@joey: I sort of follow, but there are also some schools out there paying big $$$ to assistants who aren't rolling along like Alabama. It's not a guarantee of success. I did like what NU did with Donte Williams. Riley clearly wanted him. They basically doubled up his salary to make sure they had him ... and they're still paying him less than they paid the last guy. I don't think Nebraska's assistant salary is lagging to any noticeable degree. They are third highest in paying assistants in the Big Ten. I guess you are suggesting they should match Ohio State or Michigan, and I understand the thinking, but you better really believe you've got the guy who is worth that.
@Robin: You go today? Great place for those who haven't been. I'll do free advertising because it's delicious.
@RocketHusker: My guess is Miles is thinking HC or bust at this point, but that sure would've been fun. I actually think Riley is going to a more traditional model of handing out position coaching assignments. I think he was in the minority in college football in having one guy alone dedicated to special teams. His philosophy shift isn't a bad one, especially if the NCAA passes that rule for a 10th assistant, then you've got even coaching on both sides of the ball. NU is basically getting that right now anyway cause Tavita Thompson is like a full-time guy in a grad assistant's role. But he can't keep that forever so you'd like to be able to lock a guy like that up.
@herbel_essences: Should be able to score on them. Everyone did the last few weeks. That defense was like swiss cheese. Maybe they'll collect themselves and figure it out, but talking to Tennessee people, that pass D is an absolute mess. The danger is for NU's defense dealing with Tennessee's skilled guys. Especially after you saw a team with limited explosive weapons like Iowa go off for big plays against the Huskers.
@Fli7: I think they'll be a pain in the butt to teams, maybe even Creighton. I don't discount that Nebraska could win tomorrow. Wouldn't predict that, but I think Nebraska's resume so far suggests they're not just going to roll over. Heck, they played UCLA better than Kentucky did. That said, I also think it's a fan base sort of tired of just being happy with being a pain in the butt to teams. At some point, it has to be something more than that.
@Robin: Tough to project that, but no, I don't think of anyone on the roster now who I see as rising to that.
@lredeugene: I'd suggest some O-linemen -- Boe Wilson, Raridon, maybe Farinok. Maybe a tight end or two. David Engelhaupt is an impressive looking guy coming off the field. And a couple of those young TEs need to step up. One wildcard possibility is a Quayshon Alexander type, who I think has the body type to do some intriguing things with on defense. And JD Spielman. I should have put him first. I think he's got a lot of tools to be used both on offense and special teams.
@Josh: Shifted his thinking. I don't mind that. It's not like he was getting a lot of bang for his buck out of it. I also pointed out in the initial story on Read that while you can applaud Riley for not being afraid to make moves with his staff, you have to acknowledge he also hired two guys he's fired in two years.
@Trash: Stud QB. Yes, that's an outstanding idea. Just not growing on trees is all. Look around college football and you'll see a lot of suspect QB decisions. Trust me, I'm as interested as anyone to see if next year you see a QB who goes through progressions better and makes the offense look smoother by the way he reads defenses. It might happen. I'm just saying I don't automatically assume that will happen like some do. It's a hard position to play. And the next guy is always wonderful until he plays a series then everyone asks who the guy after him is. I'll say this: I think this staff really sees great potential in Tanner Lee. POB will get his chance, too. But I do think there is a lot of hope Lee can take off in a big way. I just want to see it before contributing to the hype.
@TO: I suppose if they're close to even that's a possibility. We'll see if they are. I'm not saying you're doing this, but I'm amazed how many big opinions there are on guys most of the fan base has barely seen. I saw a few practices in the offseason but I sure don't have big opinions on either of them at this point. It wouldn't be fair or wise for me to based off a few limited viewings from a layman.
@SteveUofN1964: Most agree with you Steve. The loss to Iowa was worse than the loss to Ohio State to me and many others for the reason you stated. It really kind of put a damper on a regular season people would be talking a lot differently about right now if Nebraska had show up and played well. It's why I never buy the 'this game doesn't matter" talk about any NU football game. Whenever NU steps on the field, including this bowl game, it shifts perception one way or the other.
@skinniefrankie: Jeff Brohm seems like a good hire on the surface. I like Purdue just being a gunslinging team that might lose five or six, but will make you sweat through 38-34 type games. Maybe it's just because I always connect Purdue football with Joe Tiller, who at least made the Boilers interesting.
@Robin: Sounds wonderful. I gotta go for now, but next week's chat needs to hit on must-go-to eats in Nashville. I need to start making a list, but need help from whoever has been there.