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In Cornhuskers, Nebraska has one of the most unique and fitting nicknames in all of sports. But their former nickname was even better, which we discussed on a recent podcast episode.
What was Nebraska's nickname before Cornhuskers?
Nebraska's football team was known as the Bugeaters — because of insect-eating bull bats that swarmed the Plains — before the turn of the century.
A local sportswriter, Charles S. Sherman of the Lincoln Star (one of the founders of the AP Top 25) was sick of calling Nebraska's teams an ugly name. Sherman swiped the Cornhuskers name from Iowa, who used the name before adopting Hawkeyes. Ironically, Nebraska's teams were once unofficially called the Hawkeyes.
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