Nebrasketball

Nebrasketball: Time to Panic?

Even by their historically ugly standards, 2015 has been a very bad year for the Nebraska Basketball program.

Let’s recap Nebrasketball’s low-lights since the first of the year:

  • A 5-13 record, with an average margin of defeat of 13 points.
  • NU was winless on the road and 1-8 against conference foes that made the NCAA tournament.  (It should be noted that lone win was over Michigan State, a Final Four team).
  • The team was locked out of their locker room and banned from media contact by Head Coach Tim Miles after an embarrassing home loss to Iowa.
  • The Huskers fell behind 13th seed Penn State by 16 points in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.  A late rally gave the Big Red a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but they ended up losing by four.
  • Walt Pitchford announced he’s quitting basketball to focus on getting his degree.  Three days later, he had declared for the NBA draft.
  • After appearing in every game, promising freshman guard Tarin Smith decided to transfer.
  • Star forward and leading scorer Terran Petteway announced that he’s foregoing his senior season to enter the NBA draft.
  • Assistant Coach Chris Harriman, a member of Miles’ first staff, is leaving to become associate head coach at New Mexico.

Clearly, there is smoke coming from the Nebrasketball program.

But is there fire?  Collectively, one must ask if there are big issues within a Nebraska program a year removed from looking like a team on the rise.  I think it’s foolish to make sweeping generalizations without looking at the events separately.  Individually, all of these are explainable and/or understandable*, especially the four departures.

*Except for that 5-13 collapse.  I could list twenty things that may have factored in the downfall of the 2014-15 Huskers, and still not account for everything that played a role in that train wreck.

Transfers in college basketball are rather commonplace.  In 2013, there were 455 transfers across D-1 college hoops.  Until Tarin Smith picks a school, it will be hard to determine if he is “up-transferring” to a better program or going to a lower D-1 school where more playing time appears readily available.

Miles was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald as saying “Tarin and I had talked over the last month about his future and where he fit in.  I believe strongly in Tarin and wanted him to stay, but I put out the most likely scenario for him and told him he had to feel good about it.”

One can certainly speculate that the “likely scenario” Miles talks about is Smith being an off the bench role player behind touted point guard recruit Glynn Watson and Benny Parker, who started many games in the 2014-15.  Smith tweeted that his decision “has nothing to do with me competing for a position”.

Pitchford’s initial decision made sense.  He regressed as a player in 2014-15, and I assumed he realized the pro prospects for a 6’10” guy with limited post presence and a deteriorated shooting touch were slim.  I applauded his decision to get his degree and pursue a career in business.

So I get that his decision to declare for the draft a few days later is – on the surface – very curious.  But before we go any further, its worth clarifying that “declaring for the NBA draft” doesn’t necessarily mean that Walt P. believes he’ll be drafted by an NBA team (spoiler alert:  he won’t).  Putting your name into the draft open doors for international teams to evaluate and sign you.  My hunch is Pitchford was sincere about getting his degree and starting a business career, but realized that he could make some decent money playing overseas ($65,000+, in an European league).  He’ll have the rest of life for a business career, but his body has a limited number of years of competitive basketball left.  He might as well see what’s out there.

Petteway’s decision to turn pro is on some levels similar to Pitchford’s decision:  he may not be drafted by an NBA team, but the odds are strong that he’ll get an opportunity to make a nice living overseas.  But looking deeper, I think Petteway’s decision was likely easier to make.

It’s tough for me to say if Terran Petteway is making the right choice or not.  Selfishly, I think he only improves his draft stock by coming back – the highly touted recruiting class likely means he wouldn’t need to be three or four of the best scoring options on the floor every single night.  He’s on pace to get his degree at the end of this semester, so he could have focused on basketball essentially full-time.  Plus, he likely is viewed as a better prospect leading a team that wins 20 games instead of being the best player on a team that loses 20.

But I can also appreciate the flip side.  Had he returned to NU, Petteway would have been 24 when he turned pro, which is old for NBA rookies.  He would have risked injury or a Pitchford-like regression.  As much as Petteway said all the right things about Lincoln and Husker fans when he left, I suspect he won’t miss being bashed on message boards, social media, and talk radio for having poor body language or taking too many shots*.  Finally, I won’t theorize how or if the passing of Terran’s mother from cancer impacted his decision, but clearly her declining health weighed on him this past season.

