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Buffs coach impressed by Nee’s Big Eight success
By Derek Samson
Senior Reporter '
Nebraska coach Danny Nee warned Colo
rado coach Joe Harrington about a few things
when Harrington took over the Buffaloes’
basketball program in 1990.
If Harrington’s first four and a half years in
the Big Eight mean anything, Nee’s advice
Harrington r who has posted a 62-71 record
at Colorado, hopes that Nee’s prediction doesn’t
prove true again tonight when Colorado and
Nebraska meet in Boulder.
“My first year here, Danny told me how
tough it is to compete in the Big Eight,”
Harrington said. “He was right. He leveled
with me and said it was tough to build a
program against competition like the Big
Nee also warned Harrington about other
problems he encountered when he took over as
Nebraska’s coach in 1986.
“Danny told me he knew what it was like
trying to build a basketball program at a foot
ball school,” Harrington said. “He said it wasn’t
easy. He had to go through that at Nebraska,
and I knew I would have to at Colorado. Danny
has done it at Nebraska. I’m still working on
Nee went 61-64 in his first four seasons,
with no NCAA Tournament appearances.
In Nee’s last four years, the Huskers have
posted an 85-3 9 record with four straight NCAA
Harrington said he was impressed by those
“What Danny Nee has done at Nebraska is
just phenomenal,” he said. “He has built a
tradition there, and every time I tune into a
Nebraska game, their place is packed. It’s a
big-time college basketball atmosphere.
“What more can an athletic director ask
from a man. He has filled the arena, made the
NCAA Tournament almost every year he’s
been there and instilled a tradition where there
really was none. I respect what Danny has
But this year, both teams have started the
Big Eight season at the bottom.
The Buffaloes beat Iowa State in their con
ference opener, but have dropped their last six
Big Eight games to remain in the conference
cellar at 1-6.
Nebraska’s 71-59 win Sunday over Okla
homa snapped a three-game losing streak and
improved the Huskers to 15-6 overall, but only
24 in the Big Eight.
Harrington said if Nebraska fans consid
ered a 15-6 mark disappointing, then they had
become spoiled by the Huskers’ recent suc
“I don’t think Nebraska is struggling one
bit,” he said. “I think their players are improv
ing, and Sunday they looked like they’re put
ting everything together. People expect way
too much from Danny if they consider Ne
braska struggling. Sure, Nebraska isn’t where
Kansas is, but Danny has got them to a new
Harrington said he hoped the 10-8 Buffa
loes would show improvement against Ne
braska, especially since they would be at home
for the first time since Jan. 28.
“It’s going to be real nice to be back home,
playing in front of our fans,” Harrington said.
“I just hope we play well. We haven’t put
together a full game for a while, and that’s
what I hope we do Wednesday. We can’t keep
playing one-half and expect to win.”
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and eventually took a long bus ride
out of Mexico for good.
He returned to Nebraska this
year to get his degree and to coach.
After all the game had put him
through, Harrison still wanted to be
close to it.
He liked coaching and going to
the ballpark everyday.
Harrison was getting used to a
stable life in Lincoln when Braves
scout Brian Kohlsch^en offered
him a job.
Harrison weighed his options.
He was happy as a student and a
coach. He liked helping other
players chase their dreams. He was
in control of his life again.
If he played, he would put his
life in the hands of a massive,
impersonal business organization.
He would be property.
But his dream would be alive.
He signed his life away to the
Harrison was getting his chance
because a group of more talented,
higher-paid players who had
realized their dreams forgot what
the game was about.
Major-leaguers decided money
was more important than the game.
They refused to play unless their
bank accounts were full and their
agents were happy.
Now the president is trying to
make owners and players settle the
strike. President Clinton wants to
make them play the game again.
If the strike is settled, Harrison’s
chance at playing in the big leagues
may be gone.
He wants to play. He is not
alone. Other guys with near-major
league talent want to pursue their
Their dreams are part of the
Don’t do it, Mr. President. Don’t
force them to play again.
It is in the best interest of
baseball and America if the
president doesn’t intervene. The
game won’t really return until they
want to play again.
Without their game, the current
major-leaguers won’t be happy.
They will eventually love the game
for The Game again.
The owners will lose millions
and their business sense will force
them to fold and settle.
The owners will fall back in
love with the game. The replace
ment players’ dreams will have
America’s game will return
filled with players who love it.
