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    Then & Now: Beau Reid


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    Then & Now: Beau Reid

    Compiled By Dave Brandon (Photo

    Courtesy NU Media Relations)

    BeauReid.jpgNebraska basketball Hall

    of Famer Beau Reid was a four year letter winner at

    Nebraska from 1988-1991. While at Nebraska, the 6'8"

    Reid excelled both on and off the court, as he led the

    Huskers in scoring and assists in 1989, while also

    finishing in the top ten in career assists. Off the

    court, Reid was a two time Academic All-Conference, and

    two time Academic All-American.

    HHC recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Beau

    and seeing what he thought of then, along with where he

    is now.

    HHC: Beau, thanks for taking the time to join HHC and

    update everyone on your life.

    BR: No Problem. I'm a fan of the site and have already

    posted a Norm Stewart story on the message board about

    the black road uniforms under the call sign Husker40.

    HHC: You were the only player to come to Nebraska in

    Danny Nee's first season ('86-'87) and also appear in

    the NCAA Tournament. ('90-'91) What was it about Danny

    Nee that brought you to Nebraska, as you first signed a

    national letter of intent to play for him at Ohio

    University?

    BR: I signed with Coach Nee at Ohio U, after him

    watching me grow up, speaking at my Father's high school

    basketball camp for several years in a row. He pulled me

    out of the crowd after my sophomore year and had me do a

    shooting drill, and I did the entire thing without

    missing. He told me he wanted me to go to Ohio U that

    day. I honestly signed with him prior to my senior year,

    because I thought he was going to get the Ohio State

    job. Eldon Miller had been told he wouldn't be retained

    after his last year of his contract, and he stopped

    recruiting. So a bird in the hand....

    HHC: After sitting out '86-'87 as a redshirt, your first

    season at Nebraska in '87-'88 went well, as you finished

    third among Big 8 freshman in scoring, as well as

    leading the team in 3-point percentage. However, the

    highlight of the year had to have been the game winning

    shot you hit to beat the eventual national champion

    Kansas. Tell us what you remember about that game, and

    was that the individual play you were most proud of

    while at Nebraska?

    BR: The thing I most remember about that game, outside

    of the final play, was Danny Manning hitting me so hard

    on a back pick, that my feet left the floor and I landed

    about 8 feet away out by half court. As I rolled over

    thinking "what the ****?,” he was standing over me with

    his hand out to help me up. As he pulled me up, he said,

    “Welcome to the Big 8, rookie,” and giggled as he ran

    down the floor. Funny thing is he smiled and shook his

    head after that shot went in, and later congratulated me

    in person when we were thrashed two weeks later in Allen

    Fieldhouse. Upon entering that game, I proceeded to

    shoot an airball on my first shot, and affectionately

    became known in the Phog as Air-Beau for the rest of my

    career. Actually the play I was most proud of was the

    shot against Michigan State my senior year. I felt like

    that win catapulted us into a different level, and gave

    us confidence that carried throughout that entire year.

    HHC: We must next tell you that we'd really appreciate

    it if you could have a son soon - actually, more than

    one son, who is also 6'8" and can both shoot AND pass

    the ball like you could. The reason we say this is the

    fact that you led the team in both scoring and assists

    in your sophomore season of '88-'89, and finished in the

    career top ten for Nebraska assists. What enabled you to

    posses the art of being a precision passer and precision

    shooter, at least for your size?

    BR: I actually am way ahead of you. Have a Daughter,

    Olivia age 8 (Swimmer and dancer. She's going to be

    tall, so we'll introduce her to volleyball this year at

    the coliseum, assuming I can get my paws on a couple duckets), and two sons....Nolan age 6 (very tall and

    actually athletic, elbow is naturally in already, a good

    sign), and Grant age 2 (born rough neck, future football

    player). I could handle the ball and pass it because I

    grew very late. I was still 5'9" in 9th grade, and

    played point guard my whole life up until that point.

    That worked out well for me. I was a Division 3 player

    until I grew 6 inches in three years. Throw in the fact

    that I was a coach’s kid and a gym rat, and I guess I

    had a fondness for the great pass that got the ball to a

    player in such a way that it was natural for them to

    complete the play. Brian Carr passed the ball like that.