*Look:  you are obviously entitled to your opinion on how Petteway carried himself on the court as well as his shot selection/volume.  I have no doubt that you could make a convincing case that Petteway was “ball hog” who was prone to pouting on the court.  But you will never convince me that Nebrasketball will automatically be better in 2015-16 without Terran Petteway.  Even if the incoming freshmen and transfer Andrew White III are better than their considerable hype, are you really telling me that a team like Nebraska wouldn’t benefit from one of the program’s all-time prolific scorers who had a reputation for being a competitive, hard worker?  That doesn’t seem likely.

As for Harriman, it’s frustrating to lose a good assistant and recruiter – especially to a Mountain West team who will be giving him a raise.  But “associate head coach” is a promotion and a stepping stone to what every assistant wants:  a head coaching job of his own.  It stinks losing good assistants – I have the loss of former assistant coach Craig Smith on that long list of things that impacted that 2014-15 season – but on the flip side it says something about the guys Miles has working for him when they move up to other jobs.

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So should we be concerned about where the Nebraska Basketball program is at?  Should Tim Miles start his fourth season on the hot seat?

In light of the player and coaching transitions, I say no.  Roster turnover is a natural part of the college game.  Don’t believe me?  It’s worth noting that of the players I’ve named in this piece (Tarin Smith, Walt Pitchford, Terran Petteway, Andrew White III, and Glynn Watson) the only one who has not transferred is the one who has yet to graduate high school.  Yes, the attrition rate from Miles’ NU recruiting classes is now above 50%, but I’d rather have guys move on than be dead weight on the roster or blights in the locker room.

One of the worst parts of being a Nebraska Basketball fan is having to play the Chicago Cubs “wait ’til next year” game with the next recruit who possibly possesses the potential to potentially get the Huskers that elusive NCAA tournament victory.  Because much like the Cubs, that blue chip inevitably turns into a blue busts.  I like the potential of this class.  I just would like them better with some more veterans on the team.

As for Miles, I think it is far too early to be talking seriously about his job security – especially since we’re 13 months removed from finding sculptors for the statue of him outside Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Yeah, he probably could have handled the locker room lockout better (i.e. internally), but Miles should have enough equity with fans to get through another .500 season.  Beyond that?  Well, I’ve been wrong about Tim Miles once before, so you’ll forgive me if I’m slow to doubt him again.

Husker Hot Takes – 12/11/2014

Fill your Christmas stockings with a fresh batch of Husker Hot Takes:

What in the holy Incarnate Word is going on with Nebrasketball?

That was a meltdown of epic proportions.  Fouling a shooter taking a three pointer.  Twice.  Throwing away in-bounds passes.  Mental lapses and physical breakdowns.  All while a less than capacity crowd watches quietly.  Somewhere in Indiana, Barry Collier said “Damn, that’s a bad loss.”*

*He probably didn’t say that.

I heard a conspiracy-minded person hint that maybe Nebraska lost on purpose (for reasons that are still unclear to me).  My response:  “If they were trying to lose, they would not have been as obvious as what happened”.

So what now?  Obviously, there are issues both physical and mental going on with this team.  This team isn’t going to develop a dominating post game anytime soon, nor are they likely become three-point marksmen.  My guess is Tim Miles will figure out what his team does well and try to accentuate it.

But if you’re panicking about not making the NCAA tournament or seeing the program backslide, it is important to remember just how unlikely – and incredibly ahead of schedule – last year’s run was.  You may not agree that Coach Miles is playing with house money right now, but surely you can appreciate all of the big steps forward this program has taken – even if they took a giant step back Wednesday night.

 

Mike Riley is winless as Nebraska’s coach – and his old boy network of assistants is to blame!!!

I am bemused by the hand-wringing over Mike Riley and his future staff.  He’s bringing too many guys with him.  He’s not keeping enough of the current staff.  He should be getting Scott Frost and an all-star cast he’s never worked with before.  Why is he not paying millions for a big name coordinator?  Did you see Oregon State’s defensive stats?  Nebraska is doomed!

Relax.  Take a deep breath.

It should go without saying that Riley wants to surround himself with the best possible staff.  He didn’t come here to lose.  In his mind, the only thing he’s going to gravitate towards is a championship.  If that means bringing along people he knows, trusts, and believes in, I’m okay with that.

