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This week in
Husker history

The week of March 1-7, looking back in five-year intervals:
 
1910: Nebraska's athletic board decides to look for a single coach for football, basketball and baseball. (Full story here.) Also, the trip to England for trainer Jack Best is a go after sufficient funds are raised.
 
1920: Nebraska asks to be readmitted to the Missouri Valley Conference.
 

Dawson
 
1925: Ill health forces head coach and athletic director Fred Dawson to step down after four seasons at Nebraska.
 
1930: Coach Dana X. Bible gets spring drills under way and plans a series of Saturday intrasquad games that will be open to the public.
 
1940: Spring drills begin for Biff Jones’ Cornhuskers in unfavorable weather.
 
Tom Novak
Novak
 
1950: Tom Novak's number 60 is retired. Only two others -- Bob Brown's No. 64 and Johnny Rodgers' No. 20 -- have been given the distinction.
 
1960: Bill Jennings says players will be allowed to pursue different positions during spring drills, which are set to begin March 28.
 
1985: Former Husker Bruce Mathison appears set to become the top backup to QB Dan Fouts with the San Diego Chargers. (The job would go to Tom Herrmann, but Mathison would become the starter at Buffalo.)
 
2000: Frank Solich assesses the holes he must fill on defense (1, 2) and says Eric Crouch will see light duty in spring drills.
 
2010: In a comment that would prove to be foreshadowing, Tom Osborne says Nebraska will be proactive regarding conference realignment and isn’t planning “to get left at the gate.” (It would be two more months before conjecture about Nebraska joining the Big Ten started heating up.)
 
2015: Former Nebraska quarterback John Bordogna dies at age 83. Also, the Huskers open spring drills under new coach Mike Riley.