Dan Kendig says a win Friday would send "shock waves" through the NCAA women's gymnastics world. Hopefully for Kendig, the earthquake occurs in Lincoln.
Kendig's Huskers host #1-ranked Utah, which owns a 12-1 record. "It would make people say, 'Did you hear?'" Kendig said. "People listen and it would create some momentum."
The longtime head coach feels beating Utah is possible. He does believe, though, that a loud, raucous crowd must be on hand to help the Huskers' chances.
"Nebraska is hard to beat at the Devaney Center," Kendig said. "There's nothing like having an unbelievable dismount and have the crowd go crazy. If you're the next one, you want that same applause."
The University is encouraging fans to turn out for the big meet by holding its "Pack the Place" promotion. Also, it's "Dollar Days," which lowers the admission price to $1, along with $1 Pepsi products.
While the head coach is hyping the event, his athletes are treating Utah like any other opponent.
"We have to focus on us," said Kassandra Nathe. "Not the scores or their routines because that would build up our nerves." All-American Tricia Woo agrees, saying it will not be a big upset if Nebraska stuns the nation's #1 team.
Kendig, though, knows what a big-time win would do for his program.
"An unbelievable evening could occur."