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12/7/2014

Was the firing of Bo Pelini the right move?

71%
Yes WINNER

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29%
No

17

71%
Yes

59 Comments
John Paul Cunningham
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John Paul Cunningham

We won the games we were supposed to win and lost the ones we should have won, and failed to be competitive for the ones we could have won.

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Mike Myers
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Mike Myers

I agreed with the AD'S reasoning

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Chad Carolyn Lueders
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Chad Carolyn Lueders

1. Frequent angry outbursts on the sideline. 2. Vulgar language 3. The ill speaking of some Nebraska fans. 4. The inability to take Nebraska to an elite level. (The 3 blowout losses to Wisconsin were terrible and telling)

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Rich Regan
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Rich Regan

I voted for this side only because there is no "HELL YES" option.

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Neil Tieszen
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Neil Tieszen

Pelini's hotheaded act has gotten old, as well as his lack of being competitive in big games, Getting blown out time and time again and losing to Minnesota 2 years in a row? Ridiculous. Pelini just isn't a good game day coach. Always unprepared when it matters most.

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Ja-cob
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Ja-cob

He didn't embrace the fans, he fought them. He didn't win big games. The program was stagnant.

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Scott
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Scott

He should have fired at least either OC or DC last year.

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Alan Mehrer
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Alan Mehrer

He is a good coach. But Nebraska needs one that will be consistently in the running for a national championship and always in the top ten. The fans deserve this. We gave him a chance. What I don't like about it is that they didn't let him coach his last game. He deserved it.

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Randy Rogers
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Randy Rogers

I don't mind losing, it's the way we lost that I couldn't stand. I like Bo and think he is a hellva coach (look what he did with special teams this year), but he needed to surround himself with better coaches. Bo's biggest fault was being too loyal. Osborne went 9-3 plenty, but never got smacked around like we have. There is a difference.

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Nathan Porrata
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Nathan Porrata

Thought Bo won a lot of games against lesser appointments, he was just over .500 against teams with winning records, and 5-16 against teams which finished the season ranked. He had no signature victories, and got blown out on a regular basis. Its time for Nebraska to move on.

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Visitor
0
Visitor

Bo couldn't win the big ones.

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Kurtis Ramsey
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Kurtis Ramsey

The program isn't in any better shape in year 7 than it was in year 2 with Pelini at the helm. Nebraska needs a really really strong recruiter to make it back into the top 10 of college football.

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Spencer Hasch
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Spencer Hasch

We need to compete for championships, not mediocrity.

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Jim Kneedler
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Jim Kneedler

Bo was not the right face of the program....He was done when he said the program was going in the right direction after yet another blow out loss to Wisconsin. Also, his "angry little man" approach to press conferences and other interviews was embarrassing. Additonally, while we did get 9 wins per season, it was against teams that, frankly speaking, did not matter in the scheme of things. Bottom line, he hurt the "Brand" of NU and that had to stop, whatever the price....

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Gene Baker
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Gene Baker

He was not able to have his team ready to play in the big games. He seemed to have a NFL mentality about losses. Good couch just not who Nerasable needs to lead them to championships.

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Scott Everly
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Scott Everly

I liked Bo, but for me the single most important factor would be being absolutely OWNED by Wisconsin. Losing a close game, or even winning a close one does not offset the THROTTLING that Whisky can just seemingly do at will

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Jacob Peterson
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Jacob Peterson

9 wins over mediocre caliber teams is not impressive. Not looking competitive against like-talented or slightly more talent teams is not impressive. Most of all 7 years and no rings to show for is why he deserves to go. You wouldn't get away with this at OU, Texas, Bama, or Ohio State. Why should Nebraska think any differently?

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Kim Cox
0
Kim Cox

consistent blow out losses against above average teams.

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steve goertz
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steve goertz

The program record the past 7 years speaks for itself; not just the win/loss, but the lopsided defeats by quality programs.

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Tyrd Ferguson
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Tyrd Ferguson

He hitched his wagon to two inexperienced coordinators and refused to get rid of them. His inexperience at being a head coach and misguided loyalty cost him his job. He won't be so arrogant at his next job. I wish him Godspeed.

