two national IBC titles in 1991 and 1995. Bill Straub was hired as the full time bowling coach and has led the team to three more IBC titles in 1997, 1999 and 2001. In 2003, the NCAA created a tournament for Women’s bowling and the Nebraska Women’s Bowling team has been one of the top college bowling teams since the start of NCAA competition, which the Huskers won the first two national titles in a row, came in third place during the third NCAA tournament and have won three of the first six NCAA tournaments. The huskers have been ranked in the top 5 teams since 1990 and have never been ranked below 17th place. The Huskers can be seen bowling at the East Campus Bowling Lanes.

Rifle

Rifle is classified as a co-ed sport by the NCAA and is currently classified as a women's sport at the University of Nebraska. Rifle got its start as an official sport of the university during the 1998-1999 season under coach Karen Anthony. The team practices and has meets at the 10-point indoor firing range located in the Military and Naval Sciences Building (ROTC). The current coach is coach Morgan Hicks who started in the 2007-2008 season. The team has had several invitations to the NCAA tournament and has won two individual national titles.

Men's indoor track and field


Big 6 Championship
1930-1933, 1936–1938, 1940–1942
Big 7 Championship
1949, 1951
Big 8 Championship
1963, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1985, 1987–1989, 1992, 1994–1996
Big 12 Championship
1997, 1998, 2000–2005, 2007

Women's indoor track and field

The Nebraska Cornhuskers Women's track and field team was created in the 1975-76 academic year and started competing in the 1976 season in the Big 8 conference. The starting coach, Roger Capan, would only be at Nebraska for one season before leaving the program; he was replaced by Carol Frost, who stayed at Nebraska through the 1980 season. The current coach, Gary Pepin, took over the program in 1981 and has led the women huskers to three national titles. The NCAA started awarding the national title for Women's Track and Field in 1983, prior to that the award was given by the AIAW.

Spring varsity sports

Sport National Ranking (Record)
Baseball NR
Softball #31
Men's Golf NR
Women's Golf NR
Men's Outdoor Track and Field #12
Women's Outdoor Track and Field #28
Women's Tennis #63
Men's Tennis #55

Baseball

Nebraska baseball has seen a resurgence in the past decade. After many years of being a perennial doormat, the 2000 Huskers became the first team in school history to advance to the Super Regionals in the NCAA tournament. In 2001 and 2002, the Huskers made their first and second appearances in the College World Series. Much of the success of these teams and the teams that have followed is due to the efforts of Dave Van Horn, who compiled a record of 214-92 while leading Huskers from 1998-2002. After the 2002 season, Van Horn left to accept a position at his alma mater, Arkansas; assistant coach Mike Anderson became head coach. In 2005, the Huskers had their most successful season ever, going 57-15 and advancing to the College World Series for the third time in five years.

In 2002, the Huskers moved into the friendly confines of Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, widely considered one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the country. Since this move, the Huskers have seen their attendance break numerous records. In the 2005 Super Regional against Miami, an overflow crowd of 8,711 watched as Nebraska clinched their third trip to the College World Series.

While 8 pitchers from 2007 left for the draft, the 2008 Cornhuskers team is the youngest for Mike Anderson with 15 newcomers. They started off with an 11-3 record and started strong in the Big 12 winning their first 4 series. They won 7 of their 9 series going 17-9-1 in conference play. From February 29 to March 18, the Huskers earned a 14 game win streak, the longest since 2000. Like '06, they slumped at the end goin 2-4 in the postseason and losing their own regional. They went 29-5-1 at home and 11-9 away from Hawks Field. They were ranked as high as #5 and ended in 3rd place in the Big 12. Jake Opitz, Mitch Abeita, and Johnny Dorn were selected to the All Big 12 First Team[9] as Dorn also earned 3rd Team All-American honors.[10]

The past four regionals that Nebraska has hosted they have managed to reach the super regionals once which was in 2005.

NCAA Tournament Appearances
1948, 1950, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

College World Series Appearances
2001, 2002, 2005

Conference Tournament Champions
1999, 2000, 2001, 2005

Conference Champions
Big 7: 1948, 1950
Big 12: 2001, 2003, 2005

Softball

Women's college softball started at Nebraska in 1976, before it was an official NCAA sport.
Big 8 Conference Championship
1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Big 12 Conference Championship
1998, 2000, 2001, 2004
Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship
1998, 2004
NCAA tournament
1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
NCAA Women's College World Series
1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1998, 2002
NCAA Women's College World Series Runner-up
1985

