Friday, September 21, 2007

Bay Area Husker ENews 9-20-07

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

I really hate eating crow...and that one was a tough bird to swallow. If the USC O-Line does to others what it did to the Huskers, they are going to have a great season...yikes those backs had big holes to run through and nary a Husker Linebacker in sight. But enough about that...the Huskers gave it their best and we came up short...Not the Victory But the...well you know. So the best advice is to dust ourselves off and carry on with the rest of the season. Better things are yet to come!

This week's game against Ball State will be televised on Pay-Per-View (Fox Sports Network) at 9:30 a.m. PDT Saturday morning, and fans have a choice of either paying the $30 bucks to watch it at home, or donate to the cause at our watch sites when the hat (or pitcher) is passed around. The big three sites (Final-Final, Jack's and Legends) will pay to have the game at a cost of $400 bucks to each sports bar. So we will once again pass the hat to help them defray the cost of the broadcast. If each fan pays a measly 10 bucks we'll probably break even, so be generous please! Anything collected in excess of the cost will be donated to our chapter scholarship fund. Hope to see you set the alarm, put on your Husker duds and enjoy a hearty breakfast at your fav watchsite with other fans while enjoying the game.

Check out the Husker Humor column at the end of the email for a couple of chuckles, the piece about David Letterman (Ball State grad), and check out the letter from the USC fan about his experience in Lincoln...won't make up for the loss, but it will do your heart good! There's also an update about happenings at the Alumni Association and news of the recent and hasty departure of Ed Paquette as the head of the Alumni Association.

I'll be away from my email for the next couple of weeks, so please check our website for game updates and news from the homeland while I'm out of touch. Brian has agreed to update the website with a few articles and any TV broadcast announcements that come up for the Iowa State, Mizzou and Oklahoma State games. In addition, those who attend watch parties at Final-Final should receive info about televised games from Steve Curry.

I hope to be back and sending you a Bay Area Huskers E-News in time for the Texas A&M game.

Go Big Red (White and Blue),


Jack's Brewing Company in Fremont has added a bunch of awesome HD flat screens and a very bright HD projector for their big screen to enhance your viewing pleasure. They also have a great breakfast menu for sports fans and open at 9 a.m. for weekend games.

From Steve Curry (Final-Final Watch Site Coordinator)...
Thanks to all who responded to my email last week. Final Final WILL carry the FSN pay-per-view broadcast of the Husker vs Ball St. football game next week. It looks like it will be a 9:30 a.m. PDT start on Saturday, 22 Sept..

I would appreciate a couple volunteers to pass the hat during that game so we can help Arnie with the additional cost (several hundred dollars) for this ppv broadcast.


Head Coach Bill Callahan and the Huskers take on Ball State this Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska will complete the non-conference portion of its 2007 schedule this Saturday when the Huskers play host to the Ball State Cardinals in the 285th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 9:37 a.m. and the contest will be carried on a pay-per-view basis by FSN.

The Huskers enter the matchup with a 2-1 record, following a 49-31 loss to top-ranked USC last Saturday evening in Lincoln. Nebraska forged ahead 10-7 in the second quarter, but a powerful Trojan rushing attack proved to be too much to handle. The loss dropped Nebraska in this week’s national polls and the Huskers will enter Saturday’s game ranked 24th in the Associated Press poll and 22nd in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Nebraska’s matchup with Ball State is the first meeting between the schools and marks just the fourth game in school history against a current Mid-American Conference school, and the first since 1997. The Huskers posted a victory over Akron in 1997 and own victories over Northern Illinois in 1989 and 1990. A victory on Saturday would also allow Nebraska to finish non-conference play with one loss or less for the 26th consecutive season.

Ball State will come to Lincoln with a 2-1 record. The Cardinals dropped a one-point decision to Miami (Ohio) in their season opener, but have bounced back with two consecutive victories, including a 34-31 overtime victory at Navy on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals feature a high-powered offense, averaging nearly 450 yards per game.

A number of former Husker greats will also be on hand in Lincoln this weekend as part of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame festivities. The newest members of the hall will be officially inducted at a Friday dinner and honored during pre-game ceremonies on Saturday.


Sam Keller passed for 389 yards, the highest total ever by a Husker against a ranked foe, in Nebraska's setback to No. 1 USC.

