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by Kim Ball
If Percy Eichelberger has as good a game
today against the Missouri freshmen as he
did twq weeks ago against Kansas State, the
Missouri backs had better hold on to the
The Missouri freshmen invade Memorial
Stadium at 1:30 p.m. today for a game
involving two of the top freshman teams in
the Big Eight Conference.
In the Husker's 33-10 opening victory
over Kansas State, Eichelberger made two
bone-jarring tackles which caused fumbles.
He also was a stalwart on a defense that
allowed K -State just 39 yards rushing.
But Eichelberger, a 6-1, 210 lb.
linebacker from Louisville, Miss., wasn't
satisfied with his play against K-State.
"I didn't have the type of game I wanted
to," Eichelberger said. "I could have made
more tackles and I could have done better
on pass coverage. I also could have read the
offense a little quicker."
NU frosh coach Jim Ross, after viewing
films of Missouri's 20-7 win over the Kansas
yearlings, said "Missouri seemed to have a
real tough defense."
"We're going to have to play a real good
football game or we're going to get beat,"
said Ross. "I think they have a much better
football team than Kansas State."
Eichelberger anticipates Missouri putting
the ball in the air.
"I expect them to throw a lot more than
Kansas State even though Kansas State was
supposed to be a passing team," said
Eichelberger. "After they see our films
against Kansas State (K-State completed 15
passes for 172 yards), I expect that they'll
photo by Bill Ganzel
Eichelberger was a defensive end and an
offensive guard at Louisville High School
and compiled an 11-0 record his senior year.
But switching from defensive end to
linebacker wasn't that tough, according to
"In high school the defensive end
position was like a linebacker," said
Eichelberger. "We had walk-away ends, so
we covered on pass plays." Eichelberger had
three interceptions his senior season.
Eichelberger thinks that he will continue
to improve as a linebacker, because "I'm not
in top condition. I'm not in as good shape as
I was (in high school). I get tired too fast."
If Eichelberger wasn't in top condition,
Kansas State should feel fortunate. But
today Missouri will have to contend with
Eichelberger. And that's no easy assignment,
even if he isn't in shape.
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Omaha pro team
won't hurt football
The emergence of professional basketball in Omaha will
not, as some folks have hinted, have an adverse effect on
Nebraska football. The belief that the only reason Nebraska
football is so big is because it's the only sport may be partially
true. But a professional basketball team in Omaha will not dim
fans' enthusiasm for the Big Red.
However, college basketball in Nebraska may feel the
effects. It's doubtful that Omaha can support both the
Omaha-Kansas City Kings and basketball at Creighton
University. Creighton's athletic department will encounter the
problem faced by other universities in large
cities . . . competing against professional organizations for the
Basketball at the University will not feel the immediate
effect of professional basketball in the state. Cornhusker head
coach Joe Ciprinao even says he feels it might bolster his
"There's two ways you can look at it," Cipriano said. "I'm
for anything that will help promote basketball in this state. We
should finally get basketball pictures and professional team
box scores on the sports page. That has to help promote
basketball in general."
But Cipriano also realizes the possible dangers. Take a
hypothetical situation. It's the 1974-75 basketball season and
Nebraska is playing in its new fieldhouse which seats 15,000.
The Cornhuskers are having one of those so-so years and are
out of the Big Eight title race.
The Omaha-Kansas City Kings, however, are in contention
for their divisional championship. Which team gets the
coverage in Nebraska newspapers? In which team do the fans
take more interest? ,s po
The answer is obvious. And CiprianQperfectly aware of
"It's no secret that tickets are sold by a good tradition and
winning team," Cipriano said. "We.jiaye to develop this
tradition. But before we can do that we have to have a new
facility or we can't stay alive."
At present, Nebraska's basketball program is not vying for
the Omaha buck. The average fan won't drive 55 miles to fight
for a seat in the dingy Coliseum.
But in 1974, when the new fieldhouse is supposed to be
ready for basketball, Nebraska's basketball program will be
vying for that Omaha buck. That's when the Cornhusker
athletic department may feel the pressure from professional
Cipriano, however, isn't too concerned.
"Professional sports aren't gonna come in and knock out
the Big Eight," Cipriano said. "When we get an adequate
facility we won't have trouble filling it."
It's also doubtful that the Omaha-Kansas City Kings will
still be around in 1974. After a super promotion for their
opening game against Los Angeles Wednesday night, only
8,598 fans showed Up.
But that's no real consolation to Cipriano. He still must
build a basketball tradition and winning team at Nebraska.
And, despite the constant criticism Cip hears, he has built
Nebraska's basketball program and it will show long strides in
the next five years.
"I don't have to throw excuses at people for our not
winning a Big Eight championship," Cipriano said. "We've had
some damn good teams here. We were 18-8 a couple years
But Cip has been competing against the toughest
competition in the state. Nebraska basketball just can't
compare to No. 1 football. But don't count Cip out. He wants
desperately to build his program. This year he has perhaps the
finest crop of freshman athletes ever at Nebraska.
Basketball will soon be bigtime at Nebraska.
Nebraska 52, Missouri 7 . . . The Tiger defense has always
been good, but this year it's inexperienced. Not to mention
the offensive turnovers the Tiqers are famous for this year.
Iowa State 28, Colorado 20 . . . The Buffs are tough to beat
in Boulder. But it's tough to believe that Colorado can really
bounce back after losing to Oklahoma State two weeks ago.
Oklahoma 42, Texas 24 . . . Someone will finally score a
touchdown against the Sooners' defense.
Kansas State 28, Kansas 21 . . . Kansas State will show
better in the Big Eight than they did in non conference games.
Oklahoma State 35, Virginia Tech 21 . . . Virginia Tech
surprised some by tying Houston last week. But Oklahoma
State has too much going for it right now. The Cowboys are
leading the Big Eight.
friday, October 13, 1972
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