August 4, 2015

Will Shields a finalist for Pro Football’s Hall of Fame

Will Shields is in the college football hall of fame.  He's looking for a call from Canton, Ohio (photo/NU Athletics)

Will Shields is in the college football hall of fame. He’s looking for a call from Canton, Ohio (photo/NU Athletics)

Former Nebraska lineman Will Shields who played in 224 straight games for the Kansas City Chiefs from his rookie season in ’93 to his final season in ’06 is one of 15 finalists for Pro Football’s Hall of Fame.  The longtime Chiefs lineman was named first-team All-Pro three times, during which he blocked for an NFL-best scoring offense featuring running back Priest Holmes in 2002 and 2003.

Shields played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1989 through 1992. Shields was a consensus first-team All-American and Outland Trophy winner during his final year at Nebraska. He is one of eight Cornhuskers players to win the Outland Trophy. He is one of only sixteen Cornhuskers to have his jersey retired by the team.

USC’s offense will provide plenty of challenges for NU’s defense (AUDIO)

Nathan Gerry and the Nebraska secondary will be challenged (photo/NU athletics)

Nathan Gerry and the Nebraska secondary will be challenged (photo/NU athletics)

USC QB Cody Kessler, a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award, is having the most efficient season ever by a Trojan quarterback, and is among the nation’s leaders in passing efficiency, completion percentage, TD passes, completions and passing yards while hitting over 70% of his throws with 36 TDs and just 4 interceptions.

USC has their version of Ameer Abdullah. All-Pac-12 first team TB Javorius Allen, a 1,000-yard runner who has 8 100-yard rushing outings this year, leads the league in all-purpose yards and is the only player in the nation with 12 games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis points to three things that make Kessler a good quarterback and while the offensive numbers are definitely impressive for USC, but Papuchis says his secondary is pretty darn good.

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Pelini throws NU administration under the bus, but lessons should be learned by Eichorst (AUDIO)

Bo Pelini gives an earful to an official at the Capital One Bowl

Bo Pelini gives an earful to an official at the Capital One Bowl.  He also gave an earful to his former players. 

Vulgar language has been apart of Bo Pelini’s M.O. since we’ve known him as the head football coach at Nebraska and that was certainly on full display when you hear the tape of his 30 minute speech he gave to his players off campus after he was fired by Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst.

I’m not sure I entirely agree with the way Pelini handled the meeting with the players.  I think he still has a responsibility to those young men to offer encouragement and I believe he did at some points during that meeting, but to throw the administration under the bus in front of those kids who will continue to play football at Nebraska was wrong.

However, having said that, I also think Husker nation got a good picture of the leadership style of Eichorst…the players may feel alienated.  Eichorst needs to work on making himself more visible to the players.

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Holiday Bowl executive director excited for the Nebraska-USC matchup (AUDIO)

Holiday Bowl in San Diego

Holiday Bowl in San Diego

The Husker football team will be headed back to the Holiday Bowl and take on USC. Executive director Bruce Benkowski is thrilled with the matchup.  It will present a rare opportunity for this San Diego bowl. It will be played in prime time on Saturday the 27th.

Our first look at USC. They finished 8-4 on the season and in fourth place in the Pac-12 South with a 6-3 conference record. They beat coach Riley and the Oregon State Beavers 35-10 back in late September. Each team played Fresno State. The Trojan opened the season at home against the Bulldogs with a 52-13 win. The Huskers beat Fresno two weeks later 55-19. They had wins over then 13th ranked Stanford and the South’s division champion Arizona, ranked 10th at the time.

Barney Cotton will coach the team in the bowl game. No word yet on Mike Riley’s coaching staff, but four Oregon State assistant coaches flew into Lincoln last night.

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Report: Eichorst has his eyes set on Arkansas’ Bielema

Bret Bielema at SEC Media Days earlier this summer (photo/SportsTalkSC.com)

Bret Bielema at SEC Media Days earlier this summer (photo/SportsTalkSC.com)

There may have been a very good reason why Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst had no plans to hire a consulting firm to help in the search for the Huskers next football coach.

According to FootballScoop.com, Eichorst has his sights set on Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

If Bielema leaves the SEC school, his contract buyout is $2.5 million immediately and $2 million on Jan. 1.

Eichorst and Bielema worked together at Wisconsin when Eichorst served as Wisconsin’s senior associate AD, executive associate AD and, deputy AD from 2006-11.