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sons and other alumni are trying to
form an alumni club in North Carolina.
Other fans traveled far to see the
67-59 loss to Western Kentucky.
For Buford and Jeanneatte Day, the
eight hour drive from Washington, D.C.,
was well worth seeing their son, Ber
nard, play for the first time this season.
Day led Nebraska's scoring with 18
"They've all done wonderfully this
season," said Jeanneatte Day. "Of
course, we were sorry to hear about
Dave (Hoppen), but it's great for the
team to be here."
About 100 Ilusker basketball fans
were a minority in the old, domed,
1 1,606 seat Charlotte Coliseum.
Many fans, driving through heavy
rain and drizzle, said they support all
"It takes money and time when you
drive, but you'd be surprised how many
do it," said Maggert, a member of the
Georgians for Nebraska alumni group.
"It's nice to know there are so many
Nebraska alumni on the east coast that
still follow the team," Roger Harned
said. Harned, formerly of Omaha, lives
Alumni and fans from the east coast
said it's more difficult to hear about
Big Eight basketball action because of
the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"Having four teams out of the Big
Eight in the tournament says some-
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thing about Big Eight basketball," said
Chris Carr. Carr and his mother, Marilyn,
made the 10-hour drive from Muncie,
Ind., to see his brother, Brian.
"When we heard the news about the
tournament, we went crazy," said
Marilyn Carr. "We had a houseful of
people over. It was tremendous."
For Harvey Marshall's high school
coach, Barry Tignor, and his wife Sherry,
it was the first opportunity to see Mar
shall play college basketball.
The Tignor's made the 10-hour drive
from Jackson, Tenn., to see Marshall
score 1 1 points.
"We felt like Nebraska fans. It was a
great opportunity," he said.
Fifteen pep band members and
director Bill Ballinger agreed. Ballinger
said it was a privilege to bring the band
and play at the tournament.
A late plane and vehicle problems
almost stopped band members from
making it to the game in time.
"I changed clothes in the parking lot
and ran in just in time to play Hail
Varsity. . . That's how close it was,"
said band member Jon Olson.
Of the 45-piece pep band, 15 were
chosen on seniority basis in their band
"It's really too bad that more people
couldn't be here," said Darren Johnson.
"There are lots of fans from Georgia
and other places who have come a long
way to see the game," said Dorothy
Matzke, who flew in with her husband
Stan. "We're glad to see them all cheer
ing for the Huskers."
And the cheering didn't stop after
the Huskers' first-round loss.
Maggert, holding a crumpled "We
love our Huskers" sign, summarized
"We'll be back," he said. "We still
By Bob Asmussen
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Who is this
James Brown who did the color com
mentary for CBS at the Southeast
Region that included Nebraska?
Is he the great Jim Brown, Hall of
Fame running back for the Cleveland
Is he soul singer James Brown, the
hardest working man in show busi
ness? Nope again.
This James Brown is a 1973 Harvard
graduate who majored in something
other than NBA 101.
Brown got his degree in political
science and economics.
Not that Brown is foreign to the sport
of college basketball. He played for
three seasons for the Crimson and then
spent part of a season with the Atlanta
Hawks before being released.
After his release by the Hawks in
1973, Brown went to Washington, D.C.,
and worked with the Eastman Kodak
Company. After switching over to Xerox,
Brown got his first broadcasting break.
"I was on a local television station,"
Brown said. "The host of the program
thought I would do a good job as ana
lyst for the Washington Bullets, which
had just opened up. I auditioned for it
and I got it."
Slowly, Brown added responsibili
ties hisjob as Bullet's commentator
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games he covered, Brown began work
ing as a sportscaster in Washington. He
was weekend sports anchor at WJLA,
an ABC affiliate in the capital city.
To help him advance his career,
Brown said he would talk with produc
ers of the games he did to find out in
what areas he needed improvement. He
said the two things he had to work on
were not stating the obvious and
explaining why things happened on the
court rather than what was happening.
When CBS gained rights to do the
NCAA basketball tournament, Brown
was used as an extra during the tour
nament. He said his breakthrough at
CBS came in 1983, when he did a St.
John's-Pittsburgh game for NBC.
See BROWN on 11
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