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Reader’s Response to: Bill Moos, AD at Nebraska

Very thoughtful and insightful comments and perspective as always! But, as Lee Corso famously says, Not So Fast! I would respectively disagree with your “pro Frank and Bo” points. I would politely suggest that you are biased and selectively cherry picking a few positives and overlooking their negatives. To wit I would offer my perspective, which is biased by my own cynical nature! Much of what follows includes many points made by you and we would be in agreement. It’s the Pro Bo and Frank perspective that I would depart into a different perspective. The following of course are only my opinions and do not have verified sources! Two major factors in the decline of Husker football:

  1. Tom Osborne should not have retired. He regretted caving into Frank Solich’s pressure to retire because in a weak moment, Tom said he would retire at 60 and Frank would be head coach. And we all know Tom is a man of his word.
    • This became problematic for several reasons;
      • Tom still had many more years of good coaching left
      • Why should Tom get to pick his successor? Not too many employees get to do that. There may have been other, more qualified and deserving candidates.
      • To add to this possible mistake, Tom insisted to Frank that he keep all of his assistants. Again, what employee ever gets to do that. On any coaching staff there are personality conflicts and tension and many of the carryover staff didn’t respect or like Frank or thought they should have been considered and it created a bad culture and chemistry that Frank attempted to correct with arguable success in his last season.
      • I believe there were some personal issues with coaches that caused some distractions and loss of focus in the year they were blitzed by Colorado 62-36. A sign of the decline of the Big Red Machine.
      • Frank was not a big name coach and recruiting suffered under his leadership.
  2. Harvey Perlman. I agree with your comments here. He single-handedly, in addition to the steps by Tom mentioned above, drove the Big  Red football express into the ditch with his series of unilateral, bonehead decisions.
    • Steve Pederson was hired. No input from anyone.
      • Colossal mistake. He had a big ego and was a micro manager that caused considerable tension in the AD.
      • He and Frank Solich had bad blood between them going back to their days when Pederson was a graduate assistant and Frank an assistant coach. I don’t know any other details, I think Frank was superior to Steve and then when the roles were reversed, Steve was inclined to want to get payback.
      • When the personal issues materialized, Steve was determined to fire Frank as he thought the integrity of the Husker brand on and off the field was being tarnished.
      • Frank is fired and Steve has no coach hired.
      • Bill Callahan hired in desperation.
      • Pederson alienated many boosters and fans with his arrogant, do it my way style. He acted like everything was under control and it wasn’t.
    • Pederson fired.  The big bad witch is dead.
    • In comes the white knight, Tom Osborne. Best decision by Perlman.
      • Osborne fires Callahan. Hard to argue, need to right the ship.
      • Tom hires Bo Pelini over his longtime player and friend Turner Gill!
        • I don’t think there was much input here as well. Pelini was not a hot commodity and the pundits gave it a C grade.
        • Okay, he had 9 win seasons but he was fortunate to have some pretty good talent. A Callahan recruit name Suh wasn’t too bad. And Bo continued the blowout loss pattern in big games that began with Solich. He was 50% against teams with winning records. He had some very lucky close wins against average teams. McNeese State would have beat Nebraska if not for Abdullah saving the day. And the hail Mary win over Northwestern was a huge lucky win.
        • Biggest jerk ever to media and fans. Pelini was a real embarrassment to Nebraska.
        • Pelini cooked his own goose. If he was a good coach than be a good person as well. He was a cult like figure that instilled an “Us against the World” mentality in his players. This is a negative style and relies on him brainwashing his players into thinking he’s their only friend, supporter and advocate. Again, classic Demagoguery 101.
    • Eichorst hired. No input from anyone. Questionable hire on many levels.
      • Pelini fired. I don’t think he handled this too well. Should have fired him the year before after the Iowa game but he created stress on Pelini that probably contributed to his meltdowns at times. Hard to do your job with a boss that doesn’t give you encouragement or support. But, shame on Bo, he wasn’t going to be subordinate to anyone and he certainly wasn’t going to fire any coaches that were under performing.
      • Riley hired. No input from anyone. He was the anti-Bo coach and I think Eichorst thought his long tenure and occasional success at a school like Oregon State would translate to great things at a school like Nebraska. I was neutral on the hire. I wouldn’t have hired him but I wanted to give him a chance and liked his style with regard to the media, Husker tradition and even doing some innovative things with technology and trends.
        • I think he has a great staff with the exception of Cavanaugh and I’m not sure about Langsdorf.
        • Riley/Langsdorf have lost several games due to poor clock management and play calling. Excessive penalties and poor execution. Not something I would expect with such a seasoned coach.
        • Back to Bo, Riley inherited a really poor cupboard of talent. The best players on the team are Riley recruits.
        • Still don’t understand the lack of fire and intensity by the Huskers.