Lincoln - Cody Glenn scored on a pair of one-yard touchdown plunges and Todd Peterson hauled in a pair of touchdown passes, but No. 1 USC reeled off 35 straight points in the second and third quarters to claim a 49-31 victory over No. 14 Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

Playing in front of an NCAA record 284th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium and an ABC prime-time national television audience, Nebraska fed off the energy of a revved up crowd of 84,959 to take a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter after Glenn's first quarter scoring plunge tied the score, and Henery put NU up 10-7 on a 37-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the first half.

After Nebraska took the lead, USC benefitted from a fortuitous bounce, when Rickey Thenarse stripped USC return man Vincent Joseph of the football in front of the USC sideline and the ball flew more than 10 yards toward the middle of the field. Trojan Malcolm Smith scooped up the ball and raced 31 yards down the Nebraska sideline before being upended at the NU 45.

Joseph, who was injured on the play, was carried off the field and taken by ambulance to a local hospital with a bruised larnyx. After the extended delay, USC appeared to use the time to regroup and attack the Huskers on both sides of the ball with greater energy.

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Lincoln - The Nebraska-Ball State football game on Saturday, Sept. 22 will be telecast via pay-per-view on participating cable systems and nationwide to satellite dish customers. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:37 a.m. PDT from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Information about how to purchase the telecast, including a list of participating cable systems and satellite providers, is attached. It will be updated frequently in the days leading up to the game. Details will be posted on and, search: Midwest as they become available.

Suggested retail price for residential purchase is $29.95. Big 12 Special Order Sports, Fox Sports Net’s pay-per-view division, will produce and distribute the telecast.

The game is being televised on pay-per-view because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. Participating cable and satellite providers will offer the telecast to their customers on a specially designated pay-per-view channel. The telecast will not pre-empt FSN’s regularly scheduled programming.

FSN Nebraska basketball television announcer Greg Sharpe will call the play-by-play alongside former Husker Matt Davison as analyst, with FSN’s Stacy Paetz as sideline reporter.

The Nebraska-Ball State game will be the ninth Nebraska football game distributed on pay-per-view, following: Oct. 12, 2002 vs. Missouri; Oct. 25, 2003 vs. Iowa State; Sept. 4, 2004 vs. Western Illinois; Oct. 2, 2004 vs. Kansas; Sept. 3, 2005 vs. Maine; Oct. 15, 2005 at Baylor; Sept. 23, 2006 vs. Troy; and Oct. 14, 2006 at Kansas State. Nebraska won all eight of those games.


Since there aren't any radio broadcasts out here anymore, Bay Area fans will have to "tune in" to to listen to the game on their computers.

Nebraska has announced that the Huskers’ Sept. 29 Big 12 Conference opener against Iowa State will kick off at 11:05 a.m. PDT. No television coverage is planned for the game.

The Nebraska-Iowa State game will air on the Husker Sports Radio Network, and its more than 50 affiliate stations nationwide. The Husker Sports Network call by the broadcast team of Jim Rose, Adrian Fiala and Matt Davison can also be heard around the world on and on Sirius Satellite Radio (check listing for channel). The Husker Sports Network will begin its pre-game show for the Nebraska-ISU game at 6 a.m. PDT, including a live broadcast from the Husker Nation Pavilion beginning at 8 a.m.

Game times and television coverage for Nebraska’s remaining games will be announced six to 12 days in advance.

Nebraska’s matchup with Ball State on Saturday is set for an 9:37 a.m. PDT kickoff, with the game being televised on a pay-per-view basis by FSN. Suggested retail price for the game is $29.95 and full ordering instructions are available on


This was posted on the Huskers Illustrated board by a LA resident who attended the game in Lincoln on Saturday. Pretty neat.

How--and why--I became a Big Red fan (from an SC guy)

I arrived in Omaha in the dark Friday. An early fall chill was accompanied by the sweet smell of crops in the air which was exciting just because it was so different than Los Angeles.

When I woke up Saturday morning I was bummed because I wanted one of those crystal-clear, bright blue never-ending sky days on the plains I had read about or seen on TV. Alas. We had breakfast at the Denny's off of exit 84 between Omaha and Lincoln. Then the beauty began. The countryside was just so beautiful. The rows and rows of tassled corn, the old barns off in the distance, passing over various creeks and rivers--I got goose bumps. Our hotel was waaaaaaay out of the way: America's Best Value Inn out at NW 12 st and Adams. We walked all the way into town--it was the best. Breezes rustling in trees, that sweet smell of the earth...