    HHC: Just as fast as things were going great for you in

    your sophomore campaign, you encountered a torn ACL in

    your right knee prior to your junior season, which

    effectively created a lost season for you. Would you

    agree with that statement, or did '89-'90 serve as a

    springboard for you in what would be a memorable senior

    season?

    BR: 89'-90 was a very difficult year. I had worked

    harder than I ever had before to prepare for that year.

    My Father had recently parted ways with Coach Nee's

    staff, and I was actually scared I might become a

    by-product of that soured relationship. So I was

    absolutely in peak form, when that injury happened. Then

    I busted it to come back when I saw how bad we were that

    year and actually was booed in the Missouri game that

    year at home. I like to think the fans were booing

    because it was obvious I wasn't 100% and they wanted Nee

    to realize I shouldn't be out there. During that game

    Anthony Peeler and Doug Smith stood next to me on the

    free throw lane and asked me if I was crazy. Told me I

    shouldn't be out there, and that they wouldn't do that

    for anyone. But I had been forced to redshirt as a

    transfer, and it was going to be a lost year. Nowadays,

    I would have probably been granted a 6th year, but that

    was unheard of back then.

    It did become a springboard, because of the talent that

    was sitting out that year. Our B team would rock the

    starters by 30 late in that year. Our team was Me, Pike,

    Chubb, Moody, Farmer, and Jaime Cole (who could shoot

    the lights out). It got so bad late in the year, that

    Rich King with get in trouble early in practice on

    purpose, so he could be demoted to the "white" team.

    That B team later turned into the tempo change we had in

    90-91. Our starting five was a big brutally physical

    crew that could pound you in the half court, and then

    Moody, Pike, Chubb, and Farmer would come in and turn

    the heat up to a full court track meet. It was a great

    contrast. Ramos threw a wrench into that rotation.

    HHC: Everyone knows about the amazing '90-'91 season in

    which you returned to the NCAA tournament for only the

    second team in school history en route to winning 26

    games and finishing in the top ten. Pick out your three

    favorite moments from that season, either off or on the

    court, and tell us how electric the Bob Devaney Sports

    Center was by the end of the year?

    BR: By the end of the year? It was electric from day

    one. Michigan State game was the first home game that

    year and it was so loud that you could see people's

    mouths move, be standing right next to them, and not

    hear a sound. Deafening. Still miss the dueling bass

    guitars in the Devaney Center. That place used to just Rock.

    As for my top three moments for that season, here they

    are:

    1. Carl Hayes dropping 26 on home state team Illinois

    and running past the Illinois bench and yelling at Lou

    Henson after every score yelling "Shoulda recruited me!"

    2. Chris Cresswell (Who was redshirting as a transfer)

    dunking straight over the top of Tony Farmer in a

    scrimmage. Tony talked his fair share of trash, as we

    all did, so we all teased Tony pretty bad. We even had

    it put on the pre-game highlight video we'd watch to get

    fired up. People were laying on the floor laughing. I'll

    never forget that pre-game as long as I live.

    3. I remember watching our football team get pounded

    like 41-3 by Georgia Tech....maybe it ended up 41-20,

    can't remember, in Green Bay Wisconsin and then going

    out the next night and beating a darn good Wisconsin

    Green Bay team on their hostile home floor (Beer flowed

    freely in that arena). Coach Nee needed a police escort

    out of that arena at the end of his radio show, while

    being showered with beer. I remember him running into

    the locker room and shouting that we just beat an NCAA

    tournament team on their home floor. With the refs

    against us, the crowd out of control, and an excellent

    college basketball team opposing us. I think that's the

    night he starting believing in us. It gave us a little

    swagger heading into the Big 8 season, if a swagger is

    possible for a team that went 10 and 18 the year before.

    Honorable Mention :

    Jim Bane's atrocious call with 50 seconds left in Allen

    Fieldhouse. Called a charge on Ramos from past half

    court, when the official under the basket had signaled

    blocking foul-basket good - and one. If the three point

    play counted and it would have with Ramos shooting 80

    some percent from the line, we'd have been up 3 and they

    would have had a tough time catching up. Single worst

    call of my career.

