Some guy called and wants The World-Herald to do another approval rating of Bo Pelini.
Here's an idea: Do it after the season. And tell me what you think if Coach Bo is standing on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium with confetti falling down on him and a rose stem stuck in his teeth.
Look, we make light of the Big Ten's Rose Bowl obsession. It's what outsiders do. It's what you do when you fear becoming one of the Stepford Fans of the Big Ten, looking for Pasadena and nowhere else.
It's why Husker fans cringed the other night after the Ohio State shakedown, when Pelini immediately went to the Rose Bowl goal card. Why some were incensed to hear quarterback Taylor Martinez say no big deal, the Rose Bowl is still out there.
Wrong thing to say. Wrong time to say it. It comes off sounding like a consolation.
But let's be honest: IF Nebraska can figure out a way to win the Big Ten — not exactly the riddle of the Sphinx — won't that constitute a success?
It won't erase the memories of games when NU looks clueless. It won't satisfy the hunger to get into the top 10, to become that national name again.
But Nebraska hasn't won a league title since 1999, hasn't been to a major bowl since 2001.
It's nice to live in 1997. Gas was cheaper, for one. But the reality is, nobody who follows NU can thumb their nose at the goal that is still out there, the goal that was the goal at the beginning of the season.
Would it change how you feel about the future of Husker football, about Pelini? If and when NU wins the league, we'll ask you.
My guess is, that's a poll Husker fans would love to take.
» Lots of talk out there about Pelini on the hot seat. That's fair. It's part of the job. Especially after the job the other night.
But it still sounds strange at Nebraska. Once upon a career, I covered firings and hirings at Mizzou, Kansas and Kansas State every four years. Like clockwork.
The saying back then was, the more you change coaches, the easier it is to do it. It always worked so well for that trio.
Of course, back then, MU, KU and K-State were the ones losing 63-38 — to Nebraska.
» Should Pelini make an appearance at the introductory press conference today of his new boss, Shawn Eichorst? After Saturday night, Pelini should pick up Eichorst at the airport.
» Pelini has a lot of help, of course, from all the coaches in the press box and stands. All eyes are on what adjustments Pelini will make to philosophy and scheme. But if you have to remake your program to beat the teams left on Nebraska's schedule, what does that say about your program?
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It says that, well, you should probably remake your program.
» I love “Midnight Madness” if done right, and Creighton does it right. The “Bluejay Madness” starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, featuring both men's and women's hoop teams. Sokol Arena is just the right size for the event. The place will be packed with Jays fans chomping at the bit to get the season going. There will be scrimmages by both teams, 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and a clinic on winking given by Grant Gibbs. Just kidding on the last part. Maybe.
» If you need a laugh after Saturday, or you just love good stories, there are still tickets available for tonight's Creighton Prep sports banquet, featuring golf commentator David Feherty, star of the popular and aptly-named Golf Channel show “Feherty.” The list of speakers at the annual Prep banquet includes Dick Butkus, Paul Hornung, Bill Walton, Roy Williams, Mike Ditka, John Elway and Jerry Rice. But golf's funny man is the biggest draw of all, with over 1,200 tickets sold, an event record. In fact, the dinner has been moved into the Heider Center (basketball gym) to accommodate the crowd. Balcony tickets ($75 each) are still available and will be sold at the door, which opens at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6:45 p.m. No word if Feherty is bringing “Frank” the chicken.
» UNO hockey has more drafted players (eight) on its roster than at any time in its history. The flip side of that is losing players like Terry Broadhurst early to the NHL. Still, a good problem to have.
» Heard a lot of talk about how rough the Ohio State crowd was going to be. My experience all weekend was that Buckeye fans were great and very welcoming of Nebraskans. I also was asked, over and over, how Nebraska liked being in the Big Ten, and that included some Ohio writers in the press box. The image that OSU or Big Ten fans are dismissive or ambivalent toward NU couldn't be more wrong.
» When Ohio State introduced its players on the giant video screen, it not only listed the player's high school but also the name of his high school coach. That's a pretty savvy recruiting bit there. Wonder if Nebraska officials were taking notes.
» Longtime Austin, Texas, columnist Kirk Bohls reports that the Texas State Fair now offers fried bacon cinnamon rolls. Man, I miss that conference. In other news, Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds just put West Virginia on double-secret probation.
» Not exactly a lot of good omens as Iowa gets back on the Legends Division field this week at Michigan State. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz is 3-6 coming off a bye week, quarterback James Vandenberg has a 2-6 record as a starter on the road, and there are questions about the availability of defensive back and team captain Micah Hyde, who was arrested for an incident last week.
» I get that Kansas City Chiefs fans are hungry and have been done wrong (try being a Charger fan). But there's no excuse for cheering when quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of the game. Let's hope they were cheering for something else, like the fact that only 10,000 fans were left and the concession lines were down.
» Shout Out: To coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth and her Creighton volleyball team, which is off to a program-best 15-3 start. CU's win over league titan Northern Iowa ended the Panthers' 59-match Missouri Valley winning streak. Was that a changing of the guard of the Valley?
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