Then & Now: Jason Glock
Compiled By Dave Brandon
(Photo Courtesy NU Media Relations)
Glock played at Nebraska from 1992-1996, and reached the
post-season in each of the five seasons he was in
Lincoln (3 NCAA’s, 2 NIT’s). Glock was part of the 1994
Big 8 Championship team, as well as the Husker bunch
that won the 1996 NIT Championship.
Glock might best be known for his
times at Wahoo High School, however, where he helped
lead the Warriors to four consecutive Class B Titles and
90 consecutive wins. Overall, Wahoo was 101-1 during
Glock’s four-year career, and as a result, Glock was
named 1991 USA Today Nebraska Player of the Year.
Glock is our latest Sunday guest in
this version of “Then & Now”.
HHC: First and
foremost, thanks for joining us, and are you still
running the “Glock Detassling” service that you did
about a decade ago?
JG: We are, still getting out in the
cornfields each summer!
HHC: (Laughs) Well,
an unnamed staff member of Husker Hoops Central actually
used to detassle for you when he was in junior high
school, but he only lasted about four days before your
brother Troy called him and told him to “take a couple
of days off”. We’ll let him remain anonymous though, but
he might do quite a few interviews for the site.
JG: (Laughs) Well, I
will say that Troy has always been the softie, as far as
giving employees second chances, so if you… I mean a
“staff member”, were given a few days off, it must have
been pretty serious.
HHC: (Laughs) Hey, while at Wahoo, you
helped lead the Warriors to four consecutive Class B
titles and ninety straight wins. How special was it to
achieve that level of success?
JG: I think it was amazing. At the time, I
didn’t realize how amazing it was. I mean, I knew it was
exciting for the community and the school, and I just
recently went back and looked at some articles. And it’s
pretty amazing, just the support that we got from the
community. It was a great atmosphere and a great time to
be playing basketball here in Wahoo.
HHC: So does the feat become more and more
amazing as you look back on it?
JG: I think it does.
We went several years without losing, and you don’t see
that too often, but some of the reason that’s not
happening is smaller schools are now competing against
the bigger schools, as far as consolidation of the
classes and some of the big schools (Bellevue West)
playing the smaller schools (Ravenna).
HHC: Talk about what basketball meant to
Wahoo back then, and what it means today?
JG: Both schools (Wahoo and Bishop
Neumann) had great programs, and they do still to this
day. It was pretty neat that we were in different
classes, so the districts weren’t Wahoo competing
against Bishop. So that was good for the entire
community, because we got support from both schools.
Now the schools are in the same
sub-district, so it’s a little tougher to cheer for both
since you’re competing with each other. But they are
still two of the best C-1 programs in the state, and it
should be another good year, and hopefully both of them
will make it to sub-district.
HHC: In your opinion, why have we seen
less D-I basketball talent being developed in
Nebraska in recent years? Is this a coincidence, or is
there more to it?
JG: I think it’s a little of both. I think
there are more activities for kids to do, and maybe a
few more years down the road, we’ll see another bunch of
kids going Division I in basketball. But, I’d say
both. Kids are doing more sports and activities, and
maybe not having to look at getting an athletic
scholarship to go to college. I know back when I
competed, it was everyone’s dream and goal to get a
college scholarship to go to school somewhere, and I
don’t know if that’s still what everyone’s hoping or
not. It probably is, but it seems like that could be a
HHC: Who else besides Nebraska recruited
you out of high school?
JG: The only basketball school besides
Nebraska was UNO, and some of the other in-state
colleges. I didn’t get any official offer for Division
I basketball outside of UNL. I got an offer for Iowa
State football, but decided to go with the basketball
HHC: What was your initial impression of
Danny Nee, and did that change or stay the same as the
JG: I think my original opinion was that
the guy could really recruit and bring in some great
athletes. And I haven’t kept up with what he’s doing
now, but the year before I got there was when they had
the 26-8 season (1990-1991) and made the Top 10 ranking
there at one time.
He (Nee) could really recruit the
athletes, and I think originally I was a little bit
intimidated by him. I didn’t really have the
communication probably - it wasn’t always there. But I
don’t think my opinion has changed; I think he’s a hard
worker, and he tried to get the best out of kids
talent-wise, and tried to find the most talent that he
HHC: How big of an adjustment was it to go
from the speed of Class B to that of the Big 8?
JG: It was a big
adjustment. I played a lot of my high school career
inside, so I had to get used to facing the basket the
whole time. And the quickness, as well as height of
everybody was just significantly different.
But if there was one thing that I
wish I would have improved more before college, it would
be my ball handling. That’s something I struggled with
throughout my career. I wasn’t quick enough to be a
point guard, and I wasn’t really tall enough to be a
forward, so I was kind of in that grey area.
HHC: Your first season at Nebraska was
1991-1992, and the team went to its second straight NCAA
Tournament and finished 19-10. What do you remember
about that first season?
JG: I have trouble remembering yesterday.
(Laughs) But I’d say that my freshman year, I just
remember that I got in a few games, and I think it was
down in Oklahoma where the entire team was starting to
foul out, and I got in at the end. And it was an
overtime game, and I got a rebound right at the end of
the game, and I missed a short shot to tie the game or
win the game. I think it was that year, although I can’t
But other than that, I didn’t get
in as much as I hoped, but I was a freshman, and we had
a lot of talent, and I wish I would have redshirted that
HHC: Speaking of redshirting, 1992-1993
saw the team go 20-11 and make the NCAA Tournament, but
you took the redshirt to put on muscle in the weight
room. How important was that year in your development?
