Thursday, November 29, 2007

New interim head coach

The headlines Thursday morning were startling headlines like "Osborne is interim head coach" certainly get your attention. No, Tom Osborne isn't going to be actually coaching this year. He's just smartly using his name to help lure recruits to Lincoln.

It seems that as interim head coach, Osborne can go out recruiting while he waits for his new coach to become available (or so it seems). He can also keep recruiting after the new coach is named, quite possibly early next week.

Osborne can be a huge plus in recruiting. Not many schools have living legends on their athletic staff. Certainly any Nebraska-raised player will be impressed if Osborne comes to their house, sits in their living room and tells them why Nebraska is still the place to go.

Yes, I know, Osborne hasn't coached since 1997. Ten years ago, today's potential recruits were just 7- or 8-years old. They probably don't remember those championship seasons all that well. But their parents do. What parent wouldn't be impressed if Dr. Tom showed interest in their son?

So far in his first six weeks as interim athletic director, it seems like Osborne has handled everything perfectly. Now his most important decision is just around the corner. If he picks the right head coach, things could get turned around in a hurry. Here's betting that we won't hear anything about "changing the culture" this time around.

Posted by Bob Hamar @ Thursday, November 29, 2007 || 0 comments

Friday, November 23, 2007

Folsom Filed Blues?

Here we are, the Friday after Thanksgiving and we're sitting in the press box at F0lsom Field in Colorado. It's kind of a strange feeling here in what might be Bill Callahan's last game as head coach at Nebraska.

There really should be no joy for anyone if Callahan does indeed get fired. You get the impression that many fans will be glad to see him go, but you know Callahan didn't want things to go this way. He worked hard to try and make the program a success. No one is more disappointed than he is with what has transpired this season.

A win at Colorado would be a great way to finish the regular season, but a win probably won't sway intermim athletic director Tom Osborne's opinion. Osborne has said he'd wait until after the season to evaluate the coaching staff. What he surely meant is he would wait until after the season to talk about his evaluation of the coaching staff.

Sometime in the near future we'll know the direction the Husker program is headed. We can only trust that Osborne once again makes the right call.

Posted by Bob Hamar @ Friday, November 23, 2007 || 0 comments

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cook's recruiting class

John Cook unveiled his 2008 recruiting class on Friday. It didn't include the nation's top-ranked prospect Kelly Murphy, but it looks like a solid effort with three top 20 recruits. The outside hitters are a bit smaller than Nebraska usually gets at 6-1 and 5-11, but they should be solid.

Setter Sydney Anderson is an intriguing recruit who has NCAA Tournament experience at Utah and USA National Team experience. We may be seeing some kind of a 6-2 offense down the line with Anderson and Rachel Holloway in the lineup.

Posted by Bob Hamar @ Friday, November 16, 2007 || 0 comments

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