Nov. 13, 1943

Huskers' Pitt Game Canceled

From the Oct. 21, 1943 edition of The World-Herald:

The Pitt-Nebraska football game scheduled for Lincoln Saturday, November 13, is off.

In a joint statement issued Thursday by Athletic Directors A.J. Lewandowski of Nebraska and Jimmy Hagen of Pittsburgh it was announced this year's game had been canceled by mutual agreement.

"Cancellation of the game, however, does not affect in any way the Nebraska-Pittsburgh series, and both schools are looking forward to the time when competition can be resumed," the statement read.

Lewandowski announced refunds to Husker season ticket holders would be made at the coliseum box office the week of November 8-13.

Travel difficulties led to the Pitt decision, but lack of manpower threatens to wipe out other November games on the Husker schedule. The situation looms acute after the Kansas game Saturday and the date at Missouri next week.

Halfback Al Trant, if injuries permit, will be making his final appearance Saturday as will Quarterback Walt Wilkins, Tackle Norman Look and possibly Halfback Bill Miller. All have received hurry up calls from the armed forces.

Unless there are serious injuries or additional army-navy calls, it now appears Lewandowski must field a team for the Missouri game from a roster of less than 30 available candidates.

How the Husker coach can muster a team after the Mizzou game only time and the faculty can disclose.

By that time scholastic reports are due and the campus grapevine has it that ineligibility or service calls will claim at least five of the top eight backs. Behind those eight he has little or nothing.

Although admitting the future outlook is gloomy, Lewandowski and his aides Wednesday were concentrating on the approaching game with Kansas.

Main concern was the prospect injured Ted Kenfield and Al Trant would at the best be available only for a spot play.

Indiana game injuries which Monday showed indications of clearing have been slow mending and Lewandowski at midweek had crossed both lads off the list as game starters.

Loss of Kenfield means Clark Beaver, Walt Wilkins and Morris Galter will work at the quarterback slot Saturday.

Wednesday Beaver was running with Buzz Hollins, Jim Hansen and Ken Swanson.

Given a fair weather break Lewandowski expects a crowd of 10 to 15 thousand.

There were 9,809 paid admissions for the season opener with Indiana two weeks ago.

Officials All from Lincoln

For the first time in years there will be no travel expense for officials working a varsity game at University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium.

Three Lincoln officials will handle the game — M.G. Volz, Max Roper and Bill Day.

Husker Homecoming Plans Are Stripped

University of Nebraska homecoming festivities this week have been stripped of about everything but tradition.

Fraternity and sorority houses will have only modest decorations, being denied professional help and their allowances cut from $25 to $7.

Winners will receive cups. Runners-up will get $5 prizes in war stamps before turning them over to the Student foundation.

Series history

Nebraska is 6-15 all-time against Pittsburgh.

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1943 season (2-6)

Minnesota Oct. 2
Indiana Oct. 9
Iowa State Oct. 16
Kansas Oct. 23
Missouri Oct. 30
Kansas State Nov. 6
Pittsburgh Nov. 13
Iowa Nov. 20
Oklahoma Nov. 27

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