It is old school meets new school, as Nebraska unveiled its throwback jerseys for Saturday’s Legends Weekend game against Northwestern.
The Huskers will honor one of its greatest teams in school history on Saturday, as Nebraska’s jerseys will pay homage to the 1911-12 Huskers. That team, coached by the legendary E.O. “Jumbo” Stiehm, went 14-1 on the season and won the Missouri Valley Conference title with an 8-0 record. The 1911-12 team went 6-0 at home, winning five of its six home games by double figures. The Huskers’ only loss that season was to Minnesota before Nebraska closed the season with nine consecutive wins, including a pair of victories over Kansas to close the season. Stiehm, who also coached football at Nebraska, became the first coach in conference history to win both football and basketball titles in the same year.
The jerseys, specially created by adidas for Saturday’s game, are inspired by the 1911-12 team and feature cream colored tops and bottoms with a White accent stripe with an N logo across the middle of the jersey tops. One major difference in the jerseys is that the 1911-12 Husker jerseys did not have jersey numbers, so the number on Saturday’s throwbacks are below the stripe as well as on the back of the jersey.
Husker students will also have a chance to be a part of the special day, as the first 700 students in attendance in the Red Zone will receive a custom-made shirt to celebrate Legends Weekend.
This is the second straight year that Nebraska has worn throwback jerseys for Legends weekend, as the 2012-13 jersey was a throwback to the 1976-77 season, the Huskers’ first in the Devaney Center.
The event was created by Coach Tim Miles with the Husker Athletic Department and the N-Club to welcome back former players and staff and recognize them for their contributions to the Nebraska basketball program, as well as have the current Husker team connect with former players and learn more about the history of Nebraska basketball.
Nearly 50 former players, coaches and staff are returning to Lincoln for the weekend’s events, which includes a private reception on Friday night, a chance to tour Nebraska’s basketball facilities and watch Saturday’s walk-through before the Huskers take on Northwestern. In addition, the former players will be introduced and recognized during Saturday’s halftime ceremony against Northwestern. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena and Saturday’s game is already sold out.