Regarding a Journal-Star article found at http://journalstar.com/articles/2007/10/22/huskerextra/football/doc...
I know you are currently besieged and probably busy with all the packing, but your recent interview with Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star didn't exactly go swimmingly. In fact, I am sure you will realize before the end of the week that you soiled yourself rather embarrassingly.
Your team isn't "close-knit" or "together". They are falling apart at the seams. High School kids all over the country are witnessing the extraordinary destruction of a football icon. Much like Caiaphas of old, you don't seem to recognize the enormity of your errors, and even if you did, your pride would prevent you from admission.
When the columnist asked you if perhaps anything more could've been done to stop the option, he was asking this question somewhat facetiously. Being from Nebraska, of course he knows
more could've been done, but YOU fell right into a steaming dung heap! The smell won't hit you for a few more days, but let me help anyway. You told Christopherson, "It's probably too complicated for you", and "I don't want to get into coach-speak".
Such a poor choice of words. You may wish to get the ketchup and salt.
Take a good look around you, sir. This is Nebraska, and Nebraska fans, players, and yes, even journalists have probably forgotten
more about option football than you ever knew. Tom Osborne was re-writing the option playbook while you were learning how to drive. Osborne and option football were winning games that would have been quite beyond your reach.
I'm not suggesting you return to an option-only offense, not at all. That ship has sailed. But it is not a real great idea to belittle the intelligence of the Husker Nation on matters you know not. The average Nebraska teenager in High School knows that the Option is defended by defenses that have great team speed but stick to their assignments religiously.
You see Bill, most high-speed defenses tend to overrun the play, leaving either the pitch man or the QB free to make the play.
All of your double-speak was laid bare as nothing more than a very verbose "I don't know." It comes off as disingenuous, even, dare I say, untruthful. You are fortunate you have such a forgiving employer in Tom Osborne, but flauning the ignorance is no way to win his respect. If you don't know, for Pete's sake, just say you don't know!
Being a California boy, you're forgiven for not knowing anything about the offense that most of us grew up with, but please stop the lies and put-downs. Soon enough the dismantling of our beloved team will be over, so let's part company amicably. NU promises to give you a Big Red Reference. It's not your fault you don't know anything about the game, the team, or the job for which you were hired, so try not to feel too guilty about taking all that unearned loot.
By the way Bill, Texas can
be beaten, just so you know. It isn't rocket science, but I am still going to predict a 40-point Longhorn victory, because Colt McCoy is going to rip Cosgrove's pathetic schemes like wet tissue. That's what Texas does to teams that dare show up in Austin with a division IAA-level defense.
Here's hoping against hope that Texas will be in a very generous and kind mood.
Sadly but Sincerely,
A Husker Fan from 1961 and going until the Grave
currently residing in Missouri where the traffic sucks,
the air is brown, but the taxes are lower
If anyone thinks I am being perhaps too harsh with Bill, please feel free to add your nickel's worth.