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Going through old newspapers I’ve kept relating to the Huskers. Ran across the OWH edition of Bo’s firing and laughed at these headlines:
Shatel: Eichorst Sounds Like a Man With a Plan
Shatel: Don’t Expect AD Eichorst to Flounder as Pederson Did in 03 (No he just set out to destroy our program!)
Chaitlain: Eichorst Proves He Understands NU Tradition, Standards (HUH?!)
I’ll bet both of these reporters cringe at these articles!
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For those headlines. Eichorst was a man with a plan (the plan ended up not working, but it was a plan). Eichorst did not flounder like Pederson did in '03, he found a guy and hired him. Again the hiring ended up back firing on him, but he did have a plan.
The Chatelain headline is one that does not work, but was there anything at that point that indicated that firing Bo was a bad move. IIRC most fans were at the point ready for Bo to move on.
Hindsight is always 20/20 and I don't see a problem with 2 of the 3 headlines (with the Chatelain one coming off the fact that most of Eichorst's firing press conference was spent discussing the fact that while 9 wins was ok, we should be striving for more).
If Eichrost had a plan, he would have fired Bo the season before when Bo challenged him to do so. Eichorst did make a quick hire, but it was heavily questioned by all, though everyone agreed Mike was a "nice guy". To say we had to wait until hindsight before we could understand the missteps of those choices is misleading.
Also, it was well documented that the fan base was completely split about firing Bo.
Simply, if you had a plan and understood the standard of this program, you don't hire a perennial .500 coach.