Nice article by Lindsay Schnell at SI.com yesterday, nice because it's SI.com, a high profile national site. It's mostly a rehash of what Husker fans have been reading for a while already, i.e., Mike Riley is the nicest guy on the planet. There are some tidbits here and there, however, but the piece that should catch your eye is this bit:
Osborne doesn’t necessarily agree with the idea that his legend looms large in Lincoln, and hopes no coach feels mounted pressure because of his presence. "I’ve been gone for a quite a long time," says Osborne, 78. "Some people growing up [now] don’t even know when I was there."
My first reaction was that this was a ridiculous comment and I doubted that Osborne had even said it.
"Gone for quite a long time...."
The pyramids being built in Egypt, Emperor Ch'in and his terra cotta army - that was quite a long time ago. The Spanish Armada being sunk by the English - that was a long time ago.
Osborne's five-year 60-3 run - every Nebraska fan over the age of one knows that happened in the 90s. It only seems like "quite a long time ago" because we have to hear all of the time about how Nebraska hasn't won a conference championship since 1999, and thenm OH DEAR GOD, that seems like... forever.
My second reaction was that if Osborne actually believed this he'd say something like "I really wish Nebraska fans would stop measuring every other coach by my success", which would be a reasonable, sage thing to say.
If Tom said that, we could take it to heart and start judging each head coach by their own merits. We might have reasonable expectations which might lead to fewer heart attacks, fewer overreactions on social media and less angst amongst the fan base...
Can you believe I just wrote that?
I don't believe Dr. Tom is a loony, nor a liar, nor is he anywhere close to stupid. Nor is Osborne senile, although age is implied here. (Every article about Mike Riley brings up the fact that he's 61 YEARS OLD, the insinuation clearly being that he might be too old to continue coaching and certainly TOO OLD to start over at a new place.)
I do believe that maybe, just maybe, that Osborne made the comment because of wishful thinking, not on our behalf, but on his. In other words, he'd like that statement to be true from his perspective, and if we tell ourselves things we want to believe repeatedly we will come to believe them.
Because if it was wishful thinking on behalf of Husker fans - gee, whiz, that's a whole lot of wishing, enough that it might just topple over into delusional.
Bronco Mendenhall said QB Taysom Hill will be 100% back from his broken leg by camp. Said Hill is #BYU's fastest player& among the strongest— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 5, 2015
Great news out of BYU!
The photograph, nearly 50 years old, is a social media favorite, a perennial entry on top-10 lists of strange-but-true sports images. And it is certainly strange. Fans watch a football game as a building burns right behind them, failing to look even mildly alarmed at the flames shooting out and black smoke billowing into the sky.
This is excellent.
Note the photographer received little income from his historic shots though.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says conference putting title game talk on hold for now
The Big 12 is not moving forward with plans to add a conference title game, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday during the conference's spring meetings.
Sun Devil Stadium holds on to record after 2015 NFL Draft - House of Sparky
Jan. 3, 2003 continues to live on as one of the greatest college football games ever played
On Frank Clark, The Seahawks Failed Everyone | mgoblog
When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Frank Clark in the second round of last weekend's NFL Draft, the obvious question arose: how would organization handle Clark's November arrest for a domestic violence charge?
Your school might have a friendly looking mascot today, but it probably used to be a terrifying murder demon.
Yes, Nebraska is featured. Yes, it's terrifying.
Blue chip college football recruits really do get drafted way higher - SBNation.com
Running the numbers for the entire 2015 NFL Draft confirms that while sleepers can break through, super-talented players remain super-talented players.
New England Patriots release Alfonzo Dennard - NFL.com
The New England Patriots released Alfonzo Dennard, the team announced Tuesday. The cornerback was a seventh-round pick in 2012 and appeared in 29 games for the Patriots.
Coach of the Semester: Bill Straub - Daily Nebraskan: Sports
Midway through the 2013-2014 bowling season, Nebraska coach Bill Straub was hospitalized for an aortic dissection, or a tear in his heat. As the team competed in the championship match of the 2014 NCAA Championships, Straub coached his players with what he said was too many tubes and not enough common sense. The Huskers lost the match 4-2 to Sam Houston State.
Male Athlete of the Semester: Robert Kokesh - Daily Nebraskan: Sports
Seniors are a valuable commodity in college sports. They are the leaders, both mentally and physically, on any team. Robert Kokesh embodied every quality you would look for in a senior wrestler, and then some.
Female Athlete of the Semester: Rachel Martin - Daily Nebraskan: Sports
Sophomore shooter Rachel Martin of the Nebraska rifle team is this year’s Female Athlete of the Semester for winning the smallbore national title at the NCAA Championships in Alaska back in March.