So we make it to the parking lot of the baseball stadium at the Haymarket when some Huskers fans collar us and invite us in to their tailgate. Soon we're helping them with the keg-emptying process and having great conversation. Turns out, we all had lots in common, starting with a shared love for the game of college football (and sports in general). Mike, Ross, Chad and the gang were awesome! So then, they insisted on taking us to "Rock the Dock" (something like that). Anyway, it's the place right outside Embassy Suites--what a great place. Cool live music, and the biggest six dollar beer I've ever had in my life. We were swallowed in a Sea of Red but everyone was very cool--just wanted to have fun.

We left there and headed up O Street to The Watering Hole. A great place! Great pub grub and people bought us beer, including our new friends. So we chat about all sorts of interesting stuff with cool people in there. I got to know our new friends more. Farm life in Lawrence, NE. Wow! It truly is so different from life in suburban Los Angeles. But I couldn't admire it more. I think people forget just how tough--yet necessary--agriculture is to the existence of us all. I could see in the eyes of these young guys a genuine honesty that was very refreshing. We talked about the gamble that is farming. Yet I knew they wouldn't trade it for the world. The lifestyle, the people, the land. Which makes rooting for Big Red a very noble thing. Go Big Red is go big sky, go big land, go necessary rain, go sweet smelling earth, go John Deere, go flooded summer creeks, go people that have been there my whole life and always will be, go pork bellies, go old fashioned sensibilities, go things not changing too much, go quiet Sundays when you get to relax, go the feeling you worked hard outside all day and you fall into bed dead tired but wouldn't change it for the world, go being away from all the rush, go Runzas, go Saturdays out at the lake...

Our new friends made sure we got over to gate 2 on time. Everyone was really amped up by this time and there is much hooting and hollaring (as there should be). So, I ask "Where are y'all sitting?" They all replied matter-of-factly: "Oh, we don't have tickets. we just wanted to make sure you guys got here on time." Damn! Now that's what it's all about.

The stadium was, of course electric. My favorite memory of the game (yeah, I loved the score, but what I'll always remember) is at the end of half-time I was walking back up the ramp to my seat. I was able to look out past the campus, past the black line of trees to a sun that peeked through, bleeding Red into the land because it--like me--was tied to the land and the people that make it so great.

Gooooooo Biiiiiiiig Reeeeeeeeed! GO BIG RED! Fight On. Beat the hell out of everyone and know that y'all made a Husker out of me this weekend.


NU's Dan Titchener is one of 41 punters selected to the 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List.

Junior punter Dan Titchener was among 41 punters nation-wide selected for the Ray Guy Award Watch List by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The Ray Guy Award is given each year to college football’s top punter and is determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, sports information directors, past Ray Guy Award winners and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

Joining Titchener on the list are four 2006 top-10 Ray Guy finalists, including one top-three finisher in Georgia Tech’s Durante Brooks. Titchener was nominated for the award based on his outstanding performance on the field last season, as well as his consistent excellence in the classroom and in the community.

Titchener launched 66 punts for a total of 2,592 yards in 2006, an average of nearly 40 yards per punt. In the classroom, he is a six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and a 2006 first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection, while also giving to the community as a volunteer for Dads of Kids with Disabilities, Village Manor Retirement Center, while earning recognition as a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi finalists, to be announced in early November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. The award will be presented live on ESPN December 6, 2007, during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Nebraska has yet to win a Ray Guy Award since its inception in 2000, but did have a finalist in Kyle Larson in 2003.


All-American Jason Peter is a headliner in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007.

Peter helped the Huskers to national championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

Lincoln - The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame will induct its newest class this weekend during festivities around the Huskers' game with Ball State on Saturday.

The class, which includes seven former Huskers and three members of the state college ranks, will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday evening at a banquet in their honor at Memorial Stadium. The Hall of Fame Class of 2007 will be introduced to the Memorial Stadium crowd on Saturday during the Ball State game, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. (PDT)

In addition to the former greats in the 2007 induction class, 11-time NFL All-Pro offensive lineman and 1992 Nebraska Outland Trophy winner Will Shields will be officially honored by the Hall of Fame. Shields was automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993, but because of his professional commitments he has not been able to attend any of the Hall of Fame banquets since his graduation from Nebraska.

