1997: Fifteen years ago this week, Bob Devaney, the coach who resurrected Nebraskas bedraggled football program, died at age 82 at a Lincoln retirement home. In addition to winning two national championships during an 11-season coaching tenure at NU, The Bobfather served as athletic director for more than 25 years.
This week in Husker history
The week of May 6-12, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five
«1912: Former Cornhusker halfback John Bender is named coach at Washington State. It's his second stint in Pullman during a 12-season college coaching career in which he would compile a 52-28-6 record at five schools: WSU, Haskell, St. Louis, Kansas State and Tennessee. | 1902 Minnesota game
1917: Nebraska's and Notre Dame's hopes of becoming members of the Western Conference take a hit as Michigan decides to rejoin after a decade-long absence.
1957: Nebraska is among a number of schools said to be recruiting aggressively in Big Ten country
1972: Jerry Tagge & Jeff Kinney sign to play in the Coaches All-America game in Lubbock, Texas.
1992: With a disappointing year in the NFL under his belt, Bruce Pickens learns that pro football is a job.
2002: U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb., introduces legislation to rein in sports agents*
2007: Talk of possible TV networks for individual Big 12 schools* starts to bubble up.
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