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Callahan signals that he is out at Nebraksa
With the firing of Steve Pederson as Athletic Director at Nebraska and the appointment of Tom Osborne as the interim (at least) AD, the writing is clearly on the wall for Huskers head coach Bill Callahan. And he knows it.
Callahan is saying all the right things...
"I feel responsible for the results of this program," Callahan said. "I feel responsible for a lot of things, good and bad. Ultimately, it lies on my shoulders to provide the results you have to provide." ...
"I know in my heart of hearts I'm doing an excellent job, a good job," Callahan said.
He said his self-evaluation was based on more than the wins and losses.
"It's everything that has to do with organization, preparation, game-planning, direction of the staff, direction of the whole, entire program. I have no hesitation about that," he said. "There are so many things we've done in a positive nature. I'm confident we've done some great things here."
"It's unfortunate we're in a championship game last year in December, and here we are struggling," Callahan said. "It happens. Why it happens? Boy, I wish I could tell you all the reasons. We know we're struggling more than what normal teams do when they are struggling because we've given up a lot of points and a lot of yards. That's where the hurt lies."
... but giving clear signals that he is on the way out at Nebraska.
Callahan knows that he's out after the season. His brown sweater at the press conference was a non-verbal statement that he's no longer "N". Yeah, I would say that Callahan's choice to wear a brown sweater to his press conference -- when everyone knows damn good and well that he owns 800+ red ones -- is a pretty clear sign that the coach has checked out of the program.
Callahan has a 26-18 record in his four years in Lincoln, with fourteen of those eighteen losses against the Big XII conference opponents. Under his leadership, the Huskers are 3-8 against teams in the Top 25 and 0-6 against the top 10.
If Pederson was the root of the problems at Nebraska, then Callahan is the gnarled weed the Huskers reaped... brown sweater and all.
Posted by Kevin Donahue
- Jon said:
posted on October 17, 2007 9:44 AM — 220.127.116.11 — link
I made a prediction in '96 that the Nebraska program was going to start going downhill and eventually collapse.... and never be able to rebuild itself into a dynasty.
My reasoning went something like this: As recruitment continues to grow more into a nation-wide effect, Nebraska and their big "corn fed" boys will become irrelevant. The University of Nebraska has nothing appealing to offer most 'good athletes'.
1) Who wants to live in Nebraska, when you can be closer to the beach?
2) What college kid wants to live in a heavily religious area with minimal night life?
3) What black athlete wants to live in a place where theres 97% white/other and 3% black?
Nebraska is doomed unless they get a magnificent (Spurrier-esque) type coach.