|These Mountaineers really
shouldn't sit together...
Former Husker offensive line coach Dennis Wagner will be named head coach of Division 1-AA Western Carolina later this week. Former NU grad assistant Keith Heckendorf will be the offensive coordinator for the Catamounts, who went 3-19 the last two years. Wagner's first opponent will be Florida State. They also play the 1-AA (aka the "Football Championship Subdivision" national champion Appalachian State.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Zac Taylor will be joining Texas A&M, possibly as a graduate assistant. Why A&M? Well, it might have something to do with his future father-in-law; Taylor will marry the daughter of new Aggie head coach Mike Sherman in April. Taylor's decision to head to College Station is news to his former team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
ESPN's Mel Kiper told KOZN (1620 AM-Omaha) radio's Kevin Kugler and Mike'l Severe this afternoon that Marlon Lucky should probably return for his senior season. (Podcast) He sees Lucky being a fifth or sixth round pick. Kiper also is down on quarterback Sam Keller, who he thinks will go undrafted. Chadron's Danny Woodhead will get a shot at the NFL, but likely as a free agent pick.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt tells the Shreveport Times that he would tell Bo Pelini to concentrate on the Nebraska job, rather than try to help LSU win the national championship next Monday. Of course, Richt's situation was quite a bit different. Richt spent the final week of 2000 doing double duty: preparing for Florida State's national championship game and assembling a staff. Pelini is doing it over a month and is better able to segregate the two jobs. LSU took the first two weeks of December off, which allowed Pelini to focus on Nebraska. Then the recruiting dead period started about the same time LSU started preparations, allowing Pelini to shift his focus.