November 30, 2007

In Tom You Trust

Leave it to the University of Nebraska to keep things interesting, even when absolutely nothing going on…well, nothing going on for you. (The rest of us are quite busy)

I will start by saying this, I’m not going to sit here and say Tom Osborne is evil, or even a bad person. Tom Osborne appears to be a quality guy, who has done a lot of good non-football things in this state, including the outstanding Teammates mentoring program, which believe it or not, is something I am very familiar with. He’s a perfect fit for the rest of you…conservative, plain, boring, vanilla and inconspicuous. He was also a damn good football coach in his day.

But underneath it all, despite his good intentions, I’ve always gotten the impression that Tom Osborne is all about Tom Osborne. I don’t question his loyalty or love of his state…I truly believe he thinks he is doing what is best for his community and the people who surround him. I'm not about to question any of that.

But in some of the things he has done over the years, including his latest venture as NU “Athletic Director” I get the sense that Tom likes nothing more than to wear the white hat and come riding in to save the day one final time before he’s whisked back to the mountaintop…or prairie top..or Hastings. Whatever.

Hey, don't get pissed at me. How else can you explain his plethora of horrible decisions over the years..all of which appear to be subtlety designed to make himself look better in the long run? How can you explain a rollout pass against Miami in the Orange Bowl, when all he had to do was pick up 3 measly yards? (NU averaged 450+ yards rushing that year). Is Tom that much of a gunslinger that he needed to trick Miami into thinking it was a run? I’m guessing no, because if Gill completes that pass, Osborne is not only a hero, he would have used a trick play to do it..and yes…a pass in 1983 for you was a trick play. Double the win..double the praise.

How can you explain the fact that in the early 90’s, Osborne was getting blasted by you impatient freaks for not “winning the big games”. So what did Tom do? Tom put his morals aside, and recruited some of the biggest thugs ever to waltz into an American college. Now granted, I can see the argument that he was trying to “give those kids a chance at life” yadda yadda yadda. But it didn’t hurt that Lawrence Phillips was an absolute beast at running back now did it? Would Christian Peter have been kicked off the team for shoving his hands down Miss Nebraska’s pants…if he were a 6’2, 210lb freshman?

Probably not.

Failed Governor runs, sponsoring hard-hitting and important bills in congress like protecting college kids from agents…Tom has made his bed in the past, and now must live with his critics, especially when thrust back into the spotlight. You can’t make mistakes like selling your soul for National titles, and then expect everybody to forget about them.


Fast forward to 2007, where Dr. Tom is set for his swan song as savior of your football program. Osborne could have very easily deflected pressure and responsibility from the day he was re-hired by getting others involved, but instead chose to go about things alone. (Coaching “firm”? Yeah right) He could have used forward vision and thinking by looking outside the Husker “family” for a coach. Instead, he is apparently going to choose between the fans’ top two choices. Hell, why not have an election?

If Tom REALLY wanted what was best for you, do you think he’d be looking at an unproven defensive coordinator who’s own fans hate him and a MAC coach who won all of 5 games last year? If Tom Osborne has that much pull, wouldn’t you think he would be waltzing into the national coaching frenzy and offer up ungodly money to guys like Mike Bellotti, Ty Willingham or hell, even Pete Carroll. Jeez, go after Urban Meyer again if you’re that confident.

Instead of playing the safe route and looking at established mid-level coaches, Tom it appears has..naturally.. decided to go with whatever you want. I know I’m a tinge biased, but if you think you’ve gravitated toward mediocrity now…what happens if Pelini does turn out to be a horrible recruiter on top of being a childish hothead? What if Turner Gill simply is overwhelmed by the weight of ALL of your expectations being placed on his shoulders, just as they were on that stupid-ass rollout play on New Year’s day in 84?

If I were you..and thank God I’m not…I’d be a bit hesitant to throw 4 years and perhaps the entire future of my program in Osborne’s hands. He’s already done that twice by lobbying for Solich and Pederson, and look where that got you.

Time will tell if Dr. Tom is successful in his job as savior to all that ills you. Bo Pelini could in fact turn out to be the greatest college football coach of the modern era. Turner Gill could emerge as the hottest young coach in the game, who revolutionizes the game with his experience and youthful enthusiasm.

But the key here is not whether or not Tom Osborne does what’s right for you and your most prized possession. No, history has told me that his Hugo Chavez-esque act of appointing himself interim head coach leads me to believe that Tom is right back where he wants to be, hoping you will love him even more than you did yesterday…for all the wrong reasons.

