Nebraska's desire to retain some of Bill Callahan's assistants appears to have played a part in then-Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe losing interest in the job.
According to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, Grobe said Tuesday at Big 12 media days that Nebraska requested to retain three assistants from Bill Callhan's staff when they spoke about the job opening in 2007. Grobe, however, "wanted freedom" to shape his own coaching staff. That discrepancy, among other reasons, ultimately led Grobe to stay at Wake Forest.
It was never known at the time just how close Grobe was to taking, or even being offered, the job at Nebraska. It was only reported then that Grobe met with Tom Osborne and Harvey Perlman during their search for Callahan's replacement.
Nebraska eventually hired then-LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini and retained two of Callahan's assistants — offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and wide receiver/running backs coach Ted Gilmore.
Grobe has said in the past, though, he had regrets about not taking the NU job. In a 2014 CBS Sports story, Grobe said when asked if he had those regrets: "I do now, I didn't at the time."
It's understandable why assistant coaches would've been an issue for Grobe. During the 2007 season — the last before this particular coaching search — seven of Grobe's nine assistants had been with him at Wake Forest since 2001, the year he took that job. Some of those assistants had even followed him from Ohio, his previous coaching stop.
Grobe stayed at Wake Forest until he resigned in 2013 after posting a fifth straight losing season. In May, Grobe took over as Baylor's head coach for the 2016 season after fallout from mishandled sexual assault cases involving football players led to the removal of the school's president, athletic director and head football coach.