Let the strike continue.
Forget talent levels, big names
and big contracts. I want to see
players who love the game. Players
willing to give their lives to it.
Let guys like Phil Harrison play.
The game will be stronger.
Mr. Clinton, let the strike
continue. Give Phil Harrison and
other dreamers a chance to throw
strikes in the majors.
Griesch is a senior news-editorial major
and Dally Nebraskan senior reporter and col
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ers. His mother is also required
to sign the letter of intent.
If Lue signs during the spring
period in April, he will become
the third member of Nebraska’s
1995 recruiting class, joining
guard Alvin Mitchell of Omaha
Burke and forward Bernard
Gamer of Western Nebraska
Lue said he chose Nebraska
over Arkansas, Missouri, Okla
homa, Kansas State, Texas Tech
and Wichita State. He said Ne
braska was the only school he
had visited thus far, and he does
not plan to visit anywhere else.
“I want to go to Nebraska
because I like the way they
play,” said Lue, who scored 37
points and dished out 15 assists
in three quarters on Tuesday.
“They play up and down, just
. like we do here. I also liked the
fact that it was close to home so
my mom could come see me
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to be a skinny guy all year around.”
Malesev said he was trying to fol
low in the footsteps of Kansas State’s
Gaskins, a linebacker on the Wild
cat football team and a high jumper
for the Wildcats, won the NCAA
high jump championship two years
Two years ago, Malesev wasn’t
concentrating too hard on track and
His homeland of Yugoslavia was
being tom apart by war, and it was
hard for him to think of a track and
“It was hard my freshman and my
sophomore years,” Malesev said.
“Now I have matured and the situa
tion has kind of calmed down.
*‘It is a bad situation for the" coun
try, and I’m looking forward to start
ing a new life in the U.S.”
Malesev, a three-time AllrAmeri
can in the high jump, said he could
never go back to his former country
“I have been drafted since I have
been here,” Malesev said. “Once I go
back, it would be impossible to get
“It would be really hard for me to
go back after four or five years in the
U.S. and adjust to the society.”
Although Malesev has trouble in
his home country, he hasn’t lost his
view on life.
“My ultimate goal is to get on the
(Daily Nebraskan) quotations of the
week list,” he joked.
Continued from Page 7
figures in scoring.
“I thought Mikki Moore and Chris
Sallee had career nights (against
Oklahoma),” Nee said. “They played
solid. They played smart. They played
with emotion. They hit the offensive
boards and the defensive. When we
have that balance, then we become a
good basketball team.”
An important factor leading to
balance, Nee said, comes from the
bench players. Tom Wald, Nebraska’s
third-leading scorer,.along with Ja
son Glock, Sallee and freshman
Chester Surles need to play well for
Nebraska to win on the road in the
The Husker bench accounted for
28 points in Sunday’s win over the
Sooners. In five previous Big Eight
games, the bench players were aver
aging only 16 points per game.
“The key to the Oklahoma game,”
Nee said, “was the contribution of the
bench. I expect the five players who
start the game to do X-amount of
success. We have to have Glock. We
have to have Surles. We have to have
Sallee. And we have to have Tom
Wald contribute. We need that.”
The Huskers play four of their
next five games away from die Bob
Devaney Sprats Center. Three of the
Starters for tonight’s 8:05 (CST)
game against Colorado.
Nebraska (15-6/2-4) Ht ppg rpg
G Jaron Boone 6-6 15.6 3.6
G Erick Strickland 6-3 16.6 5.4
F Melvin Brooks 6-8 8.0 5.2
F Terrance Badgett 6-6 7.2 6.2
C Mikki Moore 6-11 6.2 5.0
G Donnie Boyce 6-5 16.5 3.5
G Keith Higgins 6-4 21.0 5.0
F Ted Kritza 6-7 11.5 5.5
F SandeGolgart 6-6 10.0 7.0
C Greg Jensen 6-7 12.5 9.5
four road games are against nation
ally ranked teams.
Nee said he didn’t mind playing
away from home at this point of the
season, but the players, he said, must
realize the task at hand.
“We have to be ready to play,”
Nee said. “If the arena is full with
10,000 or there’s three buffaloes sit
ting at halfcourt with two sheep and
they’re grazing, and they are skiing
in the rafters, I don’t care. We have to
play the road game, and it’s going to
be a hard place to play. It’s a Big
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