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Becker is right
choice to keep
Angela Beck said her decision to
leave Nebraska and take the gamble
by joining the American Basketball
League is one of the most difficult
decisions she has ever made.
After all, Beck arguably is leav
ing the best team in her 11-year ca- *
reer behind in Lincoln: **
■ Anna DeForge, a probable pre
season All-American, is returning for
her senior season. ^
■ Also returning are rive soon
to-be-sophomores, who all saw cot-^
siderable playing time this season.
■ Beck has also said the five in
conpHg recruits this season is the best
class in her career.
But none of those positives could
stop the feisty 39-year-old, who has
called herself a builder not a main
tainer of programs, from rolling the
dice with the San Jose Lasers.
Now that Beck has made her de
cision to move on, Athletic Director
Bill Byrne faces one of his own.
He’s in a position a Husker ath
letic director doesn’t often face —
the hiring of a new coach in any sport.
But Byrne need not go far in his
The best candidate for the open
Nebraska post won’t need a moving
truck to come to Lincoln because she
already has an office at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center and will only
need to add two letters to die name
plate (Hi the head coach’s door.
Nebraska Assistant Head Coach
Theresa Bedcer WiU providl|the most
stability in this situation for a Husker
program that is (hi the veigQypf being
an NCAA Tournament regular.
Becker has paid her dues! She’s
been an assistant coach fcir l4years
— eight years at Nebraska-^—hnd a
head coach for three years at a Divi
smhi-I program—Iowa State.
Becker has been credited with
recruiting 1992 Big Eighiplayer-of
the-year Karen Jennings, the Husk-.
ers’ only first-team AD-Z^erican.
Becker’s critics point to her 18
63 overall mark and 5-37 conference
record at EU as a factor against ho-.
But, if everyone is going to look
at her records Iowa State they must
remember she took overastruggling
program, played mainly faeshmen
and sophomores during ter .time in
Ames and left only after ttefiyclones
changed athletic directors. Becker
didn’t feel comfortable voth the new
leadership so she returned to NU.
Seven of KlTs top eight players
on tins year’s NCAA Tournament
team were Becker’s recruits.
Finally, the most important rea
son Bedcer should get the opportu
nity is because the current NU play
ers want her as their coach and their
say should be the loudest of all.
Besides, hiring Bedcer will turn
a positive move for Beck into a posi
tive move for Nebraska.
Klock is a journalism graduate
student and a Dally Nebraskan se
: HU QUARTERBACK FRANKIE LONDON has moved up to second an the depth chart after almost leaving MJ.
By Mitch Sherman
Frankie London has finally arrived.
Two seasons on the bench, a se
ries of nagging injuries and thoughts
of leaving Nebraska placed firmly in
the past, London heads into Saturday’s
Red-White Game as the Comhuskers’
No. 2 quarterback with a new outlook
on football and the talent to lead the
Less than four months ago, Lon
don, a third-year sophomore next fall,
came within days of transferring.
“I was pretty much packed and
ready to go,” he said.
But after meeting with Coach Tom
Osborne and Turner Gill, London’s
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By Andrew Strnad
Staff Reporter /
Stella Klassen’s quick sprint to
success this year has been a bit of a
surprise to her.
After all, Klassen joined the NU
women’s track team as a freshman
this season and is now one of the
NU’s most accomplished sprinters.
In fact, success has almost come
to easy so Klassen is looking ahead
to brighter things.
And qualifying for NCAA Out
door Championships will be the per
fect cap to a season where she has
burst onto the NU track scene.
Klassen, who is from Henderson,
made an impact immediately in the
indoor season by earning a spot on
the 4 x 400-meter relay team.
The team of Klassen, Jill Myatt,
Charmaine Burton and La’Tisha
Croom won the title at the United
States Track and Field Meet in
March, before athird-place finish at
the NCAA Indoor meet in India
The success Klassen enjoyed
during the indoor season is making
a difference so far in the outdoor
season, she said.
‘The experience gained from the
indoor season, especially going to
nationals, has done a lot of good for
me,” Klassen said.
When the outdoor season started,
Klassen slaved more than two sec
onds off hef personal-best time in the
Her time of53.62 seconds is the
13th-fastest time in the country and
a mark she didn’t expect
“I was hoping to break 54, but I
was surprised I did it so quickly,”
NU Coach Gary Pepin said
Klassen’s early season performances
were a surprise, but not a shock.
“We certainly knew she could
run that fast,” Pepin said. “We saw
it during the indoor season, espe
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dally with the relays.”
The goal for Klassen remains the
same, a trip to die indoor nationals
_at Bloomington, Ind., in June.
Klassen has already qualified as
part of the 4 x 400-meter relay
team, and she has posted a provi
sional qualifying time in the 400
meters. But Klassen said she needs
to improve greatly so she can earn
an automatic ride to Indiana.
“A 53.62 probably won’t get me
there,” Klassen said. “ I don’t think
my time will make it as of now,”
Huskers say Theresa
Becker is good choice
By Mike Kluck
of the American
a s k e t b a 11
Jose Lasers began
to wear off for the
they realized the
shocked at first,” said Emily Thomp
son, who will be a fifth-year senior next
season. “I really didn’t expect her to
leave this year with how good we are
going to be next season. Now I guess
I’m real happy for Coach Beck more
than anything else.”
ll&tU players learned of Beck’s de
1 cision in an unscheduled team meet
ing Sunday night in the press room at
the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Freshman Nicole Kubik said the
ihBeting was very emotional with Beck
and many of her players were in tears.
Kubik said the players were called
Sunday by Assistant Coach Bobbi
Mdrse who informed them of the meet
ing. After Morse called, the players
tried to get more information by call
ing around to one another.
“It was a weird meeting because we
didn’t know what the meeting was
about,” Kubik said. “But when we got
there we all had a pretty good idea.”
If she waited until
we sucked, then she
wouldn't get offers
NU women’s basketball player
NU junior Anna DeForge, who was
a first-team All-Big 12 Conference
player and an honorable mention All
American this season, said she was
shocked when die learned of Beck’s
“I’m disappointed she’s not going
to be hoe for my senior season,” said
DeForge, the team’s leading scorer last
year. “I’m happy for her because this
is a good opportunity. She should have
never even thought twice about turn
ing down that job.”
What surprised many of the play
ers about Beck’s acceptance of the
position was the timing.
NU just finished a 19-9 season, in
which the Huskers started with a
school-record nine-game winning
streak and at one point were 16-1 and
ranked in the Top 25. Nebraska also
just missed making its second straight
Besides DeForge returning, five
sophomores-to-be who contributed
significantly this season return next
year. Plus Beck landed a recruiting
class that she considered one of the best
in her 11-year career at Nebraska.
“The timing is not perfect,” sopho
more Cori McDill said. “But if she
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