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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 19, 1972)
by Jim Johnston
If you're looking for comparisons between No.
1 -rated Southern California and No. 4 Nebraska, you
might check with Bob Revelle. He's played football at
both schools and was, in fact, the captain of the 1970
USC freshman team before transferring to Nebraska
Revelle is now the starting split end for the
Cornhuskers. Ne naturally says Nebraska is better
than USC. His reasoning is based on the same
thinking which influenced his decision to leave his
home state and the Southern California campus.
'The coaches at Southern Cal make athletes feel
like robots," Revelle siad. "Coach (John) McKay tries
to create a 'God image' of himself. I just couldn't fit
into that type of situation. Southern Cal has a lot of
good athletes, but the coaches just won't be able to
keep them together. I'm sure they'll choke sometime
Revelle's comments aren't on the "sour grapes"
order. He has no reason to be vengeful. Southern Cal
didn't ask him to leave. He had a successful career
ahead of him at USC. He just couldn't fit into the
football program's thinking. He wanted out.
Revelle was the starting split end on the 1970
freshman team and also played monster on defense.
He was the leading candidate for Sam Dickerson's
vacated split end spot on the varsity the following fall
and had led all receivers in the spring intra-squad
Although Revelle was not happy at USC, he still
planned to play football there in 1971. He started fall
practice. But he lasted only one night.
"It just hit me after the first practice," Revelle
said. "For some reason at that time I just finally
decided I didn't want to stay there."
So Revelle informed McKay of his decision.
Revelle's high school coach was notified and tried to
change Revelle's plans. But it didn't work. Revelle
notified Nebraska assistant coach Tom Osborne, who
had recruited Revelle in high school.
"I had narrowed my decision between Nebraska
and USC while I was in high school' Revelle said.
"Coach Osborne told me if I was ever unahppy at
Southern Cal to give him a call. So I did. He said
Nebraska could use me."
Revelle, however, ran into further difficulties
before transferring to Nebraska. He had completed 24
hours in his freshman year, but when he notified the
administration that he was transferring, they said he
had only 18 hours.
"I don't want to accuse anybody," Revelle said,
"but I think someone did something on purpose. It
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didn't really bother me. I was just glad to be leaving."
But Nebraska couldn't place Revelle on
scholarship during the 1971 season. He could not
piay because a transfer must sit-out a year before he
So Revelle worked for two construction
companies and also attended daily practice sessions.
He had an outstanding spring and entered fall camp as
a leading candidate for the starting split end spot.
But a freak accident early in August almost put
him out of football for good.
Revelle slammed his finger in a garage door,
leaving the tip of his finger in the door. He took the
departed tip to the doctor to see if it could be
restored. The doctor said that it couldn't.
"I figured everything was over," Revelle said. "It's
a little difficult catching a football with part of your
Revelle had the finger taped during fall practice.
But had trouble catching the football. Things looked
"Coach Devaney approached me about five days
before the UCLA game and told me to get in gear or I
wouldn't make the trip to UCLA," Revelle said. "So I
took off the tape. It hurt bad, but I started catching
And Revelle hasn't stopped catching the football.
He is now the second leading receiver on the team,
trailing only ail-American Johnny Rodgers. Revelle
has caught 15 passes for 221 yards and one
He doesn't fit into the Guy Ingles or Woody Cox
type of split end. Revelle is big. He stands 6-2 and
weighs 1 95 and has good speed.
He's the type of player that can make the
difference between winning or losing. The type that
can make the difference between being No. 4 and No.
Pro Students defend crown
Three flag football teams-Phi Delta Phi, Phi
Delta Theta and the Hawks-all have one thing
in common. They're all looking forward to
playing the Pro Students in the flag football
playoffs which start tonight.
The Pro Students will defend their
all-University crown tonight against Phi Zappa
Krappa. They'll try to extend their two-year
winning streak to 20 games.
Phi Delta Theta, regular season fraternity
champions, and the Hawks, runner-up in
All-University ratings, both say thty have "a
better than average" chance against the Pro
Students. And now a third team, Phi Delta Phi,
has proven by its record that it too may be a
Phi Delta Phi is comprised of students who
are in law school. They have one of the biggest
squads In the Independent League with a
the Phi betid Phi blayer-coach II Joe
Armstrong, a former Nebfiska player wh6 wai
ah all-American guard. Two other team
rnembers; Adrian Fiala and George Watsori, alio
played college football. Fiala is an ex-Husker
and Watson was a small college ail-American at
Armstrong has already scouted the Pro
Students. "We've watched them a couple of
times," he said. "They play well together and
they are a seasoned team."
The Phi Delta Phi team, which was rated
third in the Independent League, is anxious to
meet the Pro Students.
"Everyone on our team feels we are ready
for the Pro Students," said Armstrong.
"Anybody that beats the Pro Students will win
the All-University championship."
Phi Delta Phi and the Hawks are favored in
the Independent League temi-finals with the
winner getting a shot at the Pro Students.
Two key games in playoff action lonight
include Phi Gamma Delta, whose only loss was
it top-rahked Phi Delta Theta, against
undefeated Phi kappa Psi; and undefeated
Sigma Phi Epsiloh C against Beta Theta Pi B,
whose only loss was td Undefeated PHI Gamma
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