NCF Nation: Gardner McKay
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
While scanning the Omaha World-Herald's Web site this morning looking for something new from Tom Shatel, I came across a very cool feature that was buried deep on the newspaper's site.
The World-Herald has done a laborious job archiving game stories and pictures from each of the Cornhuskers' 44 bowl games.
My favorite was reading about Nebraska's trip to the 1941 Rose Bowl led by Coach Biff Jones. Game reporter Gregg McBride referred to the coach as "The Biffer" in his game notes. I also enjoyed reading about how the Cornhuskers met with film star Robert Taylor, a native of Filley, Neb., after the game.
For Cornhusker fans who want to remember how much fun it is to spend late December away from the frigid Midwest, it's probably the next best thing to a trip to San Antonio or Shreveport.
And it's a pretty good reminder of what will be expected on a regular basis from Bo Pelini.
But before we look forward to December bowl trips, let's serve up some morning links from around the Big 12. Happy munching.
My take: Rock-star greetings are fine in July, but Gundy would prefer fans cheering for him like that in December or January -- after bowl games.
- Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler tracked down Bob Stoops in Jackson, Miss., where he was attending the New Orleans Saints practice. Interestingly, Stoops spent much of his time studying the defense of Saints coordinator Gary Gibbs, one of his predecessors as Oklahoma's coach.
My take: So much for fishing or golf. Stoops is already in football-mode when many other coaches are squeezing in their last couple of days of vacation.
- Campussqueeze.com ranks Iowa State among the 11 schools with the worst uniforms in college football.
My take: The Cyclones are ripped for their gold pants, which the Web site compares to those worn by M.C. Hammer. I'm sure Gene Chizik is more old school than that, aiming more to clothing worn by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- The Bleacher Report compares Bo Pelini to Pete Townshend as it likens the once- mighty Cornhuskers to the historically great but recently struggling band The Who.
My take: Both the Cornhuskers and The Who have had Hall of Fame production in the past but have fallen on hard times. But I'll know there's something to the comparison if Pelini starts smashing Gatorade coolers after games like Townshend does with his guitars.
- Foxsports.com isn't buying the early preseason hype that Texas Tech is receiving and doesn't think Texas A&M will be as bad as most prognosticators predict.
My take: Funny, most predictions are going the other way on this. The Foxsports.com guys are going to look awfully smart or awfully foolish on this one.
- Baylor-bound K Ben Parks' 41-yard field goal with 25 seconds left boosted the North to a 16-15 victory over the South in the Texas High School Coaches' Association All-Star Game last night in San Antonio. Texas signee D.J. Monroe earned offensive MVP honors after rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown.
My take: I can only hope to see a few games as exciting as this one later this season. The North scored three times in the final 98 seconds to win the game. And the South's chances were snuffed out when Drew Nelson's 45-yard field goal with time expiring was blocked.
- No more "Mr. Nice Guy?" Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman says that a hard-edged Mack Brown might be what Texas needs this season.
My take: It seems the Longhorns responded better to Brown's boot than his former Kumbaya-singing ways -- at least if the Holiday Bowl is any indication.
- Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World spells out a multitude of reasons why the Big 12 has the nation's best collection of quarterbacks.
My take: I enjoyed Arnett's story, but I really thought the illustration that accompanied the story was neat. It showed quarterbacks Chase Daniel, Sam Bradford, Graham Harrell and Todd Reesing as the four faces of "Mount Passmore," a takeoff of the historical site Mount Rushmore. Good idea, but where was Colt McCoy?
- Boulder Daily Camera reporter Kyle Ringo said that Colorado needs improvement from WR Patrick Williams, CB Gardner McKay, DE Maurice Lucas and massive 6-foot-8, 298-pound TE Nate Solder for a big season.
My take: I think Ringo forgot about the most obvious player on the roster. As QB Cody Hawkins plays, so will go the Buffaloes.
- Senior Iowa State RB J.J. Bass remains indefinitely suspended as the Cyclones prepare for their first day of practice.
My take: The best indicator about Bass' status can be found in the Big 12's media guide. He's not listed on Iowa State's roster.
- Terrance Harris' Texas A&M blog in the Houston Chronicle gives an early look at Mike Sherman's 2009 recruiting class.
My take: So much for those thoughts about teaching an older dog new tricks. Sherman appears to have gravitated to recruiting -- at least if 25 commitments is any indication.
- Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News details Art Briles' efforts to change the culture at Baylor.
My take: Briles is a proven winner, but he'll be facing the challenge of his career at his new job.
- Former Texas A&M coach Jackie Sherrill had some high praise for Texas-bound QB Garrett Gilbert of Lake Travis, Texas, saying he's the best quarterback prospect he's seen since Dan Marino.
My take: I know Sherril
l is a media member now, but hyperbole has never been part of his schtick. This kid must be pretty good.
- Mack Brown and Mike Sherman give their thoughts on how the new 40/25 clock rules will affect play once the season begins.
My take: I know the television networks love the rule, but I don't. I'd rather savor and celebrate college football's differences from the NFL rather than make it more like the "No Fun League."