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nunusguy
12-17-2004, 08:16 PM
Way back when I was a kid growing up in midwestern Missouri (then Big Eight
country), the Nebraska Cornhuskers were feared far & wide in that part of the country . Now they are afraid to open on TV next year against the Houston Cougs, gonna play that powerhouse crew from Maine instead.
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2952814

Hervoyel
12-17-2004, 08:57 PM
Unreal. I never thought I'd live to see the day that the Nebraska Cornhuskers ducked the Cougs. That's pretty sad. I seriously wonder if in trying to save themselves from an embarrassing loss they've instead done something that will cost them almost as much in respect around the country.

ComstockLode
12-17-2004, 11:51 PM
This is the funniest stuff ever.

Nebraska ducking a school that couldnt break .500 in Conference USA???

Ducking a school that lost to Rice this year??? :thud:

axman40
12-18-2004, 10:01 AM
So from now on should we refer to them as the Nebraska Dodgers?
:loser

Hervoyel
12-19-2004, 01:41 PM
So from now on should we refer to them as the Nebraska Dodgers?
:loser

I like that and in their honor I'm going to wear the logo of the newly named "Nebraska Dodgers" as my avatar for a while. The "Dodgers" part is in yellow for obvious reasons.

Vinny
12-19-2004, 01:43 PM
That's too funny

Hervoyel
12-19-2004, 01:45 PM
They'll be incorporating more yellow in their uniforms in the upcoming year. I expect them to do a big fat yellow stripe up their backs and on top of their helmets.

I really am shocked though that they'd be this concerned about getting beat by the Cougars. I expect the Cougars to have a pretty good year next season but ducking them like this really says a lot about what the Cornhuskers think of their own program right now.

gwallaia
12-20-2004, 08:42 AM
I was going to invite Kris Brown to the tailgate party. Oh well.

Yankee_In_TX
12-20-2004, 08:49 AM
Lindsay will be ticked if she can't watch that game. Her Nebraska roots and one year of school there, and the rest of school at U of H.

Huge
12-22-2004, 11:48 AM
Nebraska AD responds... (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6744803/)

Wonder what the conditions were. Maybe concerned about another "bleacher gate"? ;)

gwallaia
12-22-2004, 01:17 PM
UT fans will be talking about "bleacher gate" 100 years from now. That was Chet Gladchuck who made the dumb decision to erect the temporary bleachers at Roberston Stadium. I, along with many other Cougars emailed him before the game urging him to move the game to the Astrodome to accomodate the fans who had already purchased tickets. It was a bad decision that I knew would draw endless criticism to UH.

Dave Maggard would not have made that same mistake.

shinerbock_texas
12-23-2004, 10:44 AM
Nebraska AD responds... (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6744803/)

Wonder what the conditions were. Maybe concerned about another "bleacher gate"? ;)


The Game was set to be played in Reliant, so unless the BullPen is about to fall down, I would not really worry about that sort of thing in Reliant Stadium.

The bigger concern for Nebraska should be the state of their sorry football program and their head coach calling people hill-billies. If there was every a state full of hill-billies it would have to be Neb.

WWJD
12-23-2004, 10:57 AM
When did the Nebraska coach call anybody a hillbilly?

shinerbock_texas
12-23-2004, 11:47 AM
If I remember correctly, I believe it was after the Ok State or Ks State game.

astrofan
12-23-2004, 12:27 PM
they have hills in nebraska?

Huge
12-23-2004, 03:27 PM
His "hillbilly" comment was directed towards the OU fans. And based on experience, I'd say it was dead on. A bit inappropriate...but dead on. There's no comparison between Oklahoma and Nebraska.

shinerbock_texas
12-23-2004, 03:36 PM
His "hillbilly" comment was directed towards the OU fans. And based on experience, I'd say it was dead on. A bit inappropriate...but dead on. There's no comparison between Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Remind me isn't Oklahoma and Dallas quite close? Ummm.. Well if the Hill-billies are in Oklahoma, one would have to assume that they are in Dallas considering the proximity.

Shotgun30
12-23-2004, 03:59 PM
U of H can shut it's mouth b/c a few years back they backed out of a signed contract with Nebraska.

Huge
12-23-2004, 04:02 PM
Remind me isn't Oklahoma and Dallas quite close? Ummm.. Well if the Hill-billies are in Oklahoma, one would have to assume that they are in Dallas considering the proximity.
Are you aware of how close Houston is to Louisiana?

Hervoyel
12-23-2004, 04:52 PM
U of H can shut it's mouth b/c a few years back they backed out of a signed contract with Nebraska.

When was this and where can I read up on it? I'm curious.

DiapHer
12-23-2004, 06:33 PM
They are called "Bluffs" read up on the Oregon Trail...

There are sandhills out west though.

DiapHer
12-23-2004, 06:41 PM
Go to Texans Talk.com already hashed this one out over there not going to waste my breath over here. Shotgun find that article.