Along with the players, former Husker assistant coach George Darlington will be on hand to receive the Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award, while long-time supporter of Nebraska Athletics Joe Silverman will be honored with the Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award.

Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American fullback Dane Todd will receive one of two Nebraska Chapter Postgraduate Scholarships, along with current Dana College senior linebacker Greg Wilmes.


David Letterman Should Come to Lincoln Saturday

Ball State isn't exactly a household name among college football fans, but I bet most of you know its most famous alum. He's a television producer, a philanthropist and an IRL IndyCar Series car owner.

If you're still scratching your head, here are two more clues, which should be dead giveaways. Ball State's most famous alum is an award-winning American comedian and late-night talk show host.

Still don't know who he is? David Letterman is your man, and I see no reason why he can't do his Late Show on CBS on Friday night in New York, then hop on a plane for the Nebraska-Ball State football game that begins at 11:30 Saturday morning in Lincoln. Being the world-wide entertainment force he is, Letterman should be able to have his tan pants seated among the Sea of Red at Memorial Stadium for lunch and be back home in Indiana, or New York City, by supper.

If Will Ferrell, Keanu Reeves, Judge Clarence Thomas and Rush Limbaugh can come to Lincoln one weekend, why can't America's most beloved gap-toothed talk-show host stop in for a Runza, a slice of Valentino's pizza or even a Fairbury Brand hot dog while watching his favorite team take on the Big Red?

Doesn't he owe it to his alma mater? I mean if Stephen King can follow Maine to Lincoln in 2005, David Letterman can follow Ball State to Memorial Stadium this weekend.

Last Friday, when Letterman visited Ball State to dedicate its new $21 million communication and media building, 3,000-plus people showed up. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels bestowed the state's highest civilian honor on Letterman, but Daniels didn't show up to present the award. Letterman got the last laugh on that one.

In the spirit of giving Letterman plenty of reasons to come to Lincoln, I asked a a couple of Late Show fans in the Nebraska Media Relations Office, Jeff Griesch and Shamus McKnight, to throw together their Top 10 Reasons Why Letterman Should Come to Lincoln. They even let me get involved. We thought the result was good enough to submit to the Late Show with David Letterman web site and its Wahoo Gazette editor, Michael McIntee. The idea is to spur the folks at the home office in Wahoo, Nebraska, to encourage Letterman our way.

Here's our Top 10.

Top 10 Reasons Why David Letterman Should Come to Lincoln Saturday

10. Nebraska's Johnny Carson Theater is empty and air-conditioned on game days.

9. It's an opportunity to surprise hard-working employees with cookies at the Late Show home office in Wahoo.

8. Warren Buffett invited Regis in 2001 and he didn't show up. What the heck was he thinking?

7. Andy Roddick digs the Huskers.

6. You won’t have to share the spotlight in Lincoln all the big celebrities came to town last week.

5. If you don’t come, Joba Chamberlain will inadvertently throw over your head.

4. You might make the front page of The Wahoo Gazette.

3. Nebraskans know where to find their governor on game day.

2. You can see a whole new world of "Stupid Pet Tricks" from Husker season ticket-holder "Larry the Cable Guy."

1. This is your once in a lifetime chance to fire Der Veiner Schlinger.



Sportsmanship: Alive and Well in Nebraska

Last night, Peg Kopetka finished another long, but glorious day working in the Development Office of the University of Nebraska Athletic Department.

She went home, fixed dinner and turned on her computer. Diane Mendenhall, Nebraska’s assistant athletic director for development, had sent Kopetka an e-mail about Beano Cook and sportsmanship.

"The two best things to ever come out of Nebraska are Johnny Carson and sportsmanship. Nebraska sets the standard for how fans should act."

-- Beano Cook (College football historian and commentator)
Listen to Beano Cook talk about the sportsmanship of Nebraska fans.

Just as Kopetka clicked the link, her 12-year-old daughter, Cami, came over to check it out.

Onto the screen popped Cook, a college football historian and still an ESPN commentator.

Cook talked about the death of sportsmanship in America and then laid out his evidence. After that, he gave two examples where sportsmanship is still alive and well . . . in the Little League World Series and at Nebraska, where sellout crowds still have the class to applaud the efforts of both teams, win or lose.

