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This week in Husker history
The week of April 1-7, looking back in five-year intervals:
1902: Nebraska wants to schedule a road game at Iowa for Nov. 15th but is rebuffed. The Cornhuskers would settle instead for Knox at home, and Iowa would host Washington University of St. Louis.
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At NU, 1900
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At Maryland, ’06
«1907: Fred K. Nielsenclip1 (16K), a halfback for the 1900 Cornhuskers, emerges as a top candidate for the coaching job at George Washington Universityclip2 (18K). Nielsen would indeed get the position, his second of four college coaching stints. According to box scores from 1900, the Danish-born Nielsen started at right halfback for the Cornhuskers against Tarkiotarkio (15K) and played in two other games as a backup. He earned law degrees from NU and George­town, and after World War I he would become the U.S. State Department's chief legal officer.
1937: In the year's first major outdoor track and field meet, Husker football All-American Sam Francis sets a Texas Relays record in the shot put and also wins the discus event.
1962: Former Husker great Guy Chamberlin is named to the College Football Hall of Fame.
1967: Five years and one day after the hall-of-fame announcement, Guy Chamberlin passes away at age 73 in Lincoln. | Bio | Hall-of-Fame Huskers
«1967: Big Eight teams have hopes of ending Nebraska's four-year title run as spring practices begin across the conference.
1972: Quarterback Jerry Tagge, a first-round draft pick from NU, has his first practice with his hometown Green Bay Packers
1997: Plans for an Aug. 23 Pigskin Classic game in Lincoln fail to pan out. ABC-TV angled for Clemson at Nebraska, but neither school wanted that matchup. Maryland, Iowa, Boston College, Southern Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Virginia and California all reportedly were approached as possible Husker opponents, to no avail. The game ultimately was played at a nearly half-empty Soldier Field, where Northwestern beat Oklahoma, 24-0.
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: Plans for dueling spring golf outings are a sign of fissures in Husker Nation.
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