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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

Game Day Traditions Explained

Author and Former Husker Cheerleader Debra Kleve White Researches Nebraska Game Day History


September 15, 2022

In Nebraska, there's “Big Red” and there's everyone else. But how many fans know the history of the color, or the mascot?

The cliché “it takes one to know one” almost applies in this account. A former cheerleader from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln researched how the fervor of Big Red and the Husker mascot came to be. Debra Kleve White attended UNL from 1976 to 1980, graduating with a degree in fashion merchandising.

She also spent some time on the cheerleading squad, which inspired her to research the history of game day.

Her book is called “The Spirit of Nebraska. A Histor...

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