Forty-two days in Big Red history

Nebraska’s journey from the day the Big 10 released its revised schedule to when they announced football would return.
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 11:02 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A roller coaster has been the common metaphor used throughout this whole journey for Nebraska. From lawsuits to parent groups to politicians, it has had just about everything. It all started back on Aug. 5 when the conference released its revised schedule.

“You know they release the schedule and, you know, we’re like this is really going to happen," Nebraska cornerback DiCaprio Bootle said. "Right before you go down the ride it just kind of stops and gets stuck. Now we’re waiting for somebody to fix the ride. Come and rescue us. Come and get us.”

Bootle said this on Aug. 10, a day where rumors and speculations ran rampant. Those rumors did not last long with the conference canceling the fall season the next day.

“I just want people to know what we’re doing is what we believe at this point in time is in the best interest of our student-athletes," Big 10 commissioner Kevin Warren said.

From the jump, Nebraska was one of the leaders against the conference’s decision.

“The virus is here either way," Nebraska football coach Scott Frost said. "Our players are safer here doing what they love and being monitored and screened constantly then they would be if we sent them home.”

Nebraska parents rallied around this sentiment from Frost. With some parents going to Big 10 headquarters to protest.

“The mental roller coaster and the emotional ups and downs that it’s put so many people through has been difficult to watch," Nebraska parent Glen Snodgrass said. "It’s been a major part of our frustration on why can’t there be some simple basic communication.”

It culminated with a lawsuit filed by eight Husker student-athletes on Aug. 27.

“We’re hopeful that today with filing this lawsuit we’ll be able to get the answers on behalf of our clients, student-athletes of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln," Lead attorney Mike Flood said.

Politicians and even President Trump chimed in, putting more pressure on the conference. It ended with the conference announcing this Wednesday, Sept. 16 they would hold a fall season.

“There’s something to be said about hope here," Nebraska chancellor Ronnie Green said. "You know we live in a tough time. We live in a time that is challenging for everyone, the time we’re living in. And I am really hopeful because we’re being able to move forward. We’re being able to try.”

Forty-two days Husker fans will not forget anytime soon. Now they only have to wait five weeks to see the Big Red take Memorial Stadium in 2020.

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