|University||University of Nebraska|
|Athletic director||Bill Moos|
|Football stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Pinnacle Bank Arena|
|Ice hockey arena||John Breslow Ice Center|
|Baseball stadium||Haymarket Park|
|Softball stadium||Bowlin Stadium|
|Soccer stadium||Barbara Hibner Stadium|
|Lacrosse stadium||Cook Pavilion|
Vine Outdoor Complex
|Other arenas||Devaney Center|
Ed Weir Stadium
|Fight song||Hail Varsity|
|Colors||Scarlet and Cream|
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (often abbreviated to Huskers) are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference, and the Cornhuskers compete in NCAA Division I, fielding 22 varsity teams (9 men's, 13 women's) in 15 sports. Nineteen of these teams participate in the Big Ten, while rifle is a member of the single-sport Great America Rifle Conference and beach volleyball and bowling compete as independents.
Early nicknames for the university's athletic teams included the Antelopes (later adopted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney), the Old Gold Knights, the Bugeaters, and the Mankilling Mastodons. Cornhuskers first appeared in a school newspaper headline ("We Have Met The Cornhuskers And They Are Ours"), after a 20-18 upset victory over Iowa in 1893. In this instance, Cornhuskers was used to refer to Iowa. The first time the name was applied to Nebraska was in 1899, when Nebraska State Journal writer Cy Sherman, who would later help originate the AP Poll, began referring to Nebraska's football team as the Cornhuskers. The next year, the nickname was officially adopted by the school.
For nearly 100 years, the Cornhuskers participated in the Big Eight Conference (previously known as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Big Six, and the Big Seven), and later for 15 years in the Big 12 Conference, which was formed when the Big Eight merged with four members of the defunct Southwest Conference. Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011.
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|Track & field+||Soccer|
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers field men's and women's cross country teams, both of which have been coached by David Harris since 2012. They currently run on a course through Pioneer's Park in Lincoln. The men's team was founded in 1938 and the women's team in 1975, to help satisfy Title IX requirements.
Nebraska's football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision in the Big Ten's West Division. Nebraska plays its home games at Memorial Stadium, where it has sold out every game since 1962. The team is currently coached by Scott Frost.
Nebraska is among the most storied programs in college football history. The Cornhuskers trail only Michigan, Ohio State, and Texas in all-time victories among FBS teams, and have won more games against Power Five opponents than any other program. Nebraska claims 46 conference championships and five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997), and has won nine other national championships that the school does not claim. NU's 1971 and 1995 title-winning teams are considered by many to be among the best in college football history. Famous Cornhuskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch, who join 22 other NU personnel in the College Football Hall of Fame. Notable among these are players Bob Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Tommie Frazier, Rich Glover, Dave Rimington, and Will Shields, and coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.
The program's first extended period of success came just after the turn of the century. Between 1900 and 1916, Nebraska had five undefeated seasons and completed a stretch of 34 consecutive games without a loss, still a program record. Despite a span of 21 conference championships in 33 seasons, the Cornhuskers didn't experience major national success until Bob Devaney was hired in 1962. In eleven seasons as head coach, Devaney won two national championships, eight conference titles, and coached 22 All-Americans, but perhaps his most lasting achievement was the hiring of Tom Osborne as offensive coordinator in 1969. Osborne was named Devaney's successor in 1973, and over the next 25 years established himself as one of the best coaches in college football history with his trademark I-form offense and revolutionary strength, conditioning, and nutrition programs. Following Osborne's retirement in 1997, Nebraska cycled through four head coaches before hiring state native Scott Frost in 2017.
In 1995, Nebraska became the first school in the Big Eight to create a varsity women's soccer program. John Walker was hired lead the new program and took his team to the NCAA tournament in only his third year. Nebraska made the tournament in the next eight seasons, not missing again until 2006. The team has reached the Sweet 16 eight times and the Elite Eight twice. Walker has earned NSCAA National Coach of the Year, NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year and Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year during his tenure in Lincoln. As of the 2018 season, the Huskers' (and Walker's) all-time record is 318-151-39 (.664).
Nebraska's volleyball program is among the best in the history of the sport. The Cornhuskers have won five national championships (1995, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2017) and reached the national semifinals on ten other occasions. NU has won more games than any other college volleyball program, and ranks second in terms of national semifinal appearances, tournament wins, and tournament winning percentage. Nebraska has made the NCAA tournament for 36 consecutive seasons and has never been ranked outside of the top 20. The Cornhuskers have featured more AVCA All-Americans than any other program, including four National Player of the Year award winners. Nebraska, Penn State, and Texas are the only three programs not on the west coast to have won a women's volleyball national title.
