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Fall sports menu serves up more than football
By Samuel McKewon
I’ve covered Nebraska foot
ball for four years. Suffice to say,
I know how it works. That state
ment translated: It’s not all it’s
been built up to be.
The games, that is.
You have a better chance of
graduating in four years than you
do of seeing four close games at
Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium in
that same time span.
Don’t believe it? In five
years, there have been three
games decided by five points or
fewer. There’s been a handful
more when you extend that out to
Not that it’s deterred any
body. Not that it deterred me. NU
football is, with its sound-apd
light gyromatic tunnel walk to
super quizzes between quarters,
more of a experience than a hard
Which is, time has proven,
just about how the new breed of
NU fan likes it. But student tick
et sales have dwindled over the
years, as Some have been spoiled
by the success, others unhappy
with the relatively poor seating
granted to students (south end
But most students will trek to
at least one game in their college
career. But the Cornhusker
sports foundation is built on
much, much more.
An offering, then, of what
other fall sports prospective stu
dents can experience while at
UNL. I’ve included a few of the
more important things, like con
cession accessibility and atmos
phere, just for kicks.
Volleyball: The grassroots
evolution of the program began
26 years ago but blossomed a
few years later with the hiring of
Coach Terry Pettit. His tutelage,
along with the idea of getting in
on the ground floor of a burgeon
ing sport, led Nebraska to be a
established power in the 1980s
and national champions in 1995.
Pettit retired last year, giving
way to assistant and former
Wisconsin Coach John Cook?
NU, which has won the last two
Big 12 Championships and trav
eled to the Final Four in 1998, is
generally considered a phenome
non in college volleyball, one of
only two teams not from
California or Hawaii to win a
national title. The other came
this year with Penn State.
The team plays in the NU
Coliseum, which doubles as
campus recreation basketball
courts during the week and used
to house the Nebraska Men’s
For big matches (And rest
assured, there’s plenty more of
those than you’ll find at the foot
ball stadium.), tickets are hard to
The Huskers often play in
front of 3,500 to 4,000 fans,
making it one of the tougher
places to play in the nation. NU
often plays at home for NCAA
first round and NCAA regional
DN file photo
A UNL soccer player battles an
opponent during a game last
year. The women’s soccer
team, volleyball team and bas
ketball team all offer sports
entertianment outiside of Big
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