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By Susie Reltz
"On any given Saturday any team in the
Big 8 Conference can beat any other
That's a phrase used by Big 8 coaches
when they don't know what else to say
about the next game. Either they're such
underdogs they don't have any hope of
winning, or they're such favorites they
donl see much hope for the opponent.
Nebraska assistant coach Steve
McKelvey took the latter position when he
used the phrase in his scouting report of
the Kansas State (KSUKansas University
(KU) game last Saturday. Nebraska plays
KSU Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.
Nebraska leads the Big 8 in total defense
and scoring offense while KSU trails in
Nebraska is 4-0 in the conference,
8-0 overall, while KSU is 0-4 in the
conference, 3-5 overall.
Deterioration race won
by Mushroom Gardens
By Scott Jones
The Mushroom Gardens appear to have
won the deterioration race among UNL's
antique athletic structures.
It was a long (more than 50 years)
and close race, but Nebraska's indoor track
under Memorial Stadium has nipped the
basketball court and swimming pool in the
Coliseum-the "Barn"-for what is hoped
to be the last year.
The indoor track, called the catacombs
or other various names referring to mush
rooms, kidneys and dust bowls, along with
the Coliseum's basketball court and pool,
have been long criticized as antiquated and
Ti deterioration race was to have
ended last year with opening of the new
sports complex. Because of construction
delays, the old structures will be used for
The indoor track wins the title of most
decrepit because its grandstands have
finally succumbed to age and are being
"We took the stands out because they
had termites in them and we just thought
we'd better get them out before they fell
down," said Jim Ross, assistant athletic
"When we started to tear them down we
thought for sure we'd be in the new
field hours," he said. "If we hold any
meets in there now, well have to put in
bleachers, which we can do without much
Track coach Frank Sevigne said two
home meets are scheduled, one on Jan. 24
against Iowa State and an informal meet
"We were going to schedule some more
meets here, but I'm glad we didn't he
said. A home dual with Kansas was moved
to Lawrence and a triangular with Air
Force and Drake will be at the Air Force
"We won't haye any trouble running a
meet, but the spectator situation isn't
going to be good," Sevigne said.
Ross said temporary bleachers can
handle about as many spectators as the
old permanent seats.
The area inside the track will be reserv
ed next year for the freshman football
team to use during bad weather. The track
still will be available for faculty and
students, he added.
Despite the poor suroundings, Nebraska
has won 27 consecutive dual meets in the
catacombs and Sevigne has a 37-7 indoor
record at home.
Because KSU has been plagued with
injuries, direct comparisons with Nebraska
may not be valid. Injuries have left first
year head coach Ellis Rainsberger with a
"shell of the team he had earlier in the
season," McKelvey said.
Starting quarterback Joe Hatcher has
bruised ribs and a swollen ankle. Back-up
man Tom Merrifield has been hospitalized
with a prostrate infection and wont
Freshman Brad Horchem was promoted
to back-up quarterback when freshman
Bob Suarez, who played against KU, was
dismissed from the squad Monday for
breaking training rules.
The leading Wildcat rusher, fullback
Verdell Jones, is out with a neck injury and
linebacker Carl Pennington, second in KSU
tackles, likely wont play because of a
The Huskers' balanced running and pass
ing attack will be tough to defend against,
Defense logs time
"Our defense has been overworked to
this point, playing about 60 per cent of
the time," he said.
Nebraska's offense is second statisti
cally in the Big 8 averaging 410 J yards,
five yards behind first place Colorado.
The Huskers have averaged 258.6 yards
rushing and 151.6 yards passing in eight
Besides leading statistically, Nebraska
leads the KSU-NU series 47-10-2. The last
KSU win was a 12-0 shutout in 1968 in
Pftsts by Kevin HH$Y
Jerry Wied (93) didnt quite get
to Missouri quarterback Steve
PisarkJewicz this time, but his
Husker mates sacked the quar
terback nine times during the
Huskers 30-7 win over the
Tigers last Saturday.
State volleyball champions
travel to Jay hawk tourney
Intramural office planning
table tennis tournaments
The UNL intramural office will sponsor
a series of intramural table tennis
tournaments next week.
The mixed and men's doubles
competition will be Monday. Men's singles
are Wednesday and Women's singles and
doubles will be Thursday. All games start
at 6:30 p jn. and will be played in Women's
P.E. Bldg. 123.
Entries for each event are due by noon
on the day of the match. A match will
consist of best two out of three games to
21 points. Contestants are asked to use
their own paddle, although sandpaper
paddles are not allowed.
All events are single elimination unless
the number of entries permit double
elimination or round robin.
T-ehirts will be given to first and second
place individuals and teams of each event.
For additional information contact Gale
Wfcsdow at 472-3467.