Nebraska volleyball is one of the most popular spectator attractions in the state. In 2008, AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer described Nebraska as "the epicenter of volleyball fandom." The Cornhuskers have led the country in attendance every year since moving to the Devaney Center in 2013 and have sold out over 250 straight home matches, an NCAA record for any women's sport. Before moving to the much larger Devaney Center, Nebraska played at the NU Coliseum, which provided an unparalleled home-court advantage. While playing there, the Cornhuskers had 15 undefeated seasons at home, compiling an all-time record of 454-30 under its roof. From 2005 to 2009, Nebraska won an NCAA-record 90 consecutive home games.
The Cornhuskers have played in several of the highest-attended games in NCAA history, including the 2017 national championship game, when 18,516 fans watched Nebraska defeat Florida 3-1 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. This broke the all-time record set just two days before, when Nebraska beat Penn State 3-2 in the national semifinals.
While most of the University of Nebraska's athletic programs have seen large amounts of continued success, men's basketball has been an exception, accomplishing little of note since the establishment of the NCAA Tournament in 1939. Nebraska has not won a conference championship since sharing the Big Seven title with Kansas and Kansas State in 1950, and has not won the conference outright since going a perfect 12-0 in the Missouri Valley in 1916. Nebraska's lengthiest period of sustained success came in the first years of the sport's existence. The retroactive Premo-Porretta Power Poll ranked the Cornhuskers in the top ten three times between 1897 and 1903.
Nebraska is the only power conference program to never to win a game in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, the first tournament trip for the Cornhuskers did not come until 1986, 46 years after the tournament began. Much of the team's success came during the tenure of Danny Nee, who coached the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Nee is the team's all-time winningest head coach, with an overall record of 254-190. Nee led Nebraska to five of its six NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as six trips to the National Invitation Tournament, winning the NIT in 1996.
Tim Miles was hired on in 2012 to replace the fired Doc Sadler as Nebraska's head coach. Miles led the Huskers to the NCAA tournament in 2014, but failed to reach it in any of the five following seasons. Shortly after the conclusion of Nebraska's 2018-19 season, Miles was fired, and Nebraska hired former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Nebraska's women's basketball program started as a club sport in 1970 and became a varsity sport five years later. George Nicodemus was the first head coach, leading the Huskers to a 22-9 record and the second round of the AIAW Tournament in his first season. Nicodemus left the program in 1971, and the school cycled through head coaches before hiring Angela Beck in 1986. Beck led the Huskers to the Big Eight championship and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. She took the Huskers back to the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1996, but left the program after 1997 to pursue other opportunities. Beck's replacement was Paul Sanderford, who led Nebraska the tournament in his first three seasons. When Sanderford resigned in 2002 due to health issues, the school hired Creighton head coach Connie Yori. Under Yori's guidance, Nebraska became a fixture in the national top 25 and NCAA Tournament. In 2010, the Cornhuskers went 32-2, earned a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Yori resigned in 2016 after a controversial investigation led by then-athletic director Shawn Eichorst concluded Yori had mistreated her players and assistant coaches. On April 11, 2016, former Huskers point guard Amy Williams was named Yori's replacement.
Bowling has been an official varsity sport at Nebraska since 1996. Prior to this, the club program won IBC national titles in 1991 and 1995. Bill Straub, who had also coached the club team, was hired to lead the varsity program and took the team to three more IBC titles, in 1997, 1999, and 2001. In 2003, the NCAA created a women's bowling tournament and the Huskers won the first two national titles. Nebraska has won three more titles since, and has never been ranked outside the top ten since national collegiate rankings debuted in 1990.
Bowling competes as an independent, making it one of only three programs at Nebraska not affiliated with the Big Ten.
Nebraska's men's gymnastics program is one of the most successful in the nation, with eight team national championships and 41 NCAA event titles. Ten Huskers have represented the United States in the Olympics. Nebraska is one of only seven Big Ten schools to sanction a men's gymnastics program.
Nebraska's women's gymnastics program was established in 1975. The school's first team, led by head coach Karen Balke, was composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Balke left after only two seasons, and Judy Schalk was named head coach. Schalk left after coaching the Huskers to five conference titles and a national tournament bid. Rick Walton replaced Schalk and gave the school its first NCAA event title when Michele Bryant won the vault in 1983. He captured four straight Big Eight championships, each resulting in an NCAA Tournament appearance. After the 1993 season, Walton left and Dan Kendig was named head coach. In his first year, he was named the conference coach of the year after leading the Huskers to the Big Eight title. In 1997, Nebraska upset No. 1 Utah to reach the Super Six Finals for the first time in school history. Kendig won his sixth consecutive conference championship in 1999 and was named national coach of the year. Kendig's team has won four individual event titles when Heather Brink won two NCAA event titles in all around and vault in 2000 and Richelle Simpson won the all around title and the floor exercise title in 2003. To date, Nebraska has never had a losing season.
