Memorial Stadium’s East Stadium expansion wasn’t quite complete with its recent ribbon cutting — the entryway plaza is getting a new statue, too.
Nebraska Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst announced Thursday that the university will install a statue of former Husker football coach and A.D. Bob Devaney, to be unveiled at 4 p.m. Friday in a public ceremony.
Bob Devaney’s son, Mike Devaney, and grandson, Rob Devaney, will attend Friday’s dedication along with Eichorst, former coach and A.D. Tom Osborne, and UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman.
“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,” Eichorst said in a press release. “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-sized bronze statue was sculpted by Omaha artist Joe Putjenter, who also designed the Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award unveiled in 2012.
Memorial Stadium’s North entrance features a statue of Osborne and former Husker QB Brook Berringer.
Of note, The World-Herald’s Tom Shatel wrote this column — “NU needs a bigger tribute to Devaney” — back in February.
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Photo Showcase: Bob Devaney through the years