October 16th, 2017 at 10:12 AM ^

Callahan flamed out in Oakland pretty quickly and was a reach hire.  Riley was a lateral hire at best.  Who really thought he was going to take Nebraska to B1G titles when he couldn't win in San Diego or Oregon State?

If Leach goes to Nebraska, his offense will put up points.  He'll convince a strong armed Midwest QB to run his offense, put up points and become an NFL draft pick.


October 16th, 2017 at 1:28 AM ^

While Frost has less experience, he's obviously done a really good job with UCF, he's a Nebraska guy (navigating politics is important at a place with high expectations), his style seems to fit better at Nebraska ("tough" guy rather than the mad professor) and he's younger and could be around for a long time.


October 16th, 2017 at 6:27 AM ^

Roughly speaking, "Scotty" is their Harbaugh (Edit: Already noted by ShruteBeetFarms ...).

He's done a good job at UCF and he'd have as a good a chance as anyone to succeed at Nebraska, I think, but (given his remarks in 1997, etc.) it would be somewhat pleasant to see him fail.


October 16th, 2017 at 12:50 AM ^

UCF is bulldozing opponents right now. Frost should be the get for them. Alum and younger than Leach. 


I get that recruiting to Wazzou is difficult and that Falk is done after this year, but Leach and Wazzou just seem to click. 


October 16th, 2017 at 1:09 AM ^

I want Leach's personality in the Big Ten so bad. His voice has been another colorful line running parallel to Harbaugh's in recent years. I'd predict it to be neutral or net positive (for Michigan) for a guy like that to come on board at UNL. I felt similarly about Fleck's hire, but this would be moreso and at a blueblood "Helmet" program, no less.


October 16th, 2017 at 10:52 AM ^

He's a former successful QB and "son of the program" as it were. But Harbaugh had a successful Power 5 HC position and was the 5th (or something like that) winningest coach in NFL history when Michigan hired him.

Scott Frost has a building year at UCF (admittedly dreadful before he arrived) and a 5-0 start this year.

You could even make the argument that Frost could very well be Nebraska's Brady Hoke if they hire him next year (program guy gets hired after one good year in a group of five program...)


October 16th, 2017 at 1:13 AM ^

Valdosta State (OC), Kentucky (OC), Texas Tech, Washington State.  That's where he's spent most of his professional career.  Relative outposts in the college football world where he can be creative and ply his trade and be a bit of a space cadet --- and if he isn't top-of-the-tier successful, oh well. 8-4 seasons and trips to the Alamo Bowl are more than enough to keep the folk happy.

Nebraska's much more high pressure.

He can honestly spend the next 5-10 years at WSU and not get fired, retire from there.  It's beautiful country (if isolated) up there, and he's originally from the west coast.

He may not see the grass as being greener in Lincoln.


October 16th, 2017 at 9:44 AM ^

He doesn't have to beat UF or Miami or FSU. UCF is in the American Athletic Conference.
Being based in FL, UCF (and USF) has a better local recruiting base than any other team in that conference.
I would say that yes, it is easier for him to win there than at Nebraska.
Having said that, it's a no-brained to take the job when offered.


October 16th, 2017 at 7:34 PM ^

And that matters?

I mean by your logic, why in the hell would Harbaugh come to Michigan? I mean why take over a 5-7 team and walk into the QB room that only had Shane Morris and redshirt freshman Wilton Speight as scholarship QBs, with no feature back, and a subpar OL.

I mean he’s one of the hottest coaching names out there. He could have gotten the job at any opening at every level of football.

Easier to win... gosh the guy might as well use his great coaching acumen to coach PeeWee football. It’ll definitely be easy to win then.


October 16th, 2017 at 4:12 AM ^

8-4 doesn't fly there and yet you'll not put together one top 10 recruiting class after another there. Their expectations are as high as ours and even ours might just be a bit unrealistic in this day and age..but at least recruiting at Michigan isn't as difficult as it is at Nebraska. And Leach is no recruiting wizard.

I think a place like Wazzu is pretty good for him. The expectations are reasonable and the culture has some appreciation for a maverick spirit.

Just imagine the awkwardness if Leach did one of his 'my players are all bums' speeches in a place like Nebraska. They canned Pelini just because he wasn't meeting their expectation of "Nebraska Nice".


October 16th, 2017 at 9:19 AM ^

There's a HUGE difference in how Leach delivers a diatribe from how Pelini delivered one.  Pelini was pissed - complete with spittle flying cuss words and angry reactions.  You could tell he was angry and out of control.  Leach makes you laugh your ass off while delivering his point without ambiguity.  

What makes LEach a non-fit at Nebraska is the Air Raid offense.  Neb fancies themselves a run first, run hard, run always offense.  Doesn't really matter how that run works (IZ, power, fancy spread, option, etc), just friggen' run it.  Bill Callahan tried to install a pass happy O, and failed miserably.  Mostly because he couldn't coach it or recruit for it, but the locals wanted nothing to do with it, either.  Sort of like how Rich Rod faired when he brought his fancy spread offense into Michigan Stadium - it wasn't what we fancy our offense to be.

IMHO, Leach needs to stay at WSU.  He's a hero there, and will have the run of the town with love, despite the 8-4/9-3 finishes that are 'normal' for him.


October 16th, 2017 at 1:25 PM ^

Apparently you never heard the story about Callahan's first spring game in Lincoln. The QB threw an incomplete pass on the first play, and received an ovation. The Nebraska fans were done with the option and wanted a modern offense. At this point I imagine they just want to win and don't really care how.

rob f

October 16th, 2017 at 4:31 AM ^

hating Nebraska with Frost as head coach than with Leach.

Either way, Nebraska is going to have an extremely hard time regaining their past glory---exactly what else is there to attract recruits to the middle of nowhere?