As I sit and ponder what has happened at Nebraska and how far Husker Nation has slid and why recent movement in personnel within the Athletic Department give me hope for the future.
We still have what Perlman did with his personal distaste for Bo Pelini, a winner but a difficult man to have a long-term relationship. That was the second occurrence during Perlman tenure that Nebraska terminated a winning coach and put Husker Nation in a downward spiral since Dr. Tom Osborne retired from coaching football creating a situation where any decent coach would be a fool to come to Lincoln. Yet, we have enjoyed Mediocrity from Callahan and now Riley in the time after reaching nine-win seasons under Solich and Pelini.
Perlman also hired an athletic director Shawn Eichorst that did not have a long-term record of running a $100M athletic department and based his decision on Barry Alvarez’s recommendation excluding Dr. Tom and others in Husker Nation. It was obvious that Eichorst was told that he had to remove all vampires from the athletic department per Perlman demand.
Husker Nation was doomed to mediocrity by Perlman by his decisions based on what he thought was best for Husker Nation rather than what was best for Husker Nation.
When Dr. Perlman retired and Dr. Hank Bounds and Dr. Ronnie Green arrived on campus it became apparent that the athletic department was at best letting down Husker Nation with the football program stuck with financial support but on field leadership in the form of coaching.
After two years struggling with mediocre defense that was not improving with recruits that are capable of providing the level of talent to live up to the Blackshirt tradition Mike Riley did the right thing and reached out and hired Bob Diaco with solid credentials as a defensive coordinator at Notre Dame and other schools.
There was the belief that the offense was going to be able to compete with Danny Langsdorf would be able to get his offensive scheme to work regardless of his lifelong record of mediocrity with Riley at Oregon State and the NFL.
The last three years have proven once again that no matter how much money you throw at mediocrity, mediocrity will prevail and settle into place once again. At this point in the 2017 Husker football season, I honestly do not see how the Huskers can win another game this season. The only potential is if Diaco can turn the Blackshirts that have been devastated via injury and win with the Blackshirts.
Please note that I have included Randy York’s comments:
Moos Doesn’t Tolerate Mediocrity, Embraces Entire State
By Randy York
Take this from a former University of Nebraska at Kearney athletics director who also was an assistant football coach at Missouri and an associate athletics director at Washington State – Bill Moos, Nebraska’s new director of athletics, is the real deal.
A ground-breaker for 12 years as athletics director at Oregon, Moos became a pioneer for seven years as A.D. at Washington State and on Sunday, he became a high expectation trendsetter for the University of Nebraska, one of the nation’s top four winning college football programs.
The Huskers, however, have gone almost two decades without winning a conference championship, and that is precisely why new leadership is so vital.
“I knew Bill when we were at Washington State together,” former Kearney A.D. Dick Beechner told me Sunday. “I was an associate athletic director with Bill when we were both under athletic director Sam Jankovich. I’ve known Bill for a long time at WSU and have followed his career not only at Washington State but also at Montana. He did a good job.”
I Know This: Bill Doesn’t Tolerate Mediocrity; He Wants People to Be the Best They Know How
“I’ve always respected Bill, and we’ve always gotten along very well,” Beechner said. “I know this – Bill doesn’t tolerate mediocrity. He wants people to do the best that they know how. He has integrity. He likes people and as I listened to his press conference today on Huskers.com, you can bet Bill will embrace Nebraska and will definitely reach out to the entire state.”
With all that said regarding Bill Moos what do we evaluate to understand Moos. He was at Montana as AD and then Oregon during their climb in the BCS and finally at Washington State (Wazzou) improving each and every athletic department along with building strong football programs at each university.
How does his history relate to what Husker Nation needs at this time?
Nebraska has an athletic department budget that exceeds $100M. Moos has moved upward over his career to where his tenure at Oregon had a budget about $40M where he developed sponsors and built booster groups providing long-term support for the Ducks.
He then retired to his ranch in Washington until he and his wife determined that it was best he move back to his passion and he was hired at Wazzou, where he played football and began his career in the athletic department. The last seven years he improved Wazzou’s athletic programs and has hired coaches that fit into Wazzou’s environment and culture. He made a wise decision for Wazzou hire with Mike Leach as their head coach for football. We all know Mike Leach from Texas Tech and his high-powered offense. Mike Leach is a good football coach but honestly is only a step-up from Mike Riley not having an 80%-win coaching career like Husker Nation demands and needs for success.
As we analyze what Husker Football is and how we can rise to the top of B1G football we have to look at what does best in the league and what has to be done to climb back into a Top-10 football program on an annual basis.
Option football has evolved and become what is known now as a spread formation. It is much like what my father played back in the 40s when he played college football in Nebraska. To be successful there has to be a strong running attack that is complemented by passing the football. The QB must be a solid runner as well as a capable passer.
The offensive line must be strong enough and mean enough to push the opposing defense around like Milt Tenopir’s lines did under Dr. Tom’s teams. At that time there was depth enough so that the third string linemen were nearly as talented as the first string. That was a constant development using the walk-on program that was refined over the years under Dr. Tom to the point where Nebraska talent that started dreaming about playing for the Husker Nation while watching the Huskers walked onto the field and battled daily smashing their way onto the field as often as they could to prove themselves and push the scholarship players forcing them to work to maintain their position on the field.
The Walk-ons went out and played smash mouth football as the game is a game of controlled collisions that cannot be finessed by the current coaching methodologies used in Lincoln.
One of the announcers mentioned during Ohio State’s shellacking of the Huskers last week that Urban Meyer told his defensive backs they were not mean enough earlier this season and they needed to get mean. With the Huskers, all the players need to start getting mean so that there are collisions on the field and the Huskers begin to earn some respect again starting first in the B1G and then in the Nation.
During many discussions with former players, alumni, Nebraskans and Husker fans that are not Nebraskans it is clear that the present team is being coached to play football the Husker Way. They are not mean enough to even be able to be on the same football field as the 1997 Husker Football team.
We have slipped downward and have little to look forward to except letting Mike Riley go back to Oregon State and continue his mediocre career there. We need a head coach that can recruit in Texas and California along with developing the talent of the recruits and walk-ons from the proud state of Nebraska.
With Moos comes the opportunity to get back on track to win conference championships and national championships like the fans and the football program has the resources to do.
What we have been missing is the coaching staff that can get the job done. Everything is in place to be successful with some hard work and strong football coaching.
With Moos we have hope. Thank you Drs. Brands and Green.