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Former Head Coach and Athletic Director,

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Tom Osborne

“The Spirit of Nebraska will provide valuable insights into that segment of athletics and will open the eyes of the reader to the demands of cheerleading and the role it plays in the pageantry of college athletics.”

Chant -

About The Book

Author and former Yell Squad member, Debra Kleve White, provides a firsthand account of game day in Lincoln. The Spirit of Nebraska offers an in-depth look at where the Cornhusker fans’ spirit began and how it evolved to today’s game day experience. 

Learn the history behind what makes Memorial Stadium magical: Husker Nation, mascots, football team, sea of red, Yell Squad, Scarlets, band, tunnel walk, Blackshirts, tailgating, balloon release and more.

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UNL Yell Squad, 1977-1978

About The Author

Debra Kleve White

Deb White is a native Nebraskan. As a graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), and a former Yell Squad member (1977–1980), her education and college experiences led her toward a path of gratitude and a desire to give back to the University. In doing so, she developed her passion for history and research, concentrating on the UNL athletic department and Spirit Squad, where her love lies. 

Her belief in education led her to the University of Texas at Austin, where she works in the College of Education, Institute for Public School Initiatives. She is also a real estate broker in Austin, Texas. 

Debra White-Author Photo

The Spirit of Nebraska is her first book. Deb currently lives in Austin, Texas, but the distance does not deter her from Memorial Stadium in the fall. She may not be wearing the cherished red‑and‑white wool sweater or saddle shoes or waving pompons on the sidelines, but her voice is just as loud as the days she spent on the field with the Yell Squad cheering on her beloved Cornhuskers.

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