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On the Monday before Nebraska’s first home game against Fordham among the topics of discussion by media members at the Huskers’ weekly news conference was whether Memorial Stadium’s consecutive sellout streak, dating to early November of 1962, would end at 375 games.
The consensus seemed to be that it would.
A day later, the athletic department announced the streak would continue, that a booster had bought up more than 2,000 remaining tickets. But extending the sellout streak went beyond that.
Through the efforts of Athletic Director Trev Alberts and Dr. Lawrence Chatters, Nebraska’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Red Carpet Experience was created to utilize the tickets the unnamed booster purchased. Drake Keeler explains in this issue.
Nebraska’s consecutive sellout streak, now at 377, reflects the longstanding passion of Husker fans. Though not all the tickets have been used in recent seasons—sold out isn’t the same as capacity—fans are still buying them. At Memorial Stadium’s Gate 4, and elsewhere, is the now-familiar motto: THROUGH THESE GATES PASS THE GREATEST FANS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.
Derek Peterson writes about a unique indication of the passion of Husker fans in their reaction Nebraska’s looking into replacing the Oklahoma game in Norman with a home game in the second week of season. Part of the reason was financial. But it was more complicated.
Through a public records request, Derek looks at numerous email exchanges among Alberts, then-Athletic Director Bill Moos, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green and former coach and Athletic Director Tom Osborne as well as Husker fans upset by the possibility of not playing Oklahoma. The resulting story illustrates continuing passion despite the program’s slide.
Another element of the Oklahoma game, the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Game of the Century in Norman, brought players from the game together for a special function arranged by Oklahoma. Barry Switzer, an assistant on Chuck Fairbanks’ staff then, said he wasn’t big on celebrating losses, still . . .
Oklahoma was a heavy favorite in this year’s game but Nebraska competed hard, showing the grit that indicates Scott Frost’s program could be headed in the right direction. John Peterson provides photos from the Oklahoma game, with photos from the first three games by John and Eric Francis.
This issue also includes volleyball: Jacob Padilla’s Q&A with sophomore setter Anni Evans, a notebook and photo spread. And Greg Smith provides a recruiting notebook.
Among other subjects in Hot Reads, managing editor Brandon Vogel looks at future non-conference schedules as they stand now, in the context of an “historic” alliance involving the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 as well as expanded playoffs. The times they are a-changing.
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