Trev Alberts (1:03 PM)
Sorry if I'm a little overwhelmed here.. my alma mater is without a head coach. I'm having trouble focusing .. we're gonna call an audible in light of the recent activity in Lincoln .. this will be an ALL NEBRAKA chat for my people!!!
Ed, San Antonio Tx
Do you think that the Nebraska AD had the intention of firing Solich a year ago, when he hired Pelini, and making Pelini the Head Coach as soon as this year? I think Pederson was banking on a mediocore season so he could get rid of Solich. Your thoughts?
Trev Alberts (1:04 PM)
I disagree. I speak to Steve pretty regularly and talked to his this morning. He wants nothing more than what everyone in the Husker Nation wants, for Nebraska to return to a team of dominance. Steve tried to give Frank every possible advantage. Steve hired a guy named Mark Boehm as his Ass. AD to take care of all the other sports besides football. He has put all his effort into the football program. I think the fact of the matter is getting embarassed against Texas, Missouri, K-State was the final culprit.
Scott (Leawood, KS)
Trev, being a Cornhusker, how does it feel to have a couple of Buckeyes running the football program in Lincoln?
Trev Alberts (1:05 PM)
Well, Scott, don't ever be disillusioned to think that. Steve Pederson was born and bred in Nebraska. With that being said, if you are intimating we would like to have the success OSU is having, absolutely. I have no problem saying that.
This morning in his column, Peter King said that in the past, you've expressed interest in coaching the Huskers. Your response? Are you a candidate?
Trev Alberts (1:08 PM)
I'll have to check that out.. Peter is a dear friend of mine from my days at CNN. It's always an awkward question but if you are asking me would I be the head coach there? I would give my left arm. But that's not the point. I have the greatest job right now. I chose a different path. Do I have the skills to be a head coach? Absolutely. I'd be great at it. But it would be a pretty couragous move to hire a guy with no experience. But let's not confuse the issue.. I am a supporter of Nebraska and have not been contacted about the vacancy. But do I want it? Yes!!!!
Is it time to go outside the Husker Family for a head coach? Kirk Ferentz is our guy! A guy who has shown he can recruit the midwest. Young, energetic, believes in the power of the forward pass!
Trev Alberts (1:09 PM)
Kirk will not be the next head coach. I can confirm that. I spoke to Mark May this morning. He spoke to Kirk and he is very happy at Iowa and does not want to leave. The only thing that intrigues him is to be a coach in the NFL. But you raise a good question. It's a little foreign to fans of Nebraska. In the modern era it has been native sons throughout. But Bob Devaney was an 'outsider' when he came from Wyoming.
Jay (Roch. NY)
Given the recent coaching changes, and the fact that this was supposed to be a rebuilding season, wasn't the firing a little premature, especially since there had been some success?
Trev Alberts (1:11 PM)
I disagree. Just looking at 9 wins isn't fair. The direction of the program is more important. Where is the team headed in terms of recruiting and raising $50 million for the program. We didn't have to play OU this year, thank goodness. We had our hands full with Texas and Kansas State. I appreciate Steve Pederson because there will never be an acceptance of mediocrity at Nebraska. That is how successful people think. We had lost that.
Colson - Pittsburgh, PA
Any chance Nebraska will take Walt Harris away from Pittsburgh?
Trev Alberts (1:13 PM)
I don't think that will happen. I know you can make the connection and he is a great coach.. but I don't envision him being our next coach. I think the people in Nebraska and across the nation will be surprised at the next coach. I don't know who it is but Steve will have the courage to hire who he feels could lead this team. He is not emamored with finding the biggest name they can find.
Jeff (Pickerington, OH)
Do you think that the change means that the AD wants to abandon the option for the spread? And if so, do you suspect that Nebraska is in for the growing pains that Notre Dame felt this year with option personnel running a West Coast offense?
Trev Alberts (1:16 PM)
I'll tell you, it's pretty clear. Let's not be foolish. Let's be real honest. When you look at high school kids, what is his objective? He wants to get to the league. We can say he wants to be a student athlet but really they want to be in the NFL. You think Larry Fitzgerald would have gone to Lincoln to do a lot of blocking? We need a system to compete against modern day systems. You are not going to get a top rated QB if you don't show you can throw the ball. They need to move away from the option and play a wide open offense to attract the top level competition.
Ryan (Lincoln, NE)
What are your thoughts on Bo Pelini? Can he be a good head coach at NU?
Trev Alberts (1:17 PM)
I think Bo is a terrific coach. I think he has formed our defensive strategies very well to fit our personnel. I'm not sure how he would be as a head coach. Coordinators can't alway make the adjustment, but I"m not saying Bo can't. He may have an advantage because he is kind of on the job right now. He is a candidate and somebody they will look at. But at the end of the day, Bo is not getting the job.
Rick Reed (Columbus)
I think it's wrong to think that Nebraska has to find a big name to "shock" the program back into shape. Ohio State was in the same boat as Nebraska several years ago, and opted for a Division 1AA no name, who happened to be the best candidate. It has seemed to work out for them. Do you feel Nebraska may take the same route?
