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Anatomy of an Era: Larry Townsend, Part 1

11/14/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 69, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   "Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye." -Roger Kahn   By now I would like to think we have a well-informed grasp of how the Cornhuskers did it, although our upcoming man of mystery, Charlie McBride, is just…

Anatomy of an Era: Jared Tomich, Part 3

11/13/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 71, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jared Tomich, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Did your folks get to see many games? Jared Tomich: They did, yes. They would always make it out to quite a few. And it was cool because we’d play Michigan State, which…

Anatomy of an Era: Jared Tomich, Part 2

11/12/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 71, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jared Tomich, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Did the Nebraska people strike you as any different from the area you grew up? Jared Tomich: You know what? Not a whole lot different. Because, fortunately, Chicago has really good fans as…

Anatomy of an Era: Jared Tomich, Part 1

11/11/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 71, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” -Seneca, Moral Essays. On Providence   We’ve notably seen the Nebraska-effect as well as the Chicago-, Texas-, California- and New Jersey-effect that some of the players brought to the amalgamation that was…

Anatomy of an Era: Jason Scott Jenkins, Part 2

11/9/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 70, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jason Scott Jenkins, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Do you recall any first impressions of the tunnel walk and the home crowd? Jason Scott Jenkins: I’ll never forget those memories, they will last a lifetime. I would have the cold…

Anatomy of an Era: Jason Scott Jenkins, Part 1

11/8/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 70, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   “Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish the customer.” -Macy’s motto   College football? Check. Undefeated, 2-time National Champion? Check. Pro football? Pro boxing? Model? Bodyguard to the rich & famous? Hollywood actor? Hollywood producer? Check, check, check, check, check,…

Anatomy of an Era: Jacques Allen, Part 3

11/7/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 68, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jacques Allen, Part 3 Continued…. Q: I’m not sure if I’ll be interviewing Tyrone Williams, as he’s been hard to get ahold of, but would there be anything unique you’d say about going up against Tyrone in practices? JA:…

Anatomy of an Era: Jacques Allen, Part 2

11/6/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 68, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jacques Allen, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Any other comedy bits that you were known by in those days? Any other one-liners worth sharing? Jacques Allen: I used to do impressions. I used to do skits before meetings, stand up…

Anatomy of an Era: Jacques Allen, Part 1

11/5/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 68, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   We show up to Missouri that year (in 1997) and they tell us that we can’t practice on their field… And Osborne’s not real happy about the whole deal -because obviously he likes to do the walk-through on the field that we’re…

Anatomy of an Era: Lance Gray, Part 3

11/2/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 67, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Lance Gray, Part 3 Continued…. Q: So bring us into present day. What have you taken from being in the Nebraska Football system? What are the greatest benefits from that experience? Lance Gray: The most important thing I got…

Anatomy of an Era: Lance Gray, Part 2

11/1/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 67, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Lance Gray, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What about Charlie McBride? Lance Gray: Oh geez, he was the greatest guy in the world. Marvelous motivator and one of those things where he would give a pep talk before the game,…

Anatomy of an Era: Lance Gray, Part 1

10/31/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 67, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   …he came West a young boy…and took a job as a driver for a freighting company that carried supplies across the plains from Nebraska City to Cherry Creek, as Denver was then called. The freighters, after embarking in that sea of grass…

Anatomy of an Era: Eric Stokes, Part 3

10/30/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 66, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Eric Stokes, Part 3 Continued…. Q: What stands out after that ’94 Florida State/Orange Bowl game where you say things changed? What stands out to you the most? Eric Stokes: Just the focus that the team had that next…

Anatomy of an Era: Eric Stokes, Part 2

10/29/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 66, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Eric Stokes, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What about any of the other defensive coaches? Anyone else in particular stand out to you as far as the staff dynamic from those days? Eric Stokes: Of course, Charlie McBride stands out.…

Anatomy of an Era: Eric Stokes, Part 1

10/28/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 66, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   In the workplace, diversity as equal opportunities is perceived to have many economic advantages in terms of maximizing the human resource potential: good recruitment and retention, improved working relationships in an atmosphere of inclusion, free from fear and allowing for personal development…

Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker, Part 3

10/26/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 65, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker, Part 3 Continued…. Q: The Blackshirts were mean and nasty? Michael Booker: Grant Wistrom, Jared Tomich, the Peter brothers, they were ruthless. But these guys off the field were just a bunch of teddy bears. We all…

Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker, Part 2

10/25/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 65, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker, Part 2 Continued…. Q: And Coach Osborne, what stands out about him? Michael Booker: Well, one thing about me and Lawrence Phillips, we got into a lot of confrontations. Me and Lawrence got into it about three…

Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker, Part 1

10/24/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 65, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   “I am a part of all that I have met.” -Alfred, Lord Tennyson   Making Ohio, California, Nebraska, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina his home during various stages in life, Michael Booker is a well-traveled man. I had a hard time…

Anatomy of an Era: Bill Humphrey, Part 3

10/23/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 64, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bill Humphrey, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Speaking of that game versus Miami, are there any specific matchups or plays against those guys that you remember most? Bill Humphrey: The one thing I remember most was that Sapp had a…

Anatomy of an Era: Bill Humphrey, Part 2

10/22/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 64, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bill Humphrey, Part 2 Continued…. Q: So then you go to the other side of the ball with Milt Tenopir and Dan Young on offense. How did that switch go physically, mentally, emotionally? Bill Humphrey: Well, I think it…

Anatomy of an Era: Bill Humphrey, Part 1

10/21/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 64, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   “We want big kids who like to hit people.” -Bob Devaney   Big kids, fast kids, smart kids. Scholarship kids, walk-on kids. Nebraska kids, out-of-state kids. Spunky kids, tough kids. Myriad kids. Kids, kids, kids. No, this isn’t my attempt at one-upping…

Anatomy of an Era: Trumane Bell, Part 3

10/19/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 62, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Trumane Bell, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Is there anything you wish you had the chance to do over? Trumane Bell: I thought I worked pretty hard at school. I thought I worked hard on the field. Sometimes I think,…

Anatomy of an Era: Trumane Bell, Part 2

10/18/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 62, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Trumane Bell, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Do you recall the very first game you played in? Trumane Bell: Oh yeah, it was the very first game after my redshirt year. I can remember, it was me, Kareem Moss and…

Anatomy of an Era: Trumane Bell, Part 1

10/17/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 62, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   How precious a thing is the human family. Is it not worth some sacrifice in time, energy, safety, discomfort, work? Does anything come forth without work? …Unity and diversity. Form and freedom. Togetherness and individuality. A family. -Edith Schaeffer, What is a…

Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis, Part 3

10/16/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 62, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Any practice event that sticks out in your mind? Phil Ellis: Oh, there was one night. I remember, it was dark, you couldn’t see anything. And coaches were all fired up and we…

Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis, Part 2

10/15/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 62, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Phil, I’m of the mindset that many people just expected -for lack of a better term- expected you guys to run out there on Saturdays and dominate and win, yet don’t have an…

Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis, Part 1

10/14/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 62, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   One winter his cattle had perished in a blizzard. The next summer one of his plow horses broke its leg in a prairie-dog hole and had to be shot. Another summer he lost his hogs from cholera, and a valuable stallion died…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Davis, Part 2

10/12/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 60, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Davis, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Aaron, do you have a favorite game or game-time moment? Aaron Davis: You know, I sometimes joke about it, but Saturday was a day of rest for me. (laughs) I always say I…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Davis, Part 1

10/11/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 60, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   “The thing about football –the important thing about football- is that it is not just about football.” -Terry Pratchet, Unseen Academicals   Competing with Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back in 1992, the top song of the year was Boyz II Men’s End…

Anatomy of an Era: Ben Rutz, Part 2

10/10/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 59, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Ben Rutz, Part 2 Continued…. Q: So then you become a Kansas Jayhawk after your JUCO year. Your first day on campus there, was there anything that stood out to you? Any difference between the Kansas program and Nebraska?…

Anatomy of an Era: Ben Rutz, Part 1

10/9/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 59, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   The conductor of a great symphony orchestra was once asked which was the most difficult instrument to play. ”Second violin,” he answered. ”We can get plenty of first violinists. But to get someone who will play second violin with enthusiasm – that…

Anatomy of an Era: Vol. 1 Exhibits

10/8/18 | Paul Koch
  Excerpted from Exhibits, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   “For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.” -  Louis L'Amour…

Anatomy of an Era: John Reece, Part 3

10/5/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 58, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: John Reece, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Watching the Florida State game the other night, I never felt so bad as I did when Toby (Wright) bumps into that receiver when they make that pass to the endzone, where the…

Anatomy of an Era: John Reece, Part 2

10/4/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 58, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: John Reece, Part 2 Continued…. Q: So after the Florida State game you got drafted by the Rams? JR: I actually got drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. (laughs) I kid with people all the time that I left heaven…

