Husker Heartbeat 1/10: More Bo, a Little Frost and a Slam of Stevie Pedey

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A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more – we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

*Nebraska should be prepared to pay Bo Pelini to keep him, says LJS' Steve Sipple. Sure could come to that.

Sipple writes:

"It should be noted that Miles currently makes nearly $4 million per season, while Pelini makes $2.1 million. If LSU came calling for Bo, Nebraska probably would have to increase his salary for a third straight year. I'm guessing that makes a certain redhead at North Stadium cringe. But such are the economic forces in college football. You can't stop those forces; it would be like trying to stop hatred, a wise friend told me this weekend."

We'd prefer that Bo's salary wasn't obliquely – purposely or not – tied to a tragedy in Arizona.

Beyond that, it's pretty sobering, that "economic forces" take on intangible qualities like hate. I think that's what people who like to control "economic forces" would have us believe.

*Scott Frost is learning the offensive ropes at Oregon, which plays for the national title Monday night. Would he land at Nebraska at some point? For nothing less than an offensive coordinator role. Which just could happen – if he's willing to go with a co-OC role for a year with Shawn Watson.

*Tyler Moore, a 2011 recruit, fares best in the U.S. All-American Army game.

*Athlon's early handicapping of the 2011 Big Ten races has Michigan State as the favorite in the Legends division and Ohio State in the Leaders division. We like those picks.

*The heat is back on Steve Pederson.

Some story, really. The kind that was never done here in Lincoln:

Helsel is leading a campaign to persuade boosters to cut athletic donations unless Pederson is fired. "I've had issues with the athletic department for a while," Helsel said, and he is not alone.

"He alienates people," Helsel said of Pederson. "He's abrasive. He's arrogant. He's all of that."

In 2003, Gaetano was quoted as saying of Pederson's first term at Pitt: "Everything Steve did was right." Seven years later, he was asked if he would say the same thing.

"I would guess a lot has changed," Gaetano said. "I'm guessing that 75 to 80 percent of the alumni are against him right now."

In a visible profession that brings Pederson into contact with all kinds of people, style often counts. Ideally, there should be some meaning behind the smile, sincerity behind the words, some consideration of feelings. Some of the AD's detractors say he lacks those traits.

"I don't think the guy knows how to relate to common folks, let's put it that way," said David Jancisin, a Merrill Lynch executive and former Pitt defensive tackle.

Jancisin, who said he does not plan to renew 16 of his 20 club seats for football games, played with Wannstedt at Pitt in the early to mid-1970s. He said Wannstedt remains a friend and resents his firing. But Jancisin said that did not alter his impressions of Pederson.

Said Gaetano: "(Pederson is) very good at greeting people. That 'Hello, how are you?' smile. But there's something that just doesn't come out with him. He doesn't give you a feeling of warmth. There's something he's not getting across to the alumni."

Ouch.

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