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Spring Roundtable 3 comments
At Big Red Network, we just love to talk Husker football. We're football nerds, really. And our editorial staff is seperated by a pretty good distance. So, a lot of our discussion happens over the phone and e-mail. With spring football starting today, we took a moment to discuss some of the bigger picture items for the spring practice session via an e-mail roundtable. We hope this lively Q&A gets you thinking, and we encourage you to answer the questions for yourself in the comments.
Rise of the Big Red Roundtable - Spring Football Edition 0 comments
Our friends at Husker Hype have breathed new life into the ole Big Red Blogger Roundtable (pictured).
In this edition we predict winners of the competition for starting quarterback and running back and a quick look at Huskers in the NFL draft.
Big Red Roundtable: Midway through 2008 Edition 2 comments
This weeks Big Red Roundtable questions come to us from Husker Guy. In this session we discuss expectations for the rest of the season, surprises and disappointments, and the long road ahead to regain it's former status in the Big 12.
Big 12 Roundtable: Week 2 10 comments
With two games under our belts, it's time to reconvene the Big 12 Blogger Roundtable (pictured above). We have the honor of hosting this week. So, readers share your thoughts in the comments and follow the links to our fellow Big 12 blogs to see what they have to say.
Big 12 Roundtable: Preseason Edition 6 comments
Five questions, many Big 12 blogs. Here. We. Go!
There has been lots of talk this pre-season about scheduling. Colorado has arguably the strongest schedule but who do you think has the weakest and which cream puff on your team's schedule do you wish wasn't there?
Blind taste tests reveal that the answer here is always Texas Tech. What matters in Lubbock is not the four non-conference names that appear in the schedule in any given year but rather that the current year's collection simply be as willing and able to choke down 600-yard passing games in exchange for a little cash on the barrelhead as last year's group was.
But in an upset for the ages, I'm going to give this year's Betty Crocker Commemorative Cupcake Pan to Kansas State for ducking Fresno State in favor of Montana State. That was the Wildcats toughest non-conference game and they bought their way out of it. KSU does have to travel to Louisville but that team only returns nine starters, most notable among them a frog-gigger.
As for the cupcake I'd like to see removed from our schedule? That would be Missouri. Okay, fine, New Mexico State.
Big 12 Spring Football Roundtable 0 comments
Matt over at the Crimson and Cream Machine has reconvened the Big 12 roundtable to put a bow on spring football for the conference. Our answers to his questions include emerging players, our concerns, and some waaaaaay too early predictions.
Big 12 Roundtable - Christmas Season 3 comments
Editor's note: This round table was supposed to be published before the holidays. Chalk up our late contribution to the eggnog. -Jason
You have to take one of your traditions and give it away to your main rival. Remember, you're giving it away, meaning that it's no longer yours after you give it.
Steve: Releasing balloons after the first touchdown. I wouldn't miss it, it never really did much for me after the age of 10.
Big Red Roundtable - All About Bo Edition 11 comments
It's time for another Big Red Roundtable. Jump into the comments and add your two cents.
The 2007 season finished with a disappointing 5-7 record. Very few people expected this. What went wrong?
Darren Carlson: I contend that this was Callahan's most talented team. Yes, they had areas where they were not particularly deep (especially the DL). But, the total talent makeup was there. The problem is...potential never bought the groceries.
It showed early. A Callahan-coached team never looked as dominant as they did against Nevada.
The blood letting against USC took the bloom off the rose. And, for a group of kids whose coaches and ADs sold them on the idea of "national championship" it was tough not to become disengaged. And, once things started to unravel in conference play (against Missouri, especially), the players really checked out...leading to the catastrophes against KU and OSU. It was "Weekend at Bernie's", with dead souls inside of red uniforms.
"In the Deed, The Glory" isn't just a nice turn of a phrase. It's a grounding philosophy. It's something Pederson and Callahan went away from. From day 1 it was about championships...not about playing great football and seeing where that gets you. Under Pelini, we'll likely see a return to just be committed to "the deed". Work in practice. Get better. Play hard. Good things will come.
Long story short, the downfall of the 2007 season was an emotional let down. That let down was rooted in going away from a core philosophy.
Steve Hanway: The drop off on the defensive line from a year ago was enormous. It also didn't help that people like Ty Steinkuhler were injured really right from the start of the season and without much depth behind. The USC game seemed to crush the confidence of the defense and they never really got it back. They were easily blocked on running plays and got no pressure on passing downs.