Admittedly, my initial reaction to the Riley hired was rather underwhelming.  But, that initial disappointment was not as great as when Nebraska introduced some unknown coach named Tim Miles.  I’m not saying Riley will replicate Miles’s success or popularity, but maybe we should wait until September (or even October) before we call the hire a failure.  Okay?

 

 

Jack Gangwish is not going to be PETA’s Man of the Year

Sheesh, you club one little raccoon to death with a crescent wrench and you have to deal with PETA sending letters to your athletic director implying that you are on the fast track to domestic violence.

All joking aside, let’s call that PETA letter what it is:  an attention-grabbing stunt that is unfortunately far too common from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  It’s a ridiculous “me-too” move from an organization that derails any positive work they could do with stupid antics like this.  I know I’ve already given them far too many pixels.

The whole story is silly.  College aged male sees raccoon on side of road, improbably* thinks “this would be a great photo opportunity!” and attempts selfie.  Raccoon feels camera-shy and bites man, who reacts quickly and harshly with a crescent wrench.

*I say “improbably” for those of us who are not males in the 16-22 demographic, as my wife would never think to take a selfie with roadkill  But for boys in that particular age range, almost no idea is improbable. 

As for Jack, my affinity for tough, hard-working walk-ons is well documented (Mackovicka, Jeff & Joel; Rigoni, Brandon; etc.) and Gangwish certainly fits that bill.  As legend of this grows, I suspect it will only make me a bigger fan.

I am bummed that he announced that the rabies test came back negative.  Not that I want Gangwish to have rabies, but I love the idea of him lined up against some Trojan tackle in the bowl game, foaming at the mouth.  In other words, use this to your advantage!

 

Are the Huskers secretly working to destroy Wisconsin?

Let’s recap:  Husker AD Shawn Eichorst fires Bo Peini (1-3 vs. Wisconsin with three big losses). Eichorst replaces Pelini with Mike Riley, creating a vacancy at Oregon State.  Oregon State hires Gary Anderson, leaving Wisconsin to have to replace a coach that just took the team to the Big Ten Championship game. Rumors swirl that Anderson bolted for Oregon State because he did not like working for Nebraska grad Barry Alvarez.  Alvarez now will coach the bowl game and will hire another head coach.

Is this all part of some elaborate plot that Eichorst and Alvarez cooked up to neuter Wisconsin and give Nebraska a clearer path to the Big Ten West title?  Probably not.  I won’t claim to know (or want to speculate) why Anderson thinks Oregon State is a better job than Wisconsin, but it’s not a great look on Wisconsin.  But if Eichorst and Alvarez are conspiring on anything, it should be to get rid of the ugly-ass Freedom Trophy.

 

Erstad on Hall of Fame ballot.

The former #1 draft pick and veteran of the Angels, White Sox, and Astros appears on the ballot for the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame.  Erstad would need to appear on 75% of the ballots to be inducted.  However, with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz also appearing for the first time, his chances are not that great.

The balloting process for the Hall of Fame has been under criticism for a while.  My suggestion is to make it an online fan vote.  With Husker Nation behind him, Erstad would be elected for sure.

 

 

 

Dear Tim Miles

An open letter to Nebraska Basketball coach Tim Miles

Dear Tim,

I was wrong.

When your predecessor, Doc Sadler, was fired I used this platform to lay out my thoughts for who Nebraska’s next coach should be.  In that piece, I was strongly against hiring a guy like you:  the “no-name” coach from a mid-major program who lacked dynamic recruiting ties.

When you were hired, I was (to say the least) underwhelmed.  The coach from Colorado State?  Really?  Despite my Wyoming buddies telling me that you were the “real deal”, I was all but convinced that Nebraska was falling into the same trap of the mid-major coach who would not be able to recruit and/or compete in one of the nation’s best conferences.  I actually started a piece expressing my frustration and lack of enthusiasm for the hire.  Thankfully, that one never saw the light of day.