Men's outdoor track and field


Missouri Valley Championship
1921-1924, 1926
Big 6 Championship
1929, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939–1942
Big 7 Championship
1950
Big 8 Championship
1966, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996
Big 12 Championship
1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010

Honors

Team national championships

Football[4]

  • 1970 (11-0-1, No. 1 AP)
  • 1971 (13-0 No. 1 AP/UPI )
  • 1994 (13-0 No. 1 AP/Coaches (CNN/USA Today)
  • 1995 (12-0 No. 1 AP/Coaches (CNN/USA Today)
  • 1997 (13-0 No. 1 Coaches (ESPN/USA Today)

Volleyball

  • 1995 (32-1)
  • 2000 (34-0)
  • 2006 (33-1)

Men's gymnastics

  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1988
  • 1990
  • 1994

Bowling

  • 1991 (IBC)
  • 1995 (IBC)
  • 1997 (IBC)
  • 1999 (IBC)
  • 2001 (IBC)
  • 2004 (NCAA)
  • 2005 (NCAA)
  • 2009 (NCAA)

Women's track and field

  • 1982 (AIAW)
  • 1983 (NCAA)
  • 1984 (NCAA)

Individual national champions

Rifle
2000 Nicole Allaire Smallbore
2006 Kristina Fehlings Air Rifle

Wrestling
1963 Wrestling Mike Nissen 123 lbs
1984 Wrestling Jim Scheer 177 lbs
1984 Wrestling William Scherr 190 lbs
1991 Wrestling Jason Kelber 126 lbs
1993 Wrestling Tony Purler 126 lbs
1995 Wrestling Tolly Thompson Hwt
2000 Wrestling Brad Vering 197 lbs
2004 Wrestling Jason Powell 125 lbs
2007 Wrestling Paul Donahoe 125 lbs
2009 Wrestling Jordan Burroughs 157 lbs

Women's Indoor Track & Field
1983 Janet Burke 55 M
1984 Merlene Ottey 55 M
1984 Angela Thacker Long Jump
1985 Rhonda Blanford 55 M High Hurdles
1987 Linetta Wilson 55 M High Hurdles
1993 Shanelle Porter 400 M
1996 Angee Henry Long Jump
1996 Nicola Martial Triple Jump
1997 Tressa Thompson Shot Put
2004 Priscilla Lopes High Hurdles
2004 Ineta Radevica Triple Jump
2005 Anne Shadle 1500 M
2005 Ashley Selig Heptathlon

Men's Indoor Track & Field
1965 Charlie Greene 60y Dash
1966 Charlie Greene 60y Dash
1967 Charlie Greene 60y Dash
1969 Lennox Burgher Triple Jump
1977 Jeff Lee 60y Hurdles
1979 Paul Downes, Brian Dunnigan, Mark Fluitt,
Scott Poehling 4x880y Relay
1992 Kevin Coleman Shot Put
1993 Kevin Coleman Shot Put
1995 Petar Malesev High Jump
1996 Jonah Kiptarus, Alex Lamme, Miklos Roth,
Balazs Tolgysei Distance Medley Relay
2002 Carl Myerscough Shot Put
2003 Carl Myerscough Shot Put
2006 Arturs Abolins Long Jump
2008 Dusty Jonas High Jump
2009 Nicholas Gordon Long Jump

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
1982 Merlene Ottey 100 M
1982 Debra James, Alicia McQueen,
  Rhonda Blanford, Merlene Ottey 400 M Relay
1983 Merlene Ottey 100 M
1983 Merlene Ottey 200 M
1983 Denise Thiemard Javelin
1985 Rhonda Blanford 100 M High Hurdles
1987 Linetta Wilson 400 M Intermediate Hurdles
1988 Sharon Powell 800 M
1989 Renita Robinson Triple Jump
1991 Ximena Restrepo 400 M
1991 Shanelle Porter, Tranquil Wilson,
  Kim Walker, Ximena Restrepo 1600 M Relay
1994 Nicola Martial Triple Jump
1995 Nicola Martial Triple Jump
1996 Angee Henry Long Jump
1997 Tressa Thompson Shot Put
1998 Tressa Thompson Shot Put
2003 Ineta Radevica Triple Jump
2003 Becky Breisch Shot Put
2004 Ineta Radevica Triple Jump
2004 Becky Breisch Discus
2005 Anne Shadle 1500 M
2006 Dace Ruskule Discus

