This week in Husker history
The week of July 14-20, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
1918: E.J. Doc Stewart leaves his position as Nebraska's head coach to become an athletic director with the U.S. Army in Italy. After World War I, he would coach at Clemson and Texas. | Bio
1943: Husker lettermen Henry Reichel and Joe Partington are among the players bolstering Northwestern's roster during wartime.
1988: Neil Smith, the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, signs with the Kansas City Chiefs and reports to training camp.
«1998: George Abel, a guard on Nebraska's first Rose Bowl team and later a prominent businessman and philanthropist, dies at age 78. Also, a knee injury ends the NFL career of former Husker All-American Broderick Thomas.
2003: Steve Pederson lays off eight employees* in the Athletic Department, bringing staffing cuts to 10.1% in his first six months as athletic director.
2008: The suspense builds over whether receiver Khiry Cooper* of Shreveport, La., will choose Husker football or professional baseball.
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