So, I hate to say it and it’s blasphemy, but Tom Osborne could arguably be the cause of several decisions that contributed to our current situation.

We all care for our Huskers and are passionate about our team. Unfortunately, coaches matter as we’ve seen in other programs that have turned their downtrend around. We’ve had 3 maybe 4 if you include Frank, of coaches that aren’t in the same level as Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne and other name brand coaches like Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. But, “we all stick together, in all kinds of weather, at dear old Nebraska U!”

Best Regards,

Greg

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Bo Pelini Can Join an Elite List with Bowl Win

Bo Pelini Can Join an Elite List with Bowl Win

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By Randy York

To coincide with the most wonderful time of the year, The N-Sider offers up some interesting little twists that make watching the Nebraska-Georgia Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl more historically relevant and, by its very nature, more fun. Let’s start with a bit of a stunner: In the history of college football, only seven BCS conference coaches have posted at least nine wins in each of their first six seasons as a head coach at that school. The last time something like that happened dates back four decades ago when Tom Osborne won at least nine games from 1973 to the 1978 season and, of course, went on to keep that streak for all 25 of his years as a head coach. Barry Switzer launched his head coaching career at Oklahoma the same year Osborne began at Nebraska. Switzer kept his minimum 9-win streak alive for his first eight years at OU before his Sooner teams finished 7-4-1 in 1981 and 8-4 in both ’82 and ’83. The list of coaches who have launched each of the first six years at a BCS school with at least nine wins includes:

Dr. Henry L. Williams (Minnesota) 1900-05, 65 wins

Dennis Erickson (Miami) 1989-93, 63 wins

Barry Switzer (Oklahoma) 1973-78, 62 wins

Steve Spurrier (Florida) 1990-95, 61 wins

Mack Brown (Texas) 1998-2003, 59 wins

Earl Bruce (Ohio State), 1979-84, 56 wins

Tom Osborne (Nebraska) 1973-78, 55 wins

That’s our trivial pursuit version of something that might expand from a Magnificent Seven to an Elite Eight list on New Year’s Day. If Bo Pelini can lead Nebraska to an upset win over Georgia in their Jacksonville rematch of last year’s Capital One Bowl, he can add his name to the “first six-seasons list” and increase his win total to 57, one more than Bruce and two more than Osborne, the man who hired him.

Osborne and Switzer Shared National Excellence

How rare is it for two coaches like Osborne and Switzer to rank so high on the same list? For three decades, they battled for seasonal supremacy in late November. Let the record show that Osborne lost to Switzer the first five of those six years (‘73-74-75-76-77) until the Huskers upset the top-ranked Sooners, 17-14 in 1978. Years later, Osborne made a substantive observation: “Our fans used to think Oklahoma was the enemy, but they actually made us better,” he said. Osborne and Switzer were longtime rivals who had great respect for each other. They are the only two coaches on the list who started their head coaching careers at that school during those designated years. With a win, Pelini, would be the third to achieve that milestone in his first head coaching stop. Erickson, Spurrier, Brown and Bruce had previously been head coaches at another BCS school.

Williams had previously been a head coach, but not at a BCS school. Big Ten history buffs know that Williams was Minnesota’s head football coach from 1900 to 1921. What some might not know is that Williams Arena, the home for Gopher basketball, is named after the legendary football coach.     

If Pelini joins Switzer and Osborne as history-makers in their respective first six seasons, he also would become the first BCS conference coach in college football history to take over a losing team and lead it to at least nine wins for each of his first six seasons. Pelini’s win total in comparative charts does not reflect his serving as Nebraska’s interim head coach when the Huskers beat Michigan State, 19-3, in the 2003 Alamo Bowl. The NCAA, however, recognizes Pelini’s Alamo Bowl win over the Spartans, giving the Youngstown, Ohio, native a 3-3 overall bowl game record as a head coach.

