Soon after being fired by the Raiders, Callahan was hired at Nebraska. This would mark the first time in 31 years (since the hiring of Tom Osborne in 1973) that the Cornhuskers would be led by a head coach with no direct ties to the university either as a player or an assistant coach.
While Nebraska's defense struggled during Callahan's tenure, numerous offensive school records were set.
|2005||Nebraska||8–4||4–4||T–2nd (North)||W Alamo||24||24|
|2006||Nebraska||9–5||6–2||1st (North)||L Cotton|
Callahan was fired from Nebraska in 2007 after going 5-7, the program's worst record in more than 45 years.
My take? NO, this is not a valid comparison. The only similarity is a 10,000-foot-altitude view that both coaches brought record-setting, dynamic offenses to traditonal powerhouse programs but mitigated that success by having truly awful defenses that stayed broken too long. That is where the similarities end, though.