LAST WEEK ON 'THE BOTTOM LINE'

MIKE'L SEVERE


Former Husker lineman Jason Peter says Nebraska should look local when hiring its next defensive line coach.

"I think Nebraska needs people who know how to coach, above everything. They need guys who can take two and three-star guys and make them look as talented as the four and five-star guys. What good is it if you get a guy here who is a talented, four or five-star guy, and you can't coach them up? He plays at the level of a two or three-star. ... It never hurts to have a guy who has ties to the program. I have already said I cross my fingers and I hope (former Husker) John Parrella gets the job. He is a guy who has been coaching, so it's not like people can say, 'Sure, he played 12 years in the league, but he has never coached.' Well, he has coached. He also has children who are college age and knows how to relate, and he is a guy that will demand respect when he walks into the door."

Kenny Wilhite, the new director of high school relations for Nebraska football, said he is committed to finding the best talent in and around the state.

"Identifying a prospect who fits what we want to do offensively, on defense and special teams. Identifying them early, creating that relationship — and when I say relationship, not just with the prospect, but his coach, his administrator, his mom, his dad. The person that kid is going to look to when he makes that final decision. And then it goes back to, does that kid fit what we are trying to do at the University of Nebraska? Not all kids fit what we are doing or what Iowa is doing, so you have to bring that kid who fits what you are trying to do. Also, you have those FCS teams — North Dakota State, South Dakota State — who are winning now. You have to steal those kids from those scholarship offers up there to be potential walk-on candidates that, again, fit what you are trying to do here."

Creighton point guard Maurice Watson, who helped the Jays upset Xavier earlier in the week, said the quality of the Big East and the allure of big games drew him to CU.

"I grew up watching Louisville and Syracuse and Notre Dame and those kind of teams in the Big East, but with the new schools in the Big East, I don't think there has been a dropoff. The names have changed and people may not give the league its just due, but teams are losing night in and night out, and you don't see many blowouts.

... It really has been all competitive games. You look at DePaul, a team that has been at the bottom of the league, beat Providence, a team that has been near the top of the league, so it's like any team can lose on any given night. That makes you want to go out there because every game is a dog fight and you get to show what you have."

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