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This week in Husker history
The week of Feb. 19-25, looking back in five-year intervals:
«1897: Sparked by the November death of Doane player Bert Serf of Hastings, an effort to outlaw football is under way in the Nebraska Legislature – and is being skewered in newspaper commentary in New York, Chicago and elsewhere. The legislation has a high-profile sponsor in James N. Gaffin, speaker of the state House. But the bill has already taken something of a beating during House debate, and it will never see the light of day in the state Senate.
1932: Coach Dana X. Bible prepares for 24 spring practice sessions that will begin March 7.
1937: Charles and Erma Osborne of St. Paul, Neb., welcome a baby son into the world and name him Thomas. Nebraska’s Hall-of-Fame coach was born Feb. 23 in Hastings.
1947: Tony Blazine from the University of Illinois joins Bernie Masterson's staff as line coach.
1952: It's the end of the line for coach Bill Glassford's harsh preseason practices at Camp Curtis as the coach decides to relocate fall camp to Lincoln.
1967: Nebraska athletic director Tippy Dye, the man who hired Bob Devaney as football coach, accepts the A.D. job at Northwestern after a five-year stint in Lincoln.
1972: Bill “Thunder” Thornton, former Husker fullback and a four-year member of Bob Devaney's coaching staff, takes a job with NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals. | NU assistant coaches, 1926-present
«1992: Nebraska loses one of its biggest fans when Charlie Winkler suffers a fatal heart attack at his Grand Island home. Winkler, 69, was said to have attended every Husker football game since 1957. Winkler wrote a book titled “My Big Red Obsession” and was the subject of a 1975 Sports Illustrated article. Meanwhile, Tom Osborne dismisses two players involved in a brawl with members of the baseball team.
2007: Sam Keller, a transfer from Arizona State, prepares to battle for the quarterback spot with Joe Ganz. Meanwhile, fallout from the ouster of trainer Doak Ostergard starts to spill into the public arena.
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