I personally have the utmost confidence that the odds will play out against you, and the hole you find yourself in today will only get bigger, wider and deeper. And when Tom finally decides to bow out, who will be left to save you?

Seems to me like it’s far too big of a risk, being made by a guy who despite all of his outstanding qualities, has a track record of making bad decisions, at the very least...with the best of intentions.

Time will tell.



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27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ,

well done w/ one exception. Referencing Hugo Chavez will just cause more slack jawed confusion among the ex-members of Air Cornahan Nation.

Good luck to your squad this weekend. It's been refreshing to see some churn in the Big XII North and I hope Mizzou can go the distance.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ - this entry was not filled with nearly as much vitriolic criticism as I expected. I needed more of a laugh you jackass.

I am a bit confused though by your comments regarding Bo and Turner - I am not one of those fans that thinks either one os going to save us; they might, but good/great coaches have failed at times, so I am not certain how any coach can be deemed a "sure thing".

I don't pretend to know as much as Tom Osborne does about what it takes to be a successful college football coach (and nor should any likely to post here) so I guess I remain in the cautiously optimistic camp when it comes to whoever is selected as the next head coach.

I am also pretty confident that TO is not choosing a coach based on what the fans think - he, as much as anyone, knows that a good percentage of NU fans are completely irrational - he was on the hot seat for most of his tenure.

So, I agree...time will tell.

Go Sooners!

JH

GBR!

P.S. I would however bet that NU is a better team next year than they were in 2007 - and the new coach will be a genius :)

P.P.S. Hugo Chavez...he invented the Chalupa, right?

3:00 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I've learned one thing over the past 3 years...

- If I'm ever going to bash Tom Osborne, I better be ready to back it up, because I may as well call your grandfather a molestor. (ie, you people take him rather seriously).

In other words..I have to be very careful, or I lose you after the first paragraph.

Oh, and I very much think he is hiring who you want. I don't think he has the stones to do anything radical, like hiring a guy who was at Navy or something to that effect.

If my own team wasn't 60 minutes from the BCS title game, I'm guessing the column would have been a bit more hateful.

Maybe Monday perhaps?

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical AJ spin and BS.

In the "Riding with the Devil" post you basically blamed the fans for all the troubles and one of your conclusions was that our fan base is so ungodly horrible that no coach in his right mind would want to come to this "grey and dull ag school".

NOW, however, I should sending hate mail (and you wish, death threats) to Dr. Tom because he's not going after Pete Carroll and Urban Meyer?

Make up your mind.

Dr. Tom is well aware that this job may not be attractive to all comers. I think he's going after realistic candidates who might say yes. The goal is to hire a coach, not fly to places like Arkansas to get a raise for some dumbass coach who has no desire to come to Lincoln.

As for the Hugo Chavez stuff, um, the NCAA requires him to be a coach to go out recruiting. Comment on his desire to hit the recruiting trail if you like, but don't make it out to be something it's not.

Weak.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ,
You are wrong about TO taking positions and actions with the idea of making Nebraskans like him more. I believe his actions truly are a reflection of what he thinks is best. The clearest example that I can give you is his run for Governor. Don't you remember (as a Nebraskan yourself, whether you want to admit it or not) several highly unpopular positions he took regarding immigration and Class One schools? If he only wanted people to love him more, as you say, he would have taken an extremely conservative stance on illegal immigration and said that class one schools were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Instead, however, he took a moderate position on illegal immigration and stated that class one schools were a "vehicle for racism." Both of these positions killed him with voters and had everything to do with why he lost. This is just one example.
I am a Husker fan but love your blog. It is actually pretty funny and a 'relatively' fair view of Nebraskans. However, you are way off base here.

4:22 PM  
Blogger HBF said...

AJ,

1. I know the ground rules here and accurate reporting is not one of them, and neither is having opinions based on facts. You just have opinions that, as you admit, are biased and many are over the top. I'm not complaining, yet.

2. As you replied to me once before, and I'm paraphrasing only a bit, "if you want news and information, tune in to ESPN."

