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    by Published on 12-09-2014 03:34 PM  Number of Views: 17440 
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    What a week. Now that the dust is settled and Mike Riley is getting to work, I have to say this: I don't know yet how much better Nebraska may be after this move. As I wrote before, Riley is the two important things Pelini is not (a nice, offensive-minded guy), but Nebraska may have gone through the ...
    by Published on 12-08-2014 09:55 PM  Number of Views: 9272 

    What is it the investment advisors always say? ďPast performance is no guarantee of future results.Ē

    Thatís what I keep coming back to when I think about the Mike Riley hiring. A man whose Oregon State teams won just under 54 percent of their games ...
    by Published on 12-05-2014 07:01 PM  Number of Views: 8970 
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    The Cornhuskers shocked most of the college football world - and their fans - by announcing the hire of Oregon Stateís Mike Riley as the programís 29th football coach. The process only took Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst four days. There was speculation that Nebraska had interest in Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Utah's Kyle Whittingham, but I believe Riley ...
    by Published on 12-05-2014 03:07 PM     Number of Views: 9218 

    By the time you read this, Mike Riley will have been formally introduced as the new coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

    Much has already been written and said about Riley - a guy who was completely off the radar in the Huskers' coaching search. I don't have much to add that has not already been said elsewhere. Besides, I think it is time to more forward. Today. Now.

    To that end, I have some to-do items and friendly suggestions for all of the stakeholders in the Nebraska Football program

    Head Coach Mike Riley

    You have the most to do, so you go first.

    Earn the trust and respect of your players. As you probably know, Bo Pelini was extremely beloved by his players. They were shocked and hurt when he was fired, so some may view you as the bad guy (or the agent of a bad guy). Job one will be to get your new players to trust you, respect you, and ultimately buy into the culture you're going to create.

    How do you do this? Well Coach, I'm hoping you know the answer better than some amateur writer. I'm putting my trust in you that you can get this done.

    Hire the best damn staff you can. The need to hire a talented staff full of teachers and recruiters is of the utmost importance. You'll ...
    by Published on 12-04-2014 04:34 PM  Number of Views: 16247 

    Whoa. Didn't see that coming. Nebraska has made the poor-man's splash hire.

    I didn't list Mike Riley as a potential candidate because I thought he was set. Before his 14 non-consecutive seasons as the Beavers' head coach, his father was an Oregon State assistant, and Riley himself was a Corvallis High quarterback ...
    by Published on 12-04-2014 03:08 PM     Number of Views: 12714 
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    In the wake of Nebraska's back to back losses, there has been a lot of talk about where the Nebraska program is, where it should be, and what it will take to get it there.

    Strong opinions are easy to find - especially if you are down on Pelini and/or his staff. But I wonder if all voices are being heard. Are there folks who think these are isolated losses, so any talk about firing coaches and benching players is unwarranted?

    There are some tough questions floating around right now. Some very difficult choices need to be made, many of which will likely shape the direction and perception of this program for years to come. So to get an accurate pulse of Husker Nation, I want to know what ALL ...
    by Published on 12-03-2014 03:08 PM     Number of Views: 3914 

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    Since I asked all of you for your opinions on the State of the Huskers, and over 6,000 of you were kind enough to oblige, I figure the least I could do is share my responses and a brief justification*.

    *Author's note: I composed this prior to Pelini being fired by Shawn Eichorst (that dude is really screwing with my writing schedule), so the responses refer to Bo in the present tense as Nebraska's coach)

    Here are the answers I provided when I took the survey last week. Just promise you won't hold any of these answers against me...

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    1. What is the biggest issue facing the Nebraska football program?

    Schematic deficiencies

    Reason: I feel Nebraska has the talent to win the West, but I question the approaches taken on offense and defense. Yeah, you probably could say this is on the coordinators, but I look at it like this: bring in the coordinator of your choosing. If he runs the exact same scheme as what's being done now, would he be successful? On the flip side, would Beck or Papuchis look better with a different scheme?

    2. What is the primary issue holding back the offense?
    Offensive Line

    Reason: It starts up front for this team. When the line is playing like "hell in a helmet", the offense moves very well. When they play like "Grandma Helen in a helmet", Armstrong and Abdullah have problems and Beck looks bad.

    3. What is the primary issue holding back the defense?
    Defensive coordinator / scheme

    Reason: The Big Ten is a run-first league, but NU's defense ...
    by Published on 12-03-2014 02:48 PM  Number of Views: 13583 

    In the aftermath of Sunday's firing of Bo Pelini as the Husker head coach, I've had a chance to make a few observations.

    But first let me begin by saying that whenever there is a coaching change, the rippling effect is considerable. The assistants are the ones I feel for more than anything. Their lives are going to be changing. There will be homes to be sold, kids and spouses who will be uprooted from family, friends and schools. It's for all of them that I feel for.

    But Bo should be fine. The buyout package he'll receive from Nebraska (roughly $7.9 million) will likely set him
    by Published on 12-03-2014 02:55 AM  Number of Views: 14006 
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    Wow pretty depressing to realize NU Freshmen were newborns when Scott Frost trounced Peyton Manning and Tennessee in the Orange Bowl that ultimately gave Tom Osborne a 3rd crystal ball as a retirement gift. Depressing mainly because it's yet another unwelcomed reminder of how frickiní old I must be getting.

    Since itís been that long, probably many fans arenít fully aware that NU went into that game needing to blow ...
    by Published on 12-02-2014 09:51 AM  Number of Views: 9343 
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    If you were listening to national sports talk radio on Monday, you probably heard some talking heads telling you Nebraska is delusional for firing Bo Pelini, and needs to understand they aren't Oregon or Alabama. To which I would say, why is the Big 10 suddenly so tough? Ohio ...

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