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LINCOLN - The end of an era was quiet, almost frozen, with grown men welling up with tears and fans hanging over the rafters, trying to figure out what to do.
For the first time in 36 years, Nebraska is a football team with nowhere to go after Friday's 26-20 loss to Colorado on a cold, gloomy day at Memorial Stadium.
Gone is the bowl streak, the NCAA's longest, that stood since 1969.
Gone are the 42 years without a losing season.
LINCOLN, Neb. Nov 27, 2004 — Nebraska coach Bill Callahan insists the days of glory will return. Just don't ask when.

The Cornhuskers finished 5-6 in Callahan's first year as coach. It was the football team's worst season since the 1961 squad went 3-6-1. Streaks of 42 straight winning regular seasons and 35 consecutive years in a bowl are history.

"We're building for a championship season," Callahan said. "I don't want to get away from that. That's our goal, to win the national championship. It's going to take time. How much time? I don't know."

Callahan won only half as many games as former coach Frank Solich's 2003 staff. All but two of Solich's assistants were let go in a January purge athletic director Steve Pederson said was necessary to avoid "gravitating to mediocrity."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The last time things were this bad for Nebraska football, it was 1961.

Another guy named Bill was coaching the Cornhuskers, that being Bill Jennings. Bob Devaney was still coaching at Wyoming. Tom Osborne was in his last year as a receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. Frank Solich was still in high school.

Jennings was sent packing after a 3-6-1 campaign in '61. The next year, Devaney started the streak of 42 straight winning regular seasons at Nebraska. The NCAA record of 35 consecutive years in a bowl began in 1969.

Devaney handed off the streaks to Osborne, who passed them on to Solich.

Bill Callahan dropped the ball in his first season, ending 5-6 after losses in four of the last five games.

Friday's 26-20 loss to Colorado brought an end to one of the most impressive runs of consistency in college football history.
Lincoln, NE (U-WIRE) -- After a long pause, Turner Gill cleared his throat and began with a thank you.

With family, friends, associates and pupils in attendance, Gill, who was considered by many to be the last link to Nebraska football's storied past, resigned from his position as Nebraska's receivers coach Friday afternoon.

Reading a prepared statement, Gill said his decision to end his 17-year playing/coaching career at NU comes with the hope of becoming a head coach.

While his resignation came as somewhat of a surprise, Gill said the decision has been years in the making.
Gill, who served as NU's quarterbacks coach from 1992-2002 and assistant head coach in 2003 before moving to receivers' coach this season, thanked several people who helped him during his time at Nebraska.

Among the list included former coaches Tom Osborne and Frank Solich, and Callahan, all of whom Gill said helped shape him into the coach and the person he is today.
s directed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Capitol flags flew half-staff Monday, in honor of Cpl. In C. Kim, 23, of Warren, Mich., who died Dec. 7 while serving in Iraq. Kim was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego.

“Today, we honor Cpl. Kim for his contribution and service to our country. Our nation is stronger because of brave Marines like Cpl. Kim and we honor the sacrifice they make everyday,” Schwarzenegger said in a prepared statement. “Maria and I would like to offer our condolences to Cpl. Kim’s family at home in Michigan and to his fellow Marines at Camp Pendleton and in Iraq.”

Kim was a motor transportation operator with the 9th Communications Battalion, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. Kim’s death was the result of a non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. This was his second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Having deployed more than 28,000 Marines to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, Camp Pendleton has suffered more than 270 deaths, or one-fifth of the total American losses.