Men's Outdoor Track and Field
1926 Roland Locke 100m Dash
1926 Roland Locke 200m Dash
1932 Hugh Rhea Shot Put
1937 Sam Francis Shot Put
1941 Harold Hunt Pole Vault
1942 Bobby Ginn Mile Run
1943 Howard Debus Discus
1965 Charlie Greene 100y Dash
1966 Charlie Greene 100y Dash
1966 Peter Scott 880y Run
1967 Charlie Greene 100y Dash
1968 Lennox Burgher Triple Jump
2003 Carl Myerscough Shot Put
2003 Eric Eshback Pole Vault
2004 Carl Myerscough Shot Put
2005 Dmitrijs Milkevics 800m Run
2006 Arturs Abolins Long Jump

Women's Swimming & Diving
1996 Penny Heynes 100 yd Breaststroke

Women's gymnastics
1990 Michele Bryant Vault
2000 Heather Brink, all around
2000 Heather Brink, Vault
2003 Richelle Simpson, floor exercise
2003 Richelle Simpson, all around

Men's gymnastics
1980 Phil Cahoy Parallel bars
1980 Phil Cahoy Horizontal bar
1980 Jim Hartung All Around
1980 Jim Hartung Still Rings
1980 Steve Elliott Floor Exercise
1981 Phil Cahoy Parallel bars
1981 Phil Cahoy Horizontal bar
1981 Jim Hartung Parallel bars
1981 Jim Hartung Still Rings
1981 Jim Hartung All Round
1982 Jim Hartung Parallel bars
1982 Jim Hartung Still Rings
1982 Steve Elliott Floor Exercise
1982 Steve Elliott Vault
1983 Scott Johnson Floor Exercise
1983 Scott Johnson Horizontal bar
1983 Scott Johnson Parallel bars
1983 Chris Riegel Vault
1984 Chris Riegel Vault
1985 Wes Suter Horizontal bar
1985 Wes Suter Floor Exercise
1985 Wes Suter All Around
1987 Tom Schlesinger Parallel bars
1987 Tom Schlesinger All Around
1987 Kevin Davis Parallel bars
1988 Kevin Davis All Around
1988 Kevin Davis Parallel bars
1989 Patrick Kirksey All Around
1990 Patrick Kirksey Parallel bars
1992 Che Bowers Pommel Horse
1993 Richard Grace Floor Exercise
1994 Richard Grace Parallel bars
1994 Dennis Harrison All Around
1995 Rick Kieffer Horizontal bar
1995 Richard Grace Parallel bars
1995 Richard Grace All Around
1997 Marshall Nelson Parallel bars
1997 Marshall Nelson Horizontal bar
1998 Marshall Nelson Parallel bars
1999 Jason Hardabura All Around
1999 Jason Hardabura Floor Exercise

Academic All-Americans

The Nebraska Cornhuskers lead the nation in the number of academic All-Americans. Nebraska also leads the nation in Academic All-Americans in football. Through the July 2010 and the 2009-2010 academic year, there were a total of 277 academic All-Americans in all sports, all teams.[11]

Top ten programs for academic All-Americans 2009-2010
1 Nebraska 277
2 Notre Dame 216
3 Penn State 167
4 MIT 165
5 Stanford 144
6 Augustana 134
7 Bucknell 119
8 Texas 119
9 Emory 118
t10 UCLA 113
t10 Florida 113

Baseball

  • Aaron Marsden (2003)
  • Adrian Fiala (1970)
  • Brandon Buckman (2006)
  • D.J. Belfonte (2010)
  • Daniel Bruce (2005)
  • Erik Mumm (1999)
  • Gene Stohs (1970, 1972)
  • Jeff Leise (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • John Cole (2001)
  • Matt Schuldt (1998)
  • Shane Komine (2002)
  • Steve Achelpohl (1972)
  • Steve Oakley (1980)
  • Todd Oakes (1983)

F/W at-large

  • Bree Dority O'Callaghan (2001)
  • Jon Hahn (2001)
  • Rachel Spiry (2001)