When Cook finished his commentary, Cami Kopetka looked at her mother and said simply: “Mom, I’m proud to be a Nebraskan, aren’t you?”

Her mother said, "I wish I had a video of Cami when she asked that question. You should have seen her eyes and heard her voice. She was so proud and so sincere."

Cami might as well have been asking her question to the whole state and all of those who live elsewhere, but still consider Nebraska roots to be at the core of their character.

“The two best things to ever come out of Nebraska are Johnny Carson and sportsmanship,” Cook told Steve Pederson last night when Nebraska’s athletic director called to thank him for the sportsmanship plug. Cook said he put the USC at Nebraska game in this week’s commentary because “Nebraska sets the standard for how fans should act” and the rest of the world needs to know that.


Following a pair of sweeps last week, the top-ranked Husker volleyball team is off until this Saturday, when it takes on Texas A&M at the Nebraska Coliseum. First serve between the Huskers (9-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Aggies (11-2, 1-2) is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be carried across the state on the Husker Sports Network. Saturday’s match will also be televised across Nebraska on NET (Ch. 12) and NET-HD (Ch. 112). The volleyball match caps a day-night doubleheader for Husker sports, as the Nebraska football team will take on Ball State at 11:30 a.m.

One of the strengths of Nebraska’s attack through the first third of the season has been the play of middle blockers Tracy Stalls and Kori Cooper, who rank among the Big 12 leaders in hitting percentage and combine to average over 5.00 kills per game. Stalls, who ranked among the national leaders last season at .400, is hitting an eye-popping .508 on the season, while Cooper is hitting .402 and averaging nearly a kill per game more than a year ago. Last week, the pair hit .583 and averaged 6.16 kills per game in sweeps of seventh-ranked Texas and Texas Tech.


Nebraska’s start time for its volleyball match against Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 29, has been set for a 7 p.m. at the Nebraska Coliseum.

The match was originally listed as TBA on the volleyball schedule pending the start time of the Nebraska-Iowa State football game that same day. Kickoff for the NU-ISU football game was announced earlier Wednesday with a 1:05 p.m. kickoff.

The volleyball match between the Huskers and Bears will be carried across the state on the Husker Sports Network, with a live video feed being provided on HuskersNside. The match on Sept. 29 will not be televised.


Lubbock, Texas — While the location was different, the result was the same as the No. 1 ranked Nebraska volleyball team improved to 9-0 on the season with a 30-19, 30-15, 30-20 victory over Texas Tech Saturday night.

The Huskers, making their first road trip of the season, used a strong performance from middle blockers Tracy Stalls and Kori Cooper, who combined for 21 kills on .588 hitting in propelling Nebraska to its seventh consecutive sweep.

Cooper, who lives less than two hours from the United Spirit Arena, received a boisterous applause when introduced before recording a season-best 11 kills on .579 hitting and five blocks. It marked the first time the sophomore has led the Huskers in kills. Stalls totaled 10 kills on 15 swings and matched Cooper for team-high honors with five stuffs, keying a defensive performance that held Texas Tech to .075 hitting.

"Anytime your middles lead the team in kills, it means they and the setters are playing at a high level and connecting," Nebraska Coach John Cook said. "That was one of the points we wanted to emphasize tonight, to take advantage of their middle blockers."

Behind the duo, Nebraska hit .342 as a team and matched season bests in both blocks (11) and service aces, as both Rachel Schwartz and Sarah Pavan tied career bests. Schwartz, who did not record an ace in NU’s first eight matches, finished with three aces and 10 digs, while Pavan matched her NU best with four aces and added eight kills and four blocks in a match that took just 80 minutes.

"We wanted to go on the road and serve tough, and that was the other thing we wanted to do tonight," Cook said. "It put a lot of stress on (them), and we did a good job of slowing down their attack with our serve. Once we did that, it dictated the match in our favor.


Colleen Goetzmann will help the Huskers face Saint Louis and Florida this weekend.

Lincoln - The Huskers return to the friendly confines of the Nebraska Soccer field this weekend, after a busy early-season schedule and a long trip out west left them with a 2-2-2 record.

Nebraska entered last weekend's USC Tournament unbeaten, but squaring off against two Southeastern Conference opponents, the Huskers came up empty handed. NU lost to No. 13 Tennessee 2-0 on Friday and 2-1 to Georgia on Sunday. Nebraska invites two more respectable foes to the Nebraska Soccer Field this weekend as it faces the Saint Louis Billikens on Friday at 5 p.m. and the Florida Gators on Sunday at 1 p.m.

