Archive for November, 2007

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November 29, 2007



Holy shit! I’m Neil Shurbock!

New Piece on Fanhouse

November 29, 2007

Finally wrote some thoughts on the search over at FanHouse.

Nebraska’s Fate Firmly in Hands of Osborne

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Take the Double Extra Points

November 29, 2007

Last Week: 5-4
Season: 68-63-1 (52%)

As Jeffie Husker indicated, in all the mayhem surrounding our coaching search, it is time to relax, sit back, and enjoy what things are important in life. Girls, gambling, and girls.


California (-13) over STANFORD: How long has it been since Cal won at Oregon? In fact, they lost 5 of their last 6 games after being ranked #2 in both polls after that game. However, a win here gets them to a bowl and could possibly get these Cal students out of the tree. Note to the hippies: put your clothes on, cut your hair, and go talk to girls on campus that look like this.

Pittsburgh (+28.5) over WEST VIRGINIA: The Backyard Brawl turns 100 this year and is still one of the nastiest rivalries in all of college football. These teams despise each other more than my dates despise Rohypnol. W. Virginia will be on their way to the BCS championship but it won’t be without a little resistance from their bitter rival.

ARIZONA STATE (-6.5) over Arizona: Arizona State was embarrassed last Thursday as USC took them behind the woodshed. Arizona is off a huge win vs. Oregon at home in a game where Dennis Dixon was looking good until his knee blew up in the 1st quarter. You have to think Dennis Erickson is at least a touchdown better with superior talent at home against Mike Stoops.

Missouri (+3) over Oklahoma: This game kind of reminds me when #1 Nebraska was an 18 point underdog to #2 Florida State. This is up there as Oklahoma has 2 losses this year, ranked #9 and is giving points in a Championship game to a #1 ranked team. I know Oklahoma won the first game, but Missouri had the lead in the 4th quarter and saw a defensive scheme from Oklahoma that confused them into some costly turnovers. Beating a team in college football twice is tough and I really think the absence of OU RB Demarco Murray and a banged up QB Sam Bradford will let the Tigers finally win something in sports. And I’ll reiterate, if Missouri doesn’t win this and Ohio State gets to play again in the Championship I will eat my own vomit.

USC (-19.5) over Ucla: This is a huge revenge game for USC as UCLA cost them another National Championship as they would have had Ohio State. UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell has been told if he doesn’t win this game he is out. BREAKING NEWS!! Karl Dorrell is out. For the first time this season the USC football team has looked better than the USC Song Girls (and that’s impressive).


BYU -15 over SAN DIEGO STATE – Like A. Rose, we’re going heavy on the Cougs this weekend. Note I said heavy ON the Cougs, not heavy Cougs. We like our Cougs light, but with a minimum of C-cups. After a lucky win (converting on 4th and 18 with under 2 minutes left), BYU finds themselves on the road matching up with the worst defense in the Mountain West. San Diego State has been calling Kevin Cosgrove for defensive strategy tips and clearly it hasn’t panned out. They gave up 55 to TCU last week and it will get ugly early against a much better BYU offense. Look for the spread to be covered by half on this one.

CENTRAL FLORIDA -6.5 over Tulsa – Let me get his straight: UCF beat Tulsa 44-23 in October at home. They are playing on UCF’s home field again 6 weeks later for the C-USA conference title and Tulsa’s defense has gotten progressively worse. Tulsa has given up 39 points to Army (a team that will get blown out on Saturday) and 43 to Rice the last 2 weeks alone. I haven’t seen a spread this off since Missouri was only a 6-point favorite over Nebraska in October. Take out a second mortgage on this one if you can and maybe you’ll be back to even on your real estate investment when the Knights pummel the Golden Hurricane by 30 on Saturday.

Washington +14.5 over HAWAII – This is a classic letdown situation for the Warriors after an emotional win over Boise State last Friday night to secure the WAC title. Washington’s offense will give Hawaii plenty of matchup problems, but their defense must be able to create turnovers against the Warriors to have a shot. Take the money line at +400 for the Huskies and stay up later than Robert Downey Jr. to see the end of this on on Sat night.


As you can see the girls have all started making bowl game arrangements in extreme anticipation that they might somehow be featured on our long awaited, highly publicized ‘DXP Bowl Special Edition(s)’. Ladies, you look lovely, but it is going to take much, much less than what you are wearing to make the cut.

Well, let’s get shopping…..

Daily Coaching Search Update

November 29, 2007

· Osborne passed his recruiting test. The guy has a Ph.D. for chrissakes.

· Brian Kelly is denying contact with Nebraska

“I have had no contact with the University of Nebraska,” Kelly told Cutler on 1530-AM in Cincinnati. “I have not had any contact with Nebraska nor has [AD] Mike Thomas. So just another one of those internet stories.

· Turner Gill is now being mentioned for several jobs including SMU, Washington State and now U of Houston.

· ESPN reports that Pelini’s interview didn’t go well. By contrast ESPN reports that Nebraska has narrowed its search to Gill and Pelini. Wait a minute…the Worldwide Leader in what?

