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Op-Ed: Nebraska Needs To Eat Some Humble Pie

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There is nothing wrong with being humble for a year or so.

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By this time, I am sure most have heard about the comments made by Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos to the Omaha Press Club.

Chris Heady of the Omaha World-Herald reported the following quote made by Bill Moos:

“We’re gonna run that up-tempo offense we saw (at the spring game), and we’re gonna get the Blackshirts back to being Blackshirts. And that’s extremely important,” Moos said. “You’ve got Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh thinking, ‘We better put a little more into that Nebraska game coming up.’ And that’s the way we want it. They’re running a little bit scared right now. And they won’t admit it. We’ll leave that at that.

(My emphasis added)

I am actually completely fine with the above statement, until the last three sentences. The AD is showing he is confident the program is heading in the right direction. He is also reemphasizing to the fans that he understands what is important about Nebraska football.

Bill Moos sent a text the Associated Press afterwards probably because he realized his quote started making the rounds nationally.

In a text message to the Associated Press, Moos said his comments about Ohio State and Michigan were “a bit tongue and cheek.”

“Meant to point out that the competition is aware that there’s a renewed energy at Nebraska and we aim to get back in the hunt,” Moos told the AP.

It is undeniable that there is a renewed energy at Nebraska.

There was a renewed energy at Nebraska when Pelini was hired as well.

And as we all know, it did not go well.

There is nothing wrong about being excited about the potential moving forward. There is nothing wrong about being proud of the fact that we have a football coach that played for/coached under Tom Osborne, Bill Walsh, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, Mike Tomlin, Jon Gruden and Chip Kelly.

There is also nothing wrong with stating that Coach Frost’s teams will bring more to the table this coming year. This would force Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh to “put a little more in that Nebraska game coming up.” Because last year, Urban Meyer probably didn’t put as much into the Ohio State - Nebraska game. He didn’t need to as Ohio State embarrassed Nebraska to the tune of 56-14.

Ohio State isn’t scared of anybody let alone a football program that won four games in 2017.

Nebraska fans and administration would probably do themselves a favor and eat some humble pie.

Next year is going to be brutal. We have the second toughest schedule in the country. We should be happy to win six or seven games. So lets stay humble as Frost and his guys work to continue to develop this roster. And until we start beating teams like Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State lets just sit back and wait for the payoff. We definitely have not earned anything yet.

So for the next year or so, if you have the inclination to walk up to the top of a hill with your chest out as you beam about with pride for Nebraska football, please remind yourself that Nebraska lost last year to Iowa by 42 points. That loss alone should bring you back down to reality.