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Where we should be recruiting our players from, and how our past coaches were doing it wrong/right, is argued about a lot, so I decided to make these. These are not really of recruits, they're of the rosters. The way I assigned players was by the first time they showed up on the roster. If a player was on the roster in 2007 and 2008 (like Suh) he was assigned to Callahan. If a player is on Osborne's roster from 1992-1996, they're only included once. One small issue with this is I think someone on the scout team (like when they were huge in the 90s) who moves onto the roster might be assigned to the wrong coach, but I think this would be rare, and they're probably almost always from Nebraska. One other small thing is we've had about 8 players from different countries and some from Hawaii that obviously don't show up on here, so the percentages don't quite add up to 100. (Solich had 3 Hawaiian players, Osborne 1, Callahan 1, and Callahan had 1 Alaskan). I only included the players from 1990 on. If I have more time in the future and people like these I can go back further and see how Osborne's recruiting changed over the years. Another thing I might do is make a Nebraska map showing player recruiting by county. The numbers are the percentages in decimal form. So for the Osborne map, 53.08% of the players are from Nebraska, 5.62% are from California, and so on. Lastly, the color scales are exactly the same for each coach. So if 3% of Solich's roster was from Idaho and 3% of Pelini's roster was from Idaho, they'd be the same shade of red. (except with Nebraska which is always bright red).
Coach changes are very upsetting to both players and fans. We, my wife and I traveled to Wisconsin last year and witnessed Pelini cuss out a player. At the time we were up 17-0 and the players shut down on Pelini literally, it was an embarrassment for all Nebraskans. Pelini was pictured constantly on the big board; everyone could read the lips of foul mouthed Pelini trash talk a player as he pointed his finger and followed the player for two plays with his back to the field. Pelini should have been fired, probably never hired! Frank Solich inherited a wonderful program from Tom Osborne. Nebraska had the potential to win several more National Championships with the talent he inherited; Unfortunately Frank Solich’s was terminated due to his indiscretions with students [this has never been disputed by the UNL athletic department]. Solich’s years of very poor recruiting fell in the lap of Bill Callahan, who picked up pieces, knowing you don’t recruit experienced juniors and seniors, you get what the prior coach left you. Callahan was criticized for recruiting and filling the recruiting void with Junior college players remember? We jumped the horn with Callahan who did a wonderful job recruiting, remember Suh? Fans and alumni took him out in two years; the strong recruiting efforts by Callahan, Pelini got credit for the next four years. We as Nebraskans have a long history of decorum, demeanor and respect for our opponents, and it took Tom Osborne years of disappointing seasons with alumni calling for his job too! I am for Scott Frost as a coach, however not at this time; the clean-up that has to be done is being done by a soft spoken Mike Riley which is needed at this time, Riley has enough experience to weather consequences of losses as he tries to build upon recruiting talent for a future coach, possibly Scott Frost. Then we may, if we as fans, alumni and faculty support this effort united we may be able to lick our wounds, learn by past mistakes and build upon this experience for a stronger program in the future. Tom Osborne’s humility gave us strength during challenging times, lest we forget.
This is very interesting. Definitely worth a read. http://regressing.deadspin.com/chart-which-fired-ncaa-football-coaches-were-biggest-d-1669044736