Aw shucks, the mascot is back

Published Sep. 10, 1995|Updated Oct. 4, 2005

They wanted to dump that overall-clad farmer as their mascot at Nebraska. Not good for the national image, you know.

But Saturday, Nebraska officials decided that having the mascot on the sideline was better than creating a national furor over getting rid of him.

So Herbie Husker is back.

Athletic director Bill Byrne made the announcement in East Lansing, Mich., before Nebraska's 50-10 victory against Michigan State. "We had so many letters and calls about this that it became a distraction," Byrne said. "We decided just to put him back out there."

When it was announced in August that Herbie was being retired after 21 years, Cornhuskers fans were outraged.

"This is so great, this is America democracy at work the people from across Nebraska have spoken," said Ken Kramer of Omaha, president of the Save Herbie Foundation. "It's been a down-in-the-dirt, bloody war. Herbie was a part of the team, a part of the family."

Arkansas State player charged: Marquis Williams, an all-Big West selection last year after rushing for 1,060 yards as a freshman, was charged in a drive-by shooting and has been kicked off the Arkansas State team.

Williams, who had transferred to LSU and then transferred back, was accused of shooting at a house after someone threw a beer can at his car, police said Friday. He was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm on state property. At a hearing in Harrisburg on Friday, bond was set at $25,000.

Going, going, gone: In barely a week, Robert Reed has gone from starting quarterback, to future basketball player to former student at Arkansas.

Reed quit the football team after being lifted during a season-opening loss to Southern Methodist. Reed said he would concentrate on basketball and coach Nolan Richardson said he had a scholarship available. On Saturday, officials confirmed Reed had withdrawn from school.

We wuz robbed: Randolph-Macon lost more than just a game during Saturday's season opener at Franklin & Marshall.

Thieves entered the visitors' locker room through a broken vent above a locked door and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, compact disc players and cash belonging to players. Also taken was the team's meal money for a four-hour trip back to Ashland, Va., police said. The team estimated its losses at about $12,000.


Talk about puny: The crowd of 100,862 at Ann Arbor for Michigan's 24-7 defeat of Memphis was the smallest crowd for a Michigan home game since a game against Northwestern on Sept. 13, 1980. Michigan has drawn at least 100,000 for 124 straight games, dating to 1975.

A Penn-sive thought: Teams from Pennsylvania hold the two longest current winning streaks in Division I. Penn State's 18-game streak is the longest in Division I-A, while the University of Pennsylvania's 21-game streak is the best in Division I-AA.

The cost of victory: In Auburn's case, it was $175,000. The Tigers paid that to Tennessee-Chattanooga to be a sacrificial lamb. The Moccassins are 0-20 against Auburn.


Accommodating defense: Heisman hopefuls are checking to see whether South Carolina is on their schedules. First, Georgia's Robert Edwards has a school-record five TDs against USC, then Madre Hill sets an Arkansas record with six against the 0-2 Gamecocks.

Just win, please: When Ron Powlus threw a school-record four TDs in his debut last year, Notre Dame fans rejoiced. When he repeated the feat Saturday against Purdue, they were just relieved. The Irish needed every score they could get in the 35-28 victory. Coach Lou Holtz also got his 200th college victory, making him the 15th coach to hit the mark.


His share of breaks: West Virginia's Mike Logan added to his collection of casts. The junior cornerback, who Mountaineers coach Don Nehlen has called the best athlete on his team, broke his right arm in a 24-13 loss to Temple. This follows a broken right wrist in the spring and a broken right arm at the beginning of last season.


Algebra quiz: "Football is a very simple game. If somebody gives up four turnovers, you lose 85 percent of the time," said UNC coach Mack Brown. "If you turn it over five more times than they do, you lose 100 percent of the time."

An optimist: "I felt like we were going to lose when he lined up. That's just Tech. Bad things happen to us all the time," Texas Tech linebacker Zach Thomas on the 39-yard field goal by Brett Conway with four seconds remaining to give Penn State a 24-23 victory.