It was a proud day Saturday for past and present UNO Mavericks as young and old gathered to celebrate Homecoming 2010.
You could see and hear the school spirit across the campus. It all started with a parade featuring floats, sororities and fraternities and the UNO Marching Band. Even Channel 6's own Dave Webber was a part of the action.
“We're really proud to have our grandson here,” said Clancy Woolman. "He's a freshman, he's a kicker for the football team from Pius in Lincoln so we're excited to be here at UNO. We think it's a great institution.”
Then there was the tailgating. Old friends greeted each other with hugs while current students got ready to watch their friends play football. You wouldn't have seen this much school involvement years ago when it was mostly a commuter school.
Tailgating alumni said they saw a lot of changes to the university since they were students. “There's a lot more facilities here than when we were here 30 years ago so it's really improved, nice field, nice facilities,” observed Tim Slobodnik.
“Just how much it’s grown and how modern it looks now compared to when I was here."
Former students said nonetheless, the university prepared them for bigger things. “I was very lucky to be able to play football here at UNO,” said Dave Soto. “I had four great years here and it actually propelled me to the NFL for a year, so it was a great learning experience.”
The homecoming tradition started in 1928.
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