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    by Published on 04-07-2014 10:31 PM  Number of Views: 6443 
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    It took a little while, but the report card is in. I've graded the members of the Nebraska football coaching staff on how well they coached their positions and developed their players. It is time to see who passed, who needs to consider summer school, and who should update their resume. Click here to see last year's grades.

    Methodology: Last year, my approach was rough. While I utilized the same criteria below, there was no hard and fast rule to how the grades were issued. Looking back, there are some grades that were tough for me to justify. So this year, I'll assign a letter grade (A through F) for each of my four factors and then give each coach an overall GPA (using the standard 4.0 scale).

    Here are the things I'm grading the coaches on:

    • On-field performance. Did the unit made the team better or were they a weakness? Did they live up to the hype or a big disappointment? Coordinators are also judged on the overall performance of their area.

    • Improvement. Did the position group play better in 2013 than in 2012? Better in November than September? Or did they take a step back?

    • Positional depth. How many players were in the mix for playing time? When injuries occurred, was there a noticeable drop off to the backup? I think this is a fair representation of "coaching up" the talent to a level where they can contribute and/or succeed on the field. If a starter playing at 60% health is still better than his backup, that says something about how the coach is getting his players ready to go. On the flip side, if a several guys are injured and the unit plays as well as (or better than) they have been, that reflects well on a coach. Obviously, things like injuries, suspensions, and protecting redshirts were considered, but recruiting busts do not. In my opinion, a good coach should be able to turn most lemons into lemonade - even if it takes a lot of squeezing.

    • My gut opinion. I was at every home game, ...
    by Published on 03-22-2014 09:28 PM  Number of Views: 9073 

    Tweak the uniform style? Change the music for the Tunnel Walk?

    We hear a lot about how Nebraska football should market itself more aggressively, about how it needs a better brand to regain national relevance. People are concerned how the ...
    by Published on 03-22-2014 05:58 AM  Number of Views: 5248 
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    Nebraska's sudden fall-off in the NCAA Tournament (and to a degree, in the second half against Ohio State in the Big 10 Tournament) was akin to the decline in the show Homeland between its second and third seasons. Nebraska burned through so much effort and three pointers just to get into the tournament, they had virtually ...
    by Published on 03-17-2014 04:19 PM  Number of Views: 4652 
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    Mar 9, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Shavon Shields (31) drives past Wisconsin Badgers forward Duje Dukan (13) in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    The last time Nebraska was in the NCAA Tournament, I was in the eighth grade. Heck, it's been fifteen years since Nebraska went into selection Sunday with any chance of being picked. Even with all that has changed in my life and Husker athletics, being in Pinnacle Bank Arena when Nebraska's name was called and the crowd went crazy is a moment I'll cherish for a long time. This must have been what it ...
    by Published on 03-12-2014 03:55 PM     Number of Views: 1210 


    "Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known."
    Garrison Keillor

    Thirteen is usually an unlucky number, but for last year's Husker football team, Bo Pelini, his staff ...
    by Published on 03-12-2014 05:06 AM   
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    During halftime of Sunday's Nebraska-Wisconsin game while cheerleaders performed and the clock on scoreboard ticked toward the second half, the people sitting around me at Pinnacle Bank Arena were dead quiet. ...
    by Published on 03-10-2014 11:59 AM  Number of Views: 10382 
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    An open letter to Nebraska Basketball coach Tim Miles

    Dear Tim,

    I was wrong.

    When your predecessor, Doc Sadler, was fired I used this platform to lay out my thoughts for who Nebraska's next coach should be. In that piece, I was strongly against hiring a guy like you: ...
    by Published on 03-06-2014 04:40 PM     Number of Views: 1835 
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    Husker fans do not, I repeat, do NOT miss out on this rare opportunity to hang with former Husker football greats and to visit with legendary Husker head football coach Tom Osborne.

    How can you do this? Just come to this ...
    by Published on 03-04-2014 09:42 AM  Number of Views: 5487 
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    Nebraska basketball is on the bubble and not just NCAA Tournament bubble. They're on the new-coach-relationship bubble. You know, the one Bo Pelini kind-of-sort-of got with Nebraska football in 2009 and 2010. So, enjoy all ...
    by Published on 02-20-2014 01:05 PM

    With the ink barely dry on the letters of intent signed by the 2014 class, I look ahead to the 2015 recruiting cycle. The Husker coaches have laid unprecedented groundwork for the upcoming class, expected to number in the 18-20 range. Bo Pelini and his staff were able to get several 2015 prospects to visit campus this past spring/summer and then again during the football season for unofficial visits.

    Nebraska held its junior day on Saturday, February 1st. By Monday, the Huskers had received the first four pledges to its class. The first commitment came from cornerback Eric Lee of Highlands Ranch (CO). A consensus four-star recruit, Lee ...

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