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Kevin Hamilton
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Kevin Hamilton

"Stay the course" it was clear that player development was not taking place, it was clear that Pelini needed to bring in fresh blood who were skilled in developing talent, it was clear he planned to stay the course with who he had on staff. Time to move on as Nebraska Football was clearly off course under Pelini.

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Jason Jisa
0
Jason Jisa

This was the best move for Nebraska. I am tired of getting destroyed by anyone who has a decent team. We have not just been losing but getting blown out!

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Michael Morkert
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Michael Morkert

His consistent loses and the manner of how it happened was what cost him his job. Bo is a great defensive coordinator but head coach is a touch business and, in the end could not do it.

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Jason Free
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Jason Free

His sideline antics were not the behavior of a leader. The man is a coordinator not a head coach. Had he been willing to change up his staff, perhaps he could've remained as coach.

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Rob Timothy Pearson
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Rob Timothy Pearson

7 years to conquer temper has lead to unpredictable play and collapses - of course you will lose focus if you get yelled at that way - I could not recommend my son to play for him. Too many bad loses to ranked teams and general lack of on field discipline - he was the face of the university to the nation and it is not what I want representing Nebraska

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Arlie Rauch
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Arlie Rauch

Much to like about Bo. But his and his team's inconsistency and lack of excellence even when plenty talented signaled that the peak had been reached, and it was not enough.

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Gene Lydick
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Gene Lydick

the paradox is that a program like Clemson is Ok with a 9-3 season beating the rival en-route And Nebraska a program that is accustomed to using the top 10 as being a measuring stick for a programs success

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Dave Lepre
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Dave Lepre

Beating the teams you're supposed to beat and losing (ugly) to equal or better teams, year after year, is a coaching problem, period.

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David W Puckett
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David W Puckett

GOOD ..BUT STOP LOSING THE big GAME

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Paul Parker
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Paul Parker

Off the field issues weren't consistent with the University or culture of Nebraska. I think he is a good coach but struggled to attract top coordinator talent, IMHO.

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OffexchangePro
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OffexchangePro

In some ways I think Bo is the modern day Marty Schottenheimer. A guy who always made their team choke up and play too tight in big games. Bo, also was a hot head, and after last year I think his comments about fan and daring the administration to fire him. Coaches not putting players in a position to succeed. no identity as a team or program. Lastly lack of development, I think this team hit a point and didn't develop anymore. When Ameer went down, Newby wasn't really the answer was he? I don't blame Newby. I feel he was never developed or put in to get meaningful snaps. We saw this with out QB.

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Walter Calkins
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Walter Calkins

It seems like the program was in idle.

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Bob Sandage
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Bob Sandage

As much as we don't like to think it, college football is business. I wouldn't keep a sales guy employed in my business if (a) he only closed the "low hanging fruit" sales opportunities, and (b) he continually embarrassed my company. Good guy, good values, just not able to be a consistently positive influence on his players, both on the field execution and mentally, to compete with any but middle of the road teams.

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Thomas Brandvold
0
Thomas Brandvold

Too many bad losses and the defense was pathetic. I would have settled for a change at DC but this forces the issue.

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Bart Burroughs
0
Bart Burroughs

I just didn't see us every winning the important games under Pelini, we weren't even close on most of them. the players seem to be "ok" with 9-3 and not competing for a title, not even the west division title. but the university and fans should not be ok with that. we can, and should, do better.

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Wednesday Punk
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Wednesday Punk

This should have been done last year - Bo hit his ceiling, and it was obvious he was not getting us over the hump anytime soon. The OC and DC had to go, and if Bo wanted to remain loyal, it was his ass on the line. Thanks for the 7 years in Lincoln, but, time for a change.

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Jerry Chris Christensen
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Jerry Chris Christensen

We are not getting any better. 9 win seasons does not make a championship team. Winning the big games does that. It is time to move on. Keep in mind 4 of those nine wins are, for the most part, sure wins. It takes more than that and the Huskers can do a lot better. This is a coaching problem, not a player problem.

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Chris Fries
0
Chris Fries

Good is not good enough, need to win some games against top 25 teams. Also too many blowouts. The Nebraska facilities are top notch, Talent is not far off, but the coaching is subpar.

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Gene Murphy
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Gene Murphy

If Bo was unwilling to replace coordinators or assistants the AD has no choice. Blow out loss (70-21) to a 7-5 Wisconsin team should have been the end of Tim Beck and John Papuchis but NU had to suffer 2 more seasons of inept schemes with great talent.

