Vote on the Huskers’ Football Future

Posted on June 26, 2008. Filed under: College Football | Tags: |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com

 

 Return To Glory vs Reality of the Present

    The Big XII and college football in general have changed a great deal since Tom Osborne last led the Huskers to a national title. So are Husker fans asking or should I say hoping too much that Pelini will return the Husker to at least a semblance of their former glory days? 

    Let’s be for real folks.  Osborne competed in the Big XII for two seasons, and by that time Nebraska was considered among the top two or three programs in the country, having already having won two consecutive national titles. Therefore, it was easier—but still difficult—for them to recruit some of the top talent in the country. Up until those last two seasons,  Osborne’s teams only had Oklahoma and Oklahoma and an occasional Colorado to worry about during Big 8 play.

    Oh my! Have things have changed since Tom left!  Now joining Oklahoma as worrisome league opponents: Texas, Kansas, Texas A&M,  Missouri, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Kansas State and in the future don’t discount Iowa State.

    The game is now played on the edges—QBs, WRs, RBs, DBs and LBs are at a premium. Consequently, with the proliferation of the hard to defend spread offenses, any team with just a few highly talented players at the right positions can be very competitive:

 Every year only a finite number of these top high school skill players are available. And no longer— as was the case in the Osborne era—are there just ten or so teams from around the country to which these top recruits gravitate. More disheartning is the fact that practically every Big XII Conference team mentioned above can look a young man square in the face and say, ‘We can be a BCS team.’ During recruiting efforts and game days—Osborne never had to face an onslaught of this magnitude from the competition in his own conference.

    Oh! You say the game is won in the trenches!  Yes. Indeed it is.  But you can find  linemen within your geographical region and develop them.  But you cannot teach speed or athleticism and there is a very limited number of these players within Nebraska’s immediate  geographic area.  Consequently, with more schools being able to attract top talent there is less of it concentrated in individual programs, which is why the parity in college football has become so apparent over the past several years.

    So where does this leave Nebraska in the mix?  Well, much of this high school talent resides in warm weather states and it has always been hard for Nebraska coaches to entice these young men to come and play in Husker-land.  And now that there are even more programs in the Big XII and from around the  country that can tell these kids:

Hey look we can compete. We can get to a BCS bowl and we can win a national title,”  it makes it even more complicated for Pelini and staff to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of Husker fans. 

    A cold weather state, down in the dumps Nebraska competing for the same talent against up and coming schools in their own conference and from around the country is the reality of the matter. The good news is that Bo Pelini is the perfect fit—if there ever was one—to bring the Husker program back to prominence.

    Pelini is a player’s coach with a history of success and the type of charisma that can attract top talent. Additionally, Pelini, based on accounts from current team members and present recruits, has put together the type of staff that is capable of redeeming the program.  A staff and head coach that seemingly bring the ability to—coach—football players. Going forward, the teams that are able to attract just enough talent and can properly instruct their players to play at the highest level within their systems will be the teams that are going to be successful.

    However, it won’t be an easy task and based on the realities of the situation no one should blame Pelini if he were to fall a little short of the high expectations of many Husker fans. 

    I said—a little short. Because no head coach that walks the Husker sidelines can ever escape the history of the program and all the expectations that it implies.  

    For a Nebraska head football coach: “failure is not an option.”

   Vote Below On Whether You Think Nebraska Can Win A Big XII Football Title Within the Next Three Years

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