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  1. New Tunnel Walk Ideas 2018

    I like the message. Tunnel walk music is in my opinion about building excitement and getting the fans fired up to start the game. Maybe come together won't accomplish that as well, but if it helps in the slightest of ways to focus the players on a united purpose and leads to better outcomes that's a trade off well worth making. My 2 cents.
  2. Verduzco Breaks Down Spring Game

    Plus 100 for youth baseball players. The kids who had the strongest arms in grade school are the last ones to learn how to use their lower half in middle school. A big part of the problem is they were rewarded with compliments for so long for throwing the ball hard with just their arm. All that positive reinforcement and muscle memory is hard to correct and takes a lot of focused coaching and good reps. One thing I have noticed in the last 10 years or so is some high school coaches, probably at the demands of the QB's dad/mom, are allowing kids to throw off their back foot as a means of not putting the front leg/knee in jeopardy of getting hit during the follow through motion. That certainly is a big potential risk when throwing with proper mechanics and why you see more and more pocket passers wearing a knee brace on front leg.
  3. Athlon: Early B10 Predictions

    I agree, CU would definitely qualify as a very solid win. I actually wish we could schedule more games against similar caliber power 5 teams. I don't like playing non-power-5 fbs teams. They generally have some pretty good athletes and in some cases great coaching. The added motivation of beating a P5 opponent seems to generate extremely high efforts from them.
  4. Athlon: Early B10 Predictions

    CU lost both coordinators from the 2016 10 win season. OC is now at Oregon State and DC at Oregon where he is the highest paid DC in the country I believe, something ridiculous like 1.7 million. We should win that game easily. With all the young players who saw the field last year I expect a significant amount of growth in this team going into 2018 season. I wouldn't say that normally in a year that our system is changing, however SF's system is much simpler than our last so the learning curve is virtually eliminated as evidenced by the rapid turnaround at UCF. Thanks to MR's recruiting we have several exciting young players for SF to work with.
  5. Mike Riley’s salary at Oregon State... $50k.

    At the time it was signed it was more than all but two B1G coaches. Chryst, Fitzgerald, Ferentz, and Dantonia are all quality coaches and don't have as lucrative a contract. 7 years is a sign Moos believes it's going to take some time for a new coach to install and build his program and I agree with him. What I meant by crippling N football if this doesn't workout for whatever reason was not entirely about the money aspect. I'm certainly hoping things do work out, but if they don't the psychological blow to the program, fans, and boosters of shooting for the moon and getting the guy we wanted and then seeing it not workout will be a hard blow to overcome. You're right N could afford the buyout and a new coaches salary as things stand today, but if SF doesn't succeed I'm afraid the toll that will take on the program will be significant in more respects than can be quantified at the moment.
  6. Mike Riley’s salary at Oregon State... $50k.

    The real story here is, few are questioning, or complaining about the fact our newly hired coach was given a 7 year contract at 5 million a year which is the 3rd highest salary in the B1G. So if you're crying over a couple hundred thousand dollars a year(we may or may not be overpaying MR), and yet not infuriated that we just entered into an all or nothing deal that will cripple N football if it doesn't work out then it's obvious your true concern is NOT about the money. It's one thing to be optimistic and confident in SF, entirely another from a business standpoint to bet the farm on it.
  7. Mike Riley’s salary at Oregon State... $50k.

    This thread cracks me up. So many people fired up and demanding action without even questioning or wanting to know what all the facts of the matter are. Good lord I hope I"m never wrongly accused of a crime and end up with a jury who decides innocence and guilt before the testimony even begins. . MR doesn't use an agent, if he was trying to milk dollars from anyone he'd have an agent. He also wouldn't have stayed at OSU as long as he did when better more lucrative offers came his way if he put that high a priority on money. I'm willing to bet he's had communication with N during this process and has no problem with setting an offset for his N contract at a reasonable salary amount for his new position something like 250k even though he's getting paid 50K. That said, lets be clear here, it wasn't MR who broke the contract in the first place, it was N who broke it by not honoring the specified contractual period he was to be HC, a time period both agreed upon when signing the contract. The contract is there to protect both parties. Once Nebraska decided not to live up to their end of the contract they knew the consequences and the price tag and now need to live up to what they agreed upon.
  8. Mike Riley’s salary at Oregon State... $50k.

