A statue of legendary Nebraska football coach Bob Devaney will be unveiled Friday outside of Memorial Stadium.
Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst announced Thursday the statue will be unveiled during a brief ceremony at 4 p.m. in the new East Stadium Plaza. Members of Devaney's family, former Husker coach Tom Osborne and university Chancellor Harvey Perlman are expected to attend.
“This is Memorial Stadium’s 90th anniversary season and we wanted to recognize the man who’s widely considered the one who really built this stadium from the 36,000-seat facility it was when he arrived in Lincoln in 1962,” said Eichorst. “With the stadium’s anniversary, the dedication of the expanded East Stadium and the fact that Wyoming and Nebraska were the only two schools that Bob Devaney ever served as head football coach, we thought this was the perfect time to honor his tremendous legacy.”
The life-size bronze rendering was sculpted by Omaha artist Joe Putjenter.
Nebraska had but three winning teams in the 21 seasons before Devaney arrived in 1962 after going 35-10-5 in five seasons at Wyoming. Under his leadership, the Huskers went 101-20-2 in 11 seasons and won back-to-back national championships in 1970 and 1971. He served as Nebraska's athletic director from 1967 to 1993.
Devaney died on May 9, 1997 at the age of 82.