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This week in Husker history
The week of April 12-18, looking back in five-year intervals:
 
1900: The plug is pulled on Nebraska's first conference, the Western Inter-State University Foot Ball Association. Nebraska's last season in the league was 1897. | History
 
1910: Nebraska fights Kansas' proposal to replace football with rugby in the Missouri Valley Conference. | Full story
 
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«1915: Robert S. Devaney, future Hall of Fame coach of the Cornhuskers, is born on April 13 in Saginaw, Mich.
 
1920: The Missouri Valley Conference gives a provisional OK to Nebraska's rejoining the league, but the Cornhuskers would remain independent for one more season. Also, former Husker Dick Rutherford becomes the head football and basketball coach at Oregon State. | Full story
 
1925: Students who made pledges for the construction of Memorial Stadium are woefully delinquent on their payments.
 
1930: Spring practices come to a close, and coach Dana X. Bible declares them a success.
 
1935: In the final scrimmage of spring, the Reds beat the Whites, 7-6, on a fourth-quarter touchdown plunge set up by Harold Brill's 39-yard run.
 
1940: Ray Prochaska's 42-yard return of an intercepted lateral provides the only touchdown in the final scrimmage of spring.
 
1950: The university announces that WOW-TV will televise the Huskers' home games for a second consecutive year.
 
1960: Eighty-nine players turn out for the start of spring drills.
 
1965: The Reds beat the Whites, 61-8, in a Friday scrimmage before spring break. Bob Churchich connected with halfback Harry Wilson on a 60-yard scoring pass on the Reds' first play.
 
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«1980: Verne Lewellen, captain and quarterback of the 1923 Nebraska team that upset Notre Dame's Four Horsemen, dies at age 78. He earned all-pro honors with the Green Bay Packers and was a longtime executive with the franchise. Also, defensive back Randee Johnson suffers a broken neck during the Huskers' first spring scrimmage.
 
2000: With the top quarterbacks sitting out,* the spring game ends in a 21-21 tie -- and features a punt by KaLena “Beanie” Barnes, the first woman to try out for Nebraska's football team. Also, the Seattle Seahawks trade former Husker Ahman Green to Green Bay, where he would become the Packers’ all-time rushing leader.
 
2005: After newcomer Zac Taylor passes for 357 yards in the spring game, 2004 starting quarterback Joe Dailey confirms he’s leaving the team.
 
2010: Fans get their first view of Taylor Martinez's running ability* in the spring game. Also, Ndamukong Suh pledges $2.6 million to the university.
 
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