Tag Archives: Bo Pelini

Mad Chatter: Mizzou and the coaching carousel, recruiting rankings, Brook Berringer

It’s Friday! That’s Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Bo Pelini and Tim Miles, Kevin Durant and Vince Coleman, Nick Saban and a special anniversary. But first, the college basketball coaching carousel.

I joked Thursday on Twitter that Danny Manning shrewdly dreamed up a plan to get the Missouri job: Leave Tulsa for Wake Forest, watch Frank Haith jump to Tulsa, then fill his spot in Columbia!

Of course it was a joke. But it prompted this email question from John: “What jobs are off-limits for coaches anymore based on personal history?”

Hmmmm. Loyalty obviously doesn’t mean much these days. Johnny Damon had no problem playing for the Yankees after the Red Sox. Ray Allen had no problem playing for the Heat …

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Mad Chatter: Osborne, Switzer & 28 years of NCAA ‘progress’; Pelini the Mad Man; Tim Miles and Tennessee

Unlimited bananas at the training table! A breakthrough in the NCAA’s ongoing battle with critics over student-athlete compensation.

OK, maybe not. If anything, these little amendments illustrate how ridiculous the rulebook was/still is. The issues we’re arguing about are the exact same ones people argued about 30 years ago — when coaching salaries were still six digits.

The following stories came from Michael Kelly and The World-Herald … in 1986!

Although Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne favors changes in college athletics to benefit athletes, he said Thursday he disagrees with a proposal calling for players to delay the start of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game by 30 minutes as a showing of their solidarity.

Dick DeVenzio, a former Duke University basketball player who is trying to form an …

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Video: Bo Pelini talks to reporters after practice

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini spoke with reporters after Saturday’s practice, discussing the team’s progress this spring.

Check out the video from World-Herald videographer Kyle Benecke:

Mad Chatter: Bo defends sideline behavior, NCAA vs. Sami Spenner, NBA playoff changes

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. This afternoon I’ll post a special Husker recruiting quiz — don’t miss it! But for now, we cover Husker scheduling and UNO pentathletes, John Calipari’s paranoia and Ralph Kiner’s wit, Signing Day 2013 and Signing Day 2005, Buzz Williams, a Tongan luger and why the NBA should overhaul its postseason.

Let’s start with CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler, who interviewed Bo Pelini this week. Fowler takes a coach-friendly view on the past few months in Husker Nation. Here’s a snippet from Bo himself:

“The way the media wants to portray you, the way they want to exaggerate things — let me tell you, I‘ve been coaching a long time and I’ve been around sports …

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Mad Chatter: Hitting .400 is fine, but can Bo hit any home runs? Petteway to the NBA?

Ready for a recruiting lesson, Husker fans?

Grab a sheet of paper and a pen. Write down the 24 players who signed with Nebraska Wednesday. Close your eyes and cross out 14 random names. Don’t cheat. These are your future failures and big disappointments.

What’s going to happen to them, you ask? One won’t show up in August. Two will get kicked off the team. Three will quit because of injuries. Four will transfer. Four will find their brightest moments on the scout team/kickoff duty.

That leaves 10 names, right? If 10 out of 24 become important pieces in Bo Pelini’s program, the coach deserves a pat on the back. Seriously.

The two best Husker classes of the past decade were 2005 and ’07. Neither hit …

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Mad Chatter: NU the slumming supermodel, assessing the Big East

I imagine Stewart Mandel’s email folder is blowing up this afternoon. Mandel’s latest college football mailbag came out this morning and included these harsh, harsh words about Nebraska’s continuing relationship with Bo Pelini:

“So Pelini is one of only eight coaches to win nine games in each of his first five seasons? That’s admirable, but it omits the fact that Pelini coached 13, 14, 14, 13 and 14 games, respectively, in those years. By comparison, Barry Switzer, who the author cites as another member of that club, did so in two 11- and three 12-game campaigns.

“Pelini supporters love to bring up the fact that the revered Tom Osborne got off to a similar win-loss start in his eventual 25-year tenure. But again, he coached

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Mad Chatter: Creighton’s perfect half, Husker hoops & “Bracket Wednesday”

There’s no such thing as perfection on a basketball court. Too much time in a game, too many possessions, too many moving parts.

Some sports are textbook subjects like math. A baseball player knows where he’s going with the ball before the pitch. Almost every play, there’s a right answer and a wrong answer. Basketball is more free-flowing, like writing or art. Each possession has hundreds of potential scenarios, determined by instincts as much as decisions.

No, there’s no such thing as perfection. But Creighton’s first half Tuesday night at CenturyLink was about as close it gets. A (basketball) drug so pure that Walter White would’ve been proud — the blue stuff! At one point, the Jays scored on 14 straight possessions. In the final …

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Mad Chatter: Ameer’s chance to lead, calling out Husker basketball fans, Creighton stats

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. There’s a massive plate this morning, including my beef with Husker hoops fans, Twitter poll results, my NFL playoff picks, James Franklin, Bobby Petrino, pre-preseason Top 25s, the worst basketball travel you’ve ever seen, Creighton’s road without Grant Gibbs and much more. But first, No. 8 is coming back.

Bo Pelini and I had a conversation in November about his defense. This was right after Minnesota, after a press conference in which I asked him a number of questions, trying to figure out what separated this defense from his best defenses.

He said he liked his talent — a lot. But he also stressed that he needed more leadership. More communication. More guys who …

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Mad Chatter: Oklahoma and Oreos; the SEC’s slow decline, Creighton & Husker hoops

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. There’s so much ground to cover, from Michigan State’s rise to the SEC’s decline, from Creighton and Husker hoops to Texas’ coaching search, from NFL playoff picks to online dating sites. But first, Oklahoma vs. Nebraska.

Forget rankings. Forget win totals. Forget margin of defeat. Forget all the measurements we use to judge whether Bo Pelini is doing a good job.

I just want to see Nebraska play like THAT again. Just for one night.

I’m talking about the Sugar Bowl. I’m talking about NU’s old rival. The Sooners entered the lion’s den last night, spotted The Great Alabama seven points, then rolled their schooner right over Nick Saban’s elephant-sized ego.

45-31. Dang, …

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Mad Chatter: The red ‘N’ and the blue star; B1G bowls and Creighton-Marquette

“You keep banging away. You just keep banging away. There are a lot of great stories in all walks of life of people who were close, who were close, who were close, you just keep fighting, keep battling. You just gotta be persistent, you gotta keep believing. Somehow, someway we’ll break through.”

I grew up adoring Nebraska football. I grew up hating the Dallas Cowboys. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the two would morph into brothers.

The quote above is from Jason Garrett last night after Dallas lost at home to Philadelphia, recording a third straight 8-8 season (and a third straight Week 17 loss with a division title on the line). But the words just as easily could’ve come from Bo …

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