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Agreed. In the first posting (teams 65 to 56), I put the over/under for Nebraska right at #22. I'd guess Michigan St. and Wiscy just below Nebraska - between 25 and 30 for both.Pac 12
USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, & Stanford
Texas & Okahoma
OSU, Michigan, Penn St.,
Florida St, Miami, Clemson, Notre Dame
Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia
That puts Nebraska at 22. What about teams like Michigan St and Wisconsin? If it weren't for location and recent lack of success I believe Nebraska would be top 15.
Irrelevant is a little harsh, but I agree that Lincoln's remote location is the key obstacle to attracting both coaches and players.That's fan support. Not how attractive the job is to coaching candidates. Fan support is second to none. Facilities are top ten in the country. But we are remote and practically irrelevant these days. Even with a top recruiting staff there's a limit to the talent that can be attracted. A coach knows that his success is largely dependent on the talent he can bring in. Win the Big Ten West 2 out of every 3 years and I'll agree to a top 15 ranking.
They wouldn't even consider it for $10 million. Texas offered Saban $100 million over 10 years and thousands of acres of land in the hill country. He didn't blink. The very best coaches want to get paid of course, but they also want to be in a location where they can win (ie, they can recruit) and where they have family and professional connections. Ideally, they get all 3 like Meyer and Harbaugh.I'm happy that we are finally starting to pay our assistants top money. But if you wanna be one of the big dogs you've gotta bring in a big dog coach. Meyers, Hairball, Saban etc. But these guys wouldn't even consider Nebraska unless you paid them $10 million a year. We need to get lucky and find the next big thing and then you hafta pay to keep them.
Which is my whole point. Good coaches want to go recruiting hotbeds. The only way you get a Chris Petersen is to overpay him. And at least in the past Nebraska has tried to go on the cheap. Or at the most pay an average salary. Petersen might have reconsidered if you had paid him $2 million more than anyone else. And honestly it would've been money well spent.Irrelevant is a little harsh, but I agree that Lincoln's remote location is the key obstacle to attracting both coaches and players.
From a source I trust, NU did contact Chris Peterson through intermediaries in 2013. He wasn't interested. He was offered USC and UCLA (twice), and I'm guessing his agent has been contacted by dozens of teams' representatives over the years. He listened to the California schools but as I understand it, he was holding out for 2 jobs- Oregon or Washington.
IMO, even overpaying him wouldn't have lured Peterson to Lincoln. His knew he could parlay his track record at Boise into one of his two dream jobs. I'm not going to argue about the definition of relevance. It's too subjective.Which is my whole point. Good coaches want to go recruiting hotbeds. The only way you get a Chris Petersen is to overpay him. And at least in the past Nebraska has tried to go on the cheap. Or at the most pay an average salary. Petersen might have reconsidered if you had paid him $2 million more than anyone else. And honestly it would've been money well spent.
And yes Nebraska is irrelevant at this time. We are the 3rd or 4th best team in the worst division in college football. That's the definition of irrelevant.