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myHitNews.com Prepares To Bring You More In ’09

Posted on February 20, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Basketball, High School Football, High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hit Highlights.com

By Will Cummings
myHitNews.com

  

   As myHitNews.com (formerly Hit News.com) moves closer to celebrating its first anniversary in April, we are also preparing to move our site from WordPress.com back to WordPress.org, which is the non-free self-hosted version of WordPress that will be hosted by Hit Highlights.com.

   This move will allow us to have more control over content and appearance and the ability to generate revenue through advertisement. But don’t worry, we will continue to keep this site free to our visitors, whose numbers have steadily grown despite our not having any advertisement.  Inasmuch, last month (January), myHitnews.com peaked with an average daily number of 327–different–computers (used by human visitors) logging on to the site with a high of 1,120 in a single day. Not bad numbers for a blog site with no advertisement.

   I also would like to thank Thomas Liechti (Action Force) and Bobby Mills (1000ydguy) for their outstanding contributions of materials and articles that they provide to myHitNews.com. And especially thanks to all those who have e-mailed and thanked us for the work that we do here. Hopefully, it’s only going to get better.

Our plan moving forward is to:

  • Bring you more pictures, video, interviews and in depth looks into Nebraska high school athletics, and its participants
  • Continue to provide a storehouse of information on the top athletes in the state.
  • Make the site more interactive for visitors to share their views.

   The last point is because we know, at times, our opinions and picks will make some uncomfortable and others down right mad, but we are going to tell it like we see it. And we will allow you to freely fire back.

   Right now myHitNews.com only covers football, boys basketball and track and field. Yes!  We would definitely like to cover other sports. So if you would like to contribute or know someone who might, send us an e-mail to myhitnews@yahoo.com

Coming Soon:

  • Class of 2010 Football Prospects Board revamp and capsules of the players to watch for in 2009.
  • Breakdown of the Class A Nebraska high school District Basketball Tournament.
  • myHitNews.com’s first  Omaha All-Metro Basketball Team.
  • A look into the Nebraska Cornhuskers instate football recruiting.
  • Nebraska track and field athletes to watch for in 2009.

We apologize for interuptions you may have while attempting to reach our site or trying to navigate through it during the next week or so as we make our switch.

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What’s Wrong With Nebraska High School Football Players?

Posted on February 5, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nebraska High School Football Players: Something Special

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com 

    All right guys (and gals) you can get the Omaha World-Herald signing day notes by clicking on this link.  I will update the my Hit News ’09 Offers and Commitments board by Friday and put the class to bed.  Now it is all about the Class of 2010 Prospects.

   The high school class of 2009 had nine players that received D-1A offers but only seven signed on the dotted line. The two that bowed out were Vondrae Tostenson–reportedly headed to Iowa Western (JUCO)) and Eric Koehlmoos, who is headed to D-1AA South Dakota State.

   Only two Nebraskans in this class found their way to Lincoln on a scholarship: Cole Pensick and CJ Zimmerer. If that’s not disappointing enough–the Nebraska ’09 walk-on class is pretty small too.  What does this all say about: (1) the state of Nebraska high school football and (2) its relationship with the current Husker staff and (3) the future ramifications of it all?

2009
Recruited Nebraska Walk-ons
(as reported by Omaha World-Herald)


Nick Failla, Millard North

Ty Kildow, Millard South

Coline Kanne Millard West

Tyson Clark, Lincoln East

Tyrone Lewis, Lincoln North Star

Ron Kellogg, Omaha Westside

Mitch Hron, Schuyler

Corey Kraci, Schuyler

   Those are the questions I will be tackling in the next couple of weeks on my Hit News.com.  However, I will leave you with these thoughts: if the Huskers try to sell Nebraska high school kids on being “loyal” to their state program and forgoing scholarships to walk-on at NU “where is this staff’s loyalty to Nebraska kids when they only give two scholarships and let at least five of our best leave this state with D-1A offers from other programs–without an offer from the Huskers.”

   It cuts both ways!

   If Nebraska high school football players are so inferior, why ask them to walk-on?  If Nebraska high school football players are so inadequate, why have so many of them been star players for the Huskers?  And why have so many Nebraska walk-ons beat out highly touted–blue chip–scholarship athletes and become starters for the Huskers?