    I think Corey Hall was their interim HC after Gary Anderson quit mid season so 200k for an interim HC seems pretty low. Bottom line though, as already pointed out, we don't have all the details and are jumping to conclusions. It could very well be that MR and N have agreed to an offset that is higher than the 50K he's accepted from OSU. Until we find that out it's all hot air, but that's what we do on message boards, take a fraction of the story an run with it : )
  9. Mike Riley’s salary at Oregon State... $50k.

    tOSU's athletic revenue is nearly $100,000,000 more than OSU's. The latest figures I can find from USA Today show only one Power 5 conference school with lower revenue than Oregon State and that would be the program our AD came from. So if you're going to look at average salaries, realize Oregon State's revenue is closer to Central Florida's than Marylands'.
  10. 3-5 yrs

    In Frost's intro press conference he made some telling comments I thought. Said TO had been advising him that the pieces to win were not in place until after Moos and some other changes had been made. SF said that N now had the right pieces in place to succeed and the timing was right. If TO was telling him the time wasn't right prior to Moos's hire, just how bad were things behind the scenes? How hamstrung was MR from doing his job the way he wanted to? Will we ever know if Diaco was forced on MR after a 9 win season. Yes we played a lot of youngsters this year on D, but would the D have performed at a much higher level had their been continuity in the system? In any event timing is everything. It remains to be seen how the players respond, but from the administration to the fans, SF will have a lot more support from day 1 than his predecessor and that should make a difficult job easier. The one thing I think gets overlooked though is the level of coaching in the B1G compared to the AAC. All it takes is for one coaching staff to figure out a way to stop you, or expose your weaknesses and others will copy it. Your flaws are much more likely to be exploited. Going up against a much higher level of coaching week in and week out with good players at their disposal is a much tougher road than what he had in the AAC. .
  11. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    Great idea, I hope they do a few of these around the state for the kids who can't get to Lincoln with short notice on a Wednesday night.
  12. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    That doesn't jive at all with the fact so many players in MR's last two classes had multiple BIG offers? Tyjon Lindsey's shuttle time in the sparq challenge would have been the 2nd fastest in the nfl combines. Seems we do have speed and since he was also originally committed to Ohio State, we have B1G players as well. The last two classes were full of them based on the number of other B1G offers.
  13. Honest Expectations (Frost and Co)

    This thread got me thinking about what SF's incoming strategy should be. Maybe this would be better as the start of a new topic. Should he do everything he can to win next year by adapting his system to the players on the roster even if that means delaying the longer term development of his system/program? Or should he keep an eye on the longer range goal of winning the division and conference and with that in mind not waste a season holding back on the full implementation of his system even if the players he has don't fit it right now. Should he put all other considerations aside and get it off the ground and running right off the bat so when he does bring in his guys, everything is already in place and set to blast off. Personally I think this was MR's biggest mistakes. I think he tried to bridge the gap with the older players and limiting the full implementation of his system. When he could have thrown a bunch of the young guys out on the field instead right from the get go, taken a lot of heat for it, but then in year three had a veteran group of players in his system who likely would have had a lot of success and going into the 4th year the buildup and excitement would completely override all the criticism he would have received gutting it out the first two.
  14. Honest Expectations (Frost and Co)

