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  1. I'd doubt that, but one never knows.
  2. The kind of team Amy Williams wants long-term, not sure they're gonna get much "bigger" than Veerbeek is at 6-2/6-3. Mershon is 6-1. Brown is 6-0 and may be 6-1 when she gets here. Williams' second team should be in much better shape - to run and spread the floor - than her first team was. And she wants to play more aggressive perimeter D...like Connie's teams did in the earlier days. (Maybe not quite as aggressive as Connie's early teams did with extending the D.) Veerbeek is the No. 51 player in the nation now, BTW.
  3. She plays HS baseball.
  4. I can't say with any confidence that Morrow would or wouldn't start at any given position. He'll have a year to retool his game, and maybe he will. He also might not. But I'd think he'd go to a school that has multiple NCAA Tournaments in the last 4 years. Horne did. Kind of like Chad Johnson did once upon a time. Johnson wasn't a better player at Pitt than he was at Nebraska. He played less. But he played on a Sweet 16 team, too.
  5. Well, except, perhaps, for the wins and losses.
  6. There's just one whole truth. The truth is the truth. As to what it is, we can't always discern, in part because of differing perspectives. But the truth just...is.
  7. He's not going to. He could play it in college, I suppose.
  8. Collier wasn't fired.
  9. I think this is a bit much, but I'd agree that today's athletes have average-to-poor role models at best when it comes to selflessness. Brad Underwood did not make a selfless decision. He knew the situation his AD at Oklahoma State was in, chose to be offended one year after understanding that situation, and bailed on the job. If I were in the Illinois beat writer pool, one of the first questions I'd ask is: "How can you tell your players to be patient with you when you didn't show any patience at your previous job? Why should they do something you couldn't do at Oklahoma State?" On another note: I assume you were against Tim Miles banning his players from the perks of the locker room a few years ago?
  10. I think it's more of a postmodernism thing, in which one's own worldview preempts any standard "moral" worldview of any particular institution, tradition or authority. In practical terms, it looks like: Why shouldn't I look out for me? You're going to look out for you, and the most powerful among us always look out for themselves without fail. If (insert celebrity/politician/sports star here) gets his or her own way by always being tactical and always looking for the better deal - and is celebrated for doing so - why shouldn't I try to get mine? Isn't that just being a good consumer? For parents, it's: Hey, I want my kid to succeed, and yeah, you say success looks like him being a good teammate, but it doesn't get him any headlines, or the special treatment, so why shouldn't we look for a situation where he gets that? Why shouldn't he get to play whatever he wants and get whatever he wants? You would if you could. To be clear: I reject this worldview for faith reasons. But I see it, and I empathize with it. The people at the top seem to get whatever they want however they want it, selflessness is on the wane, and a natural question tends to be: If they won't, why should I? If everybody's out for themselves, what do I gain by being in it for others? I think there are good answers to that question, of course, but I'm not sure they're answers that a postmodern America - especially in sports - want to hear.
  11. Unpopular? Most media openly and vigorously supported his return. Fans packed the place until the end of the regular season.
  12. My read is there are significant differences, which is no commentary on the effectiveness of either. Barry Collier had flaws as a coach. So did Doc Sadler. I would not describe them as similar. But that's just me. I'm aware of the narrative of how similar they supposedly are. I just don't see Eichorst as Steve Pederson Jr.
  13. I believe Nebraska basketball has become a cautionary tale in recent years. While attrition has become common at almost all programs, Nebraska should try to have continuity as its advantage. But next year may prove me wrong.
  14. You may not like Shawn Eichorst. That's your prerogative. He is frankly very little like Steve Pederson in personality or leadership style. Certainly not in communication style - Pederson never had any issues gabbing to the media. He showed off new toilets once, for goodness sakes. I can imagine Eichorst is different from Tom Osborne in ways that some people don't appreciate. But different doesn't necessarily mean "wrong." It's just different. That's not to say I've agreed with everything Eichorst has done or not said. I don't. But I don't think he's held out on Miles. Miles has enjoyed the best facilities in school history. He's had use of a private plane. He's treated unusually well by the press. It's simply hard to make the argument he hasn't been given everything to succeed. I don't believe miles himself would say so.
  15. The only way it would have been palatable for Pelini to stay - IMO - is for the AD, and by proxy the fan base, to basically tell Pelini 9 wins, a good graduation rate and a lack of players getting in trouble became the standard of success. And by that I'm serious: Pelini chafed under expectations that were higher than that. He did - look at 2010, when a 12-win potential team devolved into drama by the time Big 12 play rolled around. He thrived this year at YSU as the underdog. Pelini was comfortable making miracle comebacks. It fit his personality - back against the wall, hope lost. He couldn't play with house money. So, you basically would have had to tell him "Hey, 9 wins are great, top 30 recruiting classes are great, the graduation rate is great, do your thing." The question is whether Nebraska fans really want that. Miles, conversely, has standards perhaps higher than fans have asked of him. He schedules like it, and he accepts transfers who used to be top-end recruits like it. His teams wear down at season's end because he schedules tough and the Big Ten is tough, and his teams, IMO, have more athleticism than they do skill and grit. But when Miles schedules the way he does, the opponents don't lack for athletes.