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Corn Flakes: New Guy Bob Diaco Speaks About “Blackshirt Defense, Man”

Bob Diaco speaks to Greg Sharpe on Sports Nightly. And other news.

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Nebraska’s new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco, was on Sports Nightly yesterday. In his sports. The full interview/segment is here on Soundcloud, with Diaco’s interview coming in around at the 18:30 mark.

I don’t know if Diaco said anything stunning, and by stunning, I mean anything other than a good politician\celebrity\media personality would say when sucking up to their constituency.

Still, here’s a breakdown of some nice, gooey things from Diaco:

Why He Came To Nebraska:

Two things. Blackshirt defense, man. And Coach (Mike) Riley. You can’t find a person in our profession that has anything disparaging to say about Coach Riley. Find a person in our profession that doesn’t rave about Coach Riley. And then, if you love college football, and you live in the continental United States, then you know Nebraska football. And if you’re a defensive coach or player, you know the Blackshirt defense.

The term “Blackshirt Defense” doesn’t carry as much weight as it used to, and it’ll be Diaco’s job to recover that lost luster. Whether you like it or not or see this as blasphemy, those are the facts.

Nice opening statement from Bob, but no word from him on when he’ll be handing out Blackshirts.

About being back in the Big Ten:

It’s the best conference in the country. Having played in it (Diaco played at Iowa), and worked in it. And even at my other jobs (Notre Dame) we had a lot of crossover with Big Ten teams. So we play Michigan every year, play Michigan State every year. So I’ve got a real understanding of the football, even recently.

Style of Play in Big Ten (Greg Sharpe mentioned the Big Ten along with “Three Yards And A Cloud of Dust” And The Wide Variety of Offenses Now And how that isn’t true so much any more):

No, no, no it’s not. I think some teams are getting back to that a little bit, but most teams force the defense to defend the field, the width of the field. Most teams force your hand to make sure you have some kind of aptitude with tempo and moving fast, and all those little rules changes that have created this new offensive model.

Mindset - What He’ll Be Doing - Before Signing Day, which is February 1st:

Help. Serve. Whatever the team needs from me, I’m all in. If it’s being here getting organized and holding down the fort, if it’s on the road and visiting prospects and commits talking about our system and how we’re going to operate, whatever Coach Riley needs.

Again, nice sucking up to your boss, and your fellow coaches and the fan base.

About The Focus After National Signing Day and Preparation for Spring Ball

That’s so exciting. That’s why you do what you do. Because you want to start to teach. And the first group you teach the system to is the coaches, the defensive coaches. To be with them and forge lifelong relationships, I can’t wait to do that. I can’t wait to talk defensive football in that room day and night. And then, get every opportunity we can to teach the players. It’s super exciting.

A good point that EVERYONE gets to learn a new defensive system, everyone being the coaches, the players, their families, and their girlfriends, wives, and significant others.

There will be plenty of learning going on, hopefully, so that by fall everyone is ready and knows what to do so we don’t have to fire this round of coaches and start all over again.

Impression of Nebraska’s Facilities:

Second to none. If you can’t, as a player, gain the resume to win your individual match up, you’re just not paying attention. And as a coach, to acquire the talent and the guys necessary to do the work and play in the games and to be able to teach and grow these young men into men, there’s not a thing that’s missing here from my perspective.

Nice job of not mentioning that one dirty bathroom because you’d have gotten someone fired on your first few days on the job. Yes, everything is nice.... except why is that shitty Starbucks coffee near the Keurig? Where’s the Caribou?


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Amongst the shows.....

"Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon" (50 minutes; not suitable for children) 8 p.m. Jan. 20; 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 21: The band's classic 1973 album – including such tracks as "Money," "Time" and "The Great Gig in the Sky" – is brought to life with dazzling laser light.

OMG, I would so go to this in a heartbeat, if for no other reason than to watch the other people react to it who are on drugs.

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This is good. Do other universities do this type of thing? I don’t know. I think most of them make people come to them, kneel at their feet, and give them money. At least Nebraska’s administrators are going out into the barren wasteland of western Nebraska to ask for it.

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What a crappy, awful way to lose a game.

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Florida seems an odd place to try this experiment, does it not?

If you took a good look at this, you’d realize that you should get your children involved in ice hockey more than any other sport, especially if your child is female. Basketball... HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Then There’s This

Our Big Red Cobcast guys, Ryan and Pat (and Joe and Mike, etc) have been around for a while now. They’re actually decently popular with that fame comes a price, and that price is the difficulty of dealing with more hosting costs while trying to become even more popular than you were before.

You need to help them. You do. I’m not going to, because I’m a selfish bastard. But, $1 a month can be the difference between Tweedy being sad and happy. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but if you’d like, I can post a photo here of Tweedy weeping if that will help his cause.

Please, give.