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  1. 2011 Nov 05

    To Hate Or Not To Hate.


    By Shortister

    Alright, everyone in Husker Nation knows that we were highly favored to win the game against Northwestern today... and we didn't.

    Husker fans deserve to be slightly frustrated (especially if you placed bets on the game.) However, that doesn't mean to hate on the players.

    I am, as many Husker fans are, OBSESSED with Twitter and I follow many Husker players. Tonight after the game, of course I checked the twitter feeds, and I was severely broken hearted when I read what they were tweeting.

    "Some of these Nebraska haters make me so mad if U with us when we win you definitely should be with us when we lose if you bleed husker Red."-FonzieD15 (Alfonzo Dennard)

    "How come all the haters have eggs as profile pics? #getapicture #whyhide" -camyoufeelit (Cameron Meredith)

    In my opinion, if you want to be frustrated with the game, you have every right to, but it's not classy and it's not true fan behavior to take it out on the Husker players. Without those players, we wouldn't have the game we know and love in our state.

    "If you don't support our troops, go out and stand in front of them" is a saying I've heard repeatedly, and it rings (sort of) true here. I know most haters of the game today are done with college, but at least think about it. Try just thinking about getting hit by those guys. It's gonna hurt. Getting hit like that again and again is going to wear you down.

    Today wasn't a pretty game, but it sure wasn't worth the rude comments toward the players.

    We are 7-2. Much better record than the Callahan Era... We could be 1-9 like Indiana. We weren't that bad.. even then. Our worst was 5-7 in 2007. Respect what we have. We're acting like a spoiled child not getting a special toy on Christmas.

    Tags: bill, callahan, nebraska, cameron, meredith, alfonzo, dennard, twitter, northwestern, wildcats, huskers, 2011, era

  2. 2011 Nov 01

    We the Huskers...


    By Casker

    Another blogger wrote an article with a sentence beginning with the phrase "Also, is it truly “us”...".

    Funny thing is, I've wondered that about Husker Nation early this year. Sure, now that we are winning, its easy for all Huskers to be an "us" and for us to act like one happy family. However, we all know the divisions that existed (or should I say, exist?). I think its time we support our team, win or lose, our favorite player or not, our favorite coach or not, etc.

    If the team were headed in a certain direction such as the Pedersen/Callahan days, I would be all for starting a website to remove the coaches (*wink, wink*), but we are not in that situation. We have a team that is fighting with the Husker spirit of old. We have a defense bouncing up and down before the snap with an attitude like the Huskers of old (you know what I am talking about). You have a team that rallies around it's coach - say it with me - like the Husker spirit of old. The more we support our team, the more our team will embrace us.

    We are headed in the right direction, aren't we? I say we enjoy the ride and where we are today. We have one loss - just ONE! Let's enjoy it and support the team we have. After all, this team just might be playing for a B1G Championship in a few weeks ;-)

    Tags: support huskers one loss big ten championship steve pedersen bill callahan

  3. 2011 Sep 02

    NCAA Corruption leads to jobs in the NFL


    By Sporty_Broad

    Being a passionate Husker fan that I am, I find it hard to write an article about scandal and not include Callahan.

    I believe I really am over it, but the reference will always be there.

    With all the NCAA Investigations going on (11 in total for 2011), I guess Jim Tressel should be glad he got out when he did (article below).

    With the addition of Nebraska and the resignation of Tressel, the Big Ten is now validated for a true-to-form conference.

    Let's keep it clean folks! :)



    Tags: jim tressel, bill callahan, big ten, nfl

  4. 2010 Mar 15

    Quote of the Day 3/15


    By HuskerLocker

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    "Tom Osborne is a word of his man."

    Former Nebraska coach Bill Callahan.

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  5. 2010 Feb 25

    Quote of the Day 2/25


    By HuskerLocker

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    "I was frustrated and emotional. There was no malicious intent toward anyone or any referee.”

    Bill Callahan, on the "throat slash."

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  6. 2010 Feb 24

    Quote of the Day 2/24


    By HuskerLocker

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    "I get distressed when people are shooting off guns and throwing fruit at our players.”

    Bill Callahan, after Nebraska's 30-0 loss to Oklahoma in 2004

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  7. 2009 Jul 27

    B12MD: In Bo A Little...Bill


    By HuskerLocker

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    I found it to be a small, ironic moment during Bo Pelini’s appearance at the Big 12 Media Days Monday in Dallas.

