Wednesday, May 6th 2015

NFL Draft Implies Better Player Development by New Staff

If you followed the NFL draft, no doubt you'd notice that Nebraska had three players selected.  What you might have missed is that Oregon State had five players taken.  That's pretty remarkable considering that NU outscores OSU in the recruiting rankings every year.  That certainly implies a lot about the relative ability of the current Husker coaching staff versus the former one in terms of making players better. 

Monday, April 13th 2015

Spring Game Analysis

If we've gone dark here for a while at the Big Red Network, it's in no small part due to some lack of enthusiasm for the prospects for this team in the near future.  They've hired a coach who likes to run a pro style offense and doubled down with an offensive coordinator straight from the pros.  The current team personnel is simply not suited to a pass-first mentality and we saw it in the Spring Game on Saturday. 

Thursday, February 5th 2015

Nebraska’s Transition Class Still Tops in Big Ten West

Through two prior coaching transitions and based on what we tend to see nationally, there was little reason to expect Huskers to gain ground on their division in recruiting after they decided to hire a new coaching staff.  Nevertheless, that's exactly what happened.  Despite being tied for the smallest class in the division, NU's group was ranked the highest by the major recruiting services.  

Wednesday, February 4th 2015

Suspense on National Signing Day

National letter of intent signing day always brings its share of suspense.  Even though players have given verbal commitments, there could always be an 11th hour change of heart.  Occasionally, a player not on the radar of fans appear.  Of course, you also have the kids who are either tortured enough or narcissistic enough to postpone their decision of which school to attend until signing day.  At least two players are in doubt, one that had previously committed and one that hasn't. 

Monday, February 2nd 2015

Huskers Fill Out 2015 Recruiting Class

Class Grows to 20 Over the Weekend

The Huskers added four commitments to the class of 2015 over the weekend, just after linebacker Mohammed Barry became the sixteenth member of the class on Thursday.  It brings the overall class size to 20, which would mean that the Huskers have "oversigned" by three (which isn't as bad as it sounds, more on that in a bit). 

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

The End Game

Generally speaking, when you obtain a verbal commitment from a player that a pair of divisional opponents have offered, that's a positive.  If in the process, you can stick it to former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, all the better.  Still, the star-gazing crowd may have been underwhelmed by yesterday's commitment from a player who received fewer than three stars from a couple of the major recruiting web sites.  

Friday, January 23rd 2015

Win Some Lose Some In Recruiting

A fair amount has transpired since the new coaching staff at Nebraska landed an oral commitment to attend NU from Oklahoma guard Jalin Barnett.  The Davis twins reaffirmed their commitments to Nebraska.  Given the arms race for good defensive tackles in college football, keeping a pair of guys that received high recruiting rankings is a huge win.  The Huskers also went four for four with its early enrolless.  Rescinding the offer to previously committed quarterback/tight end Kevin Dillman is probably addition by subraction.  The decommitment of defensive end Reuben Jones was a step backward however. 

Wednesday, January 14th 2015

One Recruit Changes Everything

The inactivity over the last month on this site could be summed up in one word.  That word would be apathy.  Bo Pelini’s string of four loss seasons had already deadened the part of the brain in this fan that forms great expectations.  Then the hire of a coach whose best seasons were of the four loss variety left me uncomfortably numb.  This week, the commitment of a single player turned the tide.  Allow me to elaborate.
Friday, December 12th 2014

Did One Play Change the Fortunes of Four (or More) Programs?

Not even six weeks ago, things were looking very different at Nebraska (not to mention Oregon State, Wisconsin, and Pitt).  The Huskers hosted Purdue and were looking to add to a seven-point lead early in the first quarter.  On fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, quarterback Tommy Armstrong fumbled a snap that Abdullah attempted to recover.  Abdullah, a leading Heisman candidate at the time, injured his knee on the play and was not the same player thereafter.  Likewise, NU was not the same team and by season's end they saw their head coach fired for failing to win games that matter most. 

Friday, December 5th 2014

Big Wins in the Mike Riley Era

Nebraska fans spent much of the Bo Pelini era seeking a "signature win".  Here are some of the big wins at Oregon State under Mike Riley: 

An End to the Turnovers

No fan likes seeing their team lose for any reason, but one of the hardest things to watch at Nebraska at Bo Pelini has been the number of games where the Huskers have lost the turnover battle.  If Mike Riley's track record at Oregon State is any indication, those days could be over.