· Pelini appears to have the upper hand because he’s less black than Turner Gill. That’s really a shame too, because Gill speaks so well. In other news, Ted Miller’s ironical fight against institutional racism is unending.

· The Heavy Soul an underrated blog from some Nebraska boys is citing its own source stating:

“Unless there are contractual snags Pelini will be hired. Therefore I won’t say it’s 100% because that could happen (although I believe that’s already been taken care of and we will know Sunday or Monday once the SEC game is over and Bo can hop on a plane to Lincoln).”

“I will say this…TO is keeping quiet on any final decision he has made…even to those who have helped him in big ways with this search.”

Daily Internet Rumors (I only wish I was kidding)
· A student by the name of Pelini is enrolled at Pius X High School for the spring semester.

· Rich Rodriguez was seen getting off Dick Robinson’s now untrackable plane in Norfolk.

· Mary Pat Pelini had her gynecological history transferred to a Lincoln physician. Not even powerful HIPAA laws can stop this madness.

The Search Continues

November 28, 2007

Apparently sometimes a team meeting, really is just a team meeting. And sometimes Howard Hawks sends his plane to Atlanta on business not involving our coaching search. Who knew?

I guess we must all be crazy.

In other news, Tom Osborne announced that he will be hitting the recruiting trail on Thursday and Friday. Does that seem strange to anybody else? I mean as much as I like seeing Tom out looking for players, what does this mean for the status of the coaching search? We have a nice supply of recruiting visits to use on uncommitted players, players that might be waivering in their committment or those that have decommitted amidst the turmoil. My question, however, is why not leave those for the new head coach once he is named? Unless of course that new coach is busy preparing for an important game (like say the SEC title game) and has sent the ageless wonder into living rooms in his place. I just don’t know what to make it, what about you guys?

In other related news Turner Gill was named MAC coach of the year. Not bad for the old resume.

Also rumors swirling tonight that Osborne will interview Brian Kelly tomorrow. That would make me extremely happy if true.

All I know is I can’t take another lingering one-man, veiled coaching search.
So, for God’s sake LOCK IT UP already. It’s been three days!

Team Meeting Tomorrow

November 26, 2007

A team meeting has been confirmed for tomorrow at 4:00 pm.

You gotta believe we’re naming a new coach and letting the players know first. With Howard Hawks’ plane in ATL as well things are coming together.

And yes, I still think it is Bo.

Wild Speculation on Pelini’s Possible Staff

November 26, 2007

Pelini is still not a done deal as far as I know, but we certainly might be headed that way.

So, why not go way out on a limb and start talking about possible offensive coordinators. In my opinion, Pelini’s hire as his OC is more important than Bo taking over as head coach.

With that being said, here’s a name to chew on:

Greg Studrawa

Studrawa is currently the offensive line coach at LSU. He is an Ohio native and served as a GA at Ohio State, like Pelini. Studrawa was also the offensive line coach for Urban Meyer at Bowling Green, meaning he’s a Meyer disciple who later ran a version of Meyer’s spread offense after Meyer departed and he became the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green in 2003.

Here is his complete bio:

Studrawa served as the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 2003-06, guiding the Falcons to some of the top offenses at both the national and Mid-America Conference level during that time. He was also the assistant head coach for the Falcons during the 2006 season.

In his four years as the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green, the Falcons played in two bowl games – beating Northwestern, 28-24, in the 2003 Motor City Bowl and beating Memphis, 52-35, in the 2004 GMAC Bowl – and recorded a combined record of 30-19.

Studrawa also helped lead the Falcons to a couple of the biggest wins in school history as they beat 16th-ranked Purdue, 27-26, in 2003 and then followed that with a 34-18 victory over 12th-ranked Northern Illinois later that year.

In 2005, Studrawa led a Bowling Green offense that ranked second in the Mid-America Conference in both passing (283.9) and scoring (33.8) and was third in the league in pass efficiency (142.4) in 2005.

In 2004, BGSU finished second nationally in total offense with a MAC record 506.3 yards per game. The Falcons were also third in the nation in passing (338.3) and turnover margin (1.25), and fourth in scoring with a MAC record 44.3 points per game.

In 2004, the Falcons had four games of scoring at least 50 points as they averaged 49.4 points over their final nine games of the season. The 2004 season saw the Falcons go 9-3 overall, which included the 52-35 victory over Memphis in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Individually, quarterback Omar Jacobs was named the 2004 MAC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in TD passes with a league record 41. Jacobs was second in the nation in passing yards per game as well as total offense. In addition, his 41 TD to four interception passing ratio set an NCAA record. Jacobs went on to become a fifth round NFL Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

Studrawa also guided an offensive line that allowed a league-low 11 sacks in 2004 as three members of that interior line were named All-MAC, including left tackle Rob Warren, center Scott Mruczkowski and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger. Mruczkowski was selected in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

In his first year as Bowling Green’s offensive coordinator, Studrawa guided the Falcon offense to a No. 3 national ranking in total offense. The Falcons were also ranked 11th nationally in passing, 14th in pass efficiency and No. 18 in rushing.

