Big Ten / Nebraska Historical Connections



June 11, 2010

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  • Nebraska Football coach Bo Pelini played college football at Ohio State from 1986-1990 and was a team co-captain as a senior
    • Pelini started his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant for the legendary Hayden Fry at Iowa in 1991 - during current Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema's junior season as a Hawkeye
  • Current Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez was a linebacker for legendary coach Bob Devaney at Nebraska between 1966 and 1968. 
    • Bob Devaney started his coaching career at Michigan State under Clarence "Biggie" Munn and Duffy Daugherty
  • Former Nebraska Athletic Director, William Henry Harrison "Tippy" Dye was a three-sport athlete at Ohio State (1934-37) and until 2006 held the distinction as the only OSU quarterback to have led the Buckeyes to three straight wins over Michigan
    • Dye was also head men's basketball coach at Ohio State from 1947-1950
    • Dye replaced Bill Orwig at Nebraska, who left the university to become athletic director at Indiana University in 1961, where he later would hire Bobby Knight 
    • Orwig was on the men's basketball and football teams at Michigan and later was an assistant football coach 
    • Orwig is a 1987 inductee of the Indiana University Hall of Fame
  • Michigan legend Fielding Yost spent a season as head coach of the Nebraska football team in 1898 and was 8-3
  • Nebraska shared the 1997 football national championship with Michigan
  • Penn State President Graham Spanier was Chancellor at Nebraska from 1991-95, before returning to Penn State as President.

    • Indiana's Men's/Women's Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber, now in his 21st year at Indiana, coached the Nebraska Men's/Women's Diving team for 11 years winning 27 Big Eight Conference Championship titles and 6 Coach of the Year titles
      • His Indiana teams have won 39 Big Ten Conference Championship titles
      • He has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year 13 times

    • Nebraska Women's Volleyball Coach John Cook was head coach at Wisconsin for seven years before joining Nebraska in 1999
      • Nebraska Volleyball teams have appeared in the NCAA final four 5 times since 2000, winning the NCAA Championships in 2000 and 2006 and finishing 2nd in 2006.
      • Cook's daughter, Lauren, was 2009 National Freshman of the Year playing setter for UCLA, and transferred to Nebraska in January, 2010 
    • Cross Country Coach Jay Dirksen spent five years as an assistant track & field coach at the University of Illinois
    • Women's Basketball Coach Connie Yori was born and raised in Iowa
    • Swimming & Diving coach Pablo Morales was born in Chicago
    • The name Cornhuskers first appeared in the school newspaper as "We Have Met The Cornhuskers and They Are Ours" referring to a 20-18 upset victory over Iowa in 1893

    • Minnesota (51 games) and Iowa (41 games) have been Nebraska's two most common non-conference football opponents

    • Penn State Women's Volleyball Coach Russ Rose, in his 32nd year, earned his master's degree at Nebraska in 1978. He was the defensive coach for the Nebraska women's volleyball team during his time there and coached the second team to a two-year 52-5 record.