Rifle is classified as a co-ed sport by the NCAA, but Nebraska has always composed its team solely of women. Rifle got its start as an official sport at the university in 1998. The team practices and hosts meets at the 10-point indoor firing range located in the Military and Naval Sciences Building (ROTC).
Nebraska's men's track and field team started in 1922 under coach Henry Schulte, who led the Huskers to nine conference titles before his retirement. His assistant, college football Hall of Famer Ed Weir, replaced Schulte and won five conference titles before becoming an assistant athletic director. Jerry Lee led the team for a single season before Frank Sevigne took over the program in 1956. Under Sevigne, the Huskers won 11 individual national championships, with 42 All-American athletes and 103 individual conference champions in combined indoor and outdoor events. After Sevigne retired in 1983, Gary Pepin took over the program and currently coaches both the men's and women's teams.
Indoor track and field is a winter sport, while outdoor is a spring sport.
Nebraska's women's track and field program was created during the 1975-76 academic year and began competition in 1976. The team's first head coach was Roger Capan, but he left after only one season at the school and was replaced by Carol Frost, whose son Scott would later quarterback the Cornhuskers to a national championship in 1997. Frost left Nebraska after the 1980 season, and Gary Pepin took over the program. Two years later Pepin assumed control of the men's program as well, a dual role he still holds.
Indoor track and field is a winter sport, while outdoor is a spring sport.
Nebraska's wrestling program started over 100 years ago and is one of the most storied programs in collegiate wrestling. The school's first official team began competition in 1910 under the guidance of head coach R.G. Clapp. Current head coach Mark Manning has led the Huskers since 2000 and twice won conference coach of the year. Former Nebraska standouts include 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2004 bronze medalist Rulon Gardner, and two-time NCAA champion Jordan Burroughs, who won the 2011 Freestyle World Championships Istanbul. Burroughs later won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Nebraska's baseball program made the NCAA Tournament just three times before Dave Van Horn was hired to lead the Huskers in 1998. NU won its first conference tournament in Van Horn's second season, and in 2000 advanced to a super regional for the first time. The Cornhuskers reached the College World Series, held annually in nearby Omaha, in each of the following two seasons, but failed to win a game in either appearance. Van Horn compiled a record of 214-92 during his five-year tenure as head coach, but left NU following the 2002 season to coach at Arkansas, his alma mater. Former Van Horn assistant Mike Anderson led Nebraska back to the College World Series in 2005, winning a school-record 57 games. Darin Erstad replaced Anderson in 2011, but won just one conference title in eight years before retiring. In 2020, NU hired Texas A&M assistant Will Bolt to lead the program.
In 2002, the Huskers moved from the aging Buck Beltzer Stadium to Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, often considered one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the country. Nebraska has been in the top 30 for average attendance every year since the move to Hawks Field.
Nebraska announced on January 9, 2013 that it would add beach volleyball as the school's 22nd intercollegiate sport. The Nebraska Cornhuskers women's beach volleyball team began play in the spring of 2013. In 2016, the NCAA began holding an officially sponsored beach volleyball tournament (previously the sport was run by the AVCA), but Nebraska did not attempt to qualify, feeling it didn't make sense from a logistical standpoint. Despite the sport's increasing popularity (55 teams now compete in Division I), Nebraska runs one of the only beach volleyball programs in the Midwest, and generally plays its entire season during a spring break trip to California and Hawaii. Nebraska's beach roster is composed entirely of players from its indoor program, and according to head coach John Cook, the school plans to use beach volleyball primarily as a training tool for indoor for the time being.
On March 8, 2017, Nebraska hosted Missouri Baptist at the Hawks Championship Center. The match was closed to the public because of space limitations, but was noteworthy as the first collegiate beach volleyball match to take place in the state of Nebraska. The Cornhuskers swept the Spartans 5-0.
Through eight seasons of competition, Nebraska's overall record is 46-50.
Beach volleyball competes as an independent, making it one of only three programs at Nebraska not affiliated with the Big Ten.
Nebraska's golf program began in 1935, coached by College Football Hall of Fame coach Dana X. Bible. The team's greatest successes came under longtime head coach Larry Romjue, who took NU to all four of its NCAA Championship appearances. The team is currently coached by Mark Hankins.
