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  1. Lol. It has nothing to do with my feelings. I just asked the questions. yes, it does spread the talent somewhat, outside the top ten tier anyway. It’s diluted the talent for most others, leading to mediocre play by the vast majority. As did adding teams to Div 1 etc. As a practical matter, scholarships are being devalued by NIL. Walkons with NIL may be better off. Programs with ultra wealthy donors and sponsors will reign over the rest, in perpetuity. Many programs will drop football as the cost to field competitive teams becomes prohibitive.
  2. I tend to agree although it will depend on the losses as well as the win/loss records of opponents too. Blow out losses and or ugly games where team effort fails could qualify things somewhat. 8 plus a bowl win almost certainly buys another conditional year. 7 plus a solid bowl win, very likely. The losses need to be respectable and vs top 15 teams. There has to be clear, unequivocal improvement - period. Imo. ( 5 years without real progress is not acceptable to most of the fan base imo.) The staff changes will be weighed heavily but this is Frost’s team and program - period. If Frost delivers more of the same, and especially if fans and commentators see only slight adjustments, Frost is done and his future coaching will take a major hit.
  3. Didnt they add a win over hapless Bethune Cookman? That one shouldn’t count either imo.
  4. If we could find one top caliber O line and D line guy by Aug 1, and somehow hang on to the better guys across the team, there is reason to hope for team improvement thru the season. Not sure it will mean many wins and the first 5 weeks will be tough. Going to need lots of luck to find a way to win some. By middle of season, barring injury to starters and most backups, the team will be much like last year imo. No team will find them easy to beat but Husker wins will be equally hard to get. Ultimately, the season comes down to line of scrimmage and QB play. The offense will need Whipple to find a way to move the ball by getting first downs, controlling the clock and taking advantage of short fields etc. hopefully we don’t hear the term ‘chunk plays’ much. That will be a good sign. Teams trying to make 10 plus yard gains all the time have turnovers, penalties and time of possession issues. Nothing wrong with a few ‘big plays’ but ball control, physical play and error free play is Big Ten football. Our defense is not physically over powering so we don’t wear people down. D line won’t be strong or deep so we need to help them by retaining ball possession and scoring TDs. Fewer possessions per game and high efficiency is critical. Whipple, if Frost lets him, will be almost as important to our defense as Chins. The best chance for a bowl game will be if STs ‘wins’ three or more. It could happen, if Frost will truly devote practice and talent to it.
  5. However they send in the original play call by Frost (or hopefully Whipple this fall - at least it may be some new sequencing and so on), the key is to get all 11 to execute their assignments well. It’s hard to know from just watching who is and is not running the plays correctly, especially in the passing game where QB and WRs and backs / TEs are presumably ‘ad libing’ on the fly. Presumably, Frost offense has plenty of QB-Rec reading and adjusting post snap based on the defensive reactions etc. This can lead to the feast & famine kind of offensive output we’ve seen. I believe the idea for signaling in plays after lining up is to keep the defense from making substitutions and to allow Frost to ‘read’ the defense instead of the players on the field. I suspect most of the QB ‘reads’ are post snap, especially on the 50% of plays (my estimate) with RPO aspects. My hunch is Frost is pretty good at creating and designing plays to attack defenses in their weaknesses. But players - too young, immature, inexperienced - are just not ready to follow thru in the schematics at split second times. Too much thinking. Too many reads by too many guys. Just too complicated - maybe. Osborne had a very intelligent, complex offense but very rarely did he rely on first/second year guys. Blocking was very complicated too. Development and learning was critical. Recruits expected to redshirt, play scout team, grow, learn and practice BEFORE seeing game snaps that mattered. I’m not sure Frost & Co have told players this ‘reality’ in their quest for star recruits. Thus, execution / consistency have failed to produce sustained drives and points.
