April 13, 1915 -- May 9, 1997
NU head football coach, 1962-1972
101-20-2 record at Nebraska
Eight Big 8 championships
Two national championships
NU athletic director, 1967-1992
College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Then along came Bob. His first team went 9-2, including a Gotham Bowl victory over George Mira and the Miami Hurricanes. Suddenly, Nebraska football was fun to watch: Point production was nearly triple what it used to be, and every game was a sellout. Soon, NU would be a contender for national titles.
Seven years after his arrival, Devaney engineered another transformation. After back-to-back 6-4 seasons in 1967 and 68, he realized his offense had fallen behind the times. At the suggestion of his assistant Tom Osborne, he switched to an I formation with an unbalanced line. Again, the results were immediate -- a 9-2 season in 69, and national championships in 70 and 71.
Devaney played end at Alma College in Michigan (class of 39). He coached high school football in Big Beaver, Keego Harbor, Saginaw and Alpena, Mich., before joining Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty as an assistant at Michigan State. From there, he became head coach at Wyoming in 1957.
*Big 8 champions | **Big 8 co-champions | +Natl. champions