Published Thursday, September 8, 2011 AT 8:13 PM / Updated at 8:38 PM
Recapping Pelini’s radio show
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Coach Bo Pelini had a few interesting comments during his hour-long appearance on “Sports Nightly” on the Husker Radio Network on Thursday.

If you’re a Husker fan and you missed it, make sure to do your best to catch it next time. You’ll find Pelini’s at his best in this element.

He took questions from callers, previewing Saturday’s match-up with Fresno State and reflecting a bit on the 40-7 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga last week. Good stuff.

Here’s a quick recap of the highlights…

>>> Pelini will make no excuses for the Huskers’ young offensive line. This quote says it all: “It takes some time to click as a unit, but I’m not a real patient man. And we as coaches aren’t real patient. And let’s face it. With what we have ahead of us, we can’t be. There’s got to be a sense of urgency in picking up our play.”

>>> On seven occasions last Saturday, quarterback Taylor Martinez scrambled out of the pocket on passing plays. Pelini admitted that on a “couple” of those, Martinez bolted too quickly. But then again, Pelini’s not going to tell the speedy dual-threat QB not to use his legs (the offense’s most dangerous weapon). “He’s a pretty talented guy when he does run the football,” Pelini said.

>>> Regarding Fresno State … Pelini said the Bulldogs’ offense will try to establish the run and control the clock against NU on Saturday, but Nebraska has to be cautious of the big play. Said Pelini: “They have the speed to get deep on you in a hurry and put points up quickly.” … Defensively, Fresno State likes to disrupt its opponents. The Bulldogs blitzed about 70 percent of the time against California last week, Pelini said. “It’s a unique style,” he said.

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  1. NUCORNDEVIL says:

    responding to the ‘Orangebloods’ article that the Big 10 may consider adding Texas to the conference with their T.V. network but not let Texas have any BTN, or conference $.
    I personally feel all schools in the conference should have their own network, it would only enhance the BTN, but since its a huge issue, why not just subtract the amount the Texas network brings in for Texas from their share of the conference, and BTN $ ? Same would go for any school who would decide to have their own network?

    1. Huskerhandy35 says:

      Bad, Bad, Very bad Idea!

    2. MichaelB says:

      The sum of the parts is greater than the whole! An individual School network is not likely to succeed. The ONLY reason Notre Dame is successful is because it is on national network TV. Great for Notre Dame!! The LHN will NOT succeed on its own. The inability to show High School football (and gain a significant recruiting advantage) killed it before it got off the ground. UT just didn’t think that far ahead. Shame on them!!

  2. Debra says:

    I don’t think the longhorns should be allowed to have their own network and be a part of the big 10 network unless all teams in the big 10 are given their own networks. It just dosen’t seem fair to me of course even as a member of the big 12 confrence I don’t think they should have been allowed their own network. If one team in a confrence has thier own network I think the other teams should get their own networks too

  3. capnamerca says:

    If all the schools are going to have their own network, why bother to have the BTN? Whoever watches a game on a different network, takes a viewer from the BTN. What is this going to accomplish? I agree with NUcorn. If Texas brings their own LHN, subtract their share of the revenues from the BTN. It’s only fair. Tell me why this is a bad idea?

    But . . . the bottom line is this. If Texas wants to be part of the B1G, they should play by the same rules as every other program in the conference. No special treatment. Who needs Texas anyway? They have already brought down two conferences. Why let them ruin a third? The only reason they would look at the B1G is because the PAC won’t put up with their crap. Why should we?

  4. James Nan says:

    Texas has killed the SWC and is about to kill the Big 12. Please, please, please don’t let the cancer in the Big 10.

  5. HuskerDave says:

    When the old SWC disbanded, the Big 8 saw a chance to make a move toward increased relevance, and increased revenue. The Big XII was a great idea, on paper. But much like a pretty girl who turns out to actually have a huge credit card debt we didn’t know about, the Big 8 didn’t know quite what they were getting themselves into when Texas joined. Texas’ debt is that head-swelling hubris around their program. Now that we have our divorce, who wants to date that same girl again? Texas in the B1G? No thanks.

  6. wa husker says:

    Know that Barney is a bud. Still, maybe the key to the O-line clicking (like when you took over the D) is the coaching. You didn’t take four years to get results there. How does Cotton get a pass for four years!?

  7. sam says:

    Check out this Husker blog