Bo Ranks 10th Among Active Division I Coaches

We finish this blog sharing the list of active college football Division I coaches who have the most wins since 2008, the year that Pelini first became an NCAA head coach. Here’s the elite company he’s in:

1) Nick Saban, Alabama, 72

2) Chris Peterson, Boise State, 68

3) Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, 62

4) Gary Patterson, TCU, 58

5) Les Miles, LSU, 60

6-7) Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State, 59

6-7) Brian Kelly, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, 59

8) Urban Meyer, Florida, Ohio State, 58

9) Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech, 57

10) Bo Pelini, Nebraska, 56

Numbers don’t lie. They frame historical perspective. Hope you enjoyed this little history lesson. It heightens my interest in the bowl rematch. How about yours?

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Husker Football – FYI

Nebraska Football: Ultimate List of Bo Pelini’s Pros and Cons

BY PATRICK RUNGE  FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON NOVEMBER 30, 2013

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After Nebraska’s loss to Iowa on Friday, Nebraska football fans were left to wonder whether the third Heroes Game was the last one with Bo Pelini in charge. Saturday morning, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst ended that speculation with a statement of support, saying Pelini would be leading the Nebraska football program into the future.

But that uncertainty, which started after the Deadspin rant, gained momentum after Nebraska’s loss to Minnesota, and built to a fever pitch after the Iowa loss, has made Nebraska fans take a hard and critical look at their head coach. The first thing to do when taking such a look is make a list of pros and cons, so let’s take a look at what that list would look like for Pelini.

The Pros

He Wins

In his six years in charge at Nebraska, Pelini has never won fewer than nine games (although that string is not yet confirmed for 2013). In a state where there is precious little native football talent, and through the upheaval of a conference change, Pelini has kept Nebraska winning games and going to bowls every year—something that couldn’t be said of his two predecessors.

He’s Loyal

Once someone has earned Pelini’s trust, and become part of his circle, Pelini repays that trust with immense loyalty. He has stuck with coaches and staff even when under pressure, and many times that loyalty has been repaid with great performances.

He’s Passionate

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No one will ever criticize Pelini of being indifferent. He cares intensely about winning, and he transmits that passion to his teams. While his players may suffer in other areas, there is never a danger of a Pelini-coached team quitting.

He Runs a Clean Program

You can look at places like Penn State, USC, Miami, and Ohio State to see the kind of devastation NCAA rules violations can bring to a program. During Pelini’s tenure, there hasn’t been even a sniff of a scandal. His players (for the most part) stay out of trouble, and Nebraska fans have not had to worry about the NCAA knocking on doors in Lincoln.

His Players Support Him

Not everyone who played for Pelini loves him, of course, but take a look at some of the Twitter reactions of former players defending him when it seemed his job was in jeopardy (as compiled by the Omaha World-Herald)

In order to have a chance to win, a coach needs to have his players buy in to what he is teaching. Clearly, that’s not a problem for Pelini.

The Cons

His Teams Have Fallen Short

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At Nebraska, the minimum standard for success is to win a conference championship, something NU has failed to do since 1999. In Pelini’s six years in charge, he has played for three conference titles—and lost all three. This season, in arguably his clearest path to a title game, Pelini’s squad finished the season 8-4 with three conference losses.

He’s Undisciplined

Pelini’s sideline rants are now things of legend. But what is also now legend is a history of Pelini’s teams making mistakes that cost them games. Turnovers and penalties have become hallmarks of a Pelini-coached team, and those mistakes have cost Nebraska dearly.

He’s Inexperienced

Prior to taking the job at Nebraska, Pelini’s head coaching experience consisted of one game—the bowl game he was put in charge of after Frank Solich was fired. As a result,Pelini has been learning on the job, and Nebraska has suffered all the bumps in the road as a result.

He’s Loyal

Yes, loyalty in general is a good thing. But when loyalty is put above performance, particularly in decisions regarding hiring or retaining assistant coaches, loyalty can blind. Instead of assembling a staff with experience to help Pelini make up for his own deficiencies, Pelini has hired from within his own coaching tree. While that does help in terms of continuity of vision, it also creates an echo chamber and prevents Pelini from benefiting from an outside and more experienced perception.

He Has Contempt for the Fans

So, did Shawn Eichorst make the right call by keeping Pelini?
  • Yes, he’s the right man for the job?

    71.0%

  • No, Nebraska needs a new head coach.

    29.0%

    Total votes: 1,031

  • Everyone has heard the Deadspin rant, of course, and knows what Pelini said about the fans after they left early from the 2011 Ohio State game. But it’s more than just the Deadspin rant. Think about what Pelini said after the Iowa loss on Friday. Amidst all the cursing and the excuse-making, at no point (at least that I heard) was there an acknowledgment that the fans had just seen Nebraska give two winnable games—and a chance to play in a conference title game—away on the back of a minus-eight turnover margin.