Football

  • Aaron Graham (1994, 1995)
  • Brian Schuster (1995)
  • Brian Shaw (1998, 1999)
  • Chad Kelsay (1997, 1998)
  • Chad Sievers (2004)
  • Dale Klein (1986)
  • Dane Todd (2005, 2006)
  • David Edeal (1990)
  • David Rimington (1981, 1982)
  • Dennis Claridge (1963)
  • Eric Crouch (2001)
  • Frosty Anderson (1973)
  • George Andrews (1978)
  • Gerry Gdowski (1989)
  • Grant Wistrom (1996, 1997)
  • Jacob Young (1988)
  • Jake Young (1989)
  • James Huge (1962)
  • James Pillen (1978)
  • Jeff Finn (1980)
  • Jeff Kinney (1971)
  • Jeffrey Jamrog (1987)
  • Jim Wanek (1990)
  • Joel Makovicka (1997, 1998)
  • John Kroeker (1988)
  • John Nelson (1988)
  • Jon Hesse (1996)
  • Jon Zatechka (1997)
  • Judd Davies (2003)
  • Kellen Huston (2004)
  • Kelly Saalfeld (1979)
  • Ken Mehlin (1993)
  • Kurt Mann (2005)
  • Kyle Vanden Bosch (1999, 2000)
  • Larry Jacobson (1971)
  • Mark Blazek (1987, 1988)
  • Mark Traynowicz (1984)
  • Marv Mueller (1966)
  • Matt Shaw (1994)
  • Micah Heibel (1987)
  • Mike Brown (1999)
  • Mike Stigge (1991, 1992)
  • Pat Engelbert (1990, 1991)
  • Pat Ricketts (2003)
  • Pat Tyrance (1989, 1990)
  • Randy Reeves (1969)
  • Randy Schleusener (1979, 1980)
  • Randy Theiss (1981)
  • Rick Lindquist (1981)
  • Rik Bonness (1975)
  • Rob Stuckey (1983, 1984)
  • Robert Zatechka (1992, 1993, 1994)
  • Rod Horn (1979)
  • Scott Frost (1997)
  • Scott Strasburger (1983, 1984)
  • Steve Ott (1995)
  • Steve Volin (1995)
  • Ted Harvey (1976, 1977)
  • Terry Connealy (1993, 1994)
  • Thomas Welter (1986)
  • Todd Peterson (2008)
  • Tom Heiser (1975)
  • Tracey Wistrom (2001)
  • Trev Alberts (1993)
  • Tyler Wortman (2008)
  • Vince Ferragamo (1976)
  • William Lafleur (1998)

Men's at-large

  • Alex Lamme (1996, 1997)
  • Brady wakefild (1995, 1996)
  • James Blackledge (1988)
  • James Koziol (1999)
  • Jason Christie (1996)
  • Justin Switzer (1993, 1994)
  • Mark Warburton (1990)
  • Marshall Nelson (2000)
  • Michael Windisch (2000)
  • Patrick Kirksey (1990)
  • Rob Kieffer (1995)
  • Ryan Tobin (1996. 1998)
  • Stephen Tetrault (2007, 2008)
  • Steve Jung (1989)
  • Sumner Darling (1992, 1993, 1994)
  • Ted Harris (1997)
  • Thomas Schlesinger (1986, 1988)
  • Matt Murray (2004, 2005)
  • Ryan Sneed (2003)

Men's basketball

  • Beau Reid (1989, 1991)
  • Jack Moore (1981)
  • John Matzke (1984)

Men's track/cross country

  • Aaron Plas (2006)
  • Bjorn Barrefors (2010)
  • Dana Carne (2004)
  • Danny Hill (2004)
  • Kyle Wyatt (2002)
  • Nate Probasco (2006, 2007)
  • Nicholas Gordon (2010)

Soccer

  • Meghan Anderson (2002)
  • Shannon Tanaka (2002)

Softball

  • Ann Halsne (1991, 1992)
  • Denice Feldhaus (1984)
  • Denise (Day) Eckert (1984, 1985)
  • Denise McMillan (1992, 1993, 1994)
  • Jamie Fuente (2001)
  • Janelle Frese (1989)
  • Jenny Smith (1998)
  • Jill Rishel (1990)
  • Karla Knicely (1996)
  • Kim Ogee (2002)
  • KoKo Tacha (2006)
  • Lizzy Aumua (2006)
  • Lori Richins (1985, 1986, 1987)
  • Lori Sippel (1988)
  • Margie Ogrodowicz (1987, 1988)
  • Molly Hill (2008, 2009)
  • Robin Mackin (2010)
  • Ruth Chatwin (1987)
  • Shelby Mertins (1984)

Volleyball

  • Allison Weston (1994, 1995)
  • Amanda Gates (2008)
  • Amber Holmquist (2003)
  • Anna Schrad (2003)
  • Becki Bolli (1990)
  • Carla Baker (1989)
  • Christina Houghtelling (2005, 2007)
  • Christy Johnson (1995)
  • Greichaly Cepero (2001)
  • Janet Kruse (1989, 1990, 1991)
  • Jordan Larson (2008)
  • Karen Dahlgren (1985, 1986)
  • Kathi DeBoer (1987)
  • Kori Cooper (2008, 2009)
  • Laura Pilakowski (2000, 2002, 2003)
  • Lisa Reitsma (1996)
  • Lori Endicott (1988)
  • Megan Korver (1998)
  • Nancy Meendering (1999)
  • Nancy Metcalf (2001)
  • Sarah Pavan (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Tracy Stalls (2007)
  • Virginia Stahr (1987, 1988, 1989)

