The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 09, 1996, Image 1
llllfilcfiM fiAoil|flf AKMMMQ nusmere nbi^ ubhi^b Saturday’s loss quells hopes for 3rd championship By Trevor Parks Senior Reporter Nebraska’s road to the Big Easy turned out to be anything but. Instead of heading to New Or leans and the Sugar Bowl for a shot at a third straight national champi onship, the Comhuskers will usher in the new year in warm and sunny Miami. The sixth-ranked Comhuskers (10-2) will play the No. 10 Virginia Tech Hokies (10-1) in the Orange Bowl, Dec. 31 at Pro Player Sta dium — formerly Joe Robbie Sta dium — in Miami at 6 p.m. After losing 37-27 to Texas Sat urday in the Big 12 championship game, NU lost its chance to become the first team to win three straight national titles. Before Saturday, Nebraska appeared to be headed to the Sugar Bowl for a battle with No. 1 Florida State. That task will now fall to the Florida Gators. Sunday afternoon, the Huskers were selected as one of two at-large teams—Penn State being the other — for the six-team Bowl Alliance. Four conference champions — Florida State, Florida, Texas and Virginia Tech — earned automatic bids. Nebraska receives 15,000 tick ets for the Orange Bowl, which, for the first time, will not be played in the Orange Bowl. The game will be played in Pro Player Stadium, ca pacity 75,192. Tickets, which cost $60 and $75 each, went on sale this morning at the South Stadium ticket office. Coach Tom Osborne said he was excited the Huskers were mak ing their 15 th trip to the Orange Bowl. “When our game was over (Sat urday) I didn’t think we would be invited,” said Osborne, who will be coaching in his 10th Orange Bowl.. “I’m a little surprised we are in it.” Scott Bruhn/DN TEXAS LINEBACKER Tyson King celebrates the Longhorns’ 37-27 victory over Nebraska Saturday in the inaugural Big 12 championship game in St Louis. The loss ended the Huskers’ hopes for a third straight national championship and earned Ttexas a berth in the Fiesta Bowl against Penn State. The Hokies knew they would get an alliance invitation after win ning the Big East Conference championship. Virginia Tech has won 20 of its last 21 games, with the only loss coming to Syracuse earlier this season at the Carrier Please see BOWL on 3 fct Our players on the team have only experienced the big game. It’s still a big game to us, however.” Tom Osborne NU football coach Cheerleader remains in critical condition Doctors have not determined the extent of Tracy Jensen’s injuries. By Chad Lorenz Senior Reporter A UNL cheerleader who injured her neck while practicing last week remains in critical condition in Lincoln General Hospital’s intensive-care unit. Doctors have not yet determined the full extent of Tracy Jensen’s inju ries. Jensen, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was hurt Wednesday night while tumbling in the gymnastics room of Mabel Lee Hall. She was attempting a round-off to a back handspring to a single back tuck when she fell on her neck, Spirit Squad Director Renee Swartz said. Jensen’s injury was an accident, with no one at fault, Swartz said. “This is the move Tracy had done a million times over,” Swartz said. “It’s just like any other sport. Even when you take all the precautions, there’s still an injury risk.” A Saturday Omaha World-Herald article stated that accounts of Jensen’s flip were different. Jensen’s grand mother, Donna Jensen, had told the newspaper that Jensen had done a double backflip — a maneuver more dangerous than a single backflip, the article stated. Swartz said everyone who actually saw Jensen fall told the family and doctors that she was doing a single backflip. Donna Jensen may have misunder- * stood the terminology or been con fused during the family’s turmoil, Swartz said. Based on Tracy Jensen’s gymnas tics ability, Swartz said, she would not have attempted a double backflip. The squad follows national cheerleading safety guidelines for ev ery move, Swartz said. The squad members are not al lowed to practice unless Swartz or Coach Jamie Boling is present, she said. And practices are held on a gym nastics floor-routine mat for safety, Swartz said. The mat, in UNL’s Mabel Lee Hall, consists of a spring floor Please see JENSEN on 3 Holidays can be a struggle for recovering alcoholics . By Erin Gibson Staff Reporter The holidays can be happy. They can be bright, joyous reunions of fami lies and friends and brilliant celebra tions of faith and tradition. But for those battling alcoholism, the holidays can be hell. Rick, a recovering alcoholic and member of Alcoholics Anonymous in Lincoln, said many alcoholics alien ate themselves from family and friends while in-the throes of active drinking. So the celebrations and homecom ings of the holidays can send both al coholics and recovering alcoholics spiraling into loneliness, self-pity and regret, he said. “I think there’s a feeling that we should be happy,” Rick said. “There’s always a celebration and everything around us makes us wonder, ‘Why don’t I feel happy?”’ In return, they may treat their dis ease of alcoholism and cope with their feelings by drinking. Rick said it’s common to hear people in recovery say they struggle around the holidays. It’s crucial that they actively treat die disease with AA meetings and practice the AA steps to Please see ALCOHOL on 7 Song presents unique gift ideas for the 12 days of Christmas By Darren Ivy Staff Reporter Interested in getting your true love a unique gift this Christmas? How about everything from the “Twelve Days of Christmas?” Romantic, indeed. But although the gifts are suggested by a holiday tune, they certainly can’t be bought for a song — try about $16,000. But at least you won’t have to travel far — all of the 83 items can be found in Nebraska, if you are willing to accept slight alterations, such as pheasants for French hens and milk-machine > operators for milk maids. So, those warnings issued, let’s go shopping. On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree. Earl May Nursery and Garden Center in Lin coln has a semi-dwarf pear tree for $30, and Brandon Finkral of Lindsay will sell you Hun garian Partridges for $25 each. True loves on a budget can substitute a chukar, a type of par tridge, for $5.75 from Brian Turpitt of Genoa. On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two turtle doves... The Pet Ark in Lincoln has a pair of doves for $24.99. On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, three French hens... In Nebraska, you’ll have to settle for three American pheasants instead of three French hens. The Nebraska Game and Paries Depart ment verified the similarity between the two birds. Aid it jiftt so happens that Ed Schuleneberg of Denton sells American pheas ants for $8 each. On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love llfi Please see GIFTS oa6 y P pc TREVOR SMITH, 3, of Lincoln, meets Darth Vader Saturday morning near 14th and 0 streets during the 12th annual Star City Holiday Parade. The parade, which wound through downtown Lincoln, featured more than 70 entries.