Anatomy of an Era: John Reece, Part 1

10/3/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 58, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   “I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.” -Jack Tatum   Born to a prostitute mother and pimp father in Austin, Texas in 1928, Dick “Night Train” Lane was ditched into a back alley dumpster a few short…

Anatomy of an Era: Bruce Moore, Part 2

10/2/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 57, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bruce Moore, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Do you recall significant organizational changes from your freshman to your senior year? BM: I think winning the national championship was always there in our mind, because the Big 8 championship was always…

Anatomy of an Era: Bruce Moore, Part 1

10/1/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 57, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch You'll find the road is long and rough, with soft spots far apart, Where only those can make the grade who have the Uphill Heart. And when they stop you with a thud or halt you with a crack, Let Courage call the…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 3

9/28/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 56, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Did you have a favorite site you liked playing? AT: I’ve got a couple. I liked playing in Missouri because the fans were so damn passionate and that was always a good game.…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 2

9/27/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 56, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Tell me a little about Coach Milt Tenopir. His techniques, his demeanor, his methods? Aaron Taylor: Oh, simplicity. Simplicity. We had a pretty technical offense even though it all kind of looked the…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 1

9/26/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 56, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Each of us has an inner voice that speaks of the gold in our shadow. It is the voice of our secret, hidden self- our most authentic self in many ways… -John R. O’Neil, The Paradox of Success   As Nebraska was hitting…

Anatomy of an Era: Vershan Jackson, Part 2

9/25/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 55, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Vershan Jackson, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What do you think got everybody focused in that same direction? Vershan Jackson: Not only the coaches, who were of one mind as far as being physical and all that, but as players…

Anatomy of an Era: Vershan Jackson, Part 1

9/24/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 55, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   “Football is easy if you’re crazy as hell.” -Vincent ‘Bo’ Jackson   Taxonomically speaking, football players are positioned among a unique species of the genus known as humankind. The naked eye’s understanding of them is often belied by a kinetic inertia, whereas…

Anatomy of an Era: Corey Dixon, Part 2

9/21/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 5, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Corey Dixon, Part 2 Continued…. Q: I have to be honest.. I have watched that ’94 Florida State national championship game in its entirety more times than a sane person should admit, and I think that was one of…

Anatomy of an Era: Corey Dixon, Part 1

9/20/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 54, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. -H. Ross Perot   History is engorged with fatal lapses: Lapses of judgement, of character, of vision, of clarity of foresight; of action, inaction, even overreaction. Any reasonable and objective individual…

Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 3

9/19/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 53, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 3 Continued… Q: Any memorable practice stories? CD: I remember (laughs) the most memorable was late in the season and I think Aaron Graham made All-American. And Christian (Peter) was just getting in his grill about…

Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 2

9/18/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 53, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 2 Continued… Chris Dishman: We would run a practice and that was 120-some plays. Basically two games. I think we would have 30 plays at each station, so it was like almost 150-ish plays each practice.…

Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 1

9/17/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 53, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. -Steve Jobs In his ’99 travel tome The Distance to the Moon, James Morgan writes, “The Nebraska plains pack a cumulative power… and I knew that…

Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 3

9/15/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 52, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Were you ever (Coach Osborne’s) fail-safe so he didn’t forget wedding anniversaries, birthdays, things like that? MLW: I kept a calendar. (laughs) We’ll put it that way: we had a calendar. Say…

Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 2

9/14/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 52, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What time did you usually begin your workday? MLW: It was usually 8 o’clock in the morning and sometimes we had summer hours, 7:30-ish or whatever. And then it always wasn’t a…

Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 1

9/13/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 52, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Sharing the limelight may mean working behind the scenes – in effect, not getting any “light” at all. Team players… handle a myriad of other things required for accomplishment of a team’s task. -Glenn M. Parker, Team Players and Teamwork, 2008     …

Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 3

9/12/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 51, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 3 Continued… Q: Any memorable off-field occasions worth sharing? TC: (laughs) The ‘worth sharing‘ is the tough part there. All kinds of great off-field memories. Gosh, you didn’t just spend your days on the practice field.…

Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 2

9/11/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 51, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 2 Continued... Q: Speaking of goals, it seems earlier on there wasn’t as much of a focus on winning the national championship than there was in later years. Does that ring a bell? Do you recall…

Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 1

9/10/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 51, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch    It is in games that many men discover their paradise. -Robert Lynd   As you wend your way through a vast sea of wildflowers, switchgrass & big bluestem, past the windmills and scattered clusters of Black Angus on the gently undulating plains…

Anatomy of an Era: Lee Barfknecht, Part 2

9/7/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 50, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Lee Barfknecht, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Any particular visiting press box location other than that game stand out to you?  I know you’re supposed to be neutral in the press box, but was there ever any occasion where that…

Anatomy of an Era: Lee Barfknecht, Part 1

9/6/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 50, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   I don’t agree with everything they report, but in general find (reporters) to be people who do their homework and try to be fair. I can honestly say that there are very few sports reporters, local or national, that I don’t like…

Anatomy of an Era: Milt Tenopir, Part 2

9/3/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 45, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Milt Tenopir, Part 2 Continued…. Milt Tenopir: The (offensive line) were aggressive football players and our whole offense was built around them. It didn’t center around the receiver or center around the quarterback, necessarily (even though it’s nice to…

Anatomy of an Era: Milt Tenopir, Part 1

9/2/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 49, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Our entry song started playing, our fans erupted and the stage was set. Miami’s players looked around in a daze. After all, this was their home stadium.”You aren’t supposed to upstage our entrance.” The 60 minutes of football that followed was a…

Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 3

8/30/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 48, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 3 Continued…. Q: What drove you and motivated you in the weight room? CS: I never even dreamt of getting that (Lifter of the Year) award. I guess my teammates saw me differently…they saw how hard…

Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 2

8/29/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 48, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What could you tell me about Coach Solich? CS: Well, what I liked about him? For being a smaller in stature he was very intense. He could definitely get very intense. That’s one…

Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 1

8/28/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 48, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four. -Dan Birdwell   When most folks hear the name ‘Cory Schlesinger’ they recall the vision of a muscled, dirtied and grass-stained number 40 tumbling for six points…

Anatomy of an Era: Tom Osborne, Part 2

8/26/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 47, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Tom Osborne, Part 2 Continued…. Q: I talked to Al Papik recently and he talked about coaching against you when you were a college player. I told him I would love to see some of that game film. (laughs)…

Anatomy of an Era: Tom Osborne, Part 1

8/25/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 47, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   In addition to all the engineering and business courses, I also studied four years of psychology and abnormal psychology ….I’m not being facetious when I say that these were probably the most valuable courses of my college career. -Lee Iacocca, Iacocca: An…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 3

8/23/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 46, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 3 Continued…. Mike Babcock: And this was the worst moment for me: I was two weeks into my working at the paper… and about two weeks into it Nebraska had a scrimmage, the last major scrimmage…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 2

8/22/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 46, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 2 Continued…. Q: As a sportswriter, what was your main aim? Was it to inform, to entertain, to set policy? How did you envision the main gist of your role as writer? Mike Babcock: My aim…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 1

8/21/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 46, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   On the trail of another man, the biographer must put up with finding himself at every turn; any biography uneasily shelters an autobiography within it. -Paul Murray Kendall   For any journey other than the usual neighborhood streets and thoroughfares of daily…

Anatomy of an Era: Doug Colman, Part 3

8/19/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 45, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Doug Colman, Part 3 Continued…. Doug Colman: I can’t remember, it might have been ’91 or ’92 and you were there at the time, but I think it was after the Scotty Baldwin thing where Coach Osborne actually called…

Anatomy of an Era: Doug Colman, Part 2

8/18/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 45, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Doug Colman, Part 2 Continued…. Doug Colman: (On joining the coaching profession) For me, I had that opportunity and went on and started doing the high school thing after the pros, and my next job after the freshman job…

Anatomy of an Era: Doug Colman, Part 1

8/17/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 45, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Fletcher Christian: [to Captain Bligh] But I assure you, sir, that the execution of my duties is entirely unaffected by my private opinion of you.   - Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall with Charles Lederer   We…

Anatomy of an Era: Clayton Carlin, Grad. Asst. Coach, Part 2

8/15/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 44, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Clayton Carlin, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Can you take me into some staff meetings? What was the dynamic there? CC: Well, it actually worked very smoothly. Coach Osborne at that time pretty much spent all his time on offense,…

Anatomy of an Era: Clayton Carlin, Grad. Asst. Coach, Part 1

8/14/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 44, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning isn't very exciting.   -Dick Vermeil, Football Coach of the Year at the High School, Junior College, NCAA Division I and Professional Football level.   Nebraska is the second-ranked…