NU established a women's golf program in 1975, initially under the leadership of men's coach Larry Romjue. In 1979, Nebraska hired its first coach exclusively to coach women's golf. The Cornhuskers have made the NCAA Championship three times. The program is currently coached by Lisa Johnson.
Nebraska's softball program started in 1970, before it was an official NCAA sport. Since the NCAA sanctioned softball in 1983, the Cornhuskers have made eight appearances in the Women's College World Series, held annually in Oklahoma City, and won the tenth-most games of any program. Rhonda Revelle became the program's head coach in 1992, and since then she has won 937 games, more than any other coach in Nebraska athletics history. Revelle has won seven conference titles and was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.
The University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2015. 22 former student-athletes were honored in the inaugural class.
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln runs club programs for the following sports: badminton, barbell, baseball, bowling, broomball, climbing, crew, curling, cycling, dodgeball, golf, men's hockey, women's hockey, judo, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, rifle, men's rugby, women's rugby, runners, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, sport officials, swim, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, men's ultimate Frisbee, women's ultimate Frisbee, men's volleyball, women's volleyball, water polo, and water ski.
|Bob Devaney Sports Center||1976||Gymnastics |
Swimming & diving
Track & field
|Ed Weir Stadium||1975||Track & field|
|Hawks Championship Center||2006||Beach volleyball|
|Military and Naval Science Building||1947||Rifle|
|East Campus Bowling Lanes||1977||Bowling|
|Barbara Hibner Soccer Stadium||2015||Soccer|
|John Breslow Ice Hockey Center||2015||Ice hockey (club)|
|Pinnacle Bank Arena||2013||Basketball|
|Pioneers Park Nature Center||1963||Cross country|
|Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center||2015||Tennis|
|Wilderness Ridge Golf Club||2001||Golf|
|Cook Pavilion||Student recreation||1987||City campus|
|Hawks Championship Center||Football practice facility||2006||City campus|
|Osborne Athletic Complex||Athletic administration
Athletic health and medicine
Strength & conditioning
|Nebraska Coliseum||Basketball (former home venue)
Volleyball (former home venue)
Wrestling (former home venue)
|Recreation and Wellness Center||Student recreation||1926||East campus|
|17th & Vine Outdoor Complex
14th & Avery Outdoor Complex
|Student recreation||N/A||City campus|
Herbie Husker - Herbie Husker first appeared in 1974 and has gone through major changes since, most recently in 2003 to update the overall appearance of the state's agricultural workers and general public. This particular alteration has proved to be incredibly unpopular among fans, who cite the new mascot's boring appearance as evidence in favor of the old mascot and its unique design. Herbie was named National Mascot of the year for the 2005 football season.
Lil' Red - Lil' Red was created before the 1993 season to appeal to younger fans. He was the national champion at the NCA National Mascot Competition in 1999 and was introduced into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007.
Prior to Herbie Husker and Lil' Red, Nebraska cycled through a variety of mascots. Colonel Cobb appeared in the 1940s and 1950s with a corn cob head and green body. Both Husker Man and Colonel Cobb were used throughout the 1960s. Harry Husker, the predecessor to Herbie, was the school's official mascot from 1965 to 1973.
Decades of high attendance and well-traveling crowds across all sports have earned Nebraska fans a reputation for being fiercely loyal and dedicated. The school's athletic department proclaimed their fans "the greatest fans in college football" in an inscription above each of the 24 gates at Memorial Stadium. In 2001, President George W. Bush stated that he "can't go without saying how impressed I am by the Nebraska fan base. Whether it be for women's volleyball or football, there's nothing like the Big Red."
Memorial Stadium is sometimes referred to as The Sea of Red due to the home crowd's propensity to wear a certain color. Nebraska has sold out every home football game since November 3, 1962, 368 in a row, the longest sellout streak in college athletics. Cornhuskers fans are noted for often applauding the visiting team as they leave the field at the end of the game. Nebraska fans are regarded as some of the best-traveling fans in the country. The most notorious example of this took place when Nebraska traveled to play Notre Dame in 2000. An estimated 35,000 people were wearing red at Notre Dame Stadium as No. 1 Nebraska beat No. 25 Notre Dame in overtime.
Nebraska's volleyball program has sold out 274 consecutive matches between the Nebraska Coliseum and Devaney Center, the longest streak of its kind in women's college sports. The Cornhuskers have led the country in attendance for five straight seasons, and have played in eight of the ten highest-attended volleyball matches ever played. Nebraska's victory over Florida in the 2017 national championship match set a new record with 18,516 fans in attendance.
Nebraska has produced more total and football academic All-Americans than any other school . Through the 2016-17 academic year, the school has had 330 academic All-Americans across all sports.
|Most Division I academic All-Americans|