But if you read that link above, you may have noticed that I also wanted a coach like you.  Notably, I called for a head coach who is:

  • A top recruiter.  The jury is still out, but I like that you were in on star forward Terran Petteway out of high school.  You couldn’t land him at Colorado State, but were able to get him to Lincoln.  The visit from the highly touted “Chicago 5” recruits made some noise, and now it comes down to being able to land that talent.
  • A dynamic personality who can sell the program and inspire the fans“.  Not to pat myself on the back too hard, but that is you in a Twitter-length nutshell.  Your personality, media savvy, quick wit, and use of social media is, frankly, more than I could have ever dreamed.  Fans believe in this program for the first time this century.  I like to say that you are “undefeated in press conferences”, and I suspect that will be the case for a long, long time.
  • Somebody who can coach.  The overriding opinion is that you know the x’s and o’s, and several of Nebraska’s wins are directly related to your game planning, adjustments, and ability to lead your team.  Your team has a clear identity, the players know and embrace their roles, and it is apparent that your team will go to war for you and for each other.

The transformation of this program in two years is astounding.  As I write this, Nebraska is 8-1 at home in Big Ten play, with the lone loss coming by 1 point to the #12 team in the country.  Sure, some of the credit for the turn-around must go to the new Pinnacle Bank Arena – the atmosphere is so raucous that the blue hairs are writing letters to the editor to complain about the noise.  But we both know that a Doc Sadler or Barry Collier team would not be as beloved in the new arena.

You have given the fans something to cheer about.  The talent level is notably improved.  Nebraska has their first legitimate NBA-caliber player in years.  Defense and floor burns get bigger cheers than breakaway dunks.  Heck, you even have players proposing to their girlfriends at half court.

It’s only your second year in Lincoln, and your team has done things that nobody thought was possible at Nebraska:  finishing in the top half of the league, dominating your home court, knocking off two top 10 teams, earning a first round bye in the conference tournament, and all but guaranteeing Nebraska’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1998.

I’m impressed by how handle things.  You know exactly when to be hilariously funny, aw-shucks humble, brutally honest, and when to take jabs at Billy Bluejay*.

*Sure, there is something to be said for taking jabs at your in-state rival two months AFTER the game (especially when they run you out of the gym), but this is a great time for Miles to establish Nebraska as the dominant program in the state.  Seriously.

If Nebraska and Creighton’s basketball programs were stocks, I would be buying Nebraska and selling my portfolio of Creighton.  I don’t know if Creighton maintains (or even approaches) their 5 year level of success without Doug McDermott.  Big Red is poised to become the dominant program in the state.

Most importantly, you refuse to let the wretched history of this program be a crutch or an excuse.  All of the years of finishing 10th or 11th in the conference are irrelevant to you.  You have done this before and you are doing it again.  And it is a blast to watch.

So allow me to say it again:  I was wrong.  I did not think you would be a good fit, and you would keep Nebraska mired in the same muck of mediocrity that the die-hard fans have known for years.

Please accept my sincere apology.  I am a believer in what you are doing, and will be standing in support of your team as you continue to rewrite the history of Nebrasketball.

I have never been so happy to be this wrong.

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What We Can Learn From Jean Peck

I’m a little late to the party on this, but it’s too good to let it go by without comment:

A woman recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Lincoln Journal-Star.  Her beef?  Fans chanting “Husker Power” before basketball games – specifically, during when the starters for the other team are being introduced.  This woman, Jean Peck, feels it is “rude and unsportsmanlike”, and fears that such a cheer could “tarnish” the reputation Nebraskans have for being good fans.

Seriously.

On one hand, I can see where Jean is coming from.  Nebraska spent the last 25 or so years playing at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, a place so lacking in atmosphere and competitive advantage, that media members often referred to it as the “Lincoln Library”.  Going to a game at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena, where Nebraska is enjoying a healthy home court advantage, must have been a shock.

But really?  The Husker Power chant is unsportsmanlike?  For those who are unfamiliar, the chant works like so:

  1. One half of the building shouts “Husker”
  2. The other half of the building shouts “Power”
  3. Repeat.

That’s it.  There is no foul language, thinly veiled threats, sexual innuendo, or anything that taunts, harms, demeans, or otherwise attacks an opposing player or coach on a personal level.  Maybe you can make a case that cheering over the P.A. announcer while the other team is being introduced is rude – but only to the P.A. guy, and even that is a reach.