Anatomy of an Era: Jerry Weber, Athletic Trainer, Part 2

8/13/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 43, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jerry Weber, Athletic Trainer, Part 2 Continued…. Jerry Weber: (Tom Osborne) surrounded himself with great coaches and great people. He certainly led the way, set the tone as far as how you’re supposed to treat people. It isn’t just…

Anatomy of an Era: Jerry Weber, Athletic Trainer, Part 1

8/12/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 43, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession. -George Bernard Shaw   Bringing it all together for the full-time Athletic Training staff of the 60 & 3 era, we finish with the one man…

Anatomy of an Era: Jack Nickolite, Athletic Trainer, Part 2

8/10/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 41, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Jack Nickolite, Athletic Trainer, Part 2 Continued… Q: Do you have a favorite game? JN: I don’t think I have favorite game. I’d say they were all memorable and I enjoyed every single one of them. It’s the opportunity,…

Anatomy of an Era: Jack Nickolite, Athletic Trainer, Part 1

8/9/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 41, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. -Motto of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II Doctor Who, the long-running BBC television program about a mysterious time- and space-traveling adventurer who finds himself in the…

Anatomy of an Era: Damon Schmadeke, Part 2

8/7/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 40, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era, Damon Schmadeke, Part 2 Continued… Q: Any fond recollection of those games as a Student Coach? DS: I remember Lamar Thomas was one of the Miami receivers who was very proud of himself. I don’t know if you knew…

Anatomy of an Era: Damon Schmadeke, Part 1

8/6/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 40, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Harry Arms Stricken while at work in a house at Springfield, Nebr., Harry Arms, 54, said to have been Nebraska’s only one-armed paperhanger, died Tuesday. He lost his arm in a shooting accident when a youth. He had followed the paperhanging trade…

Anatomy of an Era: Darren Schmadeke, Part 2

8/5/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 39, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era, Darren Schmadeke, Part 2 Continued… Q: Any other coaches stand out to you? DS: I would say Coach McBride. I’ll never forget him, the Defensive Coordinator and D-line Coach. He’d always meet with the D-line in the shower stalls.…

Anatomy of an Era: Darren Schmadeke, Part 1

8/4/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 39, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Great hopes make great men. -Thomas Fuller Heading southbound on two-lane Nebraska Highway 14 on an early summer day, airborne cottonwood seeds can be seen wafting past your windshield just a mile before you cross the Beaver Creek bridge and curve past…

Anatomy of an Era: Chad Stanley, Part 3

8/2/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 38, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Chad Stanley, Part 3 Continued... CS: There was another Coach Osborne story: this is in the early ’90’s and Ryan Held likes to tell this one. You know they used to put these trash cans around Memorial Stadium there…

Anatomy of an Era: Chad Stanley, Part 2

8/1/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 38, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Chad Stanley, Part 2 Continued… Q: Can you delve a little more into the staff dynamic in the meetings? CS: That was an education for a young man who was only 25-27 years old. I consider these guys to…

Anatomy of an Era: Chad Stanley, Part 1

7/31/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 38, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   WANTED Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages $25 per week. -Pony Express job advertisement, 1860   Although it lasted for only nineteen months' duration from April 1860 to November…

Anatomy of an Era, Coach Ryan Held, Part 3

7/30/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 37, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era, Ryan Held, Part 3 Continued… Q: Now tell me, how did you hook up with Tennessee after ’97? RH: We had beaten Florida in ’95, so the Tennessee coaches came up and became friends with the Nebraska coaches. Well,…

Anatomy of an Era, Coach Ryan Held, Part 2

7/29/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 37, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era, Ryan Held, Part 2 Continued… Q: What about Coach Osborne? RH: I remember this, (and he came in on Monday, and we always had 8 or 9 new offensive plays that week) we’re getting ready to play Colorado and…

Anatomy of an Era, Coach Ryan Held, Part 1

7/28/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 37, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessings previously secured. -Maruc Tullius Cicero, De Senectute   When the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 opened up the conjoined territories to settlement it allowed the new settlers to determine whether the states…

Anatomy of an Era: Randy Gobel, Strength Coach, Part 2

7/27/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 36, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Randy Gobel, Strength Coach, Part 2   Continued… Q: Any memorable game on the sidelines stands out to you more than another? RG: Obviously the Orange Bowl against Miami stands out. It was huge. Huge, just because we finally…

