@CD: Any issues with not extending his contract would be tied to recruiting. Opposing coaches feast on any hint of instability. Miles' contract situation already suggests instability. But I think, at this point, the recruiting aspect must be cast aside in favor of the realities at hand.
@NewportRed: I need to read her comments more closely before commenting publicly. I am, however, aware of the nature of her comments.
@Sam: It's a sticky situation, for sure. But for the long-term interests of the program, and in the name of financial prudence, I think foregoing an extension makes the most sense in the context of the current realities.
@Robin: Peetz's rise is fascinating. He never played a down at Nebraska that I know of, and now he's the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders? Wow. He's only 33, so he's risen pretty quickly in the profession. His resume' includes a stint working under Nick Saban at Alabama. It's a story dying to be told.
@Gary: I think your point is interesting, except my perception is Eichorst holds all the cards in this situation, unless someone can tell me otherwise.
@JimNE: I do think the offense will look much different, and the quarterback (most likely Tanner Lee) will make many more decisions at the line of scrimmage and after the snap. There is no question Armstrong struggled to read defenses. It was never his strong suit. Even the previous coaching staff would tell you that. As for Cavanaugh, I think he's an excellent coach. But, yes, this feels a bit like a "prove-it" season for him. The line's performance in the bowl game was disappointing, to say the least. I'm done signing off on that group until I see it make significant progress when it matters -- not in the Spring Game, but in the fall. When it matters. I think as fans and media, we have to move beyond touting players based on what we see in the Spring Game. Sorry about that tangent.
@PTHUSKER: The thing is, Nebraska has risen to the occasion at times this season, in a big way (at Indiana, at Maryland, vs. Purdue, vs. Penn State, at Ohio State). I agree. The youth excuse wears a bit thin, except that one hallmark of youth is inconsistency. And we've seen wild inconsistency from this team. And, yes, I think most of us agree that Miles will face ample pressure next season, assuming he's around next season (which I'm inclined to believe will be the case).
@NewportRed: It's impossible to predict. The crowds have continued to materialize this season because the young talent on the roster suggests brighter days ahead. It's also important to point out that Miles and his staff have developed players nicely. But if losing continues at the current rate, fan frustration would be inevitable. And as enticing as the Railyard experience can be for young and old alike, some folks will vote on the matter with their pocket books.
@Zadi: I think Tony Dworak and Tom Nelson's departures (1984) had more to do with it.
@Steve: I think Miles raised expectations with all the excitement that was generated in 2014, when Nebraska won eight of its last nine regular-season games en route to the program's first NCAA Tournament bid in 16 seasons. I think folks feels (rightly so) that Pinnacle Bank Arena and the Hendricks Training Complex put the Huskers on even footing with many of the top programs. I would ask you this: If Wisconsin can earn 18 straight NCAA Tournament bids, why should Nebraska forever be left out of the Dance?
@CD: I think it's most because the buzz from those inside the program has been about Tanner Lee. You've heard eyebrow-raising comments praising Lee from Nate Gerry, Josh Banderas and Brandon Reilly, not to mention Billy Devaney's comments on the National Signing Day. What's more, Danny Langsdorf has been full of praise for Lee. Granted, Patrick O'Brien has received his share of praise, but there is definitely more buzz (on the record and off the record) about Lee.
@Colby: I think the most important number to keep in mind is 40 wins. That seems to be a minimum standard for teams with designs on playing host to an NCAA regional -- which is one of Nebraska's foremost goals.
@SiliconValleyHusker: That is fascinating, seriously. Thanks.
@Sam: Nebraska is 2-4. It is coming off a second NCAA Tournament appearance in a three-year span. I don't think Erstad is on any sort of "hot seat" at the moment.
@Glenn432: I'm not sure how much a staff can do about the scenario to which you referred beside addressing it and simply asking more questions. I will say the Sarell case was odd, as it applies to Nebraska, because Cavanaugh had been recruiting him for years.
@Sam: Under. Definitely under. I really like this roster.
@CD: I largely agree with your assessment of White as a player. But I disagree with your opinion on what type of impact White might have had for this year's Huskers. White would have mixed perfectly with slashing guards Tai Webster and Glynn Watson, not to mention Evan Taylor. Opponents have to respect Webster and Watson's ability to drive to the basket. Meanwhile, White would have camped outside waiting for their passes. What's more, White's mere presence on the perimeter would help open up lanes for the slashers. White's transfer was a body blow for Miles, in my opinion.