    Couple that with Pelini’s well-publicized dalliances with other schools, and it’s not unfair to conclude that Nebraska fans (at least Pelini’s supporters) are way more into Pelini than he is into them.

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    Husker Fans Are They the Best?

    As I have watched Nebraska football (and actually aware of the game, not my actual age) for the last 52 years experiencing the highs and lows when my beloved Huskers won and lost. I even remember wondering if the hiring of Bob Devaney was the right coach for Nebraska and what did Wyoming do to lose him. Yes, I was most likely mirroring my father’s thoughts as I was not even old enough to do anything but listen on the radio and watch the annual NU/OU football game on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, that was a long time ago.

    I distinctly remembering how my father used to get so upset when the Huskers were not winning that most of his children refused to listen or watch the game with him. It was the only time he was anything other than a positive influence on his children’s life. But he would be so pessimistic that we all left the room and found our own radio to listen.

    Now I know your question is: What does this have to do with Husker fans? My father was a high school football and basketball coach in the State of Nebraska. In other words he has coaching credentials as a loyal Nebraska Husker fan. He even played football and basketball during his college career. What I am saying is that he played at a level that is advanced beyond most Husker fans and he was also a coach indicating that he has knowledge beyond the typical Husker fan. He was not able to think logically about his Huskers. His emotions got the better of him.

    Recently I was reading in a book titled “Unbeatable” about Dr. Tom Osborne’s final years when the Huskers record stood at 60-3. A feat not accomplished very often in college football. One of the comments by a then Husker assistant football coach stated that the only place in the country where anyone spoke negatively of the Husker Football Program was in the State of Nebraska. This speaks volumes about how the rest of the country has admired the program and how temperamental the home crowd is. Husker fans were upset when Dr. Tom could not win a big game and wanted his job even when he was winning more games than Godfather Devaney won every season. Dr. Tom even mentioned in one of his books how he was told after a Bowl victory that if the team had not won he would have lost his job.

    Another way of speaking of this enigma is to say that the fans lose one of their precious perceived status symbols they go postal on the coach and his staff. Those perceived status symbols are losing a game, letting a team score on long plays, not getting sacks, etc. They want the Husker football team to represent them as strong and omnipotent enabling them to gloat and boast they are Number 1 on each and every play, game and season. They also have the ability to boast that they all have a friend, family member or know someone on the staff very well. Yet, when I ask and seek further clarification I find out they only wish they did and won’t identify who they know. There is one exception and it is made clear that that source on the athletic department refuses to talk about anything even to his family. Yet the Husker fans are not able to think logically about the Huskers. Their emotions get the better of them.

    What does this all say? Husker fans feel that they know everything about BCS level football and how to win each and every game the team plays. They know the game better than the professionals that are doing the coaching and teaching football to the Husker football team. Is the team as good as we want them to be? Does the team still have a shot at winning the Legends Division and the B1G Conference Championship game? The fans were so upset when the team lost to UCLA this year that a two year old audio clip of Bo Pelini talking negatively and using profanity regarding the fans. Even Tommie Frazier was so upset after the UCLA loss that he spoke poorly and without using diplomatic language regarding the defensive coaching staff. Yes, Tommie has great playing credentials, but not great coaching credentials. But the fans started the attack on the football coaching staff over just one game and a trend they perceive is steadfast characteristic of the current Blackshirts. The guy that released the audio clip has yet to identify himself to the public. It is believed that he has a bee under his bonnet and wanted to make life miserable for Bo. As he has not identified who he is makes me believe that to be true and does not want the attention that announcing himself to the Husker World would bring.

    My own credentials regarding football are that I played in high school and college. Then I officiated football over 25 years up to and included the NCAA level. Officiating does not allow me to know and understand coaching the game as much as a coach could. Yet, I refrain from criticizing the coaches because I know and understand that they are doing a better than average job of coaching the Husker Football team. Bo Pelini has a very distinguished record in spite of the “Boo Birds” chants and rants. Bo has a team that will run through brick walls for him as he motivates them and teaches them how to be men that will contribute to society.

