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  1. 2011 Feb 14

    Husker Heartbeat 2/14: The Legacy of Watson

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.


    *Now that Bo Pelini's put his stamp on this coaching staff, the various scribes are beginning to weigh in with solid perspectives.

    ^Our Husker Monday Takes

    ^OWH's Mitch Sherman interviews Barry Switzer and Pat Jones about why coaches need to hire their guys.

    ^LJS Sipple chats up Frank Solich to unearth some praise for Ross Els. Sipple also suggests Bo might simply announce his coaching hires with a press release. That'd be just like Bo - but a mistake.

    ^Tom Shatel, meanwhile talks to Tom Osborne about his first major staff turnover in the 1970s. After a slew of ugly losses to Oklahoma and some other disappointing setbacks in the mid-1970s, Osborne began to alter his coaching staff to fit his own identity.

    Interestingly enough, when Osborne hired Bo Pelini to return to NU, he didn't let Bo exactly bring his own offensive staff. He suggested Bo retain Shawn Watson. A good idea for exactly one year.

    Shatel seems to think that was OK. We don't. Again: You hire a guy for the job, he's gotta hire his guys, whoever those guys might be. Bo could have hired Rich Fisher three years ago; folks might have batted an eye, but he would have been here. Ditto for Tim Beck being offensive coordinator. He's really no more qualified for the role now than he was in 2008, is he? If that was Bo's guy back then - why retain Watson?

    It goes back the complex nature of NU's program. And it's a tough ending for Watson. Here's a guy who could have gone to Alabama, coached a true passing quarterback (Greg McElroy) and probably won a national title. He stayed loyal, however, to a school that seemed loyal to him. It was supposed to pay off in 2010. It didn't. He's gone, probably off to the NFL. Which isn't where Watson belongs.

    ^Finally John Bishop's puts in his two cents with a Special Sunday School. Any chance Bishop can find his way back on Sports Nightly to replace the two mouthpieces who currently host the show?

    *Five-year recruiting ranking average for Big Ten teams. Ohio State and Michigan are on top.

    *2011 recruit Todd Peat Jr. had plenty of preparation for college football - his dad, Todd, Sr., played in the NFL. As for Todd's brother Andrus, another highly-touted recruit...NU will have start all over to recruit him.

    *Even Hollywood doesn't want Sam Keller to win his lawsuit against the NCAA.

    *OWH's Mitch Sherman interviews Barry Switzer and Pat Jones about why coaches need to hire their guys.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, shawn watson, tim beck, rich fisher, mitch sherman, tom shatel, steve sipple, recruiting, todd peat, sam keller

  2. 2010 Apr 15

    Husker Heartbeat 4/15: A Special Zeeb and Rollin Tide

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    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.

    Cool? Cool!


    *ABC announcer Ed Cunningham will work as a side judge in Saturday’s spring game. This is college football’s attempt to convince TV announcers how hard their job is. Because zeebs get so much criticism from talking heads as it is now, right?

    *DN: Concussions forced Blake Lawrence to quit football, but it opened different corporate doors for him, too.

    *NU is touting its new traditions lobby and you know what? It’s worth a look. TO spiffed it up pretty good. It’s not as foreboding and septic over at North Stadium like it used to be.

    *OWH: Mitch Sherman talks Husker baseball in a chat.

    *Matt Barkley surges ahead in USC’s phony quarterback competition.

    *Alabama’s best offense ever? Could it be?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, springtime with bo, blake lawrence, usc, alabama, mitch sherman

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