JG: I think it was significant. I was able
to practice and go watch the games from the sideline,
and I worked with Paul Koch who was our strength coach,
and worked on my speed and agility. It was just a good
learning experience that allowed me to get bigger,
stronger, and quicker.
HHC: Talk about how special it was winning
the Big 8 Tournament in 1993-1994. What do you remember
JG: I just remember
that we were kind of the underdogs, and just put in
three great games. We got on a roll and we were
unstoppable. (Eric) Piatkowski and (Bruce) Chubick and
those guys were playing great, and it was exciting
because it was the first and only Big 8 championship.
I think it was a surprise to
everybody, although we knew we had the talent and
players to compete.
HHC: Many people feel that Nebraska
“choked” in the NCAA Tournament under Danny Nee,
especially in the games against Connecticut your
freshman year, and Pennsylvania in 1994. What is your
response to that?
JG: I don’t know if
we choked. I think we maybe came in with the wrong
mindset, and were overconfident, maybe. But at
tournament time, it’s not necessarily the best rated
team that’s going to win. It’s whoever is playing best
at the time, and they obviously played better than we
That happened a couple of times,
where we were maybe expected to win but didn’t. But I
don’t think it was necessarily choking, I think it was
just that they had the better team on that specific day.
HHC: In 1994-1995, the team went 18-14 and
again made the NIT. However, we’d like to talk more
about 1995-1996, and both the good and bad. First,
before we get to the good, talk about what led to the
player walkout that year?
JG: My recollection
is that we started to lose a few games in a row, and a
few of the players got upset with Coach Nee, as far as
maybe the way he was treating them, or playing time. I
think there was a practice that we weren’t supposed to
have, and Danny called a team practice on a day where we
weren’t supposed to, and that upset some players. And it
just was kind of a mess.
HHC: In retrospect, do you regret being a
part of the walkout, as far as what it did to Coach
JG: Yeah, I do. I
think everybody could have handled things differently.
It wasn’t a positive for anybody in the program, and it
made Coach Nee look bad, it made the players look
spoiled, and it just was a bad situation for the whole
thing. I don’t believe in tarnishing people’s reputation
and being negative in the newspapers and stuff like
that. And, I think it got to a point with the players
where they were trying to communicate with Coach Nee,
and weren’t seeing the answers they wanted, and it just
ended up in a bad situation.
HHC: Who were the two
players that showed up to practice that day? Wasn’t
Tyronn Lue one of them?
JG: Yeah, it was
Bernard Garner and Tyronn Lue. I think the reason those
two went to practice was because they had to be there
the next year, and they didn’t want any grudges with
Coach Nee. Those two kids just didn’t want to tarnish
their reputation with the coach, and I think the rest of
us understood that it was the final year, whether we
were seniors or transferring.
But yeah, I do regret being a part
of it and wish things wouldn’t have ended up the way
that they did.
HHC: Now, let’s talk about the good parts
of 1995-1996. You guys made an improbable run all the
way through the NIT, and won the championship, finishing
21-14. What moments stick out most about that run?
JG: I think just the roll that we got on
as a team. Everybody just put the issues beside, and
just started to play for one another and the fans. We
got to playing the way we knew we could play, and
started playing team ball, listening to the coaches, and
went on a good streak there.
HHC: Which was a more special moment to
you; winning the 1994 Big 8 Tournament, or winning the
1996 NIT Championship?
JG: I don’t think any one of the two is
more significant. It’s neat that both of those things
happened the first time when we were down there. And
it’s pretty unique being a part of that kind of
atmosphere and that situation where it’s the first time
in the schools history for that to happen.
HHC: What are your favorite memories of
UNL, both on and off the court?
JG: I think getting a good education, and
getting to know and meet some good friends down there.
And even though there are so many new students down
there, its nice living in the dorms and getting to know
your neighbors and the fans. I’ll remember the training
table, the weight room, and the great facilities that we
were able to practice, eat, and study in.
And off-campus, there’s always the
activities on the weekend, that we always had fun with,
too. (Laughs) But I’m proud of the education that I got,
and the basketball experience that I had.
HHC: Which of your
teammates do you still stay in touch with?
JG: Actually, I just worked on Chris
Sallee recently. I’m a dentist here in Wahoo, and he
came up and saw me in the dental office just last
weekend, and it was the first time I’d seen him in ten
or twelve years. And Tom Wald married my cousin, and
they live out in Grand Island. And the only other player
I’ve seen is Chad Ideus, who I think works insurance in
HHC: Finally, what is Jason Glock up to
today, and what has he been doing since 1996?
JG: I went to dental
school for four years, and graduated in 2000. And I’ve
been up here with Dr. Martin for six years now. I'm married
to the former Patricia Chivers, from Idaho and
have two kids, Elle and Marcus and still help run a detassling crew in
the summer, which I know you have fond memories of.
HHC: (Laughs) Yes sir. Are you cool with
taking some e-mails at
[email protected] if we set the account
up for you and tell you how to check it?
JG: That would be great.
HHC: Awesome. Thanks
a lot for your time, and we’ll be sure to come to you if
we get any cavities or need a root canal!
JG: (Laughs) Sounds