   Why?

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Something Special

Related Links: Remembering the Giants that played Nebraska High School Football

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Last Weekend of the Class of ’09 Recruiting: Where Nebraska Prospects Stand

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Going into the last weekend of the high school football class of 2009 recruiting cycle, my Hit News.com presents the latest on the known offers and commitments made to and by Nebraska high school student/athletes. 

   my Hit News.com’s listing only represents the member schools of the following sports governing bodies and/or particular divisions within them: NCAA Divisions I-A; I-AA and II; NAIA and Junior Colleges (JUCO).

   Thanks to all of the people that provide information to my Hit News.com.  And to all of you current and potential prospects know this:

There are plenty of college recruiters that monitor this site, as well as fans and participants of the various college message boards of schools from across this region–I know–you should see our site stats and read my e-mail.”

Important Note: Future updates to this board will be posted on the “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’ Offers and Commitments”  link that is found at the top of this page.  In other words: updates to the listing will not be reflected if you link back to this post in the future.

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215), McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota

 

 

 

 


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
*Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State, *Doane College (NAIA)

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dillon Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Garrett Schlichtemeier, WR (5-10, 160), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 220), Douglas County West
Wayne State

Dillon Breinig, LB (6-2, 220), Arapahoe

*University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NAIA

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
*Doane College

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUCO

Kelvin Johnson, RB (6-2, 225), Omaha Burke
Iowa Western Community College

Bo Adams, OL (6-2, 287), Omaha Burke

Iowa Western Community College

 

 

 

 

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career) and Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

Others that are rumored to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney are: Jason Wilcox, Norfolk Catholic; Dillon Breinig, Arapahoe; Riley Larson, Adams Central; Stephan Rush, Anselmo Merna and Garrett Rockey, Norfolk Catholic and Matt Bicskei, DE/TE (6-2, 250), Omaha Burke.

Nebraska’s No. 1 class of 2009 prospect, as touted by Rivals, 6-foot-4, 225 lb WR Vondrae Tostenson –who has had an offer on the table from Iowa University since the beginning of his junior year–may be taking the JUCO route.  Stories are flying that he has visited Iowa Western?

Ron Kellogg ., QB (6-2, 210), Omaha Westside, committed to walk-on at Nebraska University.

 

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Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects Offer & Commitment List

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February 4th Signing Day: Twelve Days Away and Counting  

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Here we are with just over a week left before the Nebraska high school class of 2009 student/athletes get their first opportunity to sign a student athletic scholarship.”national letter of intent.”

   The young men who will sign these documents are fortunate indeed to have the physical attributes, skills, talent and good fortune to have a institution of higher learning pay for their, room board and tuition–while still being able to play the game of football.

   Hey guys, remember: all those 40, 50, and even 100 yard sprints that you ran–on a brutally hot summer day at the end of a three hour practice; or how about all those painful “get one more rep” days in the weight room that you endured through winter conditioning; or those times that the coach screamed at you and made you feel like an idiot or worthless because you blew an assignment or dogged a play or a workout?

    Yea, right about now it wasn’t so bad, huh?

   May you all realize the long hard road it took for you to reach this milestone in your life. And may each of you look deep into your heart and your memory to give thanks to all those around you: parents/guardians, relatives, coaches, teachers, priest and pastors and any others that influenced and shaped your life so that you may reach this point. Because–no one–gets here on their own!

    As for me, “Thanks for the memories and good luck in all your future endeavors.”

    And with that, let’s take a look at the list of known offers and commitments to Division I-A – Division II schools. We will try to keep this list updated every day between now through signing day..

   You can help us keep accurate by emailing us at myhitnews@yahoo.com with any corrections, updates and/or new information.

 Last Updated: January 26, 11:50 pm.

