Nebraska Interim Head Coach Mickey Joseph met with members of the media following Thursday's practice. Joseph spoke on the preparation for the Minnesota game.
 
"I thought the boys practiced well this morning," Joseph said. "I thought they were really detailed in their assignments and the game plan. I think they are really getting their minds right. We talked about getting their minds right. They know what type of game this is going to be. It is going to be a physical contest. This is going to be a Big Ten football game. We have been there before. We understand what we need to do."
 
Joseph discussed the focus of the team and coaching staff.
 
"The boys have been great," he said. "The coaches have been great. We came in on Sunday, and we talked about our mistakes and cleaning it up because it is a copycat league. Then, we said we are going to put it on the 24-hour rule and get ready for Minnesota. You have to put losses behind you. We cannot let Illinois beat us twice, so we had to be ready for Minnesota this weekend. The boys did a great job of putting it behind them."
 
Joseph also talked about the Go Big Project and how it will benefit the program.
 
"I think any time you have a facility of that magnitude, I think it is great for the University and it is also great for the program," Joseph said. "It helps you with your players because everything is in-house. It also helps you in recruiting because kids want to see nice things. They want to see nice things because that is the generation, but I think it gives you a lot of energy heading forward in the future."
 
The Huskers will kick off against Minnesota at 11 a.m. (CT) at Memorial Stadium. The game is set to be on radio. Coverage provided by Huskers Radio Network.

Huskers to Honor Veterans and Active Duty Military on Saturday

At Saturday's game against Minnesota, Nebraska Athletics will salute all Veterans and active-duty military in attendance. The annual Military Appreciation game is in observation of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11.

Features during Veterans/Military Appreciation Day:

  • Fans are invited to check out military vehicles provided by the Nebraska National Guard. There will be a Humvee (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) and a non-tactical off-road vehicle parked on the East Plaza outside of Gate 20. An additional Humvee will be on display on Stadium Drive to the west of Memorial Stadium.
  • The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots will be outside of the entrances of Memorial Stadium to collect toys and donations. Toys for Tots helps bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children by providing the gift of a new toy.
  • Fans are encouraged to stop by the recently dedicated Veterans' Tribute located outside of the Pershing Military and Naval Science building at the corner of 14th and Vine Street.
  • Saturday's Flyover features three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters flown by the Nebraska Army National Guard.  
  • During the National Anthem, HuskerVision will scroll the names of those with Nebraska ties, who lost their lives serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Saturday's Tunnel Walk will feature veterans and active-duty military.
  • Former Husker running back Terrell Newby (2013-16) will lead the team out of the locker room carrying the American Flag. Sergeant Newby is a paratrooper and Infantry Team Leader serving in the Nebraska Army National Guard's 2-134th Airborne Infantry Battalion.
  • Saturday's Tunnel Walk will also feature numerous veterans and active-duty military including 15 soldiers and five airmen from the Nebraska National Guard who enlisted and re-enlisted at a ceremony conducted by University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter earlier this month.
  • They will be accompanied by nine veterans who met with the football team last week as part of the Operation Hat Trick campaign. These veterans include:
    • United States Marine Corps: Ryan Warner, Lincoln, Neb; Daniel Poulsen, Lincoln, Neb., Rob Burks, Virginia Beach, Va; Alex Bratt, Beatrice, Neb.
    • United States Navy: Cindy Lambert, Greenwood, Neb.; Patrick Smith, Ceresco, Neb.
    • United States Army National Guard: Ashley Mitchell, Lincoln, Neb.; Lucas Mitchell, Fairbury, Neb.
    • United States Army: Brad Larson, Chambers, Neb.
  • Fans in attendance who are serving or have served will be asked to stand and be recognized.
  • Shoutout videos featuring stationed active-duty military with Nebraska ties during selected breaks throughout the game.
  • Saturday's POW-MIA Chair Sentinel will feature Private First-Class Walter Sullivan of Omaha. Private Sullivan, a World War Two veteran, served in the United States Army for six years.

Show our veterans that the Huskers stand with them by picking up a new piece of Operation Hat Trick merchandise. Proceeds from the purchase of Operation Hat Trick go to organizations that provide direct services and support to wounded service members and veterans. Fans can shop OHT on Saturday on the east plaza near gate 20 or at the Adidas container store on Stadium Drive. OHT gear is also available at the Nebraska team store or at shop.huskers.com. Other local retailers are also carrying the product.

Maurtice Ivy to Be Honored Saturday as a Trailblazer for Women's Athletics

To commemorate 50 years of Title IX, Nebraska will celebrate a trailblazer in women's athletics at every home football game. Maurtice Ivy will be recognized and honored during the Minnesota game this Saturday. 

Title IX of the Civil Rights Act was signed into law on June 23, 1972, when Ivy was just a 5-year-old growing up in Omaha. She spent her elementary and junior high days on the cement courts at Fontenelle Park, across the street from her home, taking on boys in the neighborhood. The playgrounds and gyms of Omaha became the proving grounds of her talents. 