    Years ago when I lived in Tucson I was elected to be the president of the Southern Arizonans for Nebraska Alumni club. At the founder’s banquet when I was elected Dr. Tom spoke to our group and explained to us three factors he searched for when recruiting players for Nebraska. Firstly and foremost the player had to have the intellect to be a college student. Secondly the player had to have the physical talent to play the game of football as the BCS level. Lastly and with the most difficulty he sought players that had the spiritual element to want to win and play as a team at that BCS level. The spiritual element was element that makes guys like Tommie Frazier go out and play his heart out to make the team the best it could be. The more players that had that spiritual element the better the team played.

    Dr. Tom stated that he could always get the players to learn how to play the game with his system by teaching using a positive motivation method that worked for him. The last five years were when he was finally able to identify players with the spiritual element that would allow a team to work together and win National Championships that all Husker fans think they should win each and every year.

    Husker fans need to recognize that they are living beyond their means with their expectations for the Huskers including the Blackshirts and accept the fact that the team is a top 25 team that with some breaks will become a top 10 team that is what they can use as a measurement that is based on historically Nebraska Football is. The team was so down when Bo Pelini arrived that he has rebuilt the talent level and is learning how to identify how to get the players to play at the Top 10 level he and they want to play. They have to go down a learning curve just as the great coaches and players in Husker History have. Devaney had two 6-4 seasons before his teams won the two National Championships they did. Dr. Tom coached for twenty years before he stared winning National Championships. It takes a special type of coach to do well at Nebraska. He has to get the players to play for him knowing that he is going to give them his best and support them and teaching them to play football and become men at the University of Nebraska. He is definitively one of the better coaches in the BCS level at this time. Are the Husker fans the best at the BCS level they believe they are. Yes, they treat the opponents with respect. It is what we do as Nebraskans. But do we treat each other as well?

    In time, I feel that Bo Pelini will have a team win the National Championship. The Husker fans need to not let their emotions get the better or them.

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    Husker Nation–Fans

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    Husker fans are the best fans in the country.  They are also the most fickle fans that grow passionate with their team as it passes into the off-season and the players are spending time in conditioning and the weight room gaining strength and ability to play football better next season. They also claim to be the most football knowledgeable fans in college football. The same fans know and understand what each player’s responsibilities are in each and every formation whether they are on the offense or the beloved Blackshirts. Rulebook knowledge is touted to be near perfect if not better. Each play is taken emotionally and  disappointment is strong if the play does not give their Huskers an advantage at the end of the play. Each offensive play should be a gain of 10 yards or more and often that play is expected to be for a touchdown. The Blackshirts are expected to sack the QB, tackle the running back for a loss, create a fumble or intercept a pass. This is what we all think of as normal for our expectations of the Huskers. We all know what should be done for each play and are tremendously disappointed when the coaches don’t make the calls to get our results.  We are also very proud of our 318 consecutive sell out crowds and counting a NCAA record way beyond the next closest streak owned by Notre Dame at 208 and counting. ND just about lost their streak this past year when they played Washington in South Bend. That won’t happen in Lincoln even with the stadium expansion that is sold out with the construction completion for the 2013 season.

    Fans have been known to call talk radio and complain about the coach’s decision to call a play that was not successful and make the claim that they knew the play that would have worked and were indignant that the coach did not call the correct play. This has happened with the last four coaches and will continue long into the future as long as the University of Nebraska has a football team playing.  The most wonderful aspect of this fan base is all they have to do is have lived in the State of Nebraska, become a fan of the Huskers and last but least of all be an alum. As a past president of an alumni club we were encouraged by the Nebraska Alumni Association to accept all Husker fans in the local chapter even if they did not attend the university ever. They did request that we have chapter board members be alumni but that was not mandatory.

    Each fan knows someone close to the football program if not on the inside knowing exactly what is going on behind the scenes and will tell anyone that will listen to them talk. I could tell stories about people that have told me what they knew about players and coaches and what was going on with their personal lives in intimate detail and way more than I wanted to know, TMI and then some. They go to great lengths to let everyone they know who is interested what they know. Most of those inside informers, if they are inside refuse to tell anyone what is going on to avoid the rumor mill. But that does not stop the stories from starting anywhere we Huskers meet with the insider knowledge claim.

    As Husker fans, we do meet. Throughout our country we have Huskers that have traveled beyond our state’s borders and want to gather wherever we are with other equally rabid Husker fans and cheer our Huskers to victory.  The Alumni Association has an active list of “Watch Sites” on their website just so we can meet our fellow Husker fans where we live.