Anatomy of an Era: Randy Gobel, Strength Coach, Part 1

7/26/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 36, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite things than to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible. -Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams I’m not sure who first coined the phrase ‘speed kills,’ but if it’s true, then…

Anatomy of an Era: Clinton Childs, Part 3

7/24/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 35, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Clinton Childs, Part 3 Continued… Q: Do you have an all-time favorite or most memorable play? CC: The fastest touchdown in Nebraska History. Q: Tell me about it. Refresh my memory. CC: Arizona State game, it was the only game I started down…

Anatomy of an Era: Clinton Childs, Part 2

7/23/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 35, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Clinton Childs, Part 2   Continued… Q: What was it like playing behind the Pipeline? CC: It was a bond between us, such a big trust there with everyone knowing their job and getting things done. We were told in the huddle that…

Anatomy of an Era: Clinton Childs, Part 1

7/22/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 35, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Sport, that wrinkled Care derides, and Laughter, holding both his sides. Come, and trip it, as you go, on the light fantastic toe. -John Milton, L’Allegro Have you ever wondered what it might feel like to be trampled by a raging &…

Anatomy of an Era: Dennis Leblanc, Exec. Assoc. AD for Academics, Part 2

7/20/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 34, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Dennis Leblanc, Part 2 Continued… Q: What kind of hours would you put in, Dennis? DL: Oh, I don’t know. More than I’d want to admit, probably. (laughs) Q: Surely more than you were paid for, eh? (laughs) DL: Yeah. But again, I’m…

Anatomy of an Era: Dennis Leblanc, Exec. Assoc. AD for Academics, Part 1

7/19/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 34, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning. -Benjamin Disraeli, Speech to the British House of Commons, March 11, 1873   The University of Nebraska leads the nation’s Division 1 colleges and universities with 65 CoSIDA First-Team…

Anatomy of an Era: Curt Thompson, Strength Coach/Football Ops, Part 3

7/17/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 33, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Curt Thompson, Part 3 Continued… Q: Any other personalities of the time stand out to you? CT: You know, the strength staff, I think we had a pretty good mix. Boyd, it’s no secret he had a pretty big ego. It kind of…

Anatomy of an Era: Curt Thompson, Strength Coach/Football Ops, Part 2

7/16/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 33, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Curt Thompson, Part 2 Continued… Q: What was the biggest challenge for you in doing your job? CT: Recruiting changes. You know, I’d have stuff set up and Saturday morning would come and they’d want to change something, wanted to give a recruit…

Anatomy of an Era: Curt Thompson, Strength Coach/Football Ops, Part 1

7/15/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 33, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch                                          A (family is a) moving, changing collection of objects constantly in motion... Every individual is growing, changing, developing, or declining – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically, psychologically. No two years, two months, or no two days is there the exact same…

Anatomy of an Era: Diane Yeutter, Unsung Hero, Part 2

7/13/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 32, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Diane Yeutter, Part 2 Continued… DY: I have to tell you -and this is rather sad- my father was killed in 1973 in a very tragic way on the night of my brother’s high school graduation... very tragic, in a twelve car pileup.…

Anatomy of an Era: Diane Yeutter, Unsung Hero, Part 1

7/12/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 32, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   “I didn’t even know this lady and she wrote me a letter. She was just encouraging me and giving me words of comfort, and for some reason the words that she said really touched me and opened my eyes as to what…

Anatomy of an Era: Tony Veland, Part 3

7/10/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 31, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Tony Veland, Part 3 Continued… Q: Do you have a favorite game? TV: Oh, it would be the Miami game, no doubt. Because it’s amazing: when you see big competition, most people always inwardly root for the underdog. So we were that underdog,…

Anatomy of an Era: Tony Veland, Part 2

7/9/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 31, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Tony Veland, Part 2 Continued… Q: So before the switch from QB to defense, any impressions of Coach Turner Gill? TV: Old T.G. (laughs) Coach Gill was just a great individual. There were lots of people on that coaching staff who really left…

Anatomy of an Era: Tony Veland, Part 1

7/8/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 31, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. -Steve Sabol   Any writer worth his salt will tell you that the greatest dramatic literary arches rely not in the accurate telling of the protagonist’s highest…

Anatomy of an Era: Rob Zatechka, Part 4

7/6/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 30, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Rob Zatechka, Part 4 Continued… Q: Rob, do you remember the first game you played in? RZ: It was the opening game of the ’91 season. I’d have to go look it up. One of those mildly nondescript -and I hate saying that-…