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Old 12-11-2003, 04:28 PM   #1
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Who will be the next Nebraska head coach?

Shockwaves were felt throughout the college football world last week when Nebraska Athletic Director, Steve Pederson, fired Head Coach, Frank Solich.

Although it was speculated earlier that Solich's job was in jeopardy, many people still do not believe that the firing was justified, especially based on the job that Solich has done the last few years.

Solich coached Nebraska to a 58-19 record over the past six seasons, but fell way short of a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl this year, or even the Big 12 Championship.

Pederson was quoted as saying, "I refuse to let this program gravitate to a level of mediocrity. We will not surrender the Big 12 Conference to Texas or Oklahoma." And so, the search for a new Nebraska Head Coach has begun, and speculation has arisen in the Cornhusker community, as well as throughout the college football community, as to who will be named.

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CEO, Dave Johnson. "Many diehard college football fans were shocked by the firing last week. The disbelief adds much anticipation and speculation as to who will be named to take over the prestigious Head Coach spot. Often, the results of such an appointment prove to be extremely surprising. Already, we have seen a lot of attention on Steve Spurrier taking over at +5000. Many players feel that risking $100 to win $5000 on Spurrier, particularly after his recent downfall, is an appealing wager."

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linesmen have released the following odds as to who will be named to the Head Coach position:

Turner Gill (Nebraska Associate Head Coach) +200
Bo Pelini (Nebraska Defensive Coordinator) +200
Walt Harris (Pittsburgh) +300
Joe Glenn (Wyoming) +400
Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia) +500
Urban Meyer (Utah) +500
Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) +700
Les Miles (Oklahoma State) +600
Jeff Tedford (California) +600
Mike Bellotti (Oregon) +800
Monte Kiffen (Defensive Coordinator Buccaneers) +1500
Steve Spurrier (Redskins) +5000
Jimmie Johnson (Fox Sports Studio Analyst) +8000
Rick Neuheisel (Former Washington Coach) +10000
Mike Price (Former Alabama Coach) +15000
Field (Any other Coaches not Listed Above) +200


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Old 12-12-2003, 05:43 PM   #2
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It won't be Kirk Ferentz. The only way he'll leave Iowa is if it's for Penn State which is very real possibility in 2005.

My money is on Walt Harris. Some of those guys are pretty mighty longshots. Steve Spurrier? Jimmie Johnson?
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And Rodriguez came out early this week saying he wasn't a candidate...

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Houston Nutt, possibly? http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/6972863
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And if Nutt, Marc, who steps in at Arkansas? If Arkansas can't match the Nebraska money (as they've claimed they can't) doesn't that eliminate Spurrier from the list of contenders. Not that the job's open yet, but...

I'd be surprised if Nutt were to leave. He's not much of a departure from what Nebraska's had in recent years, scheme-wise, and has battled pretty significant issues with discipline and classiness of athlete. It'd be a bad move, if he were to go to Nebraska and garner Erickson-style attention for recruiting every criminal around. Not that that's what he does at Arkansas, but at a lesser program, you make decisions about questionable guys... those questionable guys have backfired on him. There hasn't been the huge press around it because Arkansas is a lesser program than Nebraska, nationally. He has similar problems at NU, he's toast...

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I dont think Spurrier is gonna come back next season anyway Dave. I see him sitting out this year, then coming back and coaching somewhere here on the east coast. I dunno if he comes back to the SEC, just because i dont think his ego will allow him to come back to possibly get stomped by the teams that he used to dominate.

If they are looking for actual coaching ability, i dont think Neuheisel is a bad way to go, but he carries a LOT of baggage.
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It won't be Kirk Ferentz. The only way he'll leave Iowa is if it's for Penn State which is very real possibility in 2005.

My money is on Walt Harris. Some of those guys are pretty mighty longshots. Steve Spurrier? Jimmie Johnson?
The only way he'll leave Iowa is for the NFL. Penn State would have to offer close to 2.5-3 mill for him to leave a situation that is currently better than Penn State. The one thing Penn State has going for him is that recruiting is better in Penn then is Iowa. I think it will all be a mute point when he is in the NFL next season or Iowa gives him a huge raise.
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The only way he'll leave Iowa is for the NFL. Penn State would have to offer close to 2.5-3 mill for him to leave a situation that is currently better than Penn State. The one thing Penn State has going for him is that recruiting is better in Penn then is Iowa. I think it will all be a mute point when he is in the NFL next season or Iowa gives him a huge raise.
If Ferentz came to Penn State he could build a national power. The problem right now is that we have a glut of too many talented tailbacks and no wideouts. If Ferentz came to Happy Valley and brought that right staff with him he resurrect Penn State football. He is one of the best coaches in America and being given the talent pool that Pennsylvania offers would make him look like even more of a genious. He is a Pennsylvania native and has family in PA which is certainly a drawing point. I'm not denying he won't go to the NFL, he probably will, but if he stays in college football Penn State will be his next stop.