    We take so much pride in our beloved Huskers that when they don’t play as well as we expect we use derogatory words to describe the coaches, players and the program they represent. We do not tolerate anything less than perfection of our Husker program well.

    This off-season we are boiling over with the loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl game.  Some are calling Bo Pelini an idiot that does not have the intelligence to coach up to our expectations from Bob Devaney and Dr. Tom Osborne. We refuse to understand that Bo has accomplished what few coaches have in their first four years at a BCS level of competition. Including the before mentioned Husker coaches. We also forget that Bob Devaney did not win his two national championships until his last three years. That Dr. Tom did not win his three national championships until his 22nd, 23rd and 25th year of coaching all of those years at Nebraska. We also neglect to remember that Bob and Dr. Tom both were able to win at a nine victory level for a period of 35 years. That our beloved Huskers only slipped below that level with the two coaches that followed those legends and both those coaches were terminated for losing more than was the standard at Nebraska.

    We often forget that Bo Pelini is accepted by the coaches at the BCS and NFL level as a very good football coach that is expected to be above the vast majority of his peers as he has already proven to be at the four year point in his head coaching career at that nine win level and twice surpassing that level with ten wins. We also forget that Dr. Tom interviewed at Colorado because he felt the fans did not appreciate him for winning more than any other coach in Husker History did. We also forget that our program is continuing to maintain its position among the top four football programs in NCAA BCS history. Bo is doing an above average job as compared to Bill Callahan, that brought the first losing season in over 35 years and Frank Solich, which brought the first non-winning season to Nebraska in over 35 years.

    Perhaps we need to look at those with the insider connections and realize what we are doing to ourselves.

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    Bo Pelini Inspires His Players and Coaches

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    Bo has shown a tremendous understanding of the process of teaching and enabling his players to grow and become not just above average football players but outstanding young men that represent the University of Nebraska and the state of Nebraska by default being the only major university in the state.

    The level of professional talent was there when Bo arrived on campus in the after-life from his predecessor. We have seen many of those players develop and grow into BCS level talent.  Suh was able to develop his talent and became a major presence in the then Big 12 and now in the NFL especially under the 2-year tutelage of Pelini. We have seen Lavonte David grow in Bo’s defensive scheme into an All-American as well. The defensive backs Dennard, Prince and others that have done very well under Pelini as well. Defensive player development of existing talent is definitely one of Bo’s strong points. 

    The largest weakness is Bo’s not having an offensive coordinator that can build a solid offense and over run opposing defenses. Dr. Tom Osborne counseled Bo to keep Shawn Watson as offensive coordinator because the system worked and the personnel was in place to continue with the West Coast Offense (WCO.) He also had a quarterback, Joe Ganz, in place that not only knew the system but had the talent to make the WCO system work and work very well. Joe Ganz did so well they hired him as a graduate assistant and he is working with Taylor Martinez along with owning several school single game and seasonal passing records. But Watson was not able to make the shift over to what Bo desires as his offense and they parted way last year. The new OC Tim Beck took over as a first time OC and has done a good job for his first year with two new first time assistants.  He and his staff will get better and in time the Husker Nation will rue when he leaves for greener pastures. But Beck is going through a growing process that all of us has traveled through in our careers.  A new position and going down the learning curve.

    Husker Nation fans were trained by Dr. Tom to enjoy and appreciate power football and consistency in their performance. There have been many years in Husker History where the team led the nation in rushing and were able to overpower each and every team with the exception of Oklahoma. We were trained to love power football and think we know everything there is to know about power football and how to bruise and batter opposing teams. We also do not understand why the Huskers don’t win each and every game for our gratification. We have expectations and are hurt personally when those expectations are not met.

    This year one of the greatest hurdles the team had was to learn and develop a game plan for the new conference (B1G) where we have not met any of the teams in many years and did not have the history of playing eight teams very capable of playing and beating our beloved Huskers at any given time and game.This hurdle made the job for the coaching staff the most difficult task possible. The second and third hurdles were inexperience and injuries.

    Every player that goes through Bo’s pre-game motivation will testify that Bo is one of the best speakers and motivators in Bowl Championship Series (BCS) level if not all of collegiate football. Everyone comes out of the meetings wanting to give Bo his best effort on the field.

    It appears that Bo is going to stay with the Husker Nation and we will be rewarded down the road with very capable football teams and many years of top-10 level teams.  Consistency will happen over time as Bo continues to put his stamp on the team and what he demands from the Husker football program.

     

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