After offensive struggles over the past several games, Brittany Goosen found the back of the net for the Huskers against Georgia. The freshman defender launched a free kick from near midfield that bounced over the head of Bulldog goalkeeper Michelle Betos. The goal broke a 245-minute scoreless streak for the Huskers.



Lil' Red was officially invited for induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Lincoln - Nebraska's beloved inflatable ambassador of cheer, Lil' Red, earned its official invitation for induction into The Mascot Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 15. Lil' Red, who was making a live appearance on ESPN's GameDay Built by Home Depot in front of thousands of fans at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, was one of three collegiate mascots named to the Hall's third class.

Husker fans played a major role in Lil' Red's induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame. The Husker Nation united to cast more than 120,000 votes for Lil' Red in a two-week period that ended on Sept. 6. Lil' Red edged Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye in the final tally, as both Lil' Red and Brutus finish with nearly three times the votes of the next closest mascot, Western Kentucky's Big Red.

All three of the famed collegiate mascots earned induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame. The three collegiate mascots will be joined in the class by the San Antonio Spurs Coyote and Mr. Met from the professional ranks. Officially, all five characters earn the coveted "Golden Silly String Award."

The 2007 class will join the Phillie Phanatic, the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, and Famous Chicken who were inducted in 2005 along with last year’s class made up of Clutch the Bear, KC Wolf, The Jazz Bear, YoUDee, Aubie, and Bucky Badger.


Chris Rosaker
Daily Nebraskan

Ed Paquette has worked for Nebraska Alumni Association for 10 years. Friday was his last day, and the departure may indicate internal turmoil at the association.

"All I can tell you is Ed is taking a leave of absence," said Shelly Zaborowski, senior associate executive director of the Alumni Association.

But the question no one knows the answer to or will comment on is why Paquette has to go.

Zaborowski declined to comment on the reason.

Efforts to contact the board of directors of the Alumni Association were unsuccessful. Many would not take calls, others would not return them, and Jeannine Falter, second vice president on the board, hung up after answering a call.

Attempts to reach Paquette himself were also met with no success. However, his wife, Marti, the travel coordinator for the Alumni Association, was reached by telephone Sunday afternoon.

"Hopefully at some point we will be able to discuss this with the public," said Marti Paquette, "but right now our lawyer has advised us to not say anything for both the benefit of the Alumni Association and (the Paquettes') future.

"The Nebraska Alumni Association has chapters in all 50 states. One of the chapter leaders who claimed to be close to Paquette brought the situation to the attention of the Daily Nebraskan but requested to stay anonymous for fear of repercussion from superiors.

The chapter leader said the way in which the board of directors went about the whole process of informing Paquette was "really, really shady.

"According to the source, Paquette's contract entailed a three-week notice on termination, but the board only gave him three days.

"It's not very professional," the source said.

First Paquette was asked to take sick leave, but he refused, the source said, so he was told to take administrative leave and get a lawyer.


Dear Alumni and Friends,

Holling Garden Renovation/Foehlinger Dedication Sept. 29

Join us Sept. 29, two hours prior to the NU-Iowa State football game, for the ribbon-cutting at the Wick Alumni Center Holling Garden’s new Life Endowment Wall and the dedication of the Bob Foehlinger Memorial Fountain. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Pam Penner.

Limited Space Available on Texas, Kansas Bus Tours

The Missouri tour is sold out, but there are still a few seats on the Nebraska Alumni Association motorcoach tours to the Texas and Kansas football games this fall, in conjunction with Allied Tour & Travel. Sign up today for the Oct. 26-29 trip to Austin, Texas, with overnight stays in Dallas and Oklahoma City; and the one-day trip to Lawrence, Kan., on Nov. 3. To register, or for additional details, click here.

Forever Huskers Weekend Set
The class of 1957 will be honored and members of the Nebraska Alumni Association from the classes up to and including 1967 have been invited to Forever Huskers Weekend, Oct. 11-13. Weekend activities include a cocktail reception, a university lunch, tours of City and East campuses with a stop at the UNL Dairy Store, NAA’s Come on home Celebration, a pre-game Husker Huddle and the NU-Oklahoma State football game. For more information or to register, click here.