As for Nebraska- hows about Jay Paterno?
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The problem with Ferentz, is that he won't be the next Penn State coach. Look at Houston Nutt turning down Nebraska. He wouldn't leave a worse program than Iowa for a better program then Penn State. Penn State won't pay him nearly enough money to leave Iowa (never mind enough to attract him from the NFL). Besides, in Iowa he already has built a national power better than Penn State.
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The problem with Ferentz, is that he won't be the next Penn State coach. Look at Houston Nutt turning down Nebraska. He wouldn't leave a worse program than Iowa for a better program then Penn State. Penn State won't pay him nearly enough money to leave Iowa (never mind enough to attract him from the NFL). Besides, in Iowa he already has built a national power better than Penn State.
Iowa can never compare to what Penn State was and could be. Even if Iowa went 12-0 and won the national championship they can never build to the national power Penn State was. Before Penn State joined the Big Ten you could almost put them up there with Notre Dame. They produced hords of NFL players (which they still do- 4 1st round picks out of PSU last draft) and consistently went to New Year's Day bowl games. Then in 1999 everything changed. Ever since the Minnesota game in that year the program has been on a downfall. You know why? Horrendous coaching. Penn State has some of the stupidest people coaching the players. Ever since Jerry Sandusky left, excluding 2002 when almost the entire D-Line was seniors and future NFLers, the D has been bad, Fran Ganter and Jay Paterno couldn't coach themselves out of a cardboard box and JoePa just sits there and says that everything is ok. The sad part is that this team has the talent to win. If this team had even average coaches they could be national championship contenders. I know the coaches aren't the ones passing and making tackles so a 3-9 season is partly the players fault but IMO they've been coached so poorly they don't know how to win a CFB game.

There is a tremendous difference between Nebraska and Penn State. Pederson fired Solich after winning and taking them to bowl games every year. Joe Paterno has suffered through 3 losing seasons out of the last 4. JoePa has been the head coach at Penn State for almost 40 years. Talk about job security. The problem with the Nebraska job is that someone is afraid to go there and lose. Pederson sounds like the Dan Snyder of college football. I don't blame Houston Nutt or any other college that turned down that job. I'd rather stay in Arkansas than bolt for a place with zero job security.
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Don't forget Tom Osborne was there for 20 years, and he had great "job security". Once Joe Pa leaves, coaches could see the same thing happening at Penn State. In college it is not about coaching. It is about recruiting. And some great D-Lineman aren't gonna get you far against OSU and Michigan anymore. You need a great QB and Wide Recivers, along with a great RB (Which they had last year). If you recruit the right team, you can win. Just like what Joe Pa was doing the 35 years before 98.
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Spurrier! :smokin:
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Well, it ain't gonna be Mike Zimmer, Cowboys DC.
This is getting a little crazy. espn reports that Pederson has called to gauge Bill Callahan's interest in the job. This no longer looks like something that was particularly well-thought-out or even has a plan. Makes me wonder if there's clause in the contract that makes guys want to say no... Like "National Title Game in Two Years, or we can buy your contract for a quarter of its value..."

One guy that likely would have been able to turn things around in Lincoln, Tom Coughlin, has reportedly signed with the Giants. Nebraska is losing recruits by the bushels at this point. Signing Day is less than a month away. What in hell is this guy doing? Initially, I thought he did the right thing...now, I'm wondering very seriously. If I were a verbal commit to Nebraska right now, I'd be highly concerned about that situation, and would be making inquiries to other schools that made offers.

OFF-TOPIC: Where is Joey?

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Nebraska's struggles to get a coach show how far they've fallen as a national power, IMO. Not sure where Joey is, but I think he is around, or will be.
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I was hoping it would be Pellini for awhile, but it looks like they don't want him. Kind of cool to see two Youngstown guys at Oklahoma ( Stoops) and Nebraska. Oh well, I hope Pellini takes over as D Coordinator in Columbus now.
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