I know this is off topic, but I was watching the monday night game (buffalo vs. ohio), and I'm a little bored, so I thought I'd bring this up to the board.
It was clear that Tom Osbourne wanted to hire a Nebraska alum. Bo Pelini probably had a better resume than Gill at the time of the hire. Best defensive coordinator in football vs. upstart Big East head coach with some potential.
Now, I hate bringing up race in any context, but the fact of the matter is that a large percentage of the top recruits in the country every year are African Americans. The argument has been made that an African American coach would be able to better recruit said players.
There is really only one african american head coach at a major program - randy shannon at miami. he has yet to have much success on the field (until this season), and he has been pulling in some awesome recruiting classes.
This argument was really the only reason I considered hiring Ron English as our head coach. I figured that as long as he was able to hire good coordinators, he would be alright, as he is an excellent recruiter and motivator. He just hadn't had enough experience or success to be considered for the job over richrod.
Nebraska though, if they really wanted an alumni coaching, and they really wanted to gain an edge on Mack Brown or Bob Stoops, I think that the answer was Turner Gill.