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Big Red Cobcast Ep. 328: Kellan Heavican

Learning about resilience with KLIN reporter and former social media target Kellan Heavican

I write the following as a Husker fan writing on a Husker site: I’m not sure we always understand what it means to be the “greatest fans in college football.” We’re generally pretty good to opposing fans. Way better than some of them deserve sometimes. But we’re also pretty terrible to our own fans and local media other times. Of course, some of our fans and local media absolutely deserve the occasional (fair) criticism from time to time, but for some reason it seems like we take our pent-up aggression (anger that most fan bases direct toward opposing teams and fanbases) and turn it inward.

Case in point: this week’s interview subject. If you don’t remember who Kellan Heavican is, he was a student reporter who asked a question he immediately regretted at Mike Riley’s post-firing press conference in 2017, and hoooooooo did he catch some heat. So much heat that he hasn’t discussed the moment publicly until now. Why tell us about it? God only knows.

But that’s not all Kellan’s known for anymore. He also happens to be a pretty damn good reporter at KLIN, and we wanted to talk about him preventing that moment from defining him while still working in his home state. We also discussed his recent interviews with University of Nebraska president Ted Carter, Nebraska’s response to the Big Ten post-Covid, and the media’s response to Nebraska post-response.

And of course, we also wanted to rant about a few things. I think we may have scared him more than the social media monsters did a few years ago. He denies it, but I saw the fear in his eyes.

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And once you’re done listening to Kellan (and Joe and Tweedy and me), you’re going to need some more content to fill the void left by the lack of a Husker football season. You can do that by catching up on all 328 of our past episodes here. And here’s a handy dandy list (with links) to all of the post-covid interviews we’ve done during while being apart from one another:

Kellan Heavican
Niles Paul
Mitch Sherman
Dan Wolken (and kind of Pat Forde)
Dirk Chatelain
Patrick Gerhart
Hoss Reuter
Jon Johnston
Ben McLaughlin
Trev Alberts
Mike’l Severe
Corey Dixon
Frank Costa (Part II)
Kenny Cheatham
Dr. Jack Stark
Grant Wistrom
Adam Carriker
Frank Costa (Part I)
Abdul Muhammad
Clester Johnson
Ivan Lovegren
Erin Sorensen

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