Head Coach: Bo Pelini
Last Year’s Record: 9-4
Key Assistant: Bo Pelini (will explain below)
Trending: Downward. Nebraska is one of the top five college football programs and jobs, and Bo Pelini has systematically turned it into what Rutgers wants to be. Four losses a year and coaching blunders that should send a blue blood program into orbit. Instead the BOlievers simply make excuses for his failures and allow him to embarrass the program over and over. There is NO excuse for Nebraska to be in the shape they are. With his best team as the head coach of the Huskers this season, it could be Pelini’s last chance to prove it.
Florida Atlantic: Win
McNeese State: Win
At Fresno State: Loss
Miami, FL: Win
At Michigan State: Loss
At Northwestern: Loss
At Wisconsin: Loss
At Iowa: Loss
Final thoughts: In all of my years doing reports on teams prior to the season I never put a head coach as his most important assistant. My reason is simple. Pelini has made the program all about him. Even with all of the turnovers, the Huskers had MSU in trouble last season. They still lost when the Huskers had to be cute and go away from running the ball where MSU had no answer. Coaching cost them a win over the eventual #3 team and Rose Bowl champs.
Pelini’s press conference was an embarrassment to the once proud University that was only outdone in classlessness by the people who swarmed to defend his once unNebraskan-like behavior. A school that once stood for winning the right way on the field, in the classroom, and in society now has to look in the mirror at this program’s leadership and cry. They don’t. They make excuses.
There is no shame in losing four games a year, if you are Purdue or Rutgers. To do it at Nebraska is blasphemy and add to it, the shenanigans of Pelini and it has become a side show. I have become a person Nebraskans love to hate because I guess I think more of their program than they do.
They left the Big 12 to get out of the shadow of Texas, but sadly they haven’t got out of the shadow of Pelini. I would appear all of those years being treated so poorly by a previous conference that openly worships Texas; they have developed a complex because they no longer view themselves like they should.
The most underrated and undervalued college football player of all time is Tommie Frazier. The famed Nebraskan would have been a Hall of Famer in the NFL if he played today. He was RGIII, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kapernick before they were who they are. In fact, not one of them had his talent, and had he played in an era that used him like he would be used today he would have redefined football.
Pelini, who should be treating him like most programs treat their revered, instead got into a public spat. In fact he had the audacity to say via Twitter that the Husker program, “We don’t need him.” Frazier wanted more from the team he bled for and the man paid millions to produce it got his feelings hurt. DUMB. How do you argue when you are paid millions to be somewhere you complain about, with a man who bled for free? Nebraska was never known to have the best recruiting classes, but every year you knew the best coaching would produce some of the best players. It was hard work, respect the game, and wear the red N with pride.
The Huskers still have the proud red N. They still have the best game day experience in football and still have great players. Sadly, the problems in Nebraska are in the coaching offices and the fans that sit in the seats and defend them.
Take heart Big Ten. If the Huskers ever fix it, they will make life hell for the rest of the conference. Every fan of the other 13 teams should send money to the keep Bo in Lincoln fund, because every year he is there, you have better odds of winning.
One Big Ten Coach told me last year after MSU survived with the help of the Huskers staff, “They (Pelini and company) have to try to prove they are smarter than everyone and that is why every year they have a couple of losses that don’t make sense.”
I peg them at five losses solely based on their coaches. They are better than that, but they have been better than four losses a year every season Bo has been the coach and they still lost that many.
Bo would be a good coach at other places, but in Nebraska good coaches are not what it is about. Frank Solich was fired after playing for a national title and coming off of a nine win regular season that saw his team beat MSU in the Alamo Bowl. He was not only a long time assistant to college football’s greatest coach in Tom Osborne; he is also Husker royalty as a player. He is one of the best college football players of all time. Solich won a conference title in year two and is one of my favorite human beings on planet Earth. Every day Pelini is employed in Lincoln the BOlievers owe Solich a bigger apology.
I can already hear my inbox blowing up with more hatred from the Husker Nation, but I don’t care. Just like I still believe in America, I still believe in Nebraska, apple pie and hot dogs. Sadly, some of America’s greatest people don’t believe in themselves.