3. You've backed nothing up here on TO - re: you're reply to the second anonymous poster, JH.

4. Here's some comments on your pedestrian missive (mixed with some questions for you to answer) - try to be objective, sport.

a. In hindsight, TO went with loyalty over potential in selecting Solich. Solich could not call games and didn't recruit well. Solich had to go, but Pederson should have waited a year, not after a 9-3 season. SP should of taken the long view.

b. TO may be looking for some redemption after the race for Governor failure, and the Solich hiring... as for AD Pederson (back at Pitt, BTW), that was the NU Admin's call and TO's blessing came in after the hiring. Side note: I really thought SP would do well here.

c. A few bad apples (e.g., Philliips, C. Peter) doesn't spoil the bunch.

d. In the search for an HC, TO has hired a search firm, so it's not a complete go-it-alone mission. Moreover, the President, Pearlman, has been present at the interviews.

e. There are no sure bets in selecting a successul HC as USC and Oklahoma can attest, their present coaches being the exceptions. However, who better than TO to have input into selecting the next coach of NU? An aside, your school gets credit for giving Pinkel time.

f. Nothing lasts forever - Missouri football is exhibit A. Nebraska's good fortunes will come around again, but no one, including you, knows exactly when.

g. Your psycho analysis of St. Tom is so over the top thatI will not waste more key banging to debate it. You're simply having some simpleton fun or being simply mean ("selling your soul for NCs").

h. Once again, oh obtuse one, NU fans are NOT in the decision loop on anything NU football, other than deciding whether to buy tickets or watch the game on TV, and where.

e. The raw odds are against any AD who selects a coach with regard to his future success. Your knock against Pelini and Gill are not original - we've all read them (that's right! You're not about new information). The point here is if you went with what the critics are calling are prerequsites then TO would never have been promoted to HC since he'd never had HC experience.

f. Finally, if TO was going to do what the fans want, then the search would be over and either Gill or Pelini would be hired, and in Gill's case, announced. TO has said that he'd wait until a team's season was over before announcing a hiring. There are reports he's interviewed Grobe of WF and contacted Cincy regarding Kelly.

5. In the words of my niece, don't be such a poophead, AJ.

Later...

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giddy! You send Kugler an email and use the word giddy! I told you that you were a gay mother fucker!

On your way to San Antonio how about sitting on a few rail road tracks for an extended period of time! If you see any bright lights just walk into them!

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday after your faggot mother fucker nose picking QB gets his ass reamed by OU and you hate infested hick mother fuckers lose the big game!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of the box thinking: Nebraska should go after Pinkel! There's pink in red, after all!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO SOONERS!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, MR Fucking perfect AJ is a true Husker fan! Why else would he be sending email messages to the guys on Unsportsmanlike Conduct!

4:37 PM  
Blogger bornred said...

TO is a legend, but I was concerned when he took the interim AD role. If he had gone on the immediate search for a long term AD and let them conduct the coaching search, I think we could have much better results (as an incoming coach, I think I might want to know that the guy that hired me will be in place while I'm there). My personal opinion is that TO probably realized that he would be a galvanizing force to try to mend some of the harm brought on by SP. I do think you are right that there are soooo many people that think we have to have someone that has ties to the program, that TO appears to have focused his efforts there (but, honestly, I have no way of knowing who he is really talking to), which means we are really limiting our options. I would like to see the best possible coach, not the best possible coach that has been here. Paul Johnson from Navy, in my mind, would be a damn good fit...

Randy

PS. AJ, got my latest copy of SI in the mail last night and Daniel is on the front... Any worries (well, more than normal heading into this weekend's game) about an SI jinx? ;-)

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tiger Gary says....

So Anonymous nub fan said....

"...but good/great coaches have failed at times, so I am not certain how any coach can be deemed a "sure thing"...."

Either a rational nub (an oxymoron?) or one that has never laid eyes on Husker Illustrated's RSS - that is FULL of guys with names like "Husker4vr" - who are SURE that Bo Pelini will be the answer to all the troubles on the prarie and in the corn....

...and certainly one that has never uttered the phrase "Pinkel Factor"

Beat OU.....Looking forward to Monday's masterpiece.....

5:45 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

ESPN reporting Pelini is your man.

I am thrilled.

Couple of things:

1) I said make a run at Urban Meyer etc...if you think you're such a dream job..go after them. Doesn't mean they'll want to come here.

2) I always send Kuglar e-mails. He loves them.

3) Why on EARTH would you say something as stupid as "I'll wish you'd want to send a death threat to him." I don't even attack players on this blog. I simply state my opinion...if you don't like it..that's fine.

