@RocketHusker: I think the media plays a prominent role in building up recruiting classes. You're right, when you really analyze it, the class doesn't blow your doors off, as some media outlets led you to believe during the process. It also should be noted that there are academic issues with at least one player (whom I won't name for obvious reasons). As for the running back depth chart, I blushingly admit to leaving off Adam Taylor. I would really like to see him make big surge.
@Steve: Short answer: Yes, of course. Nebraska is forever mindful of its brand, which explains its strong presence on social media.
@Sam: "You can't gamble with the talent we have." There is your most important line.
@RocketHusker: I think it's a question worth asking.
@Steve: I with you, Steve
@rickylee41: Seems like sound advice.
@FLhusker: I don't think the 3-4 is necessarily a daunting challenge to learn from a schematic standpoint. But I do think there are challenges to teaching players proper techniques within the new scheme. As for any "slack" the staff might get, the A.D. fired a nine/10-win coach. I think that answers the slack question. In fact, I think Frank Solich would agree.
@Zadi: Still, I wonder ... And to be honest, I feel a bit uncomfortable talking about possible replacements for a job that isn't open.
@Redcornman: Ah, yes, you know my reputation. But I did advocate firing Bill Callahan (and his staff) following the Oklahoma State loss in 2007. I did advocate firing Doc Sadler and Mike Anderson, although in both cases I was late to pull the plug.
@Mongo: It is a delicate balance, right? I understand your point, but only to a certain extent. To wit: How would you feel if you were a head coach knowing your A.D. is "always looking to upgrade," as you suggest? What kind of morale would that sort of situation foster?
@HuskerDan: Short answer: Yes. But Nebraska can make up ground in other areas: 1. Recruiting players that fit perfectly into the systems; 2. Fostering strong chemistry throughout the program; 3. Elbow grease. Bottom line, the team with the best talent doesn't always win (Exhibit A: New England Patriots).
@rickylee41: I think you should send a resume'
@JohnW: As of a week ago, Nebraska's strength of schedule was No. 1 in the nation, according to the NCAA.
@Mongo: There is no question that attrition became too much of an issue under Pelini.
@ColtonMcNear: I don't think Tristan Gebbia is ready physically to make a legitimate push for the starting job. He seems destined for a redshirt year. I also say that because I do feel confident in the abilities of both Lee and O'Brien. As for the running back position, I definitely feel Tre Bryant will emerge as the No. 1 option, in large part because of his ability to remain on the field in all situations. His versatility is very appealing to Riley and Langsdorf.
@Mongo: All I know is Nebraska went over 40,000 tickets sold as of late last week, well ahead of last year's place. Plenty of tickets remain, but I would suggest buying some now. My favorite spring game memory is every year when it's over.