But what I find fascinating is how many lessons one can learn from a simple, 107 word letter.  Among them:

  • Some folks have wayyyyy too much time on their hands.  Seriously, Jean – consider picking up a hobby.
  • Clearly, Jean has never been to basketball game (high school or college) with a strong and rambunctious student section.  Often times the introductions of opposing players are met with a chorus of “Who cares? He sucks!”.  Back in my day, we all pretended to read the Daily Nebraskan as the other team was introduced.  Both of these are more rude than Husker Power.
  • Some fans don’t understand that loud and intimidating does not necessarily mean rude and obnoxious.  Personally, I really like how Nebraska volleyball fans handle player introductions.  After each player is announced, the crowd claps three times in unison.  I think the resulting effect (“Amanda Whatsherface” *clap*  *clap*  *clap* ) would be rather intimidating for an opponent, especially when done by 8,000 fans.
  • However, quiet and friendly almost always leads to a losing season.  Nebraska basketball has stunk for a while.  A large part of that is due to a lack of talent, and the struggles of past coaches, but having zero atmosphere did not help.
  • There are people who attending sporting events who are more concerned with how their team/university/city is perceived than in if their team/university/city actually wins.
  • Life in Lincoln, Nebraska is pretty damn good if this is a debated topic of conversation.  (The other letters printed that day were about global warming and using resources to protect trees from an invasive beetle).
  • Newspapers – and especially the Journal-Star – are not above trolling their readers for a reaction (and online clicks).  Unless they only received three letters on that day, fishing for a reaction is the only logical explanation for why this letter saw the light of day.

Personally, I think the last one is the biggest lesson to learn – and the most disappointing.

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Buh Bye Bob

Yesterday was the final Nebraska basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center before the team moves to the new downtown Pinnacle Bank Arena.

All week, I’ve been reading and hearing memories, interviews with coaches and players, and other nostalgia over the closing* of the basketball arena.

*I wrote “closing” mainly so I could address a pet peeve:  The Bob Devaney Sports Center is not closing, nor will it be demolished, abandoned, or used as a giant storage facility.  It is being renovated for other sports – mainly, women’s volleyball, along with wrestling, gymnastics, etc).  Heck, with the Nebraska High School boys state tournament starting tomorrow, we are guaranteed another three days of basketball.  Talking about the BDSC “closing” really takes focus away from the exciting news that some of these smaller sports will be getting some pretty fancy digs next year.

I was asked if I was going to jump on the nostalgia train and give my favorite memories, best games I attended, random concerts and other events I attended there.  My response?

Hell no.

It’s not that I don’t have fond memories of the Bob.  My years as a Nebraska student (1993 – 1997) were on the tail end of the most successful stretch in school history – with “successful” being a term I use very loosely considering NU is one of three BCS schools without a win in the NCAA tournament.

But given the horrible basketball stench that has emanated out of the Bob for most of its life, and especially for this century, talking about cherished Devaney Center memories is kind of silly.  Put it this way:  when Baylor football moves to a new stadium, I doubt they will waste a lot of time reminiscing about all of the great years at Floyd Casey Stadium.

The Bob

Instead, I’m going to write about the symbolic nature of the last basketball game at a place that has been referred to as the “Lincoln Library” and “Dead Dog Alley” for the lack of fan enthusiasm.  For me, this final game at the Bob means one thing:

There are no more excuses for Nebraska being a below average (if not down-right horrible) basketball team.

Throughout the Devaney Era, there have been a number of excuses trotted out by coaches, players, administrators, fans, and media; all trying to explain why the basketball team has rarely been a winner.  But team’s departure from the Devaney Center means that all of the excuses that have surrounded this program for years, if not decades, are gone.

  • Inferior facilities?  Not anymore.  Nebraska’s facilities (arena and practice gym) will be among the best in the country.  As it is, the Hendricks Center is widely described as one of the finest basketball facilities in the nation – college or pro.
  • Apathetic fans?  The first few years in the new building will have good attendance as folks come out to see the new arena and all that the Haymarket area has to offer.  More importantly, Nebraska fans are hungry for a winner.  If the team starts competing at or near the top of the Big Ten, the crowds will pack the area for years to come.
  • No home court advantage?  In the college game, the student section sets the tone for rest of the fans.  If the students aren’t into the game, nobody else will be either.  I’m thrilled that the students will be getting some prime real estate (behind the benches and under the baskets) as well as their own entrance into the building.
  • A coach over his head in a power conference?  Nebraska has struggled to find the right coach since Danny Nee left.  Barry Collier and Doc Sadler each had good traits, but neither was capable of building a program in the Big XII/Big 10.  I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure about the hire of Tim Miles, but I think he understands what needs to be done.  More importantly, I think he’s capable of doing it.
  • A roster devoid of talent?  To be a winning program you must have NBA-level talent.  Nebraska’s talent level since the late 1990s has been closer to the local YMCA than the NBA.  Recruiting will always be a challenge here(little home-grown talent, zero tradition, Lincoln can be a long way from home), but it can no longer be an excuse.  Between the new facilities and the recruiting abilities of Tim Miles and his staff, an influx of talent is coming.
  • Lack of administration support.  Basketball was neglected (if not completely ignored) during most of the 2000s, but the facilities and increased resources for Miles and his staff show that administration cares about producing a winning program.

