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Nebraska’s Search For Next Coach (Scott Frost) Has Been Boring, Undramatic - Can Husker Fans Survive?

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There’s been so much drama, but nearly none lately. Do you like this? Or not?

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Drama is everywhere these days. It's overwhelmed politics. And now it has overwhelmed college football. The Tennessee coaching search is going as poorly as a search could possibly go.

Yesterday reports were that Jeff Brohm had agreed to leave Purdue for Tennessee after a year at Purdue in which he has gotten the Boilermakers to a bowl game. These were later shot down as incorrect. Another report had Brohm tentatively accepting the offer but that the offer was turned down by Tennessee's Chancellor. In the end, Brohm was out recruiting, not interviewing with the Vols and will not be Tennessee's next head coach.

Tracking Tennessee’s pursuit of Jeff Brohm - Rocky Top Talk

Lots of conflicting reports.

Students at the Tennessee basketball game last night apparently chanted "Fire Currie".

Another report said that people would be lining up to cancel their first football season tickets tomorrow morning if North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren were the coach hired.

One might wonder what's going to happen with Tennessee. Is there coach that will make them happy? Perhaps Lane Kiffin? I don't think so.

And I don’t even know what to say about this...

Heavy drama has begun at Florida State as questions continue about whether Jimbo Fisher will be heading to Texas A&M. Fisher so far has refused to answer the questions and the fans are getting restless.

Note this bit from the article at Tomahawk Nation:

This is not an official announcement by any means, but I do think it is noteworthy. The few sources who yesterday thought Jimbo Fisher could still potentially come back now don’t believe that he can or will. Additionally, they do not believe a search will be too drawn out. The top names I am hearing remain Willie Taggart and Justin Fuente.

Some recruits are claiming they have not heard from FSU coaches in weeks, which could be an indication that a new coaching staff of assistants is coming, or that Fisher and his staff are checked out. Fit the facts to your preferred narrative.

The Seminoles lost two top recruits yesterday - Houston Griffith, Israel Mukuamu decommit from FSU and things are likely to spiral on from this. [By the time I got up this morning the ‘Noles had lost another recruit, center Verdis Brown.]

Nebraska has seen its share of football program drama over the years.

There was of course the Bo Pelini audiotape in which Pelini cursed at Nebraska football fans for leaving the 2011 Ohio State game early. And another audiotape in which Pelini called his athletic director Shawn Eichorst very naughty names after being fired.

When Shawn Eichorst hired Mike Riley everyone wondered who he was, then most slowly convinced themselves (and others) that everything would be fine. There was drama on the field in a Hail Mary win against Northwestern and then a loss against BYU in the same end zone and in the same manner. There was even drama when Bob Diaco skipped the opening game post press conference this year and Nebraska's media acted as if he might have committed a felony.

There was the firing of Eichorst earlier this season, after which the program spiraled into the ground with fans praying and pleading for Mike Riley’s firing as the season progressed. Then finally Mike Riley was fired although that ended without a lot of drama when Riley answered questions at his own press conference after being terminated.

There is a massive amount of smoke all pointing to Scott Frost coming back to Nebraska as the next head coach. There are reports of other schools, such as Florida State, not bothering to contact Frost’s representatives because this is (allegedly) a done deal. There is a quietness about our coaching search in which it is pretty clear (although not entirely!) that we’re waiting for our next coach to finish playing this season before moving forward with a hire. Then there are rumors, rumors, and more rumors about potential press conference times, assistant coaches looking for houses (which make no sense - is cable really that difficult to get installed by the time the family would move?).

All in all, and especially relative to other schools, the current coaching search has seemed to be the most boring but important act that Nebraska has carried out in some time. Maybe that’s how it’s going to be moving forward. Perhaps under the leadership of new Athletic Director Bill Moos we will see a lot less drama in the football program over the next few years.

Question is - drama is like a drug, is it not? So many are addicted to social media and the drama it brings it seems. Can this lack of drama in Nebraska survive? Can Husker fans, who have become accustomed to it, survive if the Moos era continues with this at its core? Can Nebraska’s media live without it?

Can Sunday ever get here?

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This has disaster written all over it.

Hansen: In Scott Frost's hometown, on-field heroics tell only the beginning of a football fairy tale | Matthew Hansen | omaha.com

“If it’s Scott, they need to give him six or seven years,” says Dale Smidt, who spent 32 years coaching Wood River boys’ basketball. “What he has done is amazing, but that doesn’t mean you are the next Knute Rockne right out of the chute. Remember Osborne? Great guy, his first 10 years they tried to run him out of Lincoln. Devaney had two 6-win seasons. Two!

Emphasis mine, obviously, but we need to remember this.

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Some in the media claim Schiano was railroaded by an internet mob bent on using disinformation to scuttle an instantly despised coaching hire. That explanation feels marginally true, but maximally false, particularly when “social media outrage” can be given as a causal reason for anything.

I get that Tennessee may have been unhappy with a Greg Schiano hire... but now that their social media is on fire, and their fans appear to be in charge, what will make them happy? What will make them stop?

Missouri lost a huge amount of enrollment because of what occurred on their campus and has yet to recover. Campus administrators have a fear of becoming the “next Mizzou”. It appears that Tennessee has done this at least with regards to their football program/athletics.

That’s not Schiano’s fault. And as much as Tennessee apologists want to explain that the fans there are not delusional, they’ve still done massive damage to their program.

“Social media outrage” is the spark that lit the tinder. Would this stuff have happened without it? Possible, but way less probable. It’s not maximally false.