    A clever reporter asked Bo to remember his brush-up with Kansas State coach Bill Snyder after NU’s 38-9 loss to KSU – the loss many believed nailed Frank Solich’s coffin closed for good. Pelini confronted Snyder after the final gun – and rightly so - because he felt the Wildcat coach kept his starters in too long against virtual scout teamers that Pelini had inserted because they were seniors.

    “Water under the bridge,” Pelini called it.

    Ironic because, as I listened and watched Pelini on Monday, he sounded a lot like, well, Bill Snyder. Guarded. Cautious. Mindful of tempering expectations, or high talk of any kind. Pelini even said it his job to keep the Huskers “grounded.”

    “We’re worried about putting in a good, hard day’s work every single day and keep putting that money in the bank, money in the bank, so when it comes to Saturday, we’re prepared and ready to go,” Pelini said.

    On his defense: “Our level of execution consistently wasn’t where it needed to be. Part of that is coaching. Part of that is players being held accountable…we played good, good, good and then we’d have a bust and give up an explosive play.”

    And Pelini delivered all of his answers in that low, direct tone of his. He doesn’t shirk questions, per se. But he continually gets better at sidestepping them. He won’t spin 15 minutes of coachspeak quite like Snyder will when he takes the podium, but Bo’s tolerance of the media, is, shall we say, mild.

    Does that mean Pelini and Snyder are similar on the practice field, or in private? No, probably not as much. Certainly their gameday demeanors…diverge. But their manner in front of the media – focus on the process, play down individual praise, be as vague as possible about roster changes or potential injuries – is like-minded. They both prefer long practices. Both handpicked young, energetic staffs (although nobody works them quite like Snyder) and both have their own recruiting methodology that shuns star rankings.

    When Pelini was referring to that “sense of dread” his Huskers felt that first winter and spring, during conditioning drills that his brother, Carl, once said were so hard that even he began to feel sorry for the team, I thought of the meticulous, mirthless, merciless Snyder, who once had Carl Pelini on his staff.

    They are two men who love putting their players through tough work – and talking about it.

    Again – don’t carry the comparison too far. They come from different backgrounds. Their journeys to the top couldn’t be any different. Pelini has a sense of humor. Snyder reportedly caught it one summer in the Tuttle Creek Reservoir, but threw it back.

    Snyder’s original mission at Kansas State – and Pelini’s mission now – are different, and difficult in their own ways. Snyder built nothing into a national title contender, but got a decade to do it. Let’s face it: Husker fans expect Pelini to have NU contending for the BCS title game in 2010, when the schedule stars align and that vaunted Callahan recruiting class of 2007 turns into seniors.

    “All of the expectations, that’s for the fans,” Pelini said Monday.

    Pelini prefers to measure success in his satisfaction level. And that water mark won’t be met until the Huskers win the Big 12 title.

    Tags: bo pelini, bill snyder, big 12 media days

  8. 2009 Apr 21

    Marve? Paulus? Both? Or Neither?


    By HuskerLocker

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    For most of the Bill Callahan administration at Nebraska, the diminutive gum-chewing coach of unfortunate catchphrases couldn’t get a break with his gilded quarterbacks.

    They either cut town (Joe Dailey and Harrison Beck), got sick (Jordan Adams) broke up with NU over voicemail (Josh Freeman), weren’t quite as good as advertised (Sam Keller) or wisely backed out the door when the waiting room looked a little grim (Blaine Gabbert).

    Bo Pelini rolled double fives in his first year with a blue-collar, suburban Chicago kid, Joe Ganz. Chips for everybody at the table, ditto the waitress. Maybe he’ll do it again with the similarly built Zac Lee. Or maybe Cody Green, after a year of seasoning, is the franchise quarterback Husker fans hope he is.

    But now, a couple more quarterbacks – former Miami signal-caller Robert Marve and former Duke basketball point guard Greg Paulus - have at least knocked on NU’s door, and are inspecting the exterior to see if they want to come in.

    The question is: Would or should Pelini invite them to stay?

    In case of Marve, it’d be a three-year commitment, with Marve redshirting in 2009 to play two seasons after that. With Paulus, it’s a one-year, one-shot deal, as one of the nation’s best high school quarterbacks in 2004 spent four years as the Blue Devils’ point guard.

    A quick scan of the many NU fan message boards reflects trepidation among Big Red Faithful for either player. Husker followers, ever loyal, seem concerned about two issues:

    *Impact on team chemistry. Specifically a guy like Green, who’s been tabbed as “the guy” in 2010 or 2011. Quarterbacks are often a competitive-yet-tight-knit bunch, and introducing a new guy is a bit like adding a new critter to a pond. He’d better be ecologically compatible. Michigan’s quarterbacks, reportedly, weren’t too keen on Paulus joining the Wolverines, for example, after national news broke that he was considering a transfer there.

