This week inHusker history
The week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, looking back in five-year intervals
1927: Coach E.E. Bearg announces spring practices will begin Feb. 9, an early start designed to avoid conflicts with the baseball and track seasons.
1942: Former Husker great John Westover dies at age 62. Also, backfield coach Glenn Presnell becomes the first former NU player to rise to head coach at Nebraska, replacing Lawrence "Biff" Jones, who was recalled to active Army duty. Presnell, 37, would coach one season before enlisting in the Navy. He later would become head coach and athletic director at Eastern Kentucky. | NU coaches
1947: Dougal Russell joins the staff as backfield coach after the departure of Glenn Presnell.
1957: Wyoming hires Michigan State assistant Bob Devaney as head coach.
1962: Wyoming's board of trustees ends four weeks of suspense and grudgingly releases Bob Devaney from his contract on an 8-4 vote, finally making Devaney's move to Nebraska official. The trustees, prolonging the drama, did not announce their decision until an hour after their meeting adjourned. | More 1962 coverage
1972: Bob Devaney is named coach of the college all-star team for its July 28 contest against the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys.
1977: Sam Francis, who starred at Nebraska in the mid-1930s and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1936, is elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. | Bio | 2010 story
1992: After a visit to Lincoln on the final weekend before signing day, Tampa Bay-area quarterback Tommie Frazier commits to the Huskers, turning down Notre Dame, Clemson and Syracuse. | 2012 reflections | 1992 recruiting class
1997: Dave Rimington, Nebraska's only two-time unanimous All-American, is elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. | Bio | HOF Huskers | Honors scorecard
2007: Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove shoots down a report that he's a leading candiate for the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator position. | NU assistants
2012: The NCAA imposes two years' probation for Nebraska's textbooks violation. A New York columnist calls it a textbook case of idiotic rules.
2017: Nebraska signs a consensus top-25 class of recruits, including three players who were part of the ballyhooed Calibraska movement.