 

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215) McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career); Dillion Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook ; Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town; Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook  and Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook  have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

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Gator Bowl: Scene of the Crime 30 Years Later

Posted on December 29, 2008. Filed under: College Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What Really Caused OSU Football Coach Woody Hayes to Lose Control in ’78 Gator Bowl

 

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

 

  This year’s 2009 Gator Bowl between the Clemson Tigers and Nebraska Cornhuskers will mark 30 years since the bowl game experienced the most disturbing incident in college sports history:

 

The December 29th , 1978 Gator Bowl wherein legendary Ohio State University coach Wayne “Woody” Hayes violently assaulted Clemson cornerback Charlie Bauman in front of a national television audience.

 

Below see YouTube Video of  ’78 Gator Bowl incident:

 

    To the national television audience Woody Hayes’ physical attack upon the Clemson player was—seemingly–the result of Hayes’ frustration over Bauman having ended any hope of a Buckeye comeback victory with his late fourth quarter game-clinching interception of OSU quarterback Art Schlichter’s errant throw. After all, Woody Hayes had fashioned the outward persona of the cantankerous old coach with a flare for public displays of childlike verbal and physical temper tantrums.

 

   So to many who witnessed Hayes’ assault on Bauman it was simply the act of a fiery and bitter old ball coach who had finally lost all sense and sensibility.

 

   But not so fast my friends! There may be more than just the interception that led Coach Hayes to go after the Clemson player in such a vicious and relentless fashion. The following will shed light on what really prompted Hayes to cross the line of no return:  

 

   But before I go on, in fairness and to give some perspective and to set the stage, I must inform the reader that I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and my father, Bill Cummings Jr., was a member of Woody’s first national championship team in 1954. In addition, there were many occasions during my childhood where I was around Woody in some shape form or fashion including my senior year in high school when I was recruited by Woody and members of his staff.

 

   Finally, the core of what I am about to divulge here is the result of my proximity and relationship to the OSU football program and its players during this incident.

 

   Approximately a week before the Buckeyes left town for the Gator Bowl, my father and I met with Coach Hayes at the Buckeye football training complex to discuss my transfer to OSU from Kansas State University.

 

   Sadly, about a couple of weeks later, my dad and I were both together at home watching the game on television when Woody hit the Clemson player–I will never forget the dismay and bewilderment in my father’s face and demeanor.

 

   To say the least, it took a very, very long time for the Buckeye faithful to fully dig out from underneath the funk of that incident.

 

  Yet despite the debacle and Hayes’ subsequent firing, I still finalized my transfer to OSU. Shortly afterwards, during a winter conditioning workout, it was revealed to me that the Gator Bowl fracas was the result of much more than met the eyes.

 

   Curious to know what Woody was thinking when he hit that kid, I brought up the subject with a group of guys gathered around a weight lifting bench. Several of the players present were also at the game and were actually along the sidelines where the incident occurred. These players alleged—emphatically–that the player who intercepted the ball yelled out:

 

“How do you like that you old f____er.”

 

And that is what provoked Hayes to cross the proverbial line in the sand.

 

   Now I am not condoning in any manner what coach Hayes did that day, but I understand it in a much better light. Moreover, the Coach Hayes I knew was not the caricature that he became know for by so many people.  

 

“Don’t Pay Attention to That Man You See On the Screen.”

   Woody Hayes’ 1978 Gator Bowl incident has caused many to spurn the man’s achievements and contributions to the sport. But to those of us who have had the privilege to know him know that he is deserving of many honorable accolades.

 

   The Woody I knew was highly admired and respected by his former players. That’s because Woody Hayes set the bar high and demanded excellence from his players and staff, but most importantly he and his wife, Anne, cared for each Buckeye football player like they were their own sons. Most admirably, Woody and Anne continued their care and support for former players and their families long after their playing days were over. There was nothing they wouldn’t do to help those in need or to support a cause of one of their former players.

 

Fittingly, the last time I saw Coach Hayes and his wife in person was at my father’s funeral in 1985 where Hayes gave a moving eulogy.

 

   The Woody I knew was highly admired and respected by his former players. That’s because Woody Hayes set the bar high and demanded excellence from his players and staff, but most impotantly he and his wife, Anne, cared for each Buckeye foofball player like they were their own sons. Most admirably, Woody and Anne continued their care and support for former players  and their families long after their playing days were over. There was nothing they wouldn’t do to help those in need or to support a cause of one of their former players.

