@PTHUSKER: I think part of the reason he's been successful is his energy and ability to sell not only himself, but his system. He clearly believes in his system, and has parlayed that belief into a handsome living. Nebraska fans hope he can parlay his passion and belief in his system into a Big Ten Championship within the next three years. You have to belief it can happen or it will never happen.
@Colby: Oh, brother. Maybe we should wait until we seem some on-field results before we engage in that sort of discussion.
@Trashman: You would agree that Bo's defense was better suited to stop spread offenses, correct? You would also agree that Bo used defensive backs -- 200-pounders -- in his base defense, correct? The Diaco defense won't have linebackers that small. Riley said he is interested in linebackers in the range of 6-2, 210 to 245 pounds.
@BuzzM: Bray will have to adapt to a new role. It could be awkward. How smoothly it goes will largely depend on the attitude with which he approaches the change.
@Fli7: Nebraska wants to sign 22 players, or thereabouts. I don't rule out the possibility of Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson surprising everyone by eschewing the Trojans in favor of the Huskers.
@Steve: If you're referring to Diaco's emphasis on strong red-zone defense, yes, I think you're on to something. And, yes, I think Nebraska's chances to overtake Wisconsin in the Big Ten West Division just improved significantly. But Wisconsin's stability -- starting with Barry Alvarez and his blueprint -- is why I will give the nod to the Badgers. And, yes, that is probably good news for the Huskers. :)
@NewportRed: I plan to look into that subject this week. There is media availability Friday. I do know this: The pitching staff could be strong, with the starting weekend rotation returning intact. That's a good start.
@NewportRed: Loaded question! But I like it. And I understand your sentiment. I tend to be very patient in regard to program building, perhaps because I lack the emotional attachment that fuels the thoughts and desires of most fans.
@HuskerDan: I think it's possible we could hear from Kurt Rafdal, the tight end from Carmel, Indiana, before signing day. And maybe Bryan Thompson, the receiver from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California -- the same school that produced Quincy Enunwa. Seems like most players, at this point, push it right to the limit.
@Chris: I once watched Mike Krzyzewski explain his offense and was struck by the simplicity of it. Of course, the Blue Devils' roster is a bit more gifted across the board than Miles' group ... Even so, I like the idea of providing just the right amount of structure for great players, but not overloading them. There exists a fine line. I sort of feel like Hubie Brown answering that question. :)
@JimNE: I believe in fairness and trying to understand multiple viewpoints. But I must admit I think my viewpoint on a given subject is the best one. :)
I will fine myself $250 the next time I make this smiley face ... :)
@NewportRed: There's something about being personally threatened that helps me stave off mid-afternoon fatigue.
@Steve: Austin Allen, the tight end from Aurora, really intrigues me. You hear coaches (and quarterbacks) talk about "catch radius." Well, Allen is 6-foot-8. That has to be appealing to any quarterback. And both Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf like using the tight end in their offense when they have a capable tight end to lean on. Allen is an excellent all-around athlete. I look forward to watching him develop.
@Chris: Nebrasketball scoring droughts were becoming far too regular in the mid-1980s.
@rickylee41: Flea is exceptionally cool. He's also in his 50s, so he remembers well when Nebraska was rolling as a football program. He might even remember when Danny Nee had Husker hoops rolling into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed. Yes, 1990 was a grand year for Nebrasketball, until Xavier spoiled the postseason party.
@FLhusker: That was a great quote. I think it struck a chord with a lot of fans hungry for the program to return to elite status.