This week in
Husker history

The week of Jan. 5-11, looking back in five-year intervals
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Forty-one days* after the firing of Frank Solich, athletic director Steve Pederson introduces Bill Callahan as Nebraska's new head football coach. The links:
• It's a new era for Husker football as Bill Callahan brings the West Coast offense inland in a quest to return NU to the top.
• Reaction: Players (1, 2) | Assistants (1, 2) | Recruits (1, 2)
• Charlie McBride gives the hire an emphatic thumbs up, Barry Alvarez praises his former assistant's recruiting prowess, and Rich Gannon calls Callahan a perfect fit for NU.
• Steve Pederson says the process worked despite all the criticism. Fans express relief and optimism.
Tom Osborne and Chris Mortensen say the West Coast offense can succeed in Lincoln.
• Press conference photos and text.
• Steve Pederson says he has no problem with Bo Pelini, but the coach's sideline antics probably didn't help his cause.
• Colleagues describe Callahan as a man dedicated to both work and family.
1904: Frank Perry, who lettered at tackle as a freshman, decides not to return to the team. Also, Minnesota and Nebraska make preliminary plans for a 1904 game.
1909: Halfback Oren A. “Buck” Beltzer is elected captain of the 1909 Cornhuskers.
1919: Unaffiliated Nebraska announces a 1919 schedule consisting of three Missouri Valley Conference teams plus Iowa, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Syracuse.
1949: Oregon's Jim Aiken withdraws from consideration as Nebraska's new head football coach.
1984: Nebraska's go-for-two loss to Miami in the Orange Bowl brings respect to Tom Osborne and his Huskers.
1994: I-back Calvin Jones opts to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
2004: Former Husker quarterback Nate Mason* dies at age 43.
2009: Two former Husker assistants land new jobs: Kevin Cosgrove* becomes co-defensive coordinator at Minnesota, and Kevin Steele becomes the defensive coordinator at Clemson.
* Wayback Machine link – may take several seconds to load