@Braden: Three games in four days against quality competition (Dayton, UCLA, Virginia Tech) ... yes, absolutely. I'm sure it taught the younger players a lot about what type of effort and level of play is needed to win against Big Ten-level competition.
@HuskerJake: I think most every sign points to the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Recruiting will heat up soon.
@AZHusker: He's had a good season, for sure.
@DaninNashville: I would say that's an astute observation on your part. What's more, I know he regretted waiting until after signing day last February to fire Hank Hughes.
@Matt: My guess is there won't be any more firings. That's a guess. There could be other changes in structure, or perhaps reassignments. I'm keeping an open mind.
@JimNE: I wonder if Mark Banker's comments were a message: We have to have a more physical approach in practice. I wonder if he pointed out Iowa's toughness because he feels Nebraska has to change its approach. Coaches usually are good about sending messages through the media. Maybe this was one. Hopefully, this was one ... As for Shawn Eichorst and his agenda ... What is the agenda to which you allude?
@Shannon: Completely disagree about your take on the walk-on program. I've been amazed in recent years by folks' attitude toward the walk-on program. A lot of folks say, "Too many walk-ons are playing." It's a proud tradition! Also, check the ratio of walk-ons/scholarship players on the two-deep. It's the same now as it was in 1995 and 1997 -- almost exactly the same.
@DaninNashville: I don't think there will be a change at O.C., nor do I think there should be a change. Injuries robbed the offense of continuity.
@71husker: Thanks for making those comments.
@Matt: I think you know the answer to that.
@BrooklynBob: I don't know Banker well enough yet to gauge how well he would accept a demotion at this stage of his career. My guess is he would at least consider it. He's a reasonable sort.
@RickyFulton: OK, proceed.
@Benchwarmer: Chryst had the benefit of inheriting an excellent defense. And when I say excellent, I mean one of the top five in the nation.
@Benchwarmer: In the short term, I think you will see a group effort. Bruce Read was ultimately in charge of special teams. But several coaches were involved in the various aspects.
@71husker: I think the committee should pray as a group that the scenario you lay out doesn't transpire.
@NewportRed: I think it's dicey to try to formulate opinions regarding what Riley might accomplish at Nebraska based on what he did or didn't do at Oregon State, because the situations are so much different.
@RickyFulton: I am interested in your take.
@Shannon: I think I understand where you're coming from. We just have to agree to disagree.
@Wondermonds: Nebraska did get a culture change. I think you have to give it time to take hold. And, I think Riley does espouse "solid fundamental football." We saw plenty of it. But, yes, the results have to improve. On that, we can all agree.
@Matt: We have checked for updates, but there is really nothing to report.
@Steve: I think results in recent years speak for themselves: Wisconsin and Iowa are probably interchangeable at the top, with Nebraska third.
@DaninNashville: Yes, Cole Conrad is a viable option for starting center in 2017. Also, watch John Raridon closely in that race.
@Tone: Human biorhythms are difficult to gauge. There's almost a mystical quality to the discussion. Chemistry and energy can be impacted by a variety of elements. In the case of Nebraska's flat performance Friday, who really knows other than those directly involved -- and even they might be bamboozled.
@Nmhusker: I don't think there's any question that overall speed on defense is lacking.
@Benchwarmer: 1. Only a handful of FBS programs have a dedicated special teams coach. 2. Although Read was the special-teams coach, other assistants were involved in various aspects. So, it was essentially a group effort, with Read ultimately responsible.
@Dick: I want to see how things unfold in Year 3 before drawing too many conclusions.