Shotgun30
12-24-2004, 10:19 AM
I will look for the article, but I believe it would have been the 1998 season....I remember I was looking forward to seeing the Huskers in Houston that year, but the Cougars backed out. And that was a signed contract. I remember the year b/c it was the year that I moved to Houston from Austin.

Shotgun30
12-24-2004, 10:30 AM
http://www.techsideline.com/news/1997/971030news.htm

He is proof the Cougars backed out of games with Nebraska in 1998 and 1999.

Ever since the University of Houston recently backed out of a home-and-home series scheduled with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1998 and 1999, rumors have been swirling that Tech and Nebraska are trying to work something out.

So, as far as I am concerned turn about is fair play and at least Nebraska did not have a signed contract!

gwallaia
12-24-2004, 02:40 PM
I found this at the link below, "huskerpedia.com"; according to this article:

-THERE WAS NO SIGNED CONTRACT BETWEEN UH AND NEBRASKA IN 1997: There was a signed "Letter of Intent" between the schools, but the agreement was contingent on UH getting out of another contracted game, which didn't happen.

-UH GAVE NEBRASKA A YEAR'S NOTICE: Notice was given in September 1997 for the game that was scheduled for September 1998. We didn't back out of the September 1998 game in July 1998 and leave you scrambling for a game, as many Nebraska fans have mistakenly stated.

Nebraska fans are making the 1998 situation out to be much worse than it truly was. It doesn't totally clear UH of responsibility for backing out of a signed letter of intent to play Nebraska, but we didn't dump you at the last minute. Schedule changes happen a year in advance on a regular basis in college football.

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College Football Plagued with Broken Promises and Voided Contracts

The University of Houston will not be playing the Huskers in football anytime soon. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Byrne announced on Sept. 30, 1997 that the Husker vs. Houston series was off. Nebraska was to travel to Houston for a Sept .12, 1998 game and Houston was to play at Lincoln on Sept. 18, 1999. As recently as June, 1997 then Interim University of Houston AD Bill McGillis indicated that they would be playing the Huskers but as Nebraska tried to get contracts signed, the University of Houston, stalled, squirmed, then finally went back on their signed letter of intent. Instead of the Huskers, Houston will face the University of Minnesota in 1998 and the mighty Southwestern Louisiana in 1999. A University of Houston spokesperson stated that Nebraska knew their agreement was contingent on Houston getting out of contracted games on those dates.

Nebraska is working to find a school to fill these dates. The last time a the Huskers had to find a replacement on such short notice was in 1992 when Arkansas back out of a game and Middle Tennessee State was added. Nebraska hopes to announce a replacement for these games later this fall but fears the replacement team will come from Division 1AA.

“Over scheduling is a problem,” said Brian Tetter, Assistant Commissioner for Conference USA. Tetter speculated that after the break-up of the Southwestern Conference, Houston scrambled to fill their schedule and when they joined Conference USA they now have conference obligations. “Over scheduling” is a polite way to describe inviting two different girls to the same dance.

Amazingly, there is no organization that oversees and sets policies or codes of conduct with regards to college football non-conference scheduling. FanWire asked Ted Breidenshal of the NCAA if they offer a “scheduling code of conduct” or scheduling policies. “What? So Nebraska doesn't schedule Akron again?” Breidenshal quipped.

This response serves as a reminder that when opponents cancel on any team, in this case, when a contracted opponent canceled a game with Nebraska, the Husker's look bad because the replacement games, (in this case Akron and Central Florida) are rarely against top teams. And the media such as the hosts on ESPN’s “Sports Center” only complain about the soft schedule, but rarely take to time to understand the many broken promises and contracts that sent Nebraska scrambling to find teams to play, resulting in exciting games like Middle Tennessee State-1992, or Akron and Central Florida-1998.

Canceled agreements are nothing new in college football. Utah State canceled their 1994 and 1995 visits to Lincoln, Wyoming canceled in 1993, Arkansas in 1992 and 1993, and Tulane backed out in 1989 and 1990. Even the 1995-96 Nebraska vs. Michigan State series almost didn't happen but Nebraska wouldn't let them out. To control this problem, Nebraska has increased their cancellation clause.

Big 12 Conference executive Bo Carter explained how widespread the problem is. “Auburn's been burned in the past. So has Colorado, Florida State, and Kansas State. That is why FSU played Middle Tennessee State. Recently LSU backed out of their deal with Texas A&M.”

So what can be done? For starters, the plethora of organizations that are involved in the business of college athletics must develop policies that encourage good, sound, ethical behavior in the area of non-conference scheduling. These organizations include the NCAA, the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), NCAA Football USA (a new organization formed in 1997 to "improve, preserve and promote the game of college football") and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

HuskerWire is written by Jay Mulligan aka HuskerWireJay. Jay is also the basketball BBS monitor.

Shotgun30
12-24-2004, 03:21 PM
I agree that schedule changes happen. I am not happy how Steve Pederson has handle things, but the fact of the matter Nebraska had nothing signed with U of H. And U of H has plenty of time to fill out their schedule just like Nebraska did back in 1998 and 1999.