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Corn Flakes: Nebraska's Football Culture Isn't Right

Former Husker Jay Foreman breaks down Nebraska football

If the culture is there, you don’t have to worry about who is all in, or a coach calling, or the negative things in the locker room, because that’s going to be handled all in the locker room. When it’s handled in the locker room, that’s when you have something special. People want to talk about the 1990s. I can promise you the guys who were the upperclassmen on our team wouldn’t have let that happen. You would have been held accountable. That’s where the difference is.

You need to read the full article, but this sums up Nebraska's season very well.

What Foreman is talking about isn't any different than how you perform in your job every day at work. You typically have a group, a "team" of people, who have defined goals they're trying to reach and are expected to perform on a daily basis.

If someone in that group isn't doing their job, the team suffers. Some people feel like they need to pick up the slack and start trying to do more than their job, others feel like "If that guy isn't trying hard, I'm sure as hell not going to try hard either."

The team therefore becomes dysfunctional.

Foreman mentions the 90s. Those teams had a structure of leadership and culture set up in such a way that they didn't want to let each other down. If they did, that player was removed from their position or demoted in some way.

The problem facing Mike Riley is relatively the same that faces your managers, your team leaders, on a daily basis. If they fire a non-functioning member of your staff or team, they may alienate other members who are friends with that person. Riley's problem is more complicated in that he cannot simply fire Alex Lewis (for example) and immediately put out a job notice for another left tackle (or another guard, center, etc, should those guys decide they're going to become dysfunctional as well).

This is the kind of problem that takes time to fix. It's not just a matter of "next man up" because that next man may not have bought in any more than the first guy. It will take time to find the right mix of people who want to work together towards a common goal - just like in your office.

It's not that difficult to understand this. Look around. Are you performing your job at a high level every day? Is there that guy who isn't? Do you resent them? Are you that guy?

Whether you like your manager or not.. well, that's a different story. And if you don't, and you are that guy, why the hell are you still there?

Previews And Such

T.W.I.S., where an Oklahoma fan is sick of college football being too ... fair? -

Each week, This Week In Schadenfreude collects the Internet's maddest college football fans in one place, so that you can laugh at them.

WHERE CornNation SHOW'S UP AGAIN THIS WEEK, although it was another team that said this about their coach:

FIRE THAT bald-headed meatball fart.

It made me laugh and laugh and laugh. That and the comment about the Eugene bums.

At the bar giving away free beer until UCF finally wins a game, one good thing is free beer -

Let's go to a Knights bar in Orlando as an 0-5 team takes on a conference rival that wants to be an actual rival. There's free beer. "Everybody was getting down about the season, so we wanted to do something to bring all the fans together and stay positive," one bar employee said.

Staying positive with free beer. Well, I guess that's one approach.

Florida's Deiondre Porter arrested on charges of shooting at girlfriend, suspended indefinitely - Alligator Army

Shocking and terrible news.

This is not funny in any way shape or form.

Fee Fi Foe Film: Michigan State Offense | mgoblog

Cook's top target all season, meanwhile, has been Aaron Burbridge, who's gone from disappointment to one of the best receivers in college football during his senior season. He's got twice as many catches as any other Spartan this year; he's dangerous both as a downfield threat and a catch-and-run target—MSU even gave him a couple jet sweeps in this one.

Read this about Michigan State, an upcoming opponent. Seriously, read it.

Your Comprehensive Guide to Michigan State's Offensive Line Configurations - The Only Colors
Joe analyzes literally all of the options

Getting To Know Michigan's Week Seven Opponent: Michigan State Spartans - Maize n Brew
Taking a look at Michigan's instate rival this season and more in preparation for the weekend matchup.

Michigan Can Steal Michigan State's Dream Season on Saturday - Maize n Brew

In the preseason, MSU was No. 5 and expected to be a national title contender, while most presumed Jim Harbaugh needed time to patch up the sinking ship that was Michigan. Now? With a win on Saturday, Michigan can steal MSU's dream season for itself.

I'll be for Michigan State. I like the "chip on the shoulder" attitude they have, and I understand the "little brother" mentality they've been treated to over the years. That and Jim Harbaugh...

The case for Tom Herman as Maryland's next head football coach - Testudo Times
It's the first of a many-part series on candidates for Maryland's head football coaching job.

This week in the power rankings: A huge slate of B1G games are happening this Saturday. Can Iowa overcome injuries and win at Northwestern? Can Michigan State and Penn State keep it competitive? Has Minnesota fixed their offense? (Hint: No) And more!

What I Think I Know About Penn State Football at the Halfway Point of the Season - Black Shoe Diaries
50% of the season is in the books, and I think I know some things about Penn State

Northwestern vs. Iowa: Three Matchups to Watch - Inside NU
In a battle of evenly-matched ranked teams, line play may be the difference.

Purdue at Wisconsin Preview - Hammer and Rails
Wisconsin is going to run the ball and Purdue will be unable to stop it.

Steve Sarkisian takes to Twitter to thank people for their support -
Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian spoke publicly on Twitter for the first time since his dismissal on Monday.

Lengthy injury list becoming a coach's headache in Big Ten | College Football
"I've never seen anything like it in my 32 years of coaching," Gophers coach Jerry Kill said. "Just one of those years. What do you do? Like I tell our guys, you can't get down. You just coach them. We're going to play with some young players probably, and that's part of it. They'll have to grow up, and we'll be better down the road for it."

Inside College Sports: O'Bannon seeks new appeal vs. NCAA in Ninth Circuit -
CBS Sports national college football writer Jon Solomon provides his latest update on the Ed O'Bannon trial, discusses eating disorder risks for NCAA athletes and more in the latest edition of Inside College Sports.

Adrian Robinson, Ex-Player Who Killed Himself, Had C.T.E. - The New York Times
Chris Nowinski of the Concussion Legacy Foundation confirmed the diagnosis in Robinson’s case and said that 88 of 92 N.F.L. players whose brains have been tested there have shown evidence of C.T.E., along with 33 others who played college or high school football.


Huskers Ranked No. 8 - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska rifle team is ranked eighth on the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Top 20 Poll.

Theriot Lands Preseason All-Big Ten Honors - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Nebraska's Rachel Theriot earned preseason All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year when the conference announced its preseason awards on Wednesday afternoon.

Big Ten Football Ratings Week 6: Vectors For Teams that Matter to Minnesota - The Daily Gopher

We all knew there were no easy games left on the schedule. This visual confirms our bias.

There's math. Or something. I can't handle it anymore. Maybe it's because I am trying to keep up with everything, but these advanced statistics anymore... I'm tired of them.

Minnesota vs Nebraska: The Broken Chair Trophy needs official recognition - The Daily Gopher
The $5 Bits of Broken Chair trophy has an origin story worthy of the college football trophies of old.

Gophers update: Travis out, Boddy-Calhoun questionable for Nebraska game -
The Gophers won’t have safety Damarius Travis back for Saturday’s game against Nebraska, after all.

Then There's This

Man tries to put out garbage fire by driving over it in a van loaded with ammunition | The Kansas City Star
A Clay County sheriff’s deputy retreated to a safe distance from a van burning in a field after he heard the sound of live ammunition going off inside it.