Look Back at the Top Stories from 2018-19
With the Big Ten Media Days for the 2019 college football season taking place next week in Chicago, the staff at Huskers.com took a look back at some of the top stories from the 2017-18 academic year. The list was based on both popularity from you the fans and memorable moments that shaped the past year.
With over 30 million page views during 2017-18, it was tough to cut the list to 10.
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A proven winner as both a coach and player at the collegiate and professional levels, Fred Hoiberg was named the 28th coach in the history of Nebraska men's basketball on March 30, 2019. The Hoiberg era kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, with an exhibition game against Doane at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Freshman Barret Pickering kicked three fourth-quarter field goals, including the game-winner with 5:13 remaining, and the Nebraska football team rallied for a 9-6 victory over Michigan State on Senior Day at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 17, 2018. Nebraska closed its home season by winning its final four home games, and won a football game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1937.
The Nebraska volleyball team earned a program-record fourth straight trip to the NCAA Semifinals after a 3-0 sweep over the No. 14 Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Minnesota’s Maturi Pavilion. The Huskers became the sixth program in NCAA history to reach four consecutive final fours, joining Pacific, Penn State, Stanford, Texas and UCLA. The Huskers went on to beat Illinois (3-2) before losing to Stanford (2-3) in the national championship match.
One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returned to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday, June 14, 2019.
The Husker men entered the final day with an 11-point lead and led the entire day until Indiana took a 90-89 lead with only the 4x400-meter relay remaining. The Huskers' relay team of Givon Washington, Tony Nou, Elijah Lucy and Isaiah Hutchinson ran a season-best 3:09.12 to finish fifth, while Indiana finished eighth in 3:11.71. The Huskers finished with 93 points, and Indiana had 91, giving NU its first team crown since 2016. The Husker men won their 67th all-time conference title and 38th indoors. It was the fifth Big Ten title for the Husker men since joining the conference in 2012. For legendary head coach Gary Pepin, it marked his 73rd career conference title and 43rd indoors.
Mark Manning's Huskers finished in 10th place with 51 points, marking the fifth straight season that NU has earned a top-10 spot at the NCAA Championships. Individually four Huskers earned All-American honors, including Tyler Berger who fell in the national championship match at 157.
The Nebraska men's gymnastics team finished third at the NCAA Championships, its best finish since 1999 when it also took third place. Anton Stephenson, Jake Bonnay, Josh Martin, Khalil Jackson and Charlie Giles claimed All-America awards.
Omaha native Abigail Knapton produced a fifth-place finish on platform at the 2019 NCAA Championships to earn her third first-team All-America award. Knapton also grabbed honorable-mention All-America recognition in the three-meter dive to become the first Husker to earn two All-America awards in a season since Elvira Fischer won two awards in the breaststroke events in 2001. Knapton is the first four-time All-America diver in Nebraska history and the first Husker diver to earn All-America honors three times in the same event.
Nebraska student-athletes posted a 90 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for the first time in school history, continuing the Huskers’ long tradition of being a national leader in the classroom. Nebraska recorded its highest all student-athlete rate for the sixth consecutive year. In addition to the highest all student-athlete GSR in Nebraska history, nine NU teams achieved a perfect 100 percent GSR - including women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, rifle, soccer, softball, women’s tennis, volleyball, men’s gymnastics and men’s tennis.
Staff writer Brian Rosenthal covered many things in 2017-18, but one of his favorite and most read articles was his piece on Husker football player Mohamed Barry.