In 2003, Steve Pederson came to town and fired Frank Solich because he didn't want to see Nebraska "surrender the conference to Oklahoma and Texas". We all know what happened next. He hired Bill Callahan to be our head coach. This was supposed to usher in a new era of football at Nebraska. The offense was going to be updated to the 21st century and National Championships were going to pour in. Well, that didn't happen, and, after the miserable 2007 campaign that saw Nebraska finish 2-6 in conference play, Bill and Steve were out and Bo Pelini was in.
This write up isn't about whether Steve made the correct decision to fire Frank or hire Bill, but instead it's about Bo Pelini. What if Callahan had hired him instead of Kevin Cosgrove? Would things have been different?
If the blackshrits were able to be about as good as they have been the past two years during the Callahan era, would we have seen championships?
Would we all love Steve Pederson? Would Bill Callahan still be our head coach with statues erected of him?
Or maybe Pelini's blackshirts would have struggled. After he was let go at Nebraska in 2003, Bo went to Oklahoma and LSU before making it back here as our head coach. Did that experience help Bo to become a better coach or was he ready in 2003?
One last thing. If Bo had helped us to a few championships (conference or national) as Bill Callahan's DC, would we have made the move this past summer to the Big Ten?