Posted this in the chat, but thought I would put it here for reading by others.
What do you think folks would say if Bo hired a Defensive coordinator from Lexington, Nebraska who's only experience was playing for a few years in the Canadian football league? After being a defensive tackle for the Huskers during 4 loosing seasons, of course.
That guy would be Monte Kiffin.
He and Mick Tingelhoff both played high school football at Lexington in the mid 50's. They were undefeated, btw.
My father in law pointed that out to me this weekend. He had to play against them in basketball.
Tingelhoff , the center, was on the '59 thru '63 Huskers with Kiffin. He went on to play for like 18 years in the NFL or something.
So, once again, Monte Kiffin was a nobody from nowhere when Devaney hired him in the 60's, just like Osborne.
Also, Milt Tenopir, the father of the Nebraska O-Line Pipeline, was a high school football coach when hired by Tom Osborne in 1974.
So, tell me again how Bo needs to hire coaches with backgrounds like Dr. Tom did?!?
Once again, hindsight is wonderful, but nobody knew who those guys Devaney and TO hired were at the time they were hired.
So, from my armchair it looks like nobody knows how good a coach is going to be up front. We only know how good they were after they have become successful. The other thing to keep in mind is that both Devaney and Osborne tried to minimize staff turnover.