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This week in Husker history
The week of March 1-7, looking back in five-year intervals:
 
1910: Nebraska's athletic board decides to look for a single coach for football, basketball and baseball. (Full story here.) Also, the trip to England for trainer Jack Best is a go after sufficient funds are raised.
 
1920: Nebraska asks to be readmitted to the Missouri Valley Conference.
 
1925: First-year coach Ernest Bearg starts evaluating the talent on hand as the team goes through its first scrimmages of spring.
 
1930: Coach Dana X. Bible gets spring drills under way and plans a series of Saturday intrasquad games that will be open to the public.
 
1940: Spring drills begin for Biff Jones’ Cornhuskers in favorable weather.
 
Tom Novak
«1950: Tom Novak's number 60 is retired. Also, the Huskers' first outside drills of spring practice draw a crowd of about 500 spectators.
 
1955: Sixty-nine players report for the opening of spring practice.
 
1960: Bill Jennings says players will be allowed to pursue different positions during spring drills.
 
1985: Former Husker Bruce Mathison appears set to become the top backup to QB Dan Fouts with the San Diego Chargers. (The job would go to Tom Herrmann, but Mathison would become the starter at Buffalo.)
 
2000: Frank Solich assesses the holes he must fill on defense (1, 2*) and says Eric Crouch* will see light duty in spring drills.
 
2010: In a comment that would prove to be foreshadowing, Tom Osborne says Nebraska will be proactive* regarding conference realignment and isn’t planning “to get left at the gate.” (It would be two more months before conjecture about Nebraska joining the Big Ten started heating up.)
 
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