Drop By the Alumni Sidelines
You are invited to drop by the Wick Alumni Center before each home football game this fall for “Alumni Sidelines.” We’ll have some light refreshments, a limited number of game-day programs, other games and pre-game coverage on our big screen, and a chance to cool off or warm up as the case may be. Alumni Sidelines will begin three hours prior to kickoff and conclude one hour prior. Our only 2007 Home Husker Huddle will take place at the Wick Alumni Center on Saturday, Oct. 13 before the NU vs. Oklahoma State homecoming game.

Come On Home
The Nebraska Alumni Association’s 15th annual Come On Home homecoming celebration is slated for Friday, Oct 12, at the Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St. On tap for the evening are free food from Pepsi and Valentino’s at 4:30 p.m., the homecoming parade at 6 p.m., and introduction of the homecoming royalty and a Scarlet and Cream Singers performance following the parade.

RED Gala Steering Committee In Place
Honorary chairs for the Nebraska Alumni Association’s 2008 RED Gala, at the Hilton Omaha Jan. 18, 2008, are former NU track star Denny Walker, ’68, and his wife, Diana, of Omaha. Members of the steering committee are Doug, ’83, and Wendi Law; Kelly, ’80, and Sue Saalfeld, ’80, ’85; Annette Wetzel, ’83; and the Nebraska Alumni Association liaison, Sharlette Schwenninger, ’79. Proceeds from the Gala go to the RED Scholars Fund.

Association Staff Volunteers in the Community
Because volunteerism is the soul of the alumni association, we put our words into action. Alumni staff members also volunteer and are active in a wide range of community activities. Shelley Zaborowski, senior associate executive director of the alumni association, is a TeamMates mentor and a blood donor. She helps Brooklyn, a six grader at a local middle school, with her math studies as part of the TeamMates program started by Tom Osborne. And, as a member of the two-gallon club, she finds donating blood an easy way to make huge impact on the community.

Limited Edition Husker Watch Available at Borsheims
One of the University of Nebraska's most distinguished alumni is also a big fan of Husker Athletics! And since Warren Buffett owns the legendary jewelry store Borsheims, he has #1 of 500 limited edition Husker watches produced by luxury Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil. (Coach Callahan and Steve Pederson have #2 and #3, respectively). This exclusive and officially licensed watch is available for purchase now - but you'll have to act fast if you want to get your hands on one. Buy directly from, or visit Borsheims in Omaha, located in Regency Court.



* Johanns Steps Down At USDA As Bush Endorses His Senate Campaign

President Bush and Mike Johanns covered each other in praise Thursday as Johanns stepped down from the top job at the USDA, and both men made clear the former Nebraska governor would run for the U.S. Senate.

* North Platte Celebrates The Railroad In A Big Way

There is no "wrong side of the tracks" in the historic railroad town of North Platte as the town's Rail Fest draws visitors from across the nation. From Keith Blackledge.

* Huskers Seek Toughness, Improvement After USC Debacle

Here comes the crucible. And here come's Sam McKewon to tell youabout it.

* Callahan Says Ball State Poses "Dangerous" Challenge

Las Vegas gambling houses have already installed Nebraska's football team as a comfortable three-touchdown favorite over Ball State. You know, some Husker fans ain't comfortable about nuthin' right now!

* Monday Column: USC's Good, But Not Unstoppable

Good evening from the center of a depressed world, where it seems like yesterday's "tough questions" rant echoed the thoughts of many Husker fans. This week's column from Mr. McKewon.

* After USC Loss, Huskers Need to Ask Tough Questions

So it was 1 a.m. Sunday morning just outside Memorial Stadium. The joint was dead. Like the color had been sucked out of it. Some idiots had knocked over trash cans in a phony display of disgust. The latest from Sam McKewon, Everyman's favorite Husker analyst.

* USC Runs Wild Over Huskers

Amidst a Sea of Red, under a cool, black September sky, the Four Trojans rode together for the first time, smashing the upset dreams of Nebraska - both the state, and its football team. The game story, from Sam.



Here's a funny one about the Patriot's recent controversy about stealing signals thats pretty funny (Thanks Buck!)


And here's a funny retrospective on the Nebraska/USC Game...
(Thanks to Shari E.)

Well, looking back at last weekend, at least one USC running back was caught...

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