Cody Green, starting quarterback. Finally.
Three years after he took the first snap at Baylor, Green gets another chance to lead a program. On Monday, he was named Tulsa’s No. 1. This time, it looks like Green will be in the captain’s chair long enough to get comfortable.
That didn’t happen at Nebraska. When Bo Pelini wasn’t pulling him from the game 1 yard from the goal line (Oklahoma), he was sending him into the game 99 yards from the goal line (Texas).
Cody didn’t have it easy, but he handled adversity in stride. When Pelini called on him in 2010 against Colorado — Taylor Martinez was either hurt or suspended — Green piloted the team to victory.
All the above information portrays Green as a victim of a raw deal.
But there’s another side of the story that starts here: Green did NOT exhibit a skill set worthy of starting at Nebraska. He wasn’t explosive and he wasn’t accurate. Pick your offensive system — Shawn Watson or Tim Beck — Green had a long way to go.
That’s what makes the Tulsa opportunity so intriguing. Can Green finally live up to the lofty expectations placed on him? We’re going to find out.
If Green does flourish, it will embolden some Taylor Martinez critics who still say Pelini never gave Green a fair shot (Martinez could make things easier on himself by having a big junior year, too). If Green stumbles, it will prove definitively that he wasn’t the answer at Nebraska.
Green is gone, but his Nebraska legacy is still subject to revision.
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>> Something I failed to link yesterday: Sam McKewon’s thorough analysis of the uniform controversy in Sunday’s World-Herald.
The uniforms, like the debate over the blackshirts last fall, are part of a larger conversation within the Nebraska fan base: What is the role of tradition in moving the program forward? What pieces of tradition are worth saving and which are worth letting go? Is there a point at which clinging to tradition is counterproductive?
The farther Nebraska gets from its championship era, the more fans will engage in those discussions. I grew up in the state. Sitting in the north end zone each Saturday is part of my personal tradition. But it’s not healthy to live in the past as much as Nebraskans do.
The Huskers need a signature accomplishment not just so it can hang something on the wall. They need something to bring fans out of the 1990s.
>> I know these are topics that merit your commentary. I’m told our technical issue is being resolved and the comments section will be running full speed later this week. If you have thoughts on Green, uniforms or anything else, send me an email. I may post them on the blog later today.
>> Joe Posnanski, in his last column for Sports Illustrated, writes an ode to Bubba.
>> Paul Azinger ripped Tiger Woods for kicking his club on the 16th tee at Augusta National. To be more specific, he said Woods “acted like the south end of a northbound mule.”
>> Not good news for golf purists. Bubba Watson’s pink driver is coming to a driving range near you. At least there’s a charity involved.
>> One more from Augusta. A fan got arrested for “stealing” sand from a bunker. Oh, the horror!
>> Ozzie Guillen is an ignorant meathead? According to this columnist, what did you expect, Miami? I think it’s fair to point out that Guillen is no presidential candidate when it comes to political correctness, nor does he claim to be.
But he’s still the face of a franchise who believes (he didn’t misspeak, he has praised Castro in the past) something very hurtful to his fan base. It’s very different than the Bobby Petrino situation, obviously. But in both cases, these men are held to higher standards. I would’ve completely understood had the Marlins cut Guillen loose.
>> Scott Drew is one of the most reviled men in the coaching business. Now the stigma has merit.
>> Indiana is gonna be really good next year — Cody Zeller and Christian Watford announced they’re staying in school. The Huskers play at Bloomington. It’ll be a massacre, but I still wanna go. College basketball is better with IU in the top 10.
>> The Tulsa World contrasts Bob Stoops’ take on entitled players versus Urban Meyer. Fawning, but interesting.
>> Skip Bayless caught in a lie? Apparently he wasn’t exactly the Russell Westbrook of high school point guards. It cracks me up that someone went back and researched this.
>> Rex Hudler is the new color analyst for the Kansas City Royals, taking over for legendary second baseman Frank White. Not an easy gig.
>> Over the weekend, I saw a list comparing college football programs to MLB teams. Nebraska was the St. Louis Cardinals. This morning, it’s an NFL comparison — the Green Bay Packers. “Somehow keep winning out of a location where nobody would like to live. Fanbase a little too enamored of local agricultural commodities.” OK, so it could’ve been a bit more flattering.