As with past practice reports I do, I am typing in real time. Items in quotes are based on my ability to type as fast as they are talking (which I can’t) and are not exact quotes.
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters spoke to the media after practice today.
He has experience with Colorado’s coaching staff having been there as the Buffs wide receivers coach from 2013-15.
Troy Walters said this game does have some special meaning, knowing he coached there for a few years with this staff. #Huskers— Jake Bartecki (@bartecki_jake) September 5, 2018
He gave kudos to the Buffalo defensive line. “They’re stout up front.”
Walters: “They put 6, 7, 8 guys up front, to try and keep you from running the ball”.— Jake Bartecki (@bartecki_jake) September 5, 2018
Also said 53, Nate Landman, a sophomore linebacker had 110 tackles last season. #Huskers
He lauded the Huskers for a couple of great practices earlier in the week. “Monday and Tuesday were great, the best we’ve had.” Wednesday didn’t go as well. “I think they were a little tired.”
Coach Walters on the approach to the game. “We gotta run the football. With a freshman quarterback, we can’t drop back 40 or 50 times. “
#RUNTHEDAMNBALL guy rejoices.
More info on the Akron game and potential to reschedule:
Moos: “Housing part of it was an issue for Akron.”— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 5, 2018
My own editorial comment. What would be wrong with Akron finding a hotel in Omaha? Did they look? I know it is a longer drive but it’s all interstate. You just have to be worried about the 10 state troopers between Lincoln and Omaha on I-80 even though you can drive from Omaha to Chicago or Lincoln to Denver and not see a single one. I’m sure that is it. -Nate
Jill’s note (addendum to above). Bill Moos addressed that somewhat and it sounded like the weather and time it would take to move their team back and forth between Lincoln and Omaha were just too much. If I work out the logistics in my own head, I’m guessing the Akron team would have gotten 4 hours of sleep in that scenario.
#Huskers have given Akron the option to play a 12th game, unless either team is in their conference championship.— Jake Bartecki (@bartecki_jake) September 5, 2018
It sounds like an FCS team is also an option if they fit the requirements set by NCAA to count as a win for bowl-eligibility purposes. A lot of options are being considered for a possible twelfth game.
Bill Moos says Nebraska and Akron have option of playing after end of season, but said #Huskers are also considering Oct. 27 bye for a game. All things remain fluid.— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) September 5, 2018
So everybody wants to know if Akron is going to get PAAAAAAAAAAAID
Well they’re going to get some money at least.
On payout, Moos said expenses would for sure be covered. For the rest of the payout, checks won’t be written until March anyway.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 5, 2018
In a side conversation with Moos, he said he can't lock down just how much of payout Nebraska will pay. He's sensitive to Akron's budget and wants Nebraska's reputation to be strong when it comes to scheduling these games.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 5, 2018
"We'll do things with class."
Fans will not get refunds.
So what about a neutral site game? Most people were thinking Kansas City.
Moos is asked about possibility of playing at Arrowhead. “Against the Chiefs?” he said. Then Moos nixes talk of neutral site game. Said any additional game will be in Lincoln. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) September 5, 2018
Does Moos take a shot at Akron with the following comment? No. Probably just giving information. Which was all appreciated.
Still not sure why they don’t have D’Leon’s cater in food. Yum.
Moos confirms Nebraska offered dorm rooms and a Marriott catered meal for Akron. #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 5, 2018
We have to give some kudos to the AD staff who were working their tails off. It sounds like they were prepared to make all the little details happen if Akron had taken them up on the offer for dorms, “The beds weren’t made and the heat wasn’t on yet and all that, but that’s the accommodating piece of this University. We had that all set and could have it done in short order.”
The concessions people had a successful night at Memorial Stadium it sounds like.
Moos says Nebraska concessions had its biggest game ever with Saturday’s weather delay. “We were out of everything,” he said. “There were no Runzas.” #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) September 5, 2018
Lastly, Moos owned up to the lack of communication that upset a lot of fans and media alike. He knows he made a mistake and will learn from it. Kudos.
Huskers AD Bill Moos met with media today about this past weekend's situation, and possibly scheduling a 12th game. Moos said one thing he'd do differently in the future: "From now on, I think it'd be best if I came upstairs and we had a little makeshift press conference."— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) September 5, 2018