Bob Devaney

Bob Devaney

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Robert S. "Bob" Devaney (April 13, 1915 – May 9, 1997) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming from 1957 to 1961 and at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 1962 to 1972, compiling a career college football record of 136–30–7. Devaney's Nebraska Cornhuskers won consecutive national championships in 1970 and 1971. Devaney also served as the athletic director at Nebraska from 1967 to 1993. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1981.

Playing and early coaching career

Devaney graduated from Alma College in 1939, where he played end on the football team. Devaney coached high school football in Michigan at Big Beaver, Keego Harbor, Saginaw, and Alpena, before joining the Michigan State Spartans staff as an assistant coach under Biggie Munn and continuing under Duffy Daugherty.

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Devaney's first college head coaching job was at the University of Wyoming, where he went 35–10–5 (.750) in five seasons between 1957 and 1961. The Cowboys won the Sun Bowl in his second season and won or shared the Skyline Conference title in his final four seasons in Laramie. Following the 1961 season, he was hired at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Devaney was the third choice of Nebraska's athletic director, Tippy Dye. Utah's Ray Nagel and Utah State's John Ralston had turned down the job. ...
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