The eighth season of the Nebraska Alumni Association’s Football Fridays kicks off Sept. 2 at the Wick Alumni Center’s Holling Garden, 1520 R St.
The events, which are free and open to the public, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2, 16 and 30 at the alumni center. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
The featured speakers for the first 2016 Football Friday are Hank Bounds, president of the University of Nebraska system, and Chancellor Ronnie Green. Local media members and former Huskers will preview Nebraska’s season opener and answer fans’ questions about the team. Greg Sharpe of the Husker Sports Network will be the emcee.
Football Fridays also include children’s games, prizes and performances by the Husker Spirit Squad and pep band. Nebraska women’s basketball coach Amy Williams will speak on Sept. 16, followed by a panel of former Huskers and local media members who will preview the Huskers’ matchup with Oregon. “Family Night” is planned for homecoming weekend on Sept. 30, featuring the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln Children’s Museum and University of Nebraska State Museum.
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Sept. 2 (Fresno State): Appearances by Bounds, Green, Sharpe, Steve Taylor (quarterback, ‘85-‘88), Joel Makovicka (fullback, ‘95-‘98), Steve Sipple (Lincoln Journal Star) and Brian Rosenthal (Huskers.com)
Sept. 16 (Oregon): Appearances by Williams, Sharpe, Kris Brown (kicker, ‘95-‘98), Blake Lawrence (linebacker, ‘07-‘08), Mike Babcock (Husker historian) and Sam McKewon (Omaha World-Herald)
Sept. 30 (Illinois): Homecoming and Family Night, with appearances by Jeff Kinney (halfback, ‘69-‘71), Jay Foreman (linebacker, ‘95-‘98) and Brandon Kinnie (wide receiver, ‘09-‘11). A Homecoming parade watch party begins at 6 p.m.