Big 12 Roundtable - Week 9 10 comments
We're playing host to the Big 12 Blogger Roundtable this week. So come on in and make yourselves at home. Have a cookie. They're fresh out of the oven. Now tell us...
Will firing Steve Pederson help Nebraska's program long term or will they be as bad or worse off without him?
Darren Carlson: The key phrase here is long term. Pederson became such a polarizing figure among staff, fans, and big money boosters that he had to go. If his dismissal and replacement unifies things again, NU is much better off over the long term. Of course I won't know how NU will be *exactly* until we know who replaces him, after Osborne's interim AD stint.
And whomever gets that job on a full-time basis receives the benefit of the top-notch facilities that Pederson got built. So, he's got that going for him, which is nice.
Steve Hanway: What I wouldn't give to know that answer. My sense is it will hurt in the short term but help in the long run. The more we hear about Pederson the more it sounds like the right move.
Big Red Roundtable - Back to the Future Edition 0 comments
Steve Pederson is out as athletic director. Did you see it coming? Good move or bad move?
It was a mild surprise. Midseason firings never seem like a good idea and Pederson's contract had just been extended but you knew changes were in the offing so in that sense it's not a shock. You won't know if it's a good move or a bad move for a few years. My initial reaction was bad move, but hearing Perlman's concerns about in-house issues makes it sort of impossible to know for sure.
Big 12 Roundtable - Week 8 4 comments
If you could steal another coach at any level (head, assistant, etc.) from another school, who would it be and why?
Bob Stoops - He's getting it done in the Big 12 year-in and year-out. I think a guy like Pete Carroll might struggle without the wealth of talent that LA guarantees, but Stoops engineered a nice turnaround at OU which is what Nebraska needs too. The added plus is he'd no longer be at OU.
Big 12 Roundtable - The Aftermath 3 comments
K-State blogger Bring on the Cats hosts this week's Big 12 Roundtable.
Some teams are coming off a big win or wins (Oklahoma, Colorado, KU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Missouri), while others are dealing with the sting of a tough loss or losses (K-State, Texas, Nebraska, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State). Tell us where your team is headed in the wake of the first two weeks of conference play.
If I knew that I'd be living in Vegas (or Hawaii). Let's just say Nebraska is not in the driver's seat as they'd hoped to be.
Big 12 Roundtable - Rise of the North Edition 3 comments
Were Saturday's games a sign that the Big 12 North may be on its way back?
It could be, but at the same time you can't read to much into one weekend. We've seen too many teams around the country already go Jekyll and Hyde.
Big 12 Roundtable - State of the Conference 1 comment
The Big 12 Bloggers convened a roundtable this week to discuss the State of the Conference.
State where you believe the Big 12 ranks among the BCS conferences.
I'd put the Big 12 fourth right now behind the Pac-10, SEC, and if you can believe it, the Big East.
What has been the conference's best victory and worst defeat so far this season?
OU's win over Miami is probably the best win so far and ISU's loss to I-AA Northern Iowa is probably the worst loss
Big Red Roundtable - Emergency Session 11 comments
Due to recent events in Husker Nation, an emergency session of the Big Red Roundtable was recently convened. A number of topics were discussed including revised expectations for the season, reaction to the Boo Birds in Memorial Stadium, and of course, the performance of Coach Cosgrove and the Blackshirts.
Big Red Roundtable - Post Spring Game Edition 4 comments
The Big Red Roundtable (pictured) is a group of Husker bloggers who get together every so often to discuss Husker football. This week, the crew discussed the Spring Game, Marlon Lucky's injury, and walking in Steve Pederson's shoes.
Big Red Roundtable: The non-football edition 5 comments
In this edition of the Big Red Roundtable, we joined fellow Husker bloggers Corn Nation, Husker Mike and Double Extra Point and discussed the state of Husker athletics outside of football. (Yes, it was a short meeting.)
Did "Dollar Bill" Byrne focus on other sports to the detriment of the football program? Do the baseball, basketball and volleyball programs compliment or detract from Husker football? (OK, football did come up in the conversation.)
Read on for our opinion and leave your own thoughts in the comments.
Big Red Roundtable: 2006 Season Review 6 comments
The Big Red Roundtable is a new feature that you'll be seeing more of in the coming months. A group of Husker bloggers, including Double Extra Point, Corn Nation and Husker Mike, will regularly gather at a circular table (pictured here) to discuss and debate all things Husker football.
With the 2006 season behind us, the roundtable convened its first meeting to discuss the Huskers' performance and name our 2006 team MVPs.