Football interview vs. Illinois
Ronnie Green talks about the progress of the football team with freshmen making a significant impact and a Nebraska cross country runner who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Ronnie talks about the university's recognition as one of the top universities in the nation for veterans and a special event to honor veterans on campus.
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[00:00:02.170]We welcome you back.
[00:00:03.003]Countdown to Kickoff here on the Husker's Sports Network.
[00:00:04.620]Time for our weekly sit down with the Chancellor
[00:00:06.420]of the University of Nebraska Lincoln Ronnie Green
[00:00:08.890]and Husker fans have been watching this football team
[00:00:11.360]grow week in and week out
[00:00:12.730]and a lot of young players, true freshmen making an impact
[00:00:16.340]on this team.
[00:00:17.280]Reese Washington, Adrian Martinez is obviously
[00:00:19.420]the one that comes to everyone in mind
[00:00:21.460]and pretty excited to see some
[00:00:22.550]of these young student athletes get a chance
[00:00:24.450]to perform out on the field
[00:00:25.460]and deliver when they get called upon.
[00:00:27.070]No really exciting to see the growth in our team
[00:00:29.600]and how they're coming together
[00:00:31.140]and as you mention, freshmen new players coming in
[00:00:34.620]and really making a mark and being standouts nationally
[00:00:37.670]as we've seen these last few weeks.
[00:00:39.210]Just great to see and I'm really excited about the future
[00:00:42.840]of Husker Football and what we're gonna see today right
[00:00:45.813]in our game today
[00:00:47.140]so we are very pleased that you know, we think all
[00:00:50.420]of our students have a chance to get right
[00:00:52.340]out of the gate early from their day one on our campus,
[00:00:56.640]we believe in the power of every person on our campus
[00:00:59.100]amongst all of our students
[00:01:00.017]and our student athletes really are no different than that.
[00:01:02.860]They reflect that in every way.
[00:01:05.310]A good example, last week we had a freshman
[00:01:08.700]on our Husker men's cross country team
[00:01:11.220]earn some conference recognition, George Kush.
[00:01:14.660]George is a student from South Africa.
[00:01:17.210]We have students from 136 different countries
[00:01:19.830]on our campus and George hails to us from South Africa.
[00:01:22.860]He was named 2018 Big 10 Freshman of the Year
[00:01:26.800]and was the first Nebraska runner
[00:01:28.610]to earn the Conference Freshman of the Year honor
[00:01:30.600]that we've had here in the last 20 years
[00:01:32.760]so big deal for him.
[00:01:35.160]He finished in third place in the 8k
[00:01:37.390]of the Big 10 Championships, a personal best time for him.
[00:01:41.400]Third place finish was the highest for a Husker
[00:01:43.706]at the meet that we've ever had in that event
[00:01:47.330]and earned him first team all big honors
[00:01:50.220]so great for George,
[00:01:52.250]it looks like he's got a great bright future ahead
[00:01:54.550]of him like so many of our athletes.
[00:01:57.694]That meet was held here in Lincoln.
[00:01:59.520]Nebraska hosted that at the Mahoney Golf Course
[00:02:02.060]on the east edge of town.
[00:02:03.440]Let's flip this and go from freshmen to veterans.
[00:02:06.810]This is Veterans Day Weekend,
[00:02:08.790]just a few weeks ago the university earned recognition
[00:02:11.406]for helping veterans and service members
[00:02:14.210]as students this is getting to be an annual thing isn't it?
[00:02:17.070]It is and this is kind of a special Veteran's Day
[00:02:21.100]that we'll celebrate officially tomorrow.
[00:02:23.594]The 11th day of the 11th month and the 11th hour
[00:02:27.650]is what's known as Armistice Day in history
[00:02:29.960]and this is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day,
[00:02:32.880]the end of World War One.
[00:02:34.794]We are very pleased that the university has earned honors
[00:02:39.360]in terms of the way that we support veterans
[00:02:41.950]and their dependents.
[00:02:43.280]Honored just recently have been the 25th ranked university
[00:02:47.180]in the country
[00:02:48.013]in Military Times As Best For Vets ranking.
[00:02:52.080]Our colleagues at UNO, the University of Nebraska Omaha
[00:02:55.730]ranked very high in that ranking as well
[00:02:58.190]so our university making a huge impact
[00:03:00.500]in supporting veterans.
[00:03:02.280]We're second best in the Big 10 in this way
[00:03:05.580]behind Rutgers, our colleagues in New Jersey.
