This week in Husker history
The week of Feb. 19-25, looking back in five-year intervals:
«1897: Sparked by the November death of Doane player Bert Serf of Hastings, an effort to outlaw football is under way in the Nebraska Legislature – and is being skewered in newspaper commentary in New York, Chicago and elsewhere. The legislation has a high-profile sponsor in James N. Gaffin, speaker of the state House. But the bill has already taken something of a beating during House debate, and it will never see the light of day in the state Senate.
1937: Charles and Erma Osborne of St. Paul, Neb., welcome a baby son into the world and name him Thomas. The 75th birthday of Nebraskas Hall-of-Fame former football coach and current athletic director – born in Hastings on Feb. 23, 1937 – is Thursday.
1967: Nebraska athletic director Tippy Dye, the man who hired Bob Devaney as football coach, accepts the A.D. job at Northwestern after a five-year stint in Lincoln.
1972: Bill Thunder Thornton, former Husker fullback and a four-year member of Bob Devaney's coaching staff, takes a job with NFLs St. Louis Cardinals. | NU assistant coaches, 1926-present
«1992: Nebraska loses one of its biggest fans when Charlie Winkler suffers a fatal heart attack at his Grand Island home. Winkler, 69, was said to have attended every Husker football game since 1957. I wont smoke, drink or gamble, but these Huskers are my life, he once explained in an interview. Winkler wrote a book titled My Big Red Obsession and was the subject of a 1975 Sports Illustrated article. At his funeral at Trinity United Methodist Church, the NU fight song was played.
2002: There are high hopes about the future of an 18-year-old quarterback who is on campus after graduating from high school a semester early – Curt Dukes,* of Stony Point, N.C. (Dukes would rise as high as No. 2 on the depth chart but would never play a down for the Huskers, opting to transfer to Duke University.)
2007: Sam Keller* avoids sounding like the anointed one as the transfer from Arizona State prepares to battle for the quarterback spot with Joe Ganz. Meanwhile, fallout from the ouster of trainer Doak Ostergard starts to spill into the public arena.
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