I think I'm pretty goddamn fair to you people, considering some of the things that go on in cyberspace.

4) I agree with Randy on Paul Johnson.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous AJ sucks said...

AHHH AJ AJ just because Nebraska is getting more national exposure even when your pussycats are at the #1 spot this is upsetting you I can tell. Even when nebraska is at its worst it still outshines your pathetic team. Go Big Red. And TO for President? lol now that is just a joke. But ne wayz BO will get the job, who knows maybe he will fail atleast hes being giving the chance, o and btw did i mention Missouri is talked about ooo every 1-10 times nebraska is talked about on television :) smile AJ everything will be set in stone in a few years and you and your team will go back and settle for pitiful doom and failure.

Happy holidays....


National Champions...

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aj:

You are off base on this one.

Frank

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Husker4Yankees said...

AJ:

Good luck today....really.

Met a few Mizzou fans in KC this week when I was down there.....and many more bandwagoners.....lol....welcome to that. Have you seen any pink MU hats yet?

We were never going to go after a 'name'....not because we do not think we can't get them....but because we won't pay them what it would require to get them.

If Pelini can get the defense performing and he hires some assistants who can continue our recruiting....we will be just fine thank you....our offense was not that crappy and with some tweaking might be very good.

Calling TO's recruits the biggest thugs? Look, there were no doubt a few thugs.....but I think Switzers uzi-toting, Tony Montana wannabees got us beat. Hell, Barnett's recruiting trip gang rapists might have us beat as well.....

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh. . . that was a pretty weak article. Now if you had named your teddy bear "Osborn". . .

10:12 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

"AHHH AJ AJ just because Nebraska is getting more national exposure even when your pussycats are at the #1 spot this is upsetting you I can tell"


** This is quite possibly the most idiotic thing I've ever heard in my life, and literally sums up every single thing I've ever said about you idiots.

If you've listened to Omaha radio, and only read Omaha.com and Husker's Illustrated all week...then yeah..you got WAY more coverage than Missouri.

Meantime, in the real world, Gameday just spent two hours talking about Missouri-OU, Corso threw on a Truman head two weeks in a row, their QB will be at the Heisman ceremony next week, and they were on the cover of SI, Sporting News, USA Today and pretty much every other national website and sports page in the nation.

I hope that was a joke, because if it wasn't, I'm going to throw away my OPS diploma...because it's obviously worthless.

Oh yeah..you people should know what it takes to get published and what it takes to get rejected. If you don't...well..guess you'll be wasting your time.

Enjoy your evening off.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tiger Gary says.....just read AJsucks post...

"...just because Nebraska is getting more national exposure even when your pussycats are at the #1 spot...."

Uhhh, dude...maybe in the weeklies published in bergs like Hastings, Columbus and Grand Island....

but most of the civilized world that reads periodicals like, ohhh...USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated are getting a load of Missouri.....

I liked the GameDay broadcast...again.....how about you?....

11:19 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

I'll say it again..and maybe some of you smarter folks might get it this time...

Nobody hates Baylor.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Big Head said...

Pelini? Really??? A guy that has gotten blown out of the water with talent. Hmm, sounds like a defensive Callahan.

Well, at least we will have another 4-6yrs of beating down these degenerates.

Order has definitely been restored. I wish you could hear me laughing!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ:

The B12 CCG is/was a hard hitting game. But Tiger fans are having to deal with choking on the big one.

Frank

PS: Just think, you and the rest of the Tiger fans will not have to hard of a time dealing with being losers again.

Congrats on a good season though!

9:58 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Since when is losing to a better team "chokeing?" You'd think with all the losing your shitty team has done all year, you would be used to telling a choke, from an asskicking, to a great coaching job by Stoops.

Win like a man..lose like a man.

OU lined it up and beat them. No shame in that.

11-2, North Champs...chance at a title..can't ask for more when your team has never won more than 9 games in a season in 116 years.

Not that I'd expect you to know any of that.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHA you stupid prick. Must suck to feel like a dumbshit and your pussy cats losing. Damn 2 times in one season to the same team, hows it feel to get it handed to you by the sooners....

11:49 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

11-2. Best season in 116 years.

OU is a great team.

Feels just fine thanks.

11:57 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

PS - Funny how last year, you idiots were screaming from the hilltops was a glorious and prestegious bowl the Cotton Bowl was...now I'm being mocked for it.

That makes sense.

Enjoy your coaching search.

11:59 PM  

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