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cory carmichael
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cory carmichael

We deserve better than 3 or 4 really bad losses every year. I am sick of hearing the announcers try and hold back their laughter when we play games with any national implications and lose by 35 points.

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Tom Skow
0
Tom Skow

OMG this staff was a sham.

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Josh Smith
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Josh Smith

I like BO as a person and a coach but it just wasn't clicking. After 7 years and 2 sets of coordinators, BO has given us nothing to show that he is capable of taking us to the National championship. At some point in time, you have to take a step back and look at the big picture of what BO has and has NOT done while he has been here. While BO does win 9-10 games a season, they are mostly wins against poor-mediocre teams. It seems that we as a team choke in big games and get blown out in them often. That all comes back to coaching. I like BO a lot and wish him the best where ever he goes. In the end, it's all just business.

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Ron Mowery
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Ron Mowery

No signs of bringing Huskers back to relevancy!

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Daniel L Ellison Sr.
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Daniel L Ellison Sr.

It was time , LOVE BO and the job he did after he who shall not be named screwed the pooch, but man the losses and they were monumental losses. Good Luck to him. GBR

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Andrew Deifel
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Andrew Deifel

After 7 yrs the Nebraska Cornhuskers are still irrelevant in college football and trending down. It is a tough move to say the least and everyone including myself wishes Bo and his family nothing but the best, but the fit just wasn't quite there and as a program none of us should be happy with being irrelevant.

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R.E.X.
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R.E.X.

9 wins isn't the issue. It's how you win/lose that's important and shows progress/regress. 26-25 against all teams with winning records, regardless of conference/ranking isn't a sign of a program on the rise. Each year we knew what would happen - an ultimate breakdown and blowout loss somewhere. Time to make a move.

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Tyler White
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Tyler White

Just couldn't get over the hump. I don't think that Pelini's temper did him any favors either. Eichorst is right to look for a different energy.

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Brian Hayes
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Brian Hayes

The problem went a lot deeper than some defensive staff changes (and btw, Bo really was the DC there, with Papuchis coaching in name only); the offensive scheme is broken too, with poor results in the last month; recruiting, the lifeblood of any program, has been mediocre since he got there (no Top 20 classes), and Bo has done himself no favors with the Big 12 and Big 10 refs over the years. He'd had plenty of chances, we were showing no signs of competing with Top 20 schools, and it was time to move on. And if these players loved Bo so much, why did they continually lay down in big games? Jerry Kill's players fought Wisconsin to the bitter end, and they had significantly less talent on the roster. Why did only Nebraska routinely give up 600 rushing yards to Bucky?

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Visitor
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Visitor

Side act getting old. Feel sorry for the players, Bo is loved, but we can't continued to get blown out in big games.

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Rod Combs
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Rod Combs

Without willingness to make improvements where needed....Bo's program was stagnating (even regressing) over the last few years. It's tiresome to watch getting embarrassed in big games and the same mistakes happening over and over and over again. Change was needed.

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Nolan Mast
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Nolan Mast

Without a doubt...3-4 losses per year is unacceptable. Pelini's defensive stats vs Top 40 competition were eerily similar to the Cosgrove experiment!!!

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29%
No

17 Comments
Scott Monroe
15
Scott Monroe

Coach Bo was consistent and may have struggled against top competition. However, with more time we had a staff that was loyal, committed and working for NU for the long haul. Figure of those 7 years 4 were wasted getting the talent back onto the field so BO has only had about 3 years with his players. He was far from maxed out and yes he needed some staff changes, but overall he would've done this when the time was right. Bad firing......IMHO.

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Rod Combs
Rod Combs

Bo's loyalty is a strength, but when his Assistants like Beck and Papuchis are not meeting expectations...he should have replaced them. Instead his loyalty prevented him from making the difficult decisions and I think this was ultimately a key reason to his demise. He would have been great to keep as Head Coach so long as he was committed to continuous improvement which I'm not convinced he was.

