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Great write up.
Well said. Thanks for your comments. +1
I remember that period as well as what that led too. That kinda worries me. Anyone know what the life expectancy of an American male is these days....
Yeah, but do you remember the headline, "University Of Nebraska Hires Bob Devaney As New Head Coach"?
I was around then, but no recollection as I was more interested in tinker toys and Captain Kangaroo at that time in my life.
Some days I feel old enough that I should have remembered when Langdon Frothingham was named as coach in 1890 mainly because he had brought a football with him when he came from Harvard.
Yes but just vaguely. Are you older than me k9?
I wouldn't really call it old...more experienced sounds more informed
I think we are in the same boat Cleetus.
Bo isn't getting canned if we win 9 or 10 games a year.
UNLESS we continue to get throttled in key games year in and year out., that has become a pattern at the current time.
Bo has set his standard. That standard is winning championships. Whether you want to agree with it or not, that is the standard he has set since he stepped foot on campus.
While all us underlings can debate about the subject to our heart's content, our Head Coach has made it publicly known that he is about winning titles.
We can debate about whether the expectations are too high, but our own Head Coach has put forth the expectations before any of us want to bicker about those expectations.
Those expectations are titles. And trophies.
I don't want Bo to be fired. However, If our own coach expects to win those trophies, should we not expect them as a fan base as well?
We all work in the real world, and if you can't meet your own expectations there are consequences in your failure to do so.
If us normal Joe's can't meet our own expectations, what happens in our world? We get canned or demoted, right?
As they say, if you don't want the heat stay out of the kitchen.
Should we expect anything less from a guy making $3 Million a year when he doesn't meet his own expectations?
Lot's of good posts on this thread even though the topic - especially the TO-Bo comparison has - been covered extensively prior to this effort. But I tend to like redundancy - it helps me remember things and at my age that is something I need quite a bit of help with.
Anyway some have noted that TO, whom I personally consider perhaps the best coach in college football history and who is an even better man then he was coach, had some very lean years. He, like Pelini, experienced real and extensive criticism from many of the fans. - For example in the 4 seasons from 1989 to 1993 NU never finished in the Top 10 and were absolutely dominated in their bowl games. They never beat a Top 10 team during this period either (CU was ranked 8th when we beat them in 92 but finished at 13). They also lost to Iowa State during this period and the competition in college footbal general just wasn't as good as it is know. Anyway the comparisons to Pelini's first 5 years, after Bo took over the program from Callahan, are pretty strong.
The 1993 seasson started the 5 year period and 60-3 run that Coch Osborne capped his Hall of Fame career with. However we did not beat a Top 10 team that season either.
I don't know what is ahead for Coach Pelini and I'm sure not predicting 60-3 and 3 NCs in the next 5 years - but I won't complain if it happens either. In any event since Pelini seems to genuinely care about the kids that play for him and runs a very high integrity program it is very likely I'm going to continue to support him. Enthusiastically!
We've seen programs fishing and fishing and fishing. AtM comes to mind. I, for one at least, am not willing to kiss every frog that comes along hoping for Princess Charming. And that is exactly what the "Fire Bo" crowd is hoping for, apparently.
Then you're not a fan of winning at the highest level and hope for nothing more then to feel 'comfortable' so to speak about your Huskers every Saturday -or- you're a fan who believes great HC's magically turn into them after a decade of trying.
Who cares how many coaches you go through to get the 'great one' when you do things get fun.
OU lost Switzer after the 88' season, then got Gibbs, who did nothing special but wasn't a colossal failure like Schnelly in 95 and Blake from 96-98' then then hired Stoops and 149 wins, 8 Big 12 Titles, 1 National Title later OU was back to being a Top 10 program.
USC lost John Robinson after 82' then hired Tollner, then Smith then Robinson came ack, they all flopped, then hired Hackett & he failed, then they hit gold with Carroll and 83 wins, 6 PAC-10 Titles, 1 National Title later SC was the best program in CFB.
Alabama lost Stallings after 96' then hired DuBose, then Franchoine, had Mark Price for a 30min lap dance, then hired Shula and they all crapped out, then came a guy by the same of Nick Saban and 3 National Titles later, Alabama is rivaling the 90 Huskers.
Georgia lost Dooley back after 88' like OU, they then hired Goff then Donnan and both did nothing, then UGA hired Mark Richt and 118 wins, 2 SEC Titles and UGA is a Top 10 program each year.
Notre Dame has been a circus since Holtz, had some head popping experience with Weis in BCS but all got canned, insert Brian Kelly and with 3 years has them playing in BCS National Title, a pre-season Top 10 team.
You already pointed out Texas A&M, Sumlin in his first year KO's Alabama, has the Heisman winner, goes 11-2 and finishes Top 5 in polls. All these programs kept searching and when they found THE man, their fans were happy as hell, for shits sake UGA fans are still 50/50 on Richt with his recent years and here in Lincoln majority of people want to keep Pelini... fans in Norman are getting restless with 'big game Bob' and once again in Lincoln majority of people want to keep Bo.
If Nebraska has to fire Pelini, which will happen after Bo fails to meet Eichorst expectations he has set, then so be it, hell he might hire someone who doesn't go 9-4/10-4 every year and has to fire him but so be it... the dude getting fired after Pelini for example will have won the same amount of Conference & National Titles as Pelini, none.
Stop living your life in fear of 'oh know we might hire another Callahan'....AND... You fire the next Callahan -or- you might hire the next Urban, Saban, Osborne, Switzer, Carroll... People need to really stop the 'woes is us, we might hire a guy who might fail to replace the guy who after 6 years didn't win us a single Conference Title, National Title or finish in the Top 10 of the polls... Whatever will we do, woes is us'
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Older than dirt. Well older than 69 year old dirt, anyway.
Ohhhh...I to my elder.........Only got me by 9 years...
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