I Don't Need Your Civil War
As a professional hater of all things red, I must admit that sometimes I miss the little things. One not-so-little thing I tend to overlook is the ongoing civil war between Husker fans that is now going into it's 4th season. Yes, much like the blue and gray of the mid 1800's, Husker fan is divided into two distinct groups:
First is the old-school fans known in many circles as "Frank Apologists". These individuals recognize the old-school appeal of Husker football, and the special stature that they had a process and a procedure that was unique to college football. These fans warship the genius of Tom Osborne, Charlie McBride, the triple option, academic all-Americans, Harry Husker and Johnny Rogers. These individuals are generally not happy with change and for the most part despise Steve Pederson and the puppet regime he has installed.
On the other side of the fence is the rabid, self-anointed "experts" who feel that they know so much about college football, that they absolutely had to change their ways in order to continue their favorite activity...telling other people how great they are. These people defend Bill Callahan and "modern" football to the death, and although many still respect Osborne and the old school regime, they turn their backs on it for the greater good. (That, and because other internet fans of other teams make fun of them for running the ball 600 times a game for all those years.) These people embrace Steve Pederson and the changes he made, and despise Frank Solich for trying to continue the archaic ways of Tom Osborne.
If hating an entire fan base is a beautiful, under-appreciated and lost art...hating fans of your own team, is a dirty, messy and emotional business. For Husker fans, it is only natural that they would fight among themselves as to how they got to this point...the point of being the envy of everybody else.
Yesterday, on both call-in shows, the topic of the day was the Hildebrand kid and what Clownahan and company said to him to cause him to leave. While old-school "Frank apologists" decried the new coaching staffs tactics (the word "liar" was thrown around a lot), new school Callahan disciples claimed the kid sucked anyway, and never deserved a shot to prove himself because only the best shall play. This sparked hours upon hours of self-analysis and finger pointing...each side going to the ends of the earth to prove they're right. Meanwhile, life rolls on and on, and the argument rages.
So where does a non-biased, completely neutral observer such as my self ring in during this debate? I think you're all crazy.
To the people who think Solich killed your program and Callahan/Peterson will usher in a new era...you're on fucking crack. The ONLY reason you're even doing as well as you are, is because of name recognition. How long would it take an Indiana or Vandy to rebuild? A lot longer than a team that supposedly is the greatest program of all time. In other words...my dog could recruit the guys Callahan is getting, and probably coach them to 6 wins. The guy has done absolutely NOTHING aside from beat 5 shitty North teams this year. If you're all proud of that..then good for you. I certainly see the Frank Apologist's side in that this whole thing is a horrible experiment that will ultimately lead in failure. And don't kid yourself...national "powers" get run into the ground all the time. Alabama, Penn State, Florida State....none of those teams have yet to climb back where they were just a decade or so ago. (Token bowl games not withstanding.)
To the Frank Apologists, you people are insane as well, because you will NEVER EVER have a run like you had in the mid 90's. Osborne and his 400 years of combined assistant coaching are a rarity that will never be duplicated. For you guys to sit back and think the option game and/or recruiting slow white farm boys to run it is the way to go...then you're probably pretty much screwed.
But here's another problem some of you haven't thought of yet in this whole civil war....How soon do we forget that Tom Osborne wasn't winning National Titles with his system. You forget that Tom Osborne went against his best judgment and recruited thugs and criminals to win his titles. Don't believe me? Had any rapists on your team lately? Had anybody shove their hand down Miss Nebraska's pants in the past few years? Tom Osborne sold your soul to the devil for 1 and 2 half National Titles, and now you're chasing that bar that was set so high. As for Callahan, did you actually think a guy that ran the Raiders wasn't going to stretch the truth a bit to get a kid into your program? THE RAIDERS. Does any of that make sense?
The glory days of yesteryear are gone, and the current thinking of a cure-all, end-all coach to fix it up right is a pipe dream as well. The fact of the matter is...you're all wrong on pretty much everything. Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan have made sure you don't ever have another stretch run like you did in the 90's. At the same time, you were never really that good to begin with until you started to bend your principles and recruit thugs and criminals.
So you see...you both lose. You're all still wrong, and you'll be stuck in a perpetual 3-5 loss cycle from now until the end of time. Why? Because that's the way college football is now, and from what I understand, a time machine hasn't been developed by researchers just yet.
Keep thinking otherwise, and beating the shit out of each other in the meantime. I enjoy it.