Women's at large

  • Cassandra Morelock (2000)
  • Courtney Jensen (2000)
  • Heidi Stark (1996)
  • Imke Reimers (2007, 2008)
  • Jane Clemons (1990)
  • Janet Blomstedt (1997)
  • Jen French (2003)
  • Jennifer French (2002)
  • Jill Myatt (1997)
  • Joy Taylor (1995, 1996)
  • Kaitlin Arntz (2010)
  • Kathy Travis Miiller (1996)
  • Kim Dehaan (1996)
  • Libby Landgraf (2004)
  • Lynne Frey (1990)
  • Mary Ocel (1988)
  • Nicola Martial (1996)
  • Nicole Ali (1985, 1986)
  • Nicole Duval (1993, 1994, 1995)
  • Rachel Collins (1992)
  • Rachel Spiry (2002)
  • Richelle Simpson (2005)
  • Stella Klassen (2000)

Women's basketball

  • Cathy Owen (1984)
  • Karen Jennings (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Kelli Benson (1984)
  • Stephanie Bolli (1986, 1988)
  • Terri Parriott (1985)

Women's track/cross country

  • Ann Gaffigan (2004)
  • Ashley Selig (2006)
  • Cheryl Harmon (2003)
  • Jenna Lucas (2002)
  • Jenny Green (2006)
  • Kate Livesey (2002)
  • Kim Shubert (2007, 2008)
  • Natalie Willer (2010)
  • Stella Klassen (2000)
  • Tia DeSoto (2004)

Fans

In addition to the performance both on and off the field, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are also known for having proclaimed their fans "The greatest fans in college football".[4][12] Above the main entrance to Memorial Stadium is the inscription "Through these gates pass the greatest fans in college football."[13] In 2001, President George W. Bush observed, "I can't go without saying how impressed I am by the Nebraska fan base. Whether it be for women's volleyball or football, there's nothing like the Big Red."[14]

Football fans are known as The Sea of Red due to the overwhelming amount of red they wear. They have sold out every home game since November 3, 1962.[15] The large crowds not only cheer for their team but will also applaud the visiting team as they leave the field at the end of the game.[16] Nebraska fans are known for following their team on the road, such as in 2002 when 60,000 fans traveled to Pasadena to watch the Huskers play the Miami Hurricanes in the Rose Bowl and in 2000 when Cornhusker fans took over Notre Dame Stadium.[17][18]

Club sports

References

  1. ^ "Osborne named interim athletic director". Lincoln Journal Star. October 16, 2007. http://journalstar.com/huskerextra/football/doc4715087394349202795479.txt. Retrieved October 16, 2007. 
  2. ^ Rifle is classified as a coeducational sport by the NCAA; however, it is classified as a women's sport at Nebraska.
  3. ^ http://www.huskernews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/1999/01/01/380d0d7a3
  4. ^ a b c d "Past Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I FBS) National Champions (formerly called Division I-A)". ncaa.org. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2007. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070224190615/http://www.ncaa.org/champadmin/ia_football_past_champs.html. Retrieved March 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Nebraska volleyball history". NU Athletics. http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&KEY=&SPID=23&SPSID=18. Retrieved August 1, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Omaha breaks NCAA ticket sales mark". NU Athletics. December 7, 2005. http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=11&SPID=23&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=219589. Retrieved August 1, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Huskers Sweep Bears, 3-0". NU Athletics. http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=1604564. 
  8. ^ "Nebraska Coliseum". NU athletics. http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&KEY=&SPID=23&SPSID=399. 
  9. ^ 2008 All-big 12 baseball awards
  10. ^ Dorn Earns Third-Team All-America Honors
  11. ^ "CoSIDA Academic All-America All-Time List (by School)". College Sports Information Directors of America. http://www.cosida.com/media/documents/2010/7/alltimeaaastandings2.pdf. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Greatest Fans in College Football - Huskers.com—Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
  13. ^ ESPN.com - Page2 - Red alert takes over entire state
  14. ^ President Bush Welcomes University of Nebraska Volleyball Champions to the White House
  15. ^ "Road Trip". CNN. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2003/sioncampus/09/10/road_trip0916/index.html. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  16. ^ College Football Stadiums
  17. ^ Cotton Bowl News | Sports News | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas
  18. ^ "Three and out". CNN. November 30, 2004. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/john_walters/11/30/willingham/index.html. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 

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