After practice, the talk was centered around the departure of defensive coordinator Carl Pelini. Cameron Meredith talked about the coach and what he meant to him.
As far as finding a replacement, some names circulating are former Illinois coach Ron Zook and Arizona coach Mike Stoops. An in-house name is John Papuchis. Chase Rome thinks Papuchis could handle it, but he’ll leave that decision up to Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne.
Senior linebacker Lavonte David said not much will change in terms of the preparation with Carl not coaching the defense, but after playing in a conference championship game the last two years, and then not getting to play in the Big Ten title game, there’s a focus to get a win in this game.