  6. Frankly, most of the recruiting has been non-productive lately. Lots of hype but mostly duds. Make reported offers in the 400 per year range and struggling to land 20 when the dust settles. Usually was a late flurry of three or four that seemed to ‘fix’ the class in ‘star ratings’ for the media to suggest ‘we’re back’ but several fail to come, grades ?, homesick after a few months, etc. After 4 years, it seems to make the shine is gone off Frost and those recruiting visits aren’t coming much. We are still focused on SE (AB, GA, FL) and have lost out on too many guys from right near Lincoln. ‘Day by day’ should have been ‘Year by year’ by building the heart and soul (culture) locally in the lines, LBs and TEs, RBs, etc. Instead, the focus has been the ‘flashy’ WRs and QBs. Those are the least important to building the foundation. Now, scraping the bottom of the barrel for any kind of DL and very sad. 8 QBs - only one or two will actually play while need at least 6 ready to rotate DL. Probably have 4, maybe. Same on O line. Got to recruit and keep. All the recruiting ‘over ‘ talk doesn’t encourage duration and development. Roles and longevity with a plan the players see and understand. The team motto used to be ‘where the good get better’ and now it’s ‘no fear of failure’. That kind of sums it all up.
  7. Why have any limits. ? The limit makes no sense - never has? Why limit coaches? Why limit practices? Ultimately you are just restricting the players’ ability to learn, develop, go to school etc? Why have an NCAA anyway? All these caps are purely anticompetitive in nature. Why? What purpose, except to shield the NCAA and collective group from basic economic fairness of free markets.
  8. Basically, Nebraska football has a very big fan base across the country, even after a decade of mediocre/poor football teams. There always remains a degree of hope and wishful thinking amongst some die hards that keep on thinking that somehow, someway the team will miraculously wake up and go back to the way they were in the Devaney-Osborne era. This explains the odds makers with Huskers so positive despite very little, if any, real evidence that things will get dramatically better. Frost and his overseers have seemingly identified those areas of most dire need of drastic change for the better. The steps taken are by no means certain to be positive difference makers. And, there are no guarantees that last year’s ‘strengths’ will remain so. Untried, untested and almost unknown are many of the changes we’ve heard about - coaches, players lost and found, team chemistry and morale, fan support was off 10,000 per game attendance wise and apathy abounds. Recruiting has become NIL buying (renting month to month frankly), and new turf and more fan amenities won’t score TDs vs Big Ten bruisers. But apparently enough dreamers remain to keep the betting balanced at a point much above the realistic expected outcomes. How many seasons has it been since NU exceeded our win expectancy as indicated by preseason lines? I want to believe and used to be confident enough in the season outcome that I would of bet, had the win number been at or below 8-10. Not anymore. I’m not pessimistic nor optimistic - just realistic. At this point, the traditional high school recruiting class was nothing special. The attrition (graduation, transfer, etc) has been quite substantial. The walkons hardly noticed. The transfers, comprised largely of backups from respectable programs, are big ? marks at best. On balance, we’ve probably lost more ‘stars’ than we’ve picked up but that may not be all bad. Attitude and effort are undervalued while recruiting hype and flashy social media gets all the attention. The team attitude has been better than it’s game product. That is critical to having any hope that major schematic changes coupled with personnel replacements will tip the scales. So far, Frost has produced a lot more stars off the field than on it. His players have been good students as far as we know. They’ve come with starry résumés as judged by third party gurus. Nearly all have been good ambassadors for Husker Nation. We can be proud of the team and it’s many members for many of the most important reasons they exist. But, winning and playing better than our opponents as a general rule is not one. Will it turn around someday? Hopefully, possibly, maybe but Idk? This fall? Who knows? But I wouldn’t bet any money I didn’t expect to lose. The spring ‘game’ didn’t inspire confidence certainly. At this point, I’d say a win- loss record of 4-8 is most probable, plus or minus a couple. Chances are about the same of 2 wins as 8. Imo. And I want to believe! And maybe I’m still a tad optimistic, as painful as that is to admit.
  9. It’s a Federal antitrust issue which takes Congress to act and we all know how that works. Just add a bunch of politicians to decide every year what the new rules are and who (which alma mater) gets the benefits and which doesn’t . That will really be ugly but it’s coming. The value of scholarships are tax free, only because Congress allows it. NIL money is taxable earnings (income, social security etc). Big $$ = big tax! All those ‘free’ cars will be taxable too! Govt loves tax revenues too. It’s all going to be very interesting to watch play out.
  10. I’ve always felt the top tacklers were supposed to be LBs and DEs. That was before all the pass happy offenses too. Now I guess the secondary is doing more tackling assuming completions anyway. Still, if run plays account for over half the plays where a tackle is needed, the primary tacklers should be the front 7 unless options and lots of outside / wide runs occur. That stresses the run support by the safeties and corners.
