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The 2014 college football season is finally here. Nebraska hosts Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

During a recent interview, head coach Bo Pelini paid homage to previous NU coaches by busting out a red blazer. So following his lead, let’s revisit some pieces of Husker history. The first football coach, Frank Crawford, was hired in 1893 for a salary of between $300 and $500. Pelini makes just over $3 million a season.

The first game at Memorial Stadium was played in October 1923. Back then it could fit approximately 10,000 fans. The price of gas for those fans to get to the game was about 22 cents a gallon. If you had a dollar for every game the Huskers have won you'd be $1,262 richer.

Shoppers at Husker Hounds shared their most memorable moments. “My favorite memory of the Huskers was when I was little and it was the 1995 win and I could just stare at the TV,” said Krystal Kelly.

"My favorite Husker memory is when Ron Kellogg threw that pass against Northwestern to win the game,” said Jacob Quandt.

Husker Hounds says it sells about 300-400 of the corn cob head pieces each year at $24.99 apiece. Do fans love or hate these bold fashion statements?

WOWT 6 News put a post on Facebook to find out. Kevin says they are ridiculous and stupid looking, but the majority of those who commented were on board with the “Cornheads.” Donna says anything that says I love my team and I'm not afraid to show it is okay in her book. Gina loves them and says, “I'd wear one proudly.”

“I love them,” says Kelly. “Personally, anything Nebraska-related I am all about, so I say go Big Red to all of it.”

“I think it's a unique thing for the Huskers that sets us apart from the rest of the Big Ten teams and people know who we are when we have these on,” says Sam Jorgensen.

“I think they're fine, they're a little bit tippy now and then, but once you get to the game you're going to be tippy anyways, so what's the difference?” says Gary Keiser.

The Husker coaching staff has another use for GPS this season, tracking players on the field. The device is placed right under their shoulder pads. "Track these guys and build up some data and learn a lot as far as making sure we're tailoring practice the right way,” said Pelini.

The coaching staff is updated with player information every day and the goal is to enhance a player’s performance and decrease the risk for injury. What exactly are these GPS devices measuring? A player’s heart rate, speed, exertion and even the time spent in different drills throughout practice. When the workout is over, the data is loaded into a computer.

Don't expect to see them on the field Saturday. They can only be used in practice and each device costs about $3,000.


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