Trev Alberts (1:19 PM)
Absolutely. This is very intelligent question .. Steve Pederson thinks a lot about Andy Geiger. I think the best candidate will get the job. It took courage to fire John Cooper and then hire a 1-AA coach. This is what I mean by transferable skills and leadership skills. The next Nebraska coach might be at a 1-AA school right now.
Terry (Crystal Lake, IL)
Have you spoken to Tom Osborne about the firing of Frank, since Tom hand picked him.
Trev Alberts (1:21 PM)
I spoke to Tom about a month ago, before a lot of this stuff heated up. I'm going to try and reach him again. Steve tried to call him as well. Tom has never forced himself upon our program. His advice is always welcome though. Think about it .. what is he supposed to do? He think highly of Solich and thinks highly of Steve. I don't think he can win right now. If you are a true fan of this program, what we need to do is understand our program is bigger than one person. Bob Devaney and Osbourne were so big that they reached icon status and became bigger than the program. If you are a true Nebraskan, you support the program and understand it's not about the coach, it's about the program.
Hey Trev love listening to you rant. Just wanted to get your take on what is going on with NU's recruiting this year and how this affects it?
Trev Alberts (1:23 PM)
I don't think it will affect recruiting at all. Let's not think we had all these big name guys who have committed and will chance. Our commmittments are from Nebraska kids who would probably come here if Elmer Fudd were coaching. I think the next head coach has to add a few 4 and 5 star players. In talking to Steve today, that process of getting this coach will not extend into January. He has targeted some folks and it should be sooner rather than later.
What proven head coach would want this job after the way Solich was treated? How about Coach Fran from A$M?
Trev Alberts (1:25 PM)
Very good question.. must be a lot of Nebraska fans here today .. great level of intelligence today. My wife just called me a homer by the way. I think this is a top 5 program. What makes Nebraska so special is the support is there. You will be given every chance to win. If I've Steve, for the next day or so I'm probably just letting people call me and fax me. He probably has no idea who might contact him.
Elliott (Baton Rouge, LA)
Are the expectations at Nebraska too high for any head coach to reasonably meet?
Trev Alberts (1:26 PM)
No. Expectations are never high. I disagree with the notion you can raise your expectations too high. People that are successful have high expectations. That is why Steve has risen to this point. He thinks like a winner. He embraces the pressure and is thankful that everyone cares that much. Just imagine being at a place where nobody cared or 7 wins was OK. I wouldn't want that job.
Will Frank Solich land on his feet and get another coaching position somewhere in the near future, and what about his assistants?
Trev Alberts (1:27 PM)
Yes, I believe he will land on his feet. He is a good coach. The top 5 programs in the country though, it's a different deal. Kind of a CEO role. Frank needs to get back to coaching. I wouldn't be surprised if the new coach retains some of the assistants. They are very good.
Jason (Jonesboro, AR)
If NU is a top 5 program, then who else rounds out the list? BOOMER SOONER!
Trev Alberts (1:29 PM)
I think Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Notre Dame. USC is also very close. But in terms of pure tradition, it's those I listed. Georgia is close.
I heard a rumor that Pederson was looking at Spurrier. I can't imagine that being true, but everyone keeps saying that the next coach could be a big surprise.
Trev Alberts (1:29 PM)
I can debunk those rumors right now. He will not be the next coach in Lincoln. I will not say why but he will not be it.
Trev, If you were running the search committee, how would you narrow your search?
Trev Alberts (1:31 PM)
I just think when you first start, the first step is to pay attention, watch people, make phone calls, and get a general sense of people. You narrow it down to a list and interview them. You learn a lot by just talking to someone.
If Pelini is not given the head coaching job, do you think he will look elsewhere- right away?
Trev Alberts (1:32 PM)
I can't speak for Bo. I really can't answer that question. Obviously a lot depends on who is hired. That person will need to be a healer. Part of leadership is bringing people together. They have to get the message across that everything will be OK. He may have to sell Bo .. Bo might be the first recruit if you know what I mean.
Trev, what happens to Turner Gill? I would hate to see him leave Nebraska, he has done so much and is loved by so many. Do you think he is head coaching material?
Trev Alberts (1:34 PM)
It would be really weird to think about him not being a part of the program. Whether he is coaching next year or not I have to believe he will be part of the program somehow. He is a man of great character.
Dan (San Diego)
When you say Bo doesn't get the job, is this based on inside knowledge, or your gut? I think he would be a great hire.
Trev Alberts (1:34 PM)
I'm sorry.. please don't make the leap that I have some inside info. Just a gut feeling.
I think it is time for us Husker fans to realize that Nebraska is just not that good anymore and will not be for at least 3 years (2 great recruiting sessions after 2004 mediocre class)...I hate to say it but that is the truth
Trev Alberts (1:38 PM)
Melissa, I hope you remove that thought process from your brain as fast as you can. Those feelings can't permeate to your friends or co-workers. We have to avoid that. We will have growing pains, yes. But progress, leadership, going in the right direction. that's all we are asking for. Things were starting to slip and that's why a change was made. We can't be happy to be in the Holiday Bowl. We can't accept that. This was clearly the best chat we have ever done! I really enjoyed it. Let's all remember to have patience and trust the person making the decision. Steve is no dummy. He will hire a good head coach. Thanks for the great questions and we will talk again next week!