 

   The Woody I knew also explains why–as far as I know– he never mentioned that the reason for his actions were related to what Bauman allegedly said.

 

    Coach Hayes’ was a noted pioneer and innovator who always sought to improve the game. However,  in my opinion his most important but least mentioned legacy is the role that he played in advancing the acceptance and recognition of black players, trainers, coaches and administrators in college football. 

 

   Unfortunately, Hayes’ name is rarely mentioned as being one of the catalyst and stalwarts of progressive coaches and administrators who advanced the cause of black participation and recognition in all levels of college football. That’s because Hayes didn’t talk about it—he just did it!

 

   Hayes was among a handful of coaches in the country who recruited and played significant numbers of black players during the 1950’s. OSU’s great offensive and defensive lineman Jim Parker was the first black Outland Trophy winner in 1956 (he came close to winning the Heisman that year.) Cornelius Greene (’72-’75) was OSU’s first black starting quarterback and among the nations first black quarterbacks at a major university. The move was so controversial at the time that Greene, Hayes and the University received death threats and hate mail.  Archie Griffin–still the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner–became one of the first black athletic directors at major program. OSU, under Hayes, employed the first black head football athletic trainer, Billy Hill (1971-1995). And there were a countless number of things that Hayes did behind the scenes to advance the cause of racial equality in all walks of life.

 

   Coach Hayes was much more than a great coach–he was a great human being, perhaps one of the finest I have ever met.  There is so much more I could tell you about the man.  He was certainly one of a kind.

 

   In my book for all of Hayes’ football accomplishments and the way that he nurtured and supported his players and set an example of how to advance the cause of racial equality within the sport:

Coach Woody Hayes is the greatest college football coach the game has known. And it just partly explains why to this day Woody Hayes is so beloved by so many Buckeye fans in spite of that infamous moment at the ’78 Gator Bowl.”  

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Definition of a Husker Football Fan: Fickle

Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: College Football | Tags: , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com

 

What’s the Definition of a Husker Fan?  Answer: Fickle

An Outsider’s View of Today’s Nebraska Football Fan
and the Importance of the Next Three Years

 

 

     After witnessing almost a decade worth of mostly lackluster seasons , and several coaching changes and three sports administration office makeovers,  

Husker football fans have gone from a having  what many outsiders would call a superiority complex to taking on the mantle of a bunch of disillusioned fickle followers.”

    The opinion expressed above was initiated partly in response to an-unscientific-poll that was posted on Hit News @ Hit Highlights .com,  but mostly it is based on my observation of Husker fans over the past sixteen years.

    The poll that sparked the undertaking of this diatribe asked poll takers to give a yes or no response to the question: “Will the Huskers win a Big XII football Title within the next three years.”  The response thus far:  No-184; Yes-74.  72% of the respondents do not think the Huskers will win a Big XII title within the next three years. 

    The results of the poll caused me to reflect back on my arrival to Nebraska in 1992. As an outsider-and not a Husker Fan-it was amazing to me how fanatical Husker fans were even before Tom Osborne led his team to his first national championship in 1994. For Husker fans the cup was always half full and they always believed their team was going to win, and when they didn’t win their excuse was a bad call by an official or a blown play or a missed opportunity. Hence, after that first national championship, Husker Nation went from fanatical to downright obnoxious in their adoration for everything linked to Nebraska football. In a span of three years, two more national titles would follow. And as a result of my open disdain for Nebraska football—I endured much humiliation, pain, and suffering.

    So after admitting that I am not a Nebraska born native and that I openly rooted against the Huskers for years, you probably think I am sitting back and gloating at the demise of a traditional college football powerhouse and storied program. Quite the contrary!  For though I had no love for the Huskers, which was based on my college football career at Kansas State where we were unmercifully and routinely thrashed by Nebraska teams, before I transferred to Ohio State (my home town), I always have had the respect for traditional powerhouse sport programs and successful coaches. I especially have a deep admiration, understanding, and appreciation for successful coaches having been a son to a very accomplished amateur boxing coach.