    *Eating up needed scholarships. With Paulus, he’d be taking a scholarship likely headed to a deserving walk-on who’s bound to play more than Paulus would. Marve’s scholarship would be a three-year commitment, and may deter some other QB recruit from taking the Husker plunge.

    There are additional concerns – Marve’s ugly divorce from Miami, Paulus’ rustiness and lack of raw arm strength – to consider, too.

    But Pelini, and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, are chemistry guys. Players who aren’t fitting in either leave NU or make the slow drip down the depth chart. If Paulus and/or Marve rub Pelini and Watson wrong, they won’t get an RSVP.

    The scholarship argument is intriguing. Nebraska has so few scholarships available – three or four under 20, barring something unforeseen - for the 2010 recruiting class because the typical attrition that occurs with coaching regime change has been less pronounced under Pelini. Yes, you’ve got Witt, John Levorsen, Major Culbert and a few others way down the depth chart. But this isn’t the exodus NU initially experienced under Callahan, or Kansas State decidedly didn’t enjoy with Ron Prince. Because Callahan signed what looks a terrific class in 2007 – and Pelini followed it up with 28 signees in 2008 – the 2010 class was destined to be small.

    Worrying about whether Marve cheats NU out of some prospect would be blaming a potential transfer for a problem they didn’t create. As for eating up a scholarship intended for a walk-on? There are scholarship guys on NU’s roster now who inhabit the basement of the depth chart without much hope of ever playing. If Pelini and Co. want to honor those scholarships, well, we applaud it, but the consequence of doing so is leaving some walk-ons unrewarded.

    You think Paul Velander on Nebraska’s basketball team didn’t look at some of Doc Sadler’s scholarship recruits – stiffs like Alex Chapman and Shang Pint – and occasionally wonder “Why?” Of course. But Velander was a motivated team guy, and Sadler got him to buy in. Velander was the team MVP in 2009.

    Not every walk-on success story ends with a scholarship. Ask Derek Meyer.

    So the real question becomes: Can they contribute?

    In the case of Paulus, there’s no firm answer, and it’s not like Husker coaches can put him through a three-hour exam of field drills and film study to find out.

    We know Paulus is a team guy – he gave up his starting point guard position at Duke for his senior season to no real avail come the NCAA Tournament. We also know he’s mentally tough, having withstood the merciless verbal abuse of every opposing student section in the ACC. For three years, Paulus was a lightning rod for criticism, the poster child for What’s Wrong with Duke Basketball. The 2009 NCAA Tournament, in which the Blue Devils were filleted by Villanova in the Sweet Sixteen, proved that theory at least partially false. At any rate, you’re getting a kid who knows how to compete amidst adversity.

    But Paulus has talked about wanting to fight for a starting job. Well, he won’t start at NU; built much like Lee, without Lee’s speed and apparent arm strength, there’s virtually no way Paulus wins the job in the fall unless Lee gets hurt. Sure, Paulus could learn at the feet of a very good NFL-style offensive coordinator in Watson, but unless his heart is really into being a backup, what’s the point?

    Marve is more appealing.

    The redshirt year gives him a chance to learn the offense while he works out the kinks on the scout team. And while his Miami statistics don’t necessarily suggest it – a 55 percent completion rate, 13 interceptions - Marve had his moments last year. He throws a smooth spiral, shows requisite arm strength and is particularly adept at moving around the pocket without taking off downfield.

    Plus, the Hurricanes’ offensive line was average at best, and Marve faced five top 25 defenses (Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest). That’s not entirely an excuse for the turnovers, but the kid isn’t, say, Cody Hawkins. He’s an NFL talent with moxie and toughness, and he spent two years in a pro-style attack that may not mirror Nebraska’s version of the West Coast Offense, but at least clues him in to some key principles.

    Marve would arrive at NU with some baggage, most of which is well known. That said, a complete separation from his home in Tampa, his high school coach and even his parents might be good for him. Nebraska is a bona fide football factory and it may benefit Marve to dive head first in the deep end of the Big Red pool, immersing himself in Shawn Watson’s thick playbook and daunting work ethic.

    Concerns about his competing with Lee, or Green, are fair, but Nebraska should foster and embrace competition instead of worrying about whose feathers get ruffled.

    If Marve seems OK with competing, and doesn’t demand some kind of answer or ultimatum, then NU should give the kid a long, strong look.

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    Tags: bo pelini, greg paulus, robert marve, bill callahan

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