December 20, 2014

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.

Eichorst has a leg up on coaching search on Michigan if Hoke is let go (AUDIO)

Shawn Eichorst

Shawn Eichorst

Tell me you were not surprised that Bo Pelini was fired before Michigan’s Brady Hoke, who has been on the hot seat all season? Apparently Pelini’s went from luke warm to blazing after the trouncing by Wisconsin. Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst made a quick decision, less than 48 hours after the season finale at Iowa. All indications are that Eichorst is prepared to make a quick hire as well, with hints that he would like to wrap something up by mid-December. Eichorst also going against the grain, by not involving a consulting firm, but acknowledging he’s making the decision on his own.

Meanwhile in Michigan, Hoke is scheduled to meet this afternoon with interim A.D. Jim Hackett. His future is still up in the air. If Michigan does go in a different direction, did Eichorst get a head start on the Wolverines by making the Husker head coaching job available first?

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Pelini says Abdullah will be ready for Wisconsin

There will be a collective sigh of relief around Husker Nation after Bo Pelini delivers his news that Ameer Abdullah will be ready to go against Wisconsin.

Pelini said the Heisman hopeful is “doing great” and that the MCL sprain is not as bad as first feared.  Abdullah left NU’s 35-14 win over Purdue in the first quarter after just six carries for 1 yard. Pelini is confident about Ameer’s availability against Wisconsin on Nov. 15.

“I would anticipate he’ll be back at 100 percent (for Wisconsin),” the coach said. “That is my anticipation right now. That’s my guess of where things stand right now. That could always change.”

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