I’m not saying that NU will finish in the top half of the conference in 2014, or will get to the Sweet 16 in 2015.  They won’t.  The talent level is still lower than it should be, and it will take time for the rebuilding efforts to come to fruition – likely multiple seasons of slow, but steady, growth.

But the bottom line does not change:  There are no more excuses for why this program cannot be successful.  Any remaining baggage should be left at Devaney and not moved to the new arena.

*Okay…I can’t resist.  When else am I going to have the opportunity to do a bullet point list of my obscure Devaney Center memories that will only be interesting/relevant to me:

  • During college, my buddy Marcus and I used to sit behind the opposing team’s bench (back when students were able to do such a thing).  By our junior year, the ushers working the section would save our seats for us.
  • Those seats gave us prime opportunity to heckle opposing players and coaches.  I recall giving Kansas center Scott Pollard crap about his painted finger nails, asking him who did it for him.  His girlfriend (who was sitting right in front of us) turned around and said “I do”.
  • During the 90’s, NU had a remote controlled blimp that would circle the upper levels.  We always hoped it would crash and burn, Hindenburg style, on the cables supporting the baskets. 
  • During one game, I was picked to shoot a half-court shot for a chance to win a pizza a week for a year.  I air-balled.  Badly.
  • Back when the Devaney hosted concerts, I saw the Eagles (great show), Weird Al Yankovic (not a great show), and Carrot Top (better than you’d think). 
  • I sat next to Danny Nee and his family for that Weird Al show.
  • During a blowout loss to Kansas, I asked coach Roy Williams if I could coach out the rest of the game for him.  He declined my offer.
  • I forget what I said, but during a game against Texas, I was a little scared that coach Tom Penders was going to come over the bench and wring my neck.
  • Back when NU would start the season with exhibition games, they played a team from somewhere in Russia.  During introductions, they introduced the entire team – even the guy who drove the bus.  He received the biggest applause.
  • After halftime, two janitors would come out and sweep the floor.  One of them had the most glorious mutton chops you have ever seen.  We lovingly referred to him as “Chops”.  I’d see him every so often riding his bike around campus, with his mutton chops flowing in the breeze. 
  • For a season or two, Nebraska had a promotion with a formal wear store and these poor janitors would have to wear tuxedos to sweep the floor.
  • I went with my dad to the 1988 upset victory over Kansas, who went on to win the National Championship.  That was a lot of fun.
  • Back when they had the outline of the state on the court, Eric Piatkowski made a ridiculously long three point shot from somewhere around Hastings.
  • The long and pathetic parade of no-talent schlubs who came off the bench for Nebraska.  Too many to mention.
  • During one of the Kansas games, a fraternity brother of mine was sitting a few rows behind us.  He spent the entire game heckling KU star Paul Pierce.  To this day, I cannot watch Pierce play without hearing Smitty yelling “PIERCE!!!  I’m coming for you!!!”
  • This may a complete shock to today’s students, but there was a time when you had to get to the Devaney early to get decent seats (2 hours for most games, 3 or more for big games).
  • On the flip side, there were several non-conference games where the P.A. announcer would invite fans to move down to a better seat.
  • Hey Guy, Nacho Lady, and the Woosh-Red guy who smelled like kitty litter.
  • Going from rarely missing a game over five seasons to barely attending a game in the last five seasons.  Yes, I am the embodiment of Nebrasketball fan apathy.
  • The talent of the Danny Nee teams being matched only by their lack of discipline.
  • The non-conference opponent who was so ticked with his team’s lack of effort that he made them run lines before the second half started.
  • Frozen malt cups, with that tongue depressor spoon. 
  • And so many more…
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