    UCF conference Rank / N's conference rank 1st in passing offense / 2nd in passing offense 6th in rushing offense / 13th in rushing offense 4th in rushing defense / 13th in rushing D 6th in passing defense / 11th in passing D Installing entirely new systems on both sides of the ball with players who were not recruited to fit those systems is not an ideal formula for winning a lot of games. I expect our run game to be a focus and our rank to improve and be among the top 8, passing to hold steady in top 3. Rushing D improve to top 7, passing D to stay same. I will trade wins next year for building a strong running game and rushing D foundation if that's what it takes.
  15. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    If you've ever topped a ball badly in front of a lot of people on the tee, you know how I feel right now. I misread sorry.
  16. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    There are a few problems with your post. First off, Harbuagh didn't get named coach until the end of December. Second he wasn't coming from another college job where he had already been out recruiting and building relationships, he was coming from the nfl with zero knowledge about that years high school prospects. Second you imply we had a bunch of players decommit due to a bad season. I think you'll find it had little to do with our record and a lot more to do with the rumors the guy recruiting them wasn't going to be here. If it was simply about record then SF should be pulling guys in right and left correct? The one thing SF has going for him Harbaugh didn't, is that he and his staff have been on the recruiting trail since last year's class was finalized, they know the prospects out there, and should have a lot of good relationships built up with high school coaches and players. I expect we'll see a strong finish before it's over. That said, not sure there's good evidence one way or the other of how good his staff is at recruiting and we still may not know when this class is done.
  17. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    I never made the argument we needed classes ranked inside a certain range. Rankings can also be misleading in a lot of ways. A team could have a highly rated class, but not fill any of the position needs they have. That's probably an extreme example however not so uncommon for classes to miss on positions where depth is needed the most. Outside of QB when we played Wiscy I'm not sure there were any positions I saw we had a clear talent advantage. Not sure what class rank will be required, but we have some work to do just to be on par with them up front.
  18. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    What you showed is an example of a team we would have to beat to accomplish what they've accomplished in the past. They are also one of the 6 founding members of what is now the BIG 10 and don't think for a minute that doesn't matters in a lot of ways. We're the Johnny come lately in comparison. I'm not trying to be confrontational and hope you don't take it that way. I may be wrong, and you may disagree and be right, however I think we will need to be better than Wisconsin not just equal to even have a chance at a division title. To win the conference, barring some strange circumstances, I think we will need to be significantly better talent wise.
  19. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    Actually that doesn't make any sense at all. We are not Wisconsin. We would need to beat Wisconsin before getting a chance to play for the conference championship. What Wisconsin, a longtime and connected member in the Big 10 has accomplished, is no guarantee of what we can accomplish if we were even with them in talent. We don't get the benefit of calls in head to head games, as was easily identifiable this year, so we actually need to be quite a bit better than Wisconsin just to win the division let alone the conference. Matching their talent is a formula for letdown.
  20. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    You make some good points, especially about the region an athlete being from impacting their recruiting rank. I would add the position they play has an impact too and if they're also from an outlying location it's a double hit. Ranking a 3 star vs 4 star Olinemen is much more difficult than a RB, WR, or LB especially if they're from a rural area and don't attend any camps. For those two reasons I don't buy Wisconsin's class ranking as being very accurate. They pull a lot of in state O and D-linemen who are undervalued by the services because they aren't being evaluated the same as athletes in other areas are. JJ Watt was a 2 star for example. Wisconsin does consistently go out and get top rated skill players from TX, FL, GA, etc.. to at DB, WR, LB, and especially RB to compliment their instate hogs.
  21. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    It's not SOLELY based on talent numbers. Whoever said that. Just like you can NOT make oatmeal cookies with oatmeal alone, you need other ingredients as well, but you absolutely do need oatmeal to make oatmeal cookies. In other words you can't win a title with talent alone, however there's not much proof you can win one without top rated talent as one of your ingredients either. It's become harder than ever before in college football to pull off a cinderella season. More total games in regular season, 12 instead of 11 like before. 9 conference games in the BIG, then if you do win a division you have to play a 13th game against a great team and if you get past that then have to wait for a jury to decide your fate. Then if that works out you'd have to beat two more great teams. That really weeds out the over achieving cinderella teams.
  22. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    Last years class 8 line and 3 LB commits, compared to 3 receivers and 1 DB. The receivers and DB were all four start, maybe that's what you're getting at and not numbers of players? The 16' class featured 4 star O linemen; Farniok and Raridon, 3 star OL Brokop and Wilson. I don't see the evidence the O or D line was ignored. I think we have a lot of young talent on both lines and need to keep adding to it with each class.
  23. Extremely impressed with the new staff on the recruiting trail

    MR salvaged a transition year class that was rated 30th by 247 Sports. The 2015 class had 21 players in it. Anyone have a good estimation how many we can offer this year? Possible transfers would open up some spots and class size obviously has an impact on where a class is ranked,. Curious where everyone would like to see this years class ranked to be considered a success?
  24. Mike Riley, Ore State Assistant HC .... or not

    I'm happy for him and as others have already suggested a good ending for all parties. He came here and delivered respect and class the entire time. I'm ready to move forwards and as SF has requested unite behind his program now. That said, based on the things which have come out since his departure, which SF had nothing to do with, I can't help feel MR was being undercut and put in a no win situation. Anyhow good luck Mike and thanks for bringing some decency back to our program. Had you beat Wiscy last year in OT maybe everything would have gone differently. Oh well, looks like you're happy and where you want to be now and many in Husker Nation feel the same way about where they're at now too.
  25. Offensive Line

    Key factors to O-line success not mentioned already are cohesiveness, continuity, and confidence. Unlike this season the line will need to avoid injuries to sustain continuity. If that happens then the unit can start to build cohesion. When those two boxes are checked, success and confidence start to grow and becomes noticeable to the casual observer. The final stage is when a unit develops a pride in pushing the opponent around and doing it on every play up to, and just after the whistle because it's fun and they can. Toughness, attitude, high effort, and killer instinct are not given. Some players have those traits wired into their DNA some don't. Just like some athletes have elite speed and some don't, and no amount of coaching will change that fact.