  11. Actually, we don’t need scholarships - we got NIL $ instead. A couple mil ought get about 3 of the OLine. Then maybe we can just rent a couple at times during the season from Injured Reserve or Waivers ‘portals’ ? And we do have the other 50 or so guys on the practice squads. And, with the revival of the Neb ‘93 County Scholarship/NIL Fund’, we can be up around a roster of about 210! There is a reason they’re building 3 new fields! If we get up around 300, we can drop out of Big Ten away games and have home ‘practice scrimmage Spring game type affairs instead. That gives a much better shot at 6 wins for post season eligibility!
  12. It’s got to be tough to be a sports reporter for Huskers sports with the minimum sports information allowed the past few years. It’s all just guesswork and speculation and rumors - just like the bulk of the material we all have to discuss and debate. Instead of having so much be top secret / classified, maybe the AD ought to be more open and proactive. ‘No news is more often bad news’ so the fan base tends to be unrealistically pessimistic or conversely optimistic. Neither are good for the program in the long run. Most fans can understand and be generally supportive when they don’t feel misled or deceived. With regard to LJS / OWH (effectively one outfit it seems), they have so little information to write about, stories have got to be hard to create. I understand the turnover. And newspapers probably struggle to stay afloat financially in today’s paperless society. Sad to see so many aspects of Huskers sports fade away.
  13. Why would walkons be denied NIL rights?
  14. Maybe it’s in here already but has Casey Rogers found a new home or could he opt to remain in Lincoln still?
  15. Greed. Envy. Etc. This entire pay for play insanity will not lead to any ultimately positive outcomes. The entire collegiate sports structure is in grave jeopardy already. Without any rules or basic framework or structure, it is completely out of control. It’s not clear how programs and coaches will have much stability. I don’t know how a coach will handle players and team chemistry when players are focused on their own interests and money, untethered to teams and on field success.
  16. NFL teams need players ready to perform at a pro level from the start. Yes, as a back up a year or two, he has a chance to ‘finish’ so to speak but teams need to win - not wait. A center is critical to a fully functioning offense. Evidently Cam looks ready to get enough done to be worth a higher round pick. Great for him and he has a chance to make it. I hope he gets the time / chance to learn the ropes and succeed.
  17. This is even worse than I thought. How many more WRs from jucos, transfers and walkons? No wonder the QBs and receivers never really gelled or got in sync. Yet, we kept on trying to throw. Drives often didn’t finish due to penalties, errant throws, route - QB miscues, etc. with all the newcomers on offense, expect a great deal more of this. Unless, the offense is changed, simplified, or something. I know Whipple understands the problems - he’s watched the film from past 4 years no doubt. Can he fix all this in 35 practices? Hope!
  18. Somewhat agree on this. But, I’m not sure even Suh - a once a decade type guy - could have done it. Teams can scheme around one two and would in the Big Ten. I’d say if you could cherry pick about a dozen off each of Frost and Riley’s teams, and bring in 12 starters from any of the 40 prior teams, you’d have 10 win teams. I don’t know that that means you’re all that ‘close’ however. That’s a lot of darn good players in place of very ‘average’ guys. And, coaching and scheme are also factors. I dare say, Osborne would have twice as many wins as Frost and Riley with the exact same players. A great deal of our problems stem from team confidence, stability, retention, and game planning and execution as much as pure talent. We’ve had athletes, but darn few have truly gotten dramatically better over their years.
  19. But many of those 4 stars that over weighted our recruiting class rankings were ‘skill’ positions guys, many of which didn’t stick around long enough to merit being drafted, let alone first round. Far too few big guys (lines) and too many back up WRs, RBs, QBs, etc. How many top three round picks? Not many and probably dam few WRs, RBs, QBs, TEs. The ‘pipeline’ has been history since before the Big Ten. Look at this year’s first round - loaded with O line, D line, REs, secondary and some WRs. That tells you where your recruiting emphasis MUST be to build winning teams. Our ‘best’ rated recruits flopped. The rest are largely irrelevant for a decade. Core elements are O line and defense - areas where our classes rate fairly low imo.