The 2003 Bowling Green offense broke a total of 10 school records during the season – six team and four individual – on its way to an 11-3 overall mark, which was capped with a 28-24 win over Big Ten member Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl.

Studrawa served as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green in 2001 and 2002 before being elevated to the offensive coordinator position in 2003.

Prior to his return to Bowling Green, he spent three years as the offensive line coach at Arkansas State. Other coaching stops for Studrawa include serving as an offensive line coach at Cincinnati in 1989 and 1990 as well as holding offensive coordinator duties at Wilmington (Ohio) College from 1991-96. He followed that with a one year stint as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1997.

As a player, Studrawa was a two-year starter at left tackle for Bowling Green in 1986 and 1987. Studrawa was named the recipient of Bowling Green’s Coaches Award following the 1987 season for his outstanding attitude toward Falcon football. Studrawa is a 1987 graduate of Bowling Green.

A native of Fostoria, Ohio, he is a graduate of St. Wendelin High School where he was a First-Team All-Ohio selection as a senior. Born on November 3, 1964, Studwara and his wife Cindy have three children – Samantha (16), Katelin (13), and Allison (10).

The Studrawa File
Year at LSU: First (appointed Jan. 20, 2007)
Birthdate: Nov. 3, 1964, in Fostoria, Ohio
Wife: Cindy
Children: Samantha, Katelin, Allison
High School: Wendelin (Ohio) High School
College: Bowling Green, ‘87

Coaching Experience
1989-90 Cincinnati (assistant offensive line)
1991-96 Wilmington (offensive coordinator)
1997 Ohio State (graduate assistant – offense)
1998-2000 Arkansas State (offensive line)
2001-06 Bowling Green (offensive line, 2001-02; offensive coordinator/offensive line, 2003-05; assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, 2006

It’s virtually impossible to speculate on Pelini’s staff and my guesses on assistant coaches have been way off in the past. But if I’m going to waste time tracking planes I might as well take the next step.

Bo Gets His Interview?

November 25, 2007

A flight from Lincoln is currently enroute to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. The plane is scheduled to arrive in Baton Rouge at 3:23 pm. The plane is registered to NORFOLK IRON & METAL CO (NORFOLK NE) and is rumored to be owned by a university trustee.

You can track the details of the flight here.

Update – Dick Robinson, President of Norfolk Iron and Metal is indeed a University of Nebraska Foundation Trustee.

Update – The plane touched down at 3:10 pm CST. Oh, and the mainstream media has now jumped on the story.

Update – The plane is now scheduled to depart for Fulton County Airport (Atlanta, GA) around 4:45 pm. Atlanta is of course home to the search firm of Baker-Parker and Associates.

A poster on HuskersIllustrated named BHein da huskers stated the following earlier today:

know how this trip is going down….

flying to batton rouge today picking up Bo and spending the night in atlanta. Tom, Perlman, Bo, his agent, and the firm are going to meet togther again on monday and there could be, Not for sure but COULD be a press confrence on Tuesday.

Looks like he’s plugged in to the situation. Stay tuned.

Update – Still headed to ATL, but now it will arrive at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport.

Update – Ok, so is Pelini in ATL with Osborne and Pearlman or was he simply interviewed on the tarmac in Baton Rouge? The answer likely depends on if it’s already been determined that Pelini is the guy. My take is that if he’s in ATL he’s our new head coach. If he’s still in Baton Rouge does that mean other candidates will be flying into ATL for interviews?

Well, That’s Over

November 25, 2007

An ugly season ended in predictable fashion on Friday and Callahan was ousted on Saturday morning.

I slept through the press conference and only learned Callahan had been officially fired when the computer I was using while out of town opened to the headline on the Yahoo! homepage.

I’ve stayed out of the coaching search speculation simply because I’m leery. No candidate really knocks my socks off. In my minds eye I really have a hard time picturing most of them standing on the Nebraska sideline. Truthfully, that’s no different than I felt 4 years ago. If I had to rank my Top 3, I’d go Brian Kelly, Jim Harbaugh, Bo Pelini.

But, Pelini sounds like close to a done deal. Honestly, he’ll have to win me over. He could go a long ways toward that by hiring Chip Kelly away from Oregon as his offensive coordinator. Kelly developed his attacking style at New Hampshire, but certainly impressed me with his ability to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. I’d like to think he could have fun with some of the talent that I believe exists in Lincoln. Pelini’s second move should be to sit down with Ndamukong Suh, encourage him to stay, find out what winds his motor and explain that he can become next year’s version of Glen Dorsey.

The bottom line is that Husker Nation has another exciting offseason to look forward to. I expect a few surprises. Some early departures to the NFL. A number of transfers from unhappy campers and quite a few position changes.

Let’s just hope it’s a lot longer than four years before we have to go through this again.

Colorado Gameday Open Thread

November 23, 2007

Every year this game manages to mean something. This year bowl-eligibility rests on the outcome, while the end of the Callahan era probably does not.

Follow the action in the comments thread.