After winning the state college volley
ball championship Tuesday by defeating
UNO 15-12, 155, the UNL spikers travel
with thoughts of the regional champion
ship to the Jayhawk Invitational in Law
rence, Kan., coach Pat Sullivan said.
The Jayhawk tourney, hosted by Kansas
University is UNL's last competition before
the regional tournament Nov. 20 through
The tourney's 21 teams are divided into
four groups (or pooh) for preliminaries.
UNL is in the National pool, which
includes Kansas State (KSU), Oklahoma
(OU), Max Pack and Swaim's MFA. Max
Pack and Swaim's MFA are Kansas volley
ball clubs, Sullivan said. Saturday UNL
plays Max Pack at 11 a.m., Swaim's MFA
at 1 pjn., KSU at 2:30 pjn. and OU at
National pool's second place team plays
the first place American pool team while
the first place National team plays second
place American team. Pool placing are
based on winloss records.
American pool members include Okla
homa State (OSU), Iowa State (ISU),
Wichita Volleyball Club, Southwest Bank,
Tulsa Volleyball Club and Kansas Univer
Other teams, including the Lincoln
Volleyball Club, play in the Yankee and
"We think there's a strong chance for us
to get out of pool play," Sullivan said.
"WeVe beaten Kansas State before, but I
don't know about Oklahoma or the other
According to Sullivan, the region's
stronger teams will not be participating in
the tournament. Most state playoffs are
this weekend or next, she said, and many
regional places are unfilled.
Twelve UNL players will travel to
Kansas, she said.
Barroom scene not an accurate picture
By Larry Stunkel
An understandably upset University of
Missouri (MU) student government
received apology Wednesday from the ABC
television network for a halftime film
segment during the Saturday MU-UNL
football game telecast.
The film segment portrayed students
at Columbia, Mo. bars the Friday night
before the game doing what students in
bars usually do. The interviews indicated
that Missouri students live for Friday night
parties and football games.
The apology made by ABC producer
Chuck Howard (at least ABC said it was an
apology), disagreed that ABC insulted
Missouri students by the telecast which was
an attempt at -an "honest assessment of the
importance of intercollegiate football to
the undergraduate student body of the
University of Missouri.
Anyone who studies research methods
can tell you an Interview done only in one
place Li slightly biased.
Experimental error tends to increase
when the question is like one barroom
subjects were asked by ABC: "What do
you do out here 150 miles from nowhere
when the football season is over?"
Of course the answer is going to be
"drink and party," especially since that's
probably what that particular crowd does
on Friday nights throughout the year.
If the same question were asked Friday
night in a library or church, I'm sure it
would evoke a different answer.
. ABC did what it always does for a
pre-game interview. They go where people
are drinking because that i where people
are likely to make fools of themselves in
front of a camera. A television camera
brings out the ham in just about anybody
drunk or sober.
Nebraska fans will remember the
Wisconsin pre-game show a year ago when
the television camera tuned in beer
chugging contest between a UNL female
student and a Wisconsin male student. The
point is, the barroom idea Is getting old,
and it's worse when ADC rationalizes
it as honest portrayal of the football fan.
It's amazing the lengths a school will go
to accommodate television networks (who
pay a lot of money) when a game is
televised. Missouri moved official kick-off
up an hour and one half Saturday so ATX
could fit the game into its schedule. Any
body who sat through the game in
Columbia can tell you it seemed the game
was Interrupted every ten plays for a
One television crew member expressed
disgust when Husker head coach Tom
Osborne would not allow ABC to inter
view his players during the game. (He said
Osborne is one of few coaches to do so).
It has long been the policy of almost
every college' coach that members of the
press cannot interview players during the
game. Osborne justifiably doesn't happen
to think television warrants exception. The
lesson came to UNL athletics painfully
during the 1974 Supr Bowl when an
interview with Vksce Ferragsmo resulted in
four Huskers sitting out the Louisiana
State game Sept. 13.
Freshman crews face KSU, OSU
UNL's fivshmen crew teams take on
Kansas State (KSU) and Oklahoma State
(OSU) Saturday at Tuttle Creek Reser
voir at Manhattan, Kan.
According to varsity Crew Coach Ron
Ruithoven, 36 men and 14 women from
UNL will make the trip.
Competition starts at 11 a.m. when
the women's freshman eight-oared shell
competes, followed by the freshmen's four
oared event at 11:15 a.m.
Assistant Husker Crew Coach Mark
Stormberg and former UNL crew assistant
Pete Zandbergen will compete in the
tingles division against scullers from the
two other teams.
Two UNL eight-oared men's freshman
shells will compete at 11:45. Two ad
ditional UNL freshmen eight-oared shells
row against s KSU crew at noon.
Rusthoven said any freshmen still in
terested in crew should contact him Mon
day at the boathouse.
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