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Once a hero,
William Shakespeare would
have a heyday with the Nebraska
Who needs tragic figures like
Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and
Macbeth when you have players
like Lawrence Phillips, Tyrone Wil
liams, Christian Peter and Terrell
Shakespeare’s plays — which
exploited tragedy and the weak
nesses of his characters by using a
tragic hero literary device — have
similarities to the woe and suffer
ing besieging the Comhuskers.
Individuals with imperfections.
That’s what Stephen Buhler, asso
ciate English professor at UNL,
termed one of the tragic character’s
“The basic formula of a tragic
hero is of a gifted, even good indi
vidual that has some kind of flaw,”
Buhler said. “That flaw leads the
individual to undermine the good
that he or she has achieved.”
In the past week, three Huskers
have been in the news, not for their
goodness, but for their flaws that
have led to their undoing.
Wiliams, a former Nebraska
comerback, was sentenced Tuesday
to six months in jail and three years
of probation for shooting a gun at a
Peter, a former Husker defen
sive tackle, has entered contract ne
gotiations with the New York Gi
ants. But instead of discussing the
NFL future of this talented football '
player, the press again trashed Pe
ter because of his past brushes with
the law and poor reputation.
And now Farley.
The preseason All-American
was arrested on Aug. 30 for suspi
cion of driving while intoxicated.
He was suspended from the NU
football team, sent to counseling
and given a second chance.
But his drinking was a fault too
big for him to master, and because
of his flaw, Farley will never play
college football again. His profes
sional stock will drop and he will
be scrutinized constantly.
Despite all he has lost, Farley
should consider himself fortunate.
Fortunate that he didn’t kill
someone, lucky that he still has the
support of Tom Osborne and his
teammates, and relieved that this is
real life, not a Shakespeare play.
Because aShakesperean tragic
boo does not recover.
So just like Phillips, Williams
and Peter, all of whom will recover
from their woes, Farley has an op
portunity to end this tragedy and
create his own happy ending.
“The play is the thing,” Hamlet
But not for Farley. For Farley,
real life is the thing.
IQuck is a graduate student in
journalism and a Daily Nebras
kan senior reporter.
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BECKY HOGAN (right) struggles with Minnesota’s Allison Johnson
during NUs 3-2 first-round NCAA Tbumament win. The Huskers play
host to Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Huskers carry the
streak into Austin.
By Trevor Parks
Heading into Saturday’s season
opener at Texas, the Nebraska bas
ketball team has at least one advan
tage on its side.
NU carries the nation’s longest
wins in last year’s National Invita
tion Tournament — into its 3 p.m.
game at the Erwin Onto- in Aus
But the advantages may stop
Nebraska faces a team with
more depth, more experience and
more leadership in a game that will
not count in the Big 12 Conference
standings because it was scheduled
as part of a four-year package be
fore the conference existed.
Texas Coach Tom Penders,
whose team is ranked No. 17, said
he doesn’t know what to expect
from the Comhuskers, who have
only eight healthy players, four of
whom are playing in their first game
Sophomore forward Andy
Maifcowski, who is recovering from
arthroscopic knee surgery, will not
“Your opening game is always
different, because you don’t really
know what is going to happen,”
Penders said. “It’s like the opening
night of a Broadway play in that
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you don’t know %ib'is going to
show up. So youjjusthave to ex
pect the unexpected. -
“I’m more concerned about
what our team i$ doing andnot what
Nebraska will be doing. Let’s just
throw it up and play.”
UT was 2-4 in jfte exhibition
season with a Ite-jTO win over
season Wooden Award candidate
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team seeks revenge
over perfect NU.
By Vince D’Adamo
It’s like d6ja vu all over again.
In the second round of the NCAA
Tournament Sunday, the fifth-ranked
Nebraska soccer team (22-0) and Duke
(10-9-3) renew acquaintances at the
Abbott Sports Complex at 1 p.m.
On Sept. 8, Nebraska came from
behind to defeat Duke 3-1 in Durham,
N.C., scoring three second-half goals.
That marked NU’s first-ever win over
a ranked opponent.
Duke advanced to the second round
by defeating Virginia 1-0 last Satur
day. The following day, the
Comhuskers beat Minnesota 3-2 in
sudden-death overtime ip Lincoln.
While the drama was great for the
fans last Sunday, NU Coach John
Walker said he’s not hoping for another
cardiac finish against the Bine Devils.
“It’s exciting,” Walker said of the
sudden-death format. “But I don’t
think I want to go through it again. It’s
definitely different from playing until
the final whistle.”
. Walker said Duke played the most
difficult schedule in the nation. The
Blue Devils played 17 games against
tournament teams and 18 games
against teams that were at one point
ranked this season.
Uppmghouse, who scored the game
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NU seniors cherish
last home matches
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By Sharon Heffelfinger
the Nebraska volleyball team en
ters this weekend focused on aveng
ing its only Big 12 Conference loss.
But for seniors Kate Cmich and Maria
Hedbeck, the matches carry an added
* Cmich and Hedbeck will play their
final regular-season home matches to
night at 7:30 when the fifth-ranked
Comhuskers play host to No. 21 Texas
Tech and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against
Baylor at the NU Coliseum.
Both seniors, who will be honored
before Saturday’s match, are excited
about the chance to gain revenge
againstTech, which handed die Husk
ers a five-game upset toss four weeks
ago in Lubbock, Texas.
“Lsva&have my parents and friends
and family hoe,” Cmich said, “So that
will give me an extra incentive to play
Playing the Red Raiders (23-6
overall and 10-6 in the Big 12) in her
final weekend at home is an added
bonus, Hedbeck said.
“This weekend will be sad,”
Hedbeck Sfrid, “But it will also be fim
because ^ are playing a team like
Texas Tecgt^l’m excited for Friday.”
Tech enters tonight’s contest hav
ing won three of six matches since
beating Nl§| With their win over Ne
braska m October, the Raiders became
the first Big i2team to record 20 wins.
NU Coach Terry Pettit said the
Huskers (23-3 and 15-1) did not play
well in the first matchup.
“Even if we’d won the match, I
would have bad the feeling that it was
not one of our better matches of die
year,*p I ; ' .€5
Following its rematch with the Red
Raiders,NU will be challenged Satur
day night by Baylor, which left the
Huskers in sole possession of the con
ference lead after handing Texas A&M
a four-game upset loss Nov. 9.
- The Bears (18-12 and 7-9) — who
have posted 11 more wins than they
did last year — will bring a three
match winning streak into the coli
Pettit said his team is in a must
‘It* s the end of the year, and we
need to win these games for confer
ence,” Pettit said.
FOr Cmich and Hedbeck, this
weekend means more than just main
taining the conference lead. Although
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