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On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker shares his thoughts on the ending of Nebraska's 56-year streak of having a Husker selected in the NFL draft and what this means for Husker football going forward.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show where we check the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
And this isn't necessarily on a fine Monday morning — well this is actually Sunday when I'm recording it — but this isn't my gut reaction to the first time in 56 years without having a Husker being drafted, even though it might look like it because I'm outside, and that's typically what happens with a gut reaction.
I wanted a day to kind of think about it. There's been a lot of reactions from other folks, a lot of reactions from fans, rightfully so. This is kind of a big deal. It almost feels like a dark day, but I wanted to come outside, number one, because it's a beautiful day out. All right, and I wanted to get my thoughts on this.
First time in 56 years we haven't had a Husker drafted in the NFL draft.
Now first of all — to guys like Stanley Morgan Jr., who's going to be with the Bengals, and Devine Ozigbo with the Saints, and Luke Gifford with the Cowboys, and every other Husker who's trying to make their NFL dreams come true — whether you're drafted in the first round, second round, third round, whether you go undrafted, once you put that helmet on and once you strap that chinstrap up, it really doesn't matter. Best of luck to each and every one of you.
Now, I remember back after the Purdue loss. All right, we're 0-4. We just loss on our own home field to freakin' Purdue by 14 points.
All right, and I said, I think this is rock bottom.
Now, I still think that was rock bottom. You could argue this is rock bottom for the program. This is over half a century, 56 years, this hasn't happened.
We've had two 4-8 seasons, an 8-16 combined record over the past two years.
Now, obviously everything trajectory-wise is going in the right direction. We can all see that.
You know, for over 40 years, at one point, we had at least nine wins every season. We went to a bowl game every year for 40 years. These are all NCAA records to this day. You know, so this could feel like rock bottom.
What it feels like to me is the turning point because there's been a lot of things that have never happened before that have happened in the past twenty years. Not all of them have been great, and this is one of them.
But, to me, I think this is going to be the turning point because I don't think we'll ever see this happen again. Not in my lifetime anyways.
I don't think we're ever not going to go to a bowl game in my lifetime again.
I think this is the turning point because this is the last time we're going to see things like this, hopefully in my lifetime, and I'm a very, very young man. I'm a dinosaur in football years, which is why I'm retired. But in life, I'm still considered a young pup, wet behind the ears according to my dad anyways.
Now a lot of people have been asking, who do you blame? Is it Mike Riley? Is it all these folks?
Well, I think for 20 years this thing has kind of been building. You know, 20 or so, 15, 20 years.
I think Riley has got to take some of the blame. I think Pelini. I think Callahan. I think there's quite a few folks. You know, if you're looking at some of the past ADs and things of that nature, there's a few folks that could take some of this blame.
But, here's how I look at this.
When I was there, I saw things that frustrated me and blew my mind, and I couldn't believe. I've shared some of them. I haven't shared honestly very many of them, and maybe I will as the years go along, and I feel it's more and more appropriate. But there have been things that have been contributing to this for quite a while. But the way I tend to look at it is, I see no reason to look back anymore.
All right, the ship is going in the right direction. This football program is headed on a great trajectory. You can see the last six games was a completely different team than the first six games. All right, to me, this is a turning point.
To me, this is — everyone has a right to be frustrated. I'm not gonna lie. I didn't do a gut reaction because I was that floored. I honestly thought at least Stanley would get drafted. I thought Devine might get drafted. You know, even though he didn't get invited to the combine, I know that.
I don't think it's time to look back anymore. All right, several people contributed to this.
I don't think it's time to look back anymore. I think it's time to look forward. I think this is a turning point because, I think starting right now, the time where we see things that haven't happened for a very long time — some of them good, some of them not so good — I think they're gonna end. And I think the things that we start seeing now — starting with this Husker season — are going to be things that we see for a long time going forward.
Another fifty years that these great things are happening — this great thing is happening, that great thing is happening — and obviously, there's still a lot of building to do.
As frustrating as this is, and as surprising as it was for me, I think it's a turning point in the right direction. Even though that might be hard to see right now. I hope that makes sense. I hope it makes sense, all right.
Have a great week. Have a great day. It's a beautiful day to be alive. Once again, good luck to all those to the Huskers going to the NFL, you know.
All right, until next time Husker Nation. Go Big Red, and always remember to throw the bones!
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