Ross Kranz
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Ross Kranz

Nebraska is delusional if they expect to get anyone to come in (away from a proven reject with experience (aka- Glenn Mason) or an under qualified up-and-comer that hasn't been offered an opportunity yet (aka- Scott Frost). No matter how you slice it, all of us will be forced to watch 5 or 6 years of 6-6 Nebraska football as our recruits bail, our current players are as restless as ever, and anyone that has an opportunity to play on Sundays now have a clear decision. What's even more painful is how promising our team looked for 2015 and 2016 from a talent and development perspective. I might make my wife happy and tune out for a few years because I just can't take it anymore.

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Annie Stricker
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Annie Stricker

We all know the pros/cons list for Bo. I think it comes down to one thing that has ALWAYS worked for NU in the past. Longevity. It takes time. We want our instant gratification and if the next coach doesn't get a title in the first 4 years, we'll fire him too… Joining the likes of other northern football teams like Notre Dame and Michigan.

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Nathan Porrata
Nathan Porrata

Bo had seven years, and he wasn't getting any better. If the next coach has us competitive in big games, then we won't have to win titles right away. But he has to be competing for them. In a very winnable Big Ten West that's very doable. Bo had seven seasons to turn do this and failed miserably. Time for change.

Daniel Revas
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Daniel Revas

We've been in this movie before, and it turned out to be "Titanic".

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Del Vanderbeek
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Del Vanderbeek

Bo would have made the necessary changes to win championships and he would have gotten better recruits to come in and play for NU.The plane, the extra money for recruiting and recruiting staff was not in place for Bo long enough to see the benefits.

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Dan Buell
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Dan Buell

Bo did it right, especially off the field. How many players have had trouble with the law and are still with the program? How many graduated? Recruiting was improving, results were improving. Not to mention, the players loved him. That speaks volumes!

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Nathan Porrata
Nathan Porrata

The team wasn't improving. Is finishing third in possibly the worst division in college football a sign of improvement?

Huskerfan
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Huskerfan

First, he took us to 2 big12 championship games - both lost to worthy teams with much better talent - one to a NC participant which we should've won. Then he was told to move to B1G and win right away - different styles of FB without time for B1G style recruits.

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Gearld Wolff
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Gearld Wolff

I vote NO, unless Bo refused to consider replacing both Beck and Papuchis. When Bo took control over either the offense or the defense they performed. When he was hands off, the coordinators failed their mission.

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Visitor
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Visitor

Ask yourself this hypothetical question: Would you want Nebraska to face a Bo Pelini coached team at another talent-comparable program? Let's say he was hired at Florida; would you be concerned about a potential loss? I would.

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Brandon McDermott
Brandon McDermott

His squad would go up 17-0, then fall apart. Not worried...

Kent McVay
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Kent McVay

Bo is a quality guy who was building a quality program. A quarterback coach would have been a good improvement and would have paid for itself over the long haul. I hope the decision to change directions turns out to be the right one. Thanks Bo for all you did for NU.

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Jeff Malooley
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Jeff Malooley

Hard to justify 9-3 firing. Bo waa also given 7 years and never won a conference championship. I see both sides and the chips will fall where they may

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Joe Dreyer
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Joe Dreyer

should have given him a chance to revamp staff

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Todd Meedel
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Todd Meedel

I am a true husker and an alumni, I used to financially support my Alma mater, till the Pelini dismissal. Took TO 20 yrs to get a NC, and TO 8 yrs for a conference title. Had Nu not been hosed by the big 12 officials in the championship game and put the extra second on the clock. it would of been different. Embarrassed to be a Husker today....

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Nick Hopper
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Nick Hopper

I think we could have got bye with getting a new OC Tim Beck sucks we run it down the field getting good yardage and then we get to the red zone and start thowing? Why? A new OC and let Bo work more with the defense and were good. I just hope this was the right move, for the players you know were just fans but the are losing a mentor also. I love our team i allways will and lets hope for the best since its done now.

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Shelly-Sherm Mowery Rhoten
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Shelly-Sherm Mowery Rhoten

Was Bo a great coach? No. Did he have the potential to be one? I believe so. It's a damn good thing our athletic directors in the '70's and '80's didn't listen to the disgruntled fans back then or we wouldn't have those nice shiny trophies from the '90's.

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FUBAR
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FUBAR

Bo needed new coordinators! Bo said he would not fire anyone to save his job so if Eichorst gave Bo the option of replacing some coordinators and Bo refused then I'm ok with the firing but if they went top down mentality then I'm disappointed in the firing.

