I think Omaha is a key to future success. It produces really good football players now and it's easier for them to come visit. We need to nail down the top talent in our area. You're right that winning this year makes that an easier task.You're right. We'll see....and likely not for three or four years.
So I may have missed the Omaha conversations of the past, but Omaha is no the Omaha of years past.
Yes, we should get first dibs on D1 kids in Omaha. No, we don't have the pull we did in years past and that's not entirely due to post Osborne Nebraska football's relative anonymity. When I lived in Nebraska in the early '70's, Omaha wasn't the melting pot from elsewhere it is now. Most kids wanted to go to NU, because they grew up there and...well....it was the state school AND really good. Now it's a mix of people from all over with ties to other parts of the country. That doesn't mean we dismiss an Omaha Burke kid because he only played two years there and his dad is a Boston College grad, but we don't get many automatics anymore. It's going to take winning football AND work by the staff to get back to most kids from Nebraska picking the Huskers first. Both of those things have to happen and regardless of how hard the staff has or hasn't worked, the winning pice hasn't been there.
Win this fall and things will start the slow climb back to what it was.