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January 1962 coverage
of Bob Devaney's hiring

 

The news
Associated Press, Jan. 6, 1962
Wyoming football Coach Bob Devaney said Friday he had made no definite decision whether he would take the head coaching job at Nebraska. But Devaney indicated a move would depend on action by the Nebraska board of regents at a meeting in Lincoln Saturday.
 
United Press International, Jan. 6, 1962
Wyoming football Coach Bob Devaney formally asked for a waiter of his contract so he could accept the head coaching job at the University of Nebraska.
 
Associated Press, Jan. 7, 1962
Nebraska yesterday named Robert S. (Bob) Devaney as the man it wants as its new football coach, but held up formal action until Devaney is released from his head coaching contract at Wyoming.
 
A dose of outrage
Hack Miller, Deseret News columnist
The man is under contract, which is a self-made law under our American free enterprise system. He is not available to seek another coaching job. To do so is to imply that his contract with Wyoming is binding only on Wyoming's part.
 
Recent perspective pieces
Michael Kelly, Omaha World-Herald
Bob arrived for good when he stepped off that U.P. train on Jan. 9, and began wooing Nebraskans with hard work, humility and humor.
 
Randy York, Huskers.com
We all know how sportswriters will track airplane numbers to find out what coaches certain universities are interviewing and trying to hire, proving that one covert action can be trumped by another. Well, you'll get a kick out of Don “Fox” Bryant's undercover work on trying to track down Bob Devaney in Lincoln nearly 50 years ago.
 
Steve Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star
[John Melton] recalls that Devaney came to Lincoln despite having four years and eight months left on his Wyoming contract. “The little things never bothered Bob,” Melton said. Probably because Devaney was thinking big.
 
Cody Tucker, Northern Wyoming Daily News
The college football landscape was changed forever when a competitive, motivated coach looking to make his mark walked off the sidelines of War Memorial Stadium in the winter of 1961.
 
Mike Babcock, Huskers Illustrated
Devaney had just signed a contract extension, and the Wyoming Board of Regents was reluctant to release him with four years and eight months remaining. He and his staff came to Lincoln in January of 1962, however, and began recruiting for Nebraska.
 
 
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