Bo Pelini is out at Nebraska; i’d like to show you my big surprised face. The often tumultuous relationship between Pelini and the college has come to an end. During his seven years in Lincoln, the former LSU defensive coordinator racked up a 62-27 record with a 4-3 mark in bowl games. His teams averaged nine wins and never won a conference championship. These exact things don’t fly in Nebraska, but really would be the standards too much?
The Cornhuskers were once among the teams to beat and programs to replicate in college football. They won three national championships in early 90s under legendary head coach Tom Osborne, and from 1993 -97 they were a mind-boggling 60-3. After the 1997 championship season, Osborne was gone, Camelot crumbled and they are still trying to grab the ruins.
For over 10 years and a half the once proud program has been just pedestrian. Osborne’s replacement Frank Solich did lead Nebraska to the National Championship Game in 2001, but they were throttled and embarrassed by Miami. Solich was fired several seasons later, and then Bill Callahan came in and dug the hole even deeper. After him it was Pelini who tried to dig his solution until his time eventually ran out.
Now because the Big Red is on the search for their fourth head coach because the departure of Osborne, how good is the job really? They haven’t won a conference title since 2001, and since moving from the Big 12 to the Big 10 they appeared in one single conference championship and were embarrassed by Wisconsin. As it pertains to the Big 10, the once proud pillar of college football has difficulty stacking as much as the SEC and Pac- 12 conferences. Some will have to genuinely believe that less level job in those conferences surpasses what Nebraska must offer.
Let’s take Dan Mullen as an example.
The Mississippi State head coach has become among the hotter head coaches in the united states after turning the once bottom dwelling Bulldogs into championship contenders. If you’d ask anyone 10 years ago would Mullen leave Starkville for Lincoln the answer may possibly be a hands-down yes, but now maybe not much. Leaving money out of this because both schools have big enough wallets, Mullen can do more where he’s now. Every game in the SEC makes big news, every game is on television and you receive more slack for losing games. As it pertains to Nebraska, well, let’s face it; the eyeballs might not be on Nebraska vs. Iowa.
It’s another crucial time for Nebraska because they find themselves within an all too familiar role within the last 15 years. Maybe they’ll discover that diamond in the rough and that will ultimately be that guy to lead them back to college football’s elite. Or even and they swing and miss again, then they’ll get the pieces and try again to tell fans that this is the same old Nebraska.