  20. NIL - cash for for players - to compete for the best recruits and then also keep them is apparently here to stay and will likely grow and escalate wildly. There are no limits except the school’s ability (or inability) to fund raise. A football team requires50 or 60 quality players spread evenly across all the positions, minimum. To build depth and sustainable competitive quality, over time (year after year), that’s not nearly enough really. That takes millions certainly, annually. Many programs can’t compete in those $$$ figures, but top twenty programs (and wannabes), do. But the transfer portal (h.s. prospects also) is essentially a big auction already. Many guys won’t have realistic ideas of what they are ‘worth’ presumably. Pay for play vs pay for signing to maybe play? The pressure on coaches, ADs, etc has got to be staggering already with no end in sight. It’s scary and going to get worse. Even the NFL realized salary caps were critical to prevent self destruction. I don’t see how that can happen without Congress acting. No indication of that anytime soon.
  21. Frost said recently on his radio interview that ‘we’ are not making major changes, just a few tweaks. Or words to this effect. This, after firing his WRs, RBs, OL, and QB coaches in mid season? And essentially firing himself as OC/play caller. Those are NOT minor tweaks - that is wholesale change targeting his offense. I just can’t reconcile those two things. Minor tweaks could best be done using existing staff as they already know HIS system/schemes which he suggests are not changing as ‘they work’. Bringing in 4 new coaches that don’t know him or his system or even each other is not a great way to do more of the same, only a bit better supposedly. ?? We saw nothing new in the spring scrimmage but we’re told they didn’t show / reveal it to prevent opponents’ from scouting us. We are also told the O line blocking is much different. We hear that there is new efforts to run plays from under center some to help the run and play action passing games. We now have a dedicated ST coach and more practice and focus. Etc. I consider these things as much more than minor tweaks. Personally I hope for major changes in many areas. Frankly, the team has hardly been consistently dominant in ANY position, phase or aspect of the team (offense, defense or STs) in 5 years now. The line of scrimmage battle has been ‘lost’ 75% of the time. These are MAJOR issues.
  22. Frost is the HC. Ultimately it all falls upon him to do the job he is well paid to do. In his defense, he inherited a mediocre program that had a legacy of being a mediocre program. Some expected a quick improvement - mostly as a result of his reputed offensive mind. Clearly that has not been the case although there were some fairly respectable stats in yardage and pass completion % anyway. Frost has, reluctantly or not, made some major changes in his offense, presumably. Whether success will follow remains to be seen but I feel he is recognizing the areas in most need of change. Special teams can make a big difference in the short term certainly. Frost has made a tremendous effort to recruit and reload the entire roster. Unfortunately, bringing in a star studded roster is just step one. Once in the program, it takes retention and development and ‘culture’ establishment. Mysteriously, for all the attention and emphasis’ thereto, it has not gelled apparently. The team is still very young, immature and inexperienced in many areas. I think it’s past time to focus and plan multiple years ahead and play the players with the future (years ‘23, ‘24 and ‘25 in mind), not just the next game or season. Development needs in game snaps, not just practice reps. The offense has shown some capabilities with veteran WRs and RBs (Toure, Ozigbo for examples) but the revolving doors of 4 stars at both positions has not allowed any to blossom with time. The O line just hasn’t had enough players in the group to build depth and maturity. That spot needs years, not months to build. STs has been all but ignored, gross negligence would be the best description in many ways. STs plays may only be 15 or 20% of a typical game in raw snap numbers, but it truly is a full third (33%) of the game in importance and impact. Field position, point production, momentum, etc. ST play can be a great equalizer in outcomes between relatively unequal teams. Lose STs and lose games, often. Bad luck has had a part too but failure to plan is a plan to fail. Frost is making changes. No need to panic but remain focused and follow the plan.
  23. Just what they really needed. Maybe they will release fog every time the opponents get the ball? The offense has been ‘foggy’ enough already. Maybe add snow machines or even a couple Tesla ‘lightning’ making towers to really spark the crowd and intimidate the competition?
  24. Floor drains and repurposed phone booths from Ma Bell work great. Easy clean with the next rain! Cut out all that labor!
  25. Probably cut out restrooms and concessions and padded seating, etc., trying to stay with the ‘Husker motif’. Lol
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