    My life experiences have given me countless real world and up close examples of the complex nature of quality caoching and strong winning traditions as well as witnessing the presentation of poor coaching and losing programs.   I am no soothsayer, but those who know me can attest that when Osborne retired in 1997,  I expressed to deaf fanatical  Husker fans that Nebraska football would fall to the ranks of the mediocre—for a long time. It was only a logical proclamation based on personal historical reference points and nothing more. The assertion was (and is) based on the proven premise that

Tradition alone may win you some games, but coaching is what wins championships.”

     From the beginning of Osborne’s retirement, it was obvious to me that Frank Solich would not be the answer, though he deserved the job due to his loyalty to the program. Solich simply impressed me as someone that had spent too much time playing second fiddle to a great coach for him to become a successful heir to the throne. Subsequently, during the time of the search for Solich’s replacement, my estimation was that Bill Callahan would be the wrong man to hire,  because of his acrimonious relationships with many of the Oakland Raiders players (I mean you don’t often see several star players make such vehement disparaging public statements about a head coach), and his distance from the college game.

Fortunately for Husker fans, a little over a decade after Nebraska brought home its last national championship trophy, you finally have in your midst a head coach that is capable of bringing back to Nebraska another AFCA National Championship Trophy.  But you sure don’t act like it!”

      For the past six years,  other than turning out 80.000 strong for a Husker spring game, most of which I believe was more morbid curiosity than Husker adoration and pride,  I have not seen nor have I heard anything from Nebraskans even remotely similar to the Husker fans I first met and grew to despise.

    The difference between the—pre-Osborne first national championship—1992 Husker fans that I first encountered upon moving to Omaha and today’s fans is truly astonishing.  Gone is the air of cockiness: replaced by self doubt and uncertainty and the seeming desire to be content with just being competitive on the field. Whew!

    The poll is just a reflection of what I have been reading in local papers, periodicals, and Internet message boards. In addition to what I have been hearing on area radio and TV shows, and through my personal conversations with Husker fans, since midway through Solich’s tenure.

    It’s been a long, rough, drama-filled eleven years and now it’s time for Husker Fans to be Husker fans. Recruiting issues will take care of themselves with wins. Many top recruits want to play for BCS Bowl contending programs and they are intrigued by and drawn to youthful and successful head coaches like Bo Pelini, a defensive coordinator fresh off LSU’s 2007 national title team and a former defensive back coach for the San Francisco 49ers 1995 Super bowl championship team. Let him start winning games at Nebraska and a lot of top recruits will quickly perk up.

   The scenario plays out like this: The national media has basically shunned Nebraska, even during the glorious decade of the ‘90s—great teams but no compelling story line or special spark. To many outsiders, the Husker 90’s dynasty was just a group of hard working boring Midwesterners. Sorry!  But that’s how many of us saw it. Today, Nebraska has Pelini, a charismatic, youthful, emotional, first-time head coach hot from the oven of the national champion LSU Tigers—his quest is to bring back Husker Glory.

    The media loves this type of storyline. He wins games and the national media will eat it up! Wins bring media attention. Accordingly, Pelini and staff will draw the type of recruits that have traditionally been hard for Nebraska to sign. Thus, a new era begins.

    The caveat to this scenario: Nebraska must be successful within the next three years. Success in this scenario means that Nebraska appears in a BCS bowl or they come pretty darn close to making the series. Why? The longer it takes for Nebraska to show that it is back among the top tier programs the more panicked and frustrated fans will become and the more emboldened and successful upstart conference competition will be on the field and on the recruiting battleground. During this time frame, If Nebraska football fails to make a definitive statement that illustrates talks of its demise are premature—a possibility that I cannot fathom—the Husker’s quest to “restore the order” most likely will not materialize for many more years to come.

    Many beaten down and jaded and fickle Husker fans do not believe it’s possible that the Huskers can turn around the program within three years. I do!

    Bob Stoops, Urban Myer, Pete Carol, and Les Miles all have that immeasurable special quality that makes them the type of winners that turn around programs in quick order. In my opinion, Bo Pelini is just one of the gang.

     My message to Nebraska fans: 

Expect the unexpected—the glory will return sooner than many of you believe.” 

    Enjoy the ride!

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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.”

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