So did the football field, where she spent five seasons playing middle linebacker for her father and football coach, Tom, for the Gate City Steelers. Her mental and physical toughness allowed her to become the first middle schooler to compete on varsity at Omaha Central. 

After graduating from Omaha Central at age 16 in 1984, Ivy came to Nebraska to help turn around a struggling program. She scored nearly 2,000 points during her career at Central, leading the Eagles to a pair of Class A state titles and 50 consecutive victories. She led the state in scoring three times and led the Metro Conference four straight seasons. 

The Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star chose her as its 1984 high school athlete of the year after she helped Central's track and field team to a pair of state championships as well, winning a half-dozen gold medals of her own along the way.

After getting offers from hundreds of schools, Ivy made the Devaney Center her home to show the world her athleticism.

She was recruited to Nebraska by first-year hed coach Kelly Hill, who led the Huskers for Ivy's freshman and sophomore seasons. NU suffered through two losing campaigns despite Ivy's explosive production. Coach Angela Beck arrived for Ivy's junior season, and the fortunes of the Huskers changed.

The Big Red fought its way to a winning season in 1986-87 that included a trip to the semifinals of the Big Eight Tournament.  Ivy set the tone for Nebraska's ascension by averaging a then-school-record 23.6 points per game. 

The Huskers fully arrived in Ivy's senior season. Nebraska, which had never finished better than fourth in the Big Eight standings, sprinted to the 1988 conference regular-season title with Ivy averaging 19.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists. 

"For sure I was a shooter and a scorer, individually you can do some things but you can't do it without your team," Ivy said in the recent Nebraska Public Media production commemorating Title IX. "We bonded and we gelled and we went to work."

The first women's basketball player in school history to score 2,000 career points, Ivy achieved the milestone on "Maurtice Ivy Night" at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Mayor Bernie Simon declared it "Maurtice Ivy Day"in Omaha on Feb. 17, 1988, and Ivy showed her flair for the dramatic by sinking a free throw with 23 seconds left to put the Huskers in front while reaching 2,001 career points. She added three more free throws to give NU a 76-72 win over a Kansas team they had beaten just three times in the previous 22 meetings. The same day, Omaha Central announced the retirement of her No. 22 jersey.

Ivy blazed a trail for other Husker basketball players to follow. Not only was she the first Husker to reach 2,000 career points, she was the first Husker to average 20 per game in a season (23.6 ppg,, 1986-87). She was NU's first conference player of the year and first three-time all-conference selection. She led Nebraska to its first conference title and first NCAA Tournament.

In January of 2011, Nebraska retired Ivy's No. 30 jersey and the banner displaying it hangs next to 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings' No. 51 and All-American Kelsey Griffin's No. 23 inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Ivy was a prolific scorer who totaled eight 30-point games, including a massive 46-point effort against Illinois in 1986, but scoring still only showed a sliver of Ivy's impact. She ranks No. 2 all time at Nebraska in scoring average (19.2 ppg), No. 3 in points (2,131) and free throws (431), seventh in blocks (104) and eighth in rebounds (778) and steals (215).

Ivy's rebounding and block totals might be the best examples of her remarkable athleticism. At 5-9, Ivy played at the rim, soaring above taller players to finish at the iron or flying across the lane in help defense to block shots. As a sophomore in 1985-86, she averaged 8.6 rebounds to go along with 19.7 points. As a junior, she added 7.8 boards to her 23.6 points. 

After setting the stage for success at Nebraska, Ivy also became a trailblazer as a professional, spending two years in Denmark. She continued to find ways to compete while completing her bachelor's degree in communication from Nebraska in 1992.
She was a national-level competitor on some dominant "Hoop It Up" teams when the street game swept the nation in the 1990s.

In 1993, she led the Nebraska Express in the Women's Basketball Association. In the three official seasons of the WBA (1993-95), Ivy was a true star in the summer league that helped lay the foundation for the WNBA. In 1994, Ivy led the Express to the WBA title as the Finals MVP. In 1993, Ivy powered the Express to a league-best 13-2 regular-season record before falling in the best-of-five WBA Championship series to the Kansas Crusaders.

In 1996, Ivy and another former Omaha Central standout, Jessica Haynes, powered a team to a "Hoop It Up" national title.

"I do think I've been a pioneer for women's basketball," Ivy told Omaha journalist Leo Biga. "I am always flattered when they compare players coming up now to me."

She has been inducted into the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame, the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame (1998), the Omaha Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame (2006), the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame (2009) and in 2020, she was a member of the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Class. In 2000, she was also recognized as one of Nebraska's 25 Women of Distinction and as a member of the women's basketball All-Century Team during NU's Silver Anniversary celebration of women's varsity sports.

She added a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from UNO, where she was an assistant women's basketball coach. She was also a head coach at Peru State. 

She has served as a senior executive at the Charles Drew Health Center in Omaha since 2013 and is the CEO of the non-profit Ivy League Youth Sports Academy in Omaha.

"I recognize the significance of Title IX and the impact it has had on my life," Ivy said. "Success breeds success. It does something for your confidence as a young girl, and as a woman."