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    Then & Now: Jason Glock

    Then & Now: Jason Glock

    Compiled By Dave Brandon

    (Photo Courtesy NU Media Relations)

    Jason%20Glock.jpgJason

    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

    factor.

    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

    scholarship.

    HHC: What was your initial impression of

    Danny Nee, and did that change or stay the same as the

    years passed?

    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

    could.

    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

    recall.

    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

    year.

    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

    about that?

    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

    did.

    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

    Nee’s image?

    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

    Lincoln.

    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

    good Dave, and thanks for having me.<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">



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