To me, this above all else is what makes Bo "The Man".
A high school quarterback from Apopka, Fla., was airlifted to a South Carolina hospital Saturday after a hit in the fourth quarter of Apopka’s 51-36 loss to Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes. Zack Darlington, 18, had suffered a concussion, the second in two months for the University of Nebraskacommit.
After two traumatic brain injuries in such a short span, and given the nation’s intense focus on the long-term effects of concussions, it’s fair to wonder whether Darlington, a three-star recruit and No. 30-ranked quarterback in the country according to Scout.com, will ever suit up for the Cornhuskers.
But that’s the least of Apopka coach Rick Darlington’s worries, because Darlington isn’t just concerned for about a player’s safety — he’s also worried about his son’s future.
That focus on Zack’s health was made easier, however, by Huskers coach Bo Pelini, who assured Rick Darlington that his son would have a scholarship to Nebraska regardless of whether he ever played another down.
”He told me that if Zack plays again this year, if he doesn’t play this year, or if he never plays football again, they want him as a Cornhusker,” Rick Darlington said in a statement provided to FOXSports.com. “This type of integrity and loyalty is why Zack chose Nebraska as his college destination, and we are very thankful to Coach Pelini and his staff for their support of my son not just as a football player, but as a young man.”
Atta boy, Bo! At Nebraska, it seems a scholarship offer is a commitment for 5 years of education as well. Unlike the SEC where they like to boot players if somebody that looks better comes along. GO BIG RED!
Mike, nice post and so true. It was the 25 years of TO's culture and the culture that he instilled in Frank Solich and Bo that are showing thru. With Tom now retired as AD, we will see if the next 5-10 years remain as committed to these principles as the past 40 years. GBR!
TO's culture became that if I can't win with integrity I am gonna go after players like LP and a large group of other bad apples. They won him a few national championships. Our locker room was an absolute mess. What parent was going to send their kid into that environment. It killed our recruiting for years.
We haven't won a conference championship in football in the 21st century.
Any UNL fan that is honest with themselves will realize this difference in focus late in his career.
And you know this how?
Our locker room was an absolute mess.