[00:03:08.710]137 of the 500 universities that participated
[00:03:12.200]in that survey made the final rankings
[00:03:14.940]so we're very pleased about that
[00:03:16.810]and it reflects the support that we give for veterans
[00:03:20.820]and for their dependents on our campus through our military
[00:03:24.320]and veterans success center that we opened
[00:03:26.390]in our campus union just a few years ago
[00:03:29.190]where those students can go for quiet study access,
[00:03:32.480]computer access, one on one counseling with staff,
[00:03:36.560]assistance with military benefits that many
[00:03:38.910]of them come with to pursue their education with us,
[00:03:42.900]to make them successful as students in the university.
[00:03:47.070]We currently have 1244 military affiliated students
[00:03:51.750]at UNL, 201 active duty
[00:03:57.500]with a guard or in the reserves,
[00:03:59.700]214 veterans on service and 829 military dependents
[00:04:05.840]and family members, children and spouses of our veterans
[00:04:09.130]so we're very proud of that record
[00:04:11.600]and very proud of the services that we're providing
[00:04:13.970]and supporting veterans and dependents of veterans
[00:04:16.870]at the University of Nebraska.
[00:04:18.450]Of course we're playing the game today
[00:04:20.180]inside Memorial Stadium which is a tribute
[00:04:22.080]to those who served and died on behalf of Nebraska
[00:04:25.210]and our country
[00:04:26.150]and you mentioned tomorrow they'll be a new feature
[00:04:28.450]to Memorial Stadium that will be dedicated
[00:04:30.090]that honors those who did serve in World War One.
[00:04:32.800]This is going to be a public event,
[00:04:34.700]can you give us some more details
[00:04:36.180]about where this new feature will be?
[00:04:38.930]Yeah so we've been doing a lot of study of this,
[00:04:41.430]you know Memorial Stadium the actual name, Memorial Stadium
[00:04:45.230]designates that our stadium was built after World War One
[00:04:49.240]to honor those who served in World War One.
[00:04:52.330]It was a memoriam to the students who fought
[00:04:55.330]in World War One from the University of Nebraska
[00:04:57.790]and as I mentioned earlier this is the 100th anniversary
[00:05:00.630]of the end of World War One and of Armistice Day
[00:05:03.650]so we've spent a good part of the last 18 months
[00:05:06.660]studying the history of two plaques
[00:05:09.580]that were originally intended to be put
[00:05:12.050]on the original Memorial Stadium
[00:05:14.010]so when you go in the east side of the stadium
[00:05:16.610]inside the new renovated east stadium
[00:05:19.820]there's an archway there at gate 20
[00:05:23.180]that has significance associated with Memorial Stadium
[00:05:27.610]and on each side of that archway
[00:05:29.440]you can see where those plaques were intended to be
[00:05:32.900]so we are unveiling, with this 100th anniversary,
[00:05:37.380]that at 7:45 tomorrow morning having a ceremony
[00:05:41.270]where these plaques now have been designed and installed.
[00:05:44.300]One that honors General Pershing, legendary part
[00:05:48.060]of the history of the University of Nebraska,
[00:05:50.360]Black Jack John Pershing,
[00:05:52.820]Jack Pershing and that is one of the plaques
[00:05:57.470]telling the story of Pershing and the Pershing Rifles
[00:06:00.410]that are such a part of the history of UNL
[00:06:02.870]and then the other is a plaque that honors the 113 Husker
[00:06:07.210]students who signed up to participate in World War One,
[00:06:10.613]fought in World War One, some who didn't come back
[00:06:13.868]from World War One
[00:06:16.210]so these plaques are a big deal.
[00:06:18.100]We spent a lot of time studying the history of them,
[00:06:20.981]going back into the 1920s
[00:06:24.164]and at the same time honoring the history
[00:06:26.630]at Memorial Stadium and the veterans from Nebraska
[00:06:29.320]who had served
[00:06:30.153]so very exciting day coming up tomorrow
[00:06:32.500]on this 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
[00:06:35.755]7:45 again open to the public
[00:06:36.980]on the east side of the stadium.
[00:06:38.670]Great to see you, let's do this again next week.
[00:06:40.340]It will be our final home game, how 'bout that?
[00:06:42.020]Yeah looking forward to hosting the Spartans
[00:06:43.510]in town next week for our final home game
[00:06:46.590]and go Big Red today against Illinois.
[00:06:48.790]Ronnie Green with us here on Countdown to Kickoff.
[00:06:51.010]Matt Cutney is back with our Big 10 Blitz,
[00:06:52.890]that's coming up next.
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