Shatel: Scott Frost must replace an assistant for the first time. How about John Parrella?

John Parrella recently landed with the Cleveland Browns and it’s not clear if he would leave a new job to come back to Nebraska.

I remember thinking when Scott Frost was hired and brought his entire staff to NU that it was too bad John Parrella was leaving, because he would be a good fit on this staff. Could that still be the case?

It will be interesting to see where Frost goes to replace Mike Dawson, because this will be the first time Frost has had to replace an assistant since he has been a head coach. Parrella recently landed with the Cleveland Browns and it’s not clear if he would leave a new job to come back.

But he fits into the Nebraska culture Frost is setting, and Parrella seemed to have a lot of energy for recruiting.

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  • The first Alliance of American Football games were good fun and what a concept that football games can be fast-paced and played in two-and-a-half hours. For me, the best part were some of the rules.
  • Love the idea of going to all 2-point conversions in the NFL and in college. Yes, it’s possible they would become just another play, but I think there would always be a sense of drama to them. You might have players drafted or signed to a roster just for the two-point conversions. I’m in on this one.
  • I’m also leaning toward a full-time use of the AAF’s onside conversion rule — replacing the onside kick with a fourth-and-12 at the 28. Onside kicks are fun, especially when they’re a surprise early in the game. But too many onside kicks aren’t executed well, the kick goes out of bounds or bounces right to the other team. I want to see more of this. But this could be a great idea.
  • One more: the overtime format, where each team gets the ball at the 10-yard line and is required to score a touchdown in four downs. No field goals are allowed in overtime, and teams must go for two after scoring. This cuts the overtime to the core, either you score or stop them or go home. I like this idea, too.
  • Also, I don’t mind doing away with kickoffs. Honestly, I have nothing against kickers. They’ve provided me with some of the best quotes.
  • Bob Stoops shocked the world by taking the job as general manager and coach of Dallas’ XFL team. Maybe Stoops discovered he can’t golf every day and missed the film room. But XFL? It could be a way for him to see if he likes the pro life, and get the attention of potential NFL suitors. That possibility seems a lot more plausible now.
  • One more and I’m outta here: I’ve known Rick Reilly, the former Sports Illustrated columnist and national sports writer of the year, since 1982. We’ve spent many days and nights in press boxes and golf press tents and kept in touch over the years. Recently, Reilly sent me a message that caught my eye.

“You know anyone who wants to buy an Applebee’s in Hastings?”

Reilly, whose father grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska, bought the Applebee’s in Hastings from an acquaintance several years ago. He liked the idea of investing in a restaurant in middle America. But the company that ran the restaurant closed it, leaving Reilly with the building.

I spoke with Reilly on Monday for an update, and he said, “If anybody has an idea for a steak joint or an Italian place, it’s a good restaurant.” But he had something else on his mind, too.

“The Hastings sports hall of fame was in my restaurant,” Reilly said. “It was on a wall. And now it’s gone. I would like to know what happened to the Hastings sports hall of fame stuff.”

If you want to buy a restaurant in Hastings, or know where that hall of fame went, let me know. Years ago, when we were covering that British Open, I never could have imagined this.