Then & Now: Beau Reid
Compiled By Dave Brandon (Photo
Courtesy NU Media Relations)
Nebraska 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
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
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
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
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
There are a million other moments that I remember, but
those are the ones that come rushing to the front of my
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
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
to play basketball and not you, she has to be okay with
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
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