College Football

Types of Husker Fans – Navigating through the Maize

Represent, represent Gabby

Never mind the terrible pun in the title. There’s no denying that Cornhusker fans are some of the most passionate and loyal fans in all of sports. They’ve been filling Memorial Stadium for 50 years and have been regularly praised for being welcoming and knowledgeable.

I may be just a tad bit biased, but there’s not much to NOT like about the fanbase in general, and if I created a Fan Meter for entire groups of fans, I think they’d score fairly high. As with any fanbase however, once you start to differentiate the types of fans within the group, things aren’t all good.

Let’s take a look at the four main types of Nebraska fans–the good, the bad and yes, even the ugly.

The “Cleti”

Let your Corn hang sideways . . .

Explanation: Although it’s often used as a derogatory term across the Husker-verse and on message boards, a Cleti or Cletus represents a good majority of the fanbase.

A Cleti is often described as a fan that follows the program/university at it’s most basic level but is easily swayed by what those with “inside” information consider propaganda. This type of fan attends all the games (mainly football) and can be seen regularly hashtagging and Instagram-ing all things Husker.

When a Cleti encounters anything negative about their beloved Huskers they often get defensive and label those that dissent against their opinions as “haters” and state that they are not “true” fans.

How can you spot this type of fan?:

  • They think Barney Cotton still coaches the o-line
  • Their Twitter handle is something like “FreddieHusker” or “TheHuskerDude”
  • They compare Bo’s nine-win season streak to that of Tom Osborne’s, while not acknowledging that Bo coaches almost two extra games a year compared to TO’s old schedules

Special Note: Female Cleti or Clettetes usually accumulate Twitter followers at an alarming rate.

The “Everything is a Dumpster Fire” Fan

Great job but . . .

Explanation: The Negative Nancy of Nebraska fans, this type of Husker almost lives for the program to fail so they can spout long-winded “I-Told-You-So’s” to anyone that will listen.

Make no mistake, this fan will follow the program just like The Cleti and probably in more detail. What sets them apart is their keen ability to turn even the most minuscule detail into some sort of big picture collage of the program’s long-term demise.

This fan seems to have more knowledge than 95% of the coaching staffs in the nation but for some reason or another isn’t a coach themselves. They get the least amount of joys in wins and are quick to rain on any positive parades.

This type of fan often forgets that almost the entire fanbase wants to go undefeated for the next 100 years and their proposed remedies for the program aren’t as easy as they seem to achieve or else every team would be littered with All-Americans across the two-deep.

How can you spot this type of fan?:

  • They often say things like, “if this play didn’t happen” or “if the Huskers were in a different conference”
  • They post the same rhetoric over and over on any and every message board thread; even the board agrees on a basic level; this is often done to show that they supposedly have higher standards than The Cleti
  • This fan spends more time finding stats to portray programs other than Nebraska’s in a positive light
  • They refer to Bo Pelini as Mark Pelini in the same tone as when Republicans say Barack Hussein Obama

The “Part-time” Fan

Wait. I thought you said you were proud to be a Husker? Is that only sometimes? (photo via

Explanation: This label more than likely sparks the most debate amongst Husker fans. The Part-timer usually supports one or two of the University’s sports programs at a given time while blatantly rooting for another school in a sport they don’t root for Nebraska in.

The rationale of why this fan supports a non-Husker sports program varies from stating it’s a family tradition (i.e. my dad liked them) to apathy towards a given program (i.e. feeling Nebrasketball has been “irrelevant”).

This type of fan is actually a Part-timer for two or more programs as they don’t support one institution year-round.

The most common type of Part-timer is The “JaySker” — a fan that roots for the Huskers mainly in football but roots for either the Creighton Blue Jays or Kansas Jayhawks in basketball.

How can you spot this type of fan?:

  • You’ll see them post “Husker for life” or “It’s good to be a Husker” on Facebook during the fall but then fill their timeline with “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” during the Winter.
  • They’ll more than likely be fans of the winning-est teams in pro sports history in addition to splitting their allegiances between different universities
  • They’ll often tell you how much better Omaha is compared to Lincoln

Special Note: I HATE these type of fans 🙂

The “24-7” Husker

Explanation: All Huskers. All everything. All the time.

It doesn’t matter if Nebraska is playing Tiddlywinks. If the match is on BTN, this fan is watching and more than likely bragging about it on social media.

This type of fan rocks some form of Husker apparel nearly every day of the week and more than likely is from the state of Nebraska and/or graduated from UNL.

They disdain the Part-timers with a passion and constantly point out this fact.

How can you spot this type of fan?:

  • They remember more recruits names than in-laws names
  • They follow Nebrasketball
  • They boo the sight of other schools’ logos, unconditionally

You know you’re a 24/7 Nebraska fan when you represent Nebrasketball (photo via

The Others 


The “Blue Hair”: This isn’t so much a type of fan but a quick way to label an older, white-haired fan that tells you to sit down during the games or is against having alcohol at any sporting events. They are also quick to remind you that they’ve been going to games for years and have donated more money than you’ve made your entire life.

The “Tradition Coalition”: This fan is averse to any sort of change and wants ANY individual with ties to Tom Osborne involved in the program regardless of their qualifications. They more than likely wanted Turner Gill hired as HC after Solich was canned and consider Bo an “insider” even though he coached ONE season at Nebraska previous to being hired as HC.

The “Message Board Mafia” Type: We’ve all seen them before. The posters that are privy to inside information not because of their own doing but because of their acquaintances that feel their words are gospel. Challenge their opinions and they will personally attack you with little to no repercussions from the moderators. They may even challenge you to a fight. What a sham.

Did I miss anything? Do you have anything to add? Which type of fan are you? Let us know if the comment section below. I hope this write-up wasn’t a dumpster fire for you. 😉 






  1. Andrew Cumbee

    November 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Proud to be a part-timer. Go Jay-sketball!

  2. JP

    November 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Why didn’t you just put a picture of Krambeck in the part-timer section?

    • Derek Hernandez

      November 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Thought about it but I try to keep things anonymous. He knows he’s a part-timer.

  3. Jeff

    December 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

    The Cleti, the 24/7 Husker, the Tradition Coalition.

    AKA “the Kool-Aid Drinkers.”

  4. Not Jeff

    February 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

    “Dumpster-fire fan” – SEE JEFF. ^^

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