    Black uniforms at Iowa State. I made the mistake of

    complaining about a call in front of the Iowa State band

    and from that point on was booed every time I touched

    the ball. Late in the game I was fouled and went to the

    line to shoot a 1+1 and we were down one or tied. It was

    deafening and they called time out to ice me. Hilton was

    14K strong booing as loudly as they could. I walked over

    to the bench and without missing a beat, coach Nee says

    with a grin, "you'd better make these F-ing free

    throws." I made the first, and looked over at Coach Nee

    who had this big goofy grin on his face. The crowd

    renewed their booing as the official hands me the ball

    for the bonus, and I made the second. We knock it loose

    on the other end, and I get fouled again. By the time I

    made the fourth free throw, they were barely booing.

    Maybe the most satisfying feeling I ever had in a game.

    Similar to my freshman year when we beat Oregon on their

    home floor and Henry T. Buchanon got fouled with no time

    on the clock and waived his arms to the crowd for them

    to get louder and promptly drilled them both to win the

    game. Unreal.

    There are a million other moments that I remember, but

    those are the ones that come rushing to the front of my

    brain.

    HHC: Which on-court memories do you treasure most while

    at Nebraska? Also, could you please add a colorful Danny

    Nee story or two to our growing archives? We figure

    you'd be a good guy to ask, as you were around him for

    parts of six years!

    BR: On court memory, was probably having Steve Smith

    from Michigan State give me five while running off the

    court, after I had just made the three pointer to beat

    them. It was a little thing, but it was classy of him,

    especially after the amount of trash that guy talked

    during that game. Funny trash.

    Most of my Coach Nee stories are of his anger and

    probably aren't funny. But I'll give it a shot.....

    We went to Coach Nee's house as a team one year for

    Thanksgiving, and his son Kevin was very little, and

    very active and ornery. Coach Nee got frustrated with

    him and shoved him into this room that had iron bars

    like a prison, with a keyed gate (Previous owners had

    owned a bank and had a safe in this "prison room". Kevin

    started to cry, and Coach Nee told him he'd be in there

    till morning if he kept it up, and when he turned

    around, our entire team was looking at him with our

    mouth hanging open, and without missing a beat says "You guys keep missing free throws, and you'll be in

    there too."

    HHC: Before we get to where you are today, tell us about

    what it was like balancing basketball and school, as you

    were just as great of a student as you were basketball

    player. Did you spend a lot of time in Love Library, or

    are you just naturally as smart as we are?

    BR: Actually, I was famous at the bookstore for turning

    in my text books with the cellophane still on them. I

    went to class, sat in the front row, and took good

    notes. I actually was really good at multiple choice

    exams, and cruised through college by going to class and

    taking good notes. I didn't go to law school because of

    my dislike of reading text books. Figured I wouldn't

    exactly thrive in a situation where reading textbooks

    determines what you learn.

    HHC: That's what we thought - Hey, what are you up to

    today? Are you using that Finance degree and MBA you

    earned, or did you go a different direction?

    BR: I have been in the insurance industry since I got

    done with my MBA. Didn't think I'd be selling employee

    benefits when I got done with that MBA, but I always say

    you don't choose your career, it chooses you.

    HHC: And did all the time you spent between basketball

    and your studies enable you to find Miss Right while in

    Lincoln? And, we figure if we are the ones pushing your

    kids

    to play basketball and not you, she has to be okay with

    it, right?

    BR: I met my wife the very first day I moved to Lincoln.

    She was working in the Devaney Center business office.

    Most attractive red-head I had ever seen. Chased her for

    a year, before she caved, and we've been together ever

    since.

    I think she knows that basketball will be part of the

    athletic agenda. Its been part of my life since I could

    walk, so Nolan and Grant are going to go to a lot of

    games and receive tons of useless yet brilliant advice.

    HHC: Sorry to pester you about the kids, we're

    just very passionate about Husker Hoops.

    Hey, before you go, we've set you up an e-mail account

    at [email protected] so that Nebrasketball

    faithful can drop you a line. Are you cool with that?

    BR: Would love to. I'll be hitting your message board

    too. I love to talk hoops. Thanks for having me.

    HHC: Great! Thanks a lot for your time Beau - we hope

    you like HHC and regret that we weren't around when you

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