By Randy York, The N-Sider
The most recent Talk to the Director of Athletics Radio Show welcomed six Huskers into the 2017 University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame Class. Shawn Eichorst said the six will be enshrined on Friday night, Oct. 13, and introduced on Saturday, Oct. 14, when Nebraska hosts Big Ten rival Ohio State.
The 2017 honorees include iconic Nebraska football figures Bob ‘Boomer’ Brown (1961-63) and Rich Glover (1970-72), plus Karen (Dahlgren) Schonewise, Volleyball (1983-86); Denise Day, Softball (1982-85) and track and field (1985); Dave Hoppen, Men’s Basketball (1983-86); and Scott Johnson, Men’s Gymnastics (1980-1983).
The Huskers’ third Hall-of-Fame class is “an amazing group of individuals,” Eichorst said on his monthly radio show. “It was fun to chat with them and congratulate them. We have so much history and tradition here.”
Nebraska’s outdoor Hall of Fame is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, because it was built adjacent to the East side of Memorial Stadium. “In effect, it extenuates the beauty of the stadium to honor the best of the best,” Eichorst said, adding that Husker fans “can tell the stories of the history in each one of our sports programs.”
Eichorst Calls Nebraska’s 2017 Hall-of-Fame Class Intriguing in Many Ways
Eichorst commended “the levels of success that our athletes have had over time” and pointed out that each honoree must have a 10-year wait before being considered. “This year was so intriguing,” he said. “We have two Honda Award winners, three individual national champions and six team national championships represented.
“This 2017 class also had 19 All-American accolades and four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in the group,” Eichorst said. “It’s not every day that you get to call someone who’s in both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. What a privilege it was to call Bob Brown in Oakland (Calif.). That is an amazing accomplishment. Only three Huskers have done that.”
In the second segment of the radio show, Greg Sharpe interviewed Brown. “Bob Devaney was a stickler for hard work,” Brown said. “When he came from Wyoming, we didn’t know a lot about him, but rumors were circulating that we were going to run wind sprints until we passed out."
Brown: Devaney Just What the Doctor Ordered at the University of Nebraska
“Coach Devaney was a great coach and a great human being,” Brown said. “He was just the nicest man to sit down and talk with. His door was always open. He was just what the doctor ordered at the University of Nebraska.”
Brown credited chemistry and camaraderie for changing NU's football landscape forever. “Coach Devaney gave us the confidence that we could play competitively against anyone,” he said.
Segments 3 and 4 of the March radio show featured Scott Jacobson, in his 25th year as head coach of Nebraska's women’s tennis team, and Kerry McDermott, in his 36th year at the helm of NU's men’s tennis program.
Jacobson shared his thoughts about the NU women’s tennis team winning 15 straight matches to kick off the 2017 season. McDermott discussed the struggles that his young team, with four freshman starters, experienced before upsetting a Wichita State team that ranked more than 100 spots higher than the Huskers in the national ratings.
Editor's reminder: Activate any of the four audio segments in the of the Talk to the Director of Athletics Radio Show at the top of this blog.
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