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Nathan Porrata
Nathan Porrata

This is his second set of coordinators. What makes you think a THIRD set would be any different?

Michael Klug
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Michael Klug

Lot of young talent, would have been nice to see QB and the defense develop more. Lot of sophomores out there starting, and often times there's a big jump in the understanding of the game and in physical development in that age group as they make the transition from so. to jr. year.

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Do you see the Huskers beating the point spread against Oklahoma this weekend?

Do you see the Huskers beating the point spread against Oklahoma this weekend?

I'll take the points and the Huskers

7

The Illinois game really shook me

9

I'll take the points and the Huskers

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John Jordan
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John Jordan

OU is susceptible to the long passing game. NU pulls out some stops on offense. D keeps it close. OU by 3.

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James Key
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James Key

Im breaking out my 30yr old Number 7 jersey. Huskers by 7

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Matt Seiler
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Matt Seiler

Spencer is a guy who’s easily rattled (get it?) and figures to throw a few picks if pressured. I still think we lose but Huskers can move the ball through the air and force a few TOs to keep this game within 14. Small chance they even pull out the W

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Mark Wane
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Mark Wane

I watched the Tulane game and I think Buffalo is a good team that the D shutdown. Plus I went to school in the 90’s and want us so badly to step up on National tv. We are due!! Skers

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Mick Hanson
0
Mick Hanson

I drink all the Kool-aid, why not?

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Bob Berg
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Bob Berg

Sooner's lose one game mid-season. Why not this one. Hopefully no one showed the Sooner team what Frost and company did to them in '96 and '97. We should play well for 3 quarters then their top guys may take over.

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The Illinois game really shook me

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Randy Weitzenkamp
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Randy Weitzenkamp

It's likely at some point in the game we'll be down a score or two. Does this team have the mental toughness to fight and mount a comeback or will they fold? I just don't think the team has that kind of confidence in themselves yet.

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Ryan Moss
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Ryan Moss

I can’t believe Nebraska fans have fallen so far that they discuss if they can’t beat the spread and not if they can beat OU.

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Terry Busch
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Terry Busch

they have talent everywhere. We have a tiny bit of talent. It's a talent landslide.

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Sporty361
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Sporty361

No way! IL lost big to an unrated Virginia team. Sooners will do whatever they want to do regarding score. Tired of us ‘rebuilding’ when we can’t beat teams that out recruit us every year. Don’t those teams have to rebuild? Simply put we are either terrible recruiters or terrible developers.

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Larry Smith
0
Larry Smith

Big REd is playing well below the Sooner's level. I just hope they can keep it at the 21 points and not get buried in a ten td avalanche.

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Steve Walker
0
Steve Walker

They are still playing pretty bad. Offensive line is still not blowing anyone off the ball. Defense is still not getting a pass rush. Secondary is not as good as advertised. Hopefully there will be improvement.

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USMC Sully
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USMC Sully

we have been down this road too many times to think otherwise

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Wade Williams
0
Wade Williams

We are not there yet. We put too much pressure on an improving defense. If NU could some how score 40 they might have a chance at the end of the game but....I'll call it 48-27 OU.

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Matt Seiler
Matt Seiler

I believe that means they beat the spread

Bryan Petersen
0
Bryan Petersen

Offensive line had yet to show we can run the ball between the tackles

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Are you concerned about the investigation into the Husker's use of analysts and off-campus workouts?

Are you concerned about the investigation into the Husker's use of analysts and off-campus workouts?

No, it's just a distraction

2

Yes, it indicates questionable judgement

1

No, it's just a distraction

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Darrell Bailey
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Darrell Bailey

Lots of teams are doing the exact same thing. Make everyone else accountable before just punishing the Huskers.

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Randy Weitzenkamp
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Randy Weitzenkamp

It's just a distraction, but it is the last thing we need right now. The timing of this news is extremely suspicious. Focus on taking care of business on the field and this will be ancient history in a month .

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Yes, it indicates questionable judgement

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Ryan Moss
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Ryan Moss

Frost is doing everything he can to try to get this program going again. That even means blatantly cheating and trying to cover up his cheating. This isn’t an oopsie, it’s desperation. Same with trying to run away from the OU game. He knows he’s in trouble and he just cost himself his buyout.

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