Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco

Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, left, celebrates with Luke Gifford after Gifford caused and recovered a fumble in the second quarter of the spring game.

Now that the sun and moon have parted ways, back to the totality of Nebraska football:

» In my conversation with Adam Carriker, he said he believes Bob Diaco will have a major impact on the Blackshirts in one season — much the way Bo Pelini did as a new defensive coordinator in 2003, Carriker’s freshman year at Nebraska.

There are obvious comparisons here between Pelini and Diaco, but I believe there’s going to be one major difference.

Diaco will get more than one year to put his stamp on the Blackshirts.

Pelini was fired along with Frank Solich’s staff after the 2003 season. Of course, Pelini came back as head coach from 2008 through 2014.

His hire as head coach was based largely on his impact as DC. That 2003 defense was prolific, tying a school record by forcing 47 turnovers and ranked in the top 15 nationally in four categories. They held eight opponents to under 100 yards rushing and seven to under 250 yards total offense.

That’s major impact for one season. What could Pelini have done with more time as DC? Carriker never got to find out and always wondered.

“He was up for a head coaching job (Pittsburgh) after that season, so you never know if he gets that (if they aren’t fired),” Carriker said.

“He did an amazing job that year and as far as the players, they were totally bought in. After the season, the players held a dinner for him, that’s how he was thought of. It was legal, and all that. But they held a dinner for him.

“I think there would have been progression from that point to what he had already done. It would have just gotten better.”

There’s a lot of talk about Diaco, and how much pressure he’s under, how much he can get done in one year, how much he has to get done this season. This is not a one-year timetable. Unlike Pelini in 2003, Diaco’s athletic director is not looking to make a change and put his stamp on the program.

If anything, it’s the opposite: Shawn Eichorst needs Mike Riley to win. This staff will get time.

You’d never know it from watching Diaco. He coaches like he wants to win yesterday. Another good sign, Carriker says.

» A Bud Crawford fight in Memorial Stadium? Sounds great, right?

“Wow, I don’t know,” said Butch Hug, NU’s associate athletic director of facilities/events. “That’s hanging an awful lot of stuff. That’s going to be expensive.”

Hug tried to picture in his mind how the lights would be hung over the boxing ring. He said there have been aerial cameras at Husker games and a handful of outdoor events at Memorial Stadium, such as a “Larry the Cable Guy” concert. But Hug pointed out that stage was placed in the end zone, close to the permanent stands.

Assuming a boxing ring would be placed somewhere on the football field, Hug said huge scaffolding “to hold the lights” would have to be constructed around the ring and would obstruct the view of “a lot of seats.”

So, it can’t happen? Hug says, “Nothing’s impossible.”

Well, maybe Crawford can convince Top Rank and ESPN to hold a fight in the daylight. That might be impossible.

» The atmosphere in the Haymarket on Saturday night was electric. A true Nebraska melting pot come together — Omaha, Lincoln and fans from around the state. That was a true gift Crawford gave his state, and the fans returned the favor.

» As long as Bud would let them — three rounds worth of love.

» That said, I wonder if it’s time for Crawford to take his brand nationally and internationally. Stage some fights overseas. Japan. Europe. Africa.

» Is Las Vegas a country?

» Point is, Bud has never been hotter, never been more marketable. The time is right for a move up in weight class and in hype. With Floyd Mayweather’s one foot in, one foot out of the sport, Crawford could/should be the face of boxing.

» He should definitely be the face of boxing on ESPN. SportsCenter appearances. I’m seeing a commercial where Scott Van Pelt’s belt breaks. He looks over at Crawford wearing four belts and says, “Can I borrow one?”

» OK, I’ll keep my day job.

» We’ll postpone Patrick Mahomes’ Hall of Fame induction for another week. But Mahomes impressed with Kansas City’s first-team offense at Cincy on Saturday. That’s all he needs to do right now — be able to keep the car on the road if necessary. He might be able to do a lot more than that, which means a quarterback “discussion” might be looming in Chiefs Kingdom very soon.

» Meanwhile, Mitch Trubisky, selected eight spots ahead of Mahomes at No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL draft, had a so-so outing following Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez for the Bears at Arizona. It’s early. But in Chicago, it’s still Cubs season.

» You have to hand it to the state of Iowa. They love their golf. Champions Tour event in Des Moines. PGA Tour event in Quad Cities. And Des Moines sparkled in hosting the Solheim Cup last weekend at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

» Would Omaha have turned out with that kind of force for the ladies? I’d like to think so. It didn’t take the USGA long to re-up the Senior Open at Omaha Country Club. We Midwestern folks love quality sporting events, man. Give us more, more, more.

» Nebraska got four votes in the Associated Press preseason college football poll — same as Appalachian State. What did you expect? Based on their finish last season, the Huskers are starting over, in more ways than one. The good news is, four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 11 and NU plays three of them. There will be opportunities to move up fast.

» One more and I’m outta here: I’d like to welcome Chris Heady, a mega-talented young writer, to the World-Herald Husker football coverage team. Chris grew up in Leawood, Kansas, and graduated from UNL, which means he knows the Huskers and where all the top millennial BBQ spots are in Kansas City. So, yes, multi-talented.

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