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  1. Great work @Norm Peterson @hhcmatt should pin this. Kevin Cross and Yvan Ouedraogo are really intriguing. I think both will see significant minutes, especially once we start BIG 10 play. We are going to need some guys who bang in the middle. Those 2 will be put into the fire early. Like you Norm I wonder how Matej Kavas is going to fit in. As for starters I think Jervay Green is a lock. I'm sure FH is going to spend the early part of the season playing with lineups.
  2. It wasn't that Byrne was bad with financials it was how he allocated resources. Chasing the directors cup and funneling resources to Olympic/non-revenue generating sports to the detriment of football and basketball. A good example is comparing his basketball vs baseball hires. Van Horn is a program defining hire. Barry Collier not so much. While he did put in a good effort to get Self, save for not paying him back for dinner, he still fell short.
  3. This will a good thread to revisit at the end of the season. PG Watson vs Mack: (Watson) 4yr starter. Glynn will be missed. Allen vs Green (Allen) Allen is a proven player vs BIG 10 competition. JPJ vs Burke (JPJ) JPJ all conference player Copeland vs ??? (Copeland) Healthy Copeland, could be argued, was our best player. His value was evident when we tanked down the stretch Roby vs ??? (Roby) 2nd round NBA pick BENCH: Thor vs Thor I think you might be undervaluing Thor. I might be wrong but I think he will do well in Hoiberg system. Borchardt vs Drago (Borchardt) Borchardt got better as the season progressed Heiman vs Cross (Push) Heiman never did anything to stand out. Nana vs Kavas (Kavas) Nana had moments but nothing ever stood out. Kavas shoots anywhere close to this 3pt % then it is an upgrade. Kavas could be sneaky good this season. If you want to know what to expect this season, look at Hoiberg's 1st season at ISU. It isn't going to be pretty.
  4. Devaney 1, Moos 2, TO 3. Each one of them have done, are doing, good things. Devaney was forward thinking enough to hire TO and took a chance on Nee and it paid off. He was also very fiscally sound. He kept the AD in the black and devoted the most resources to the most important things. Think of the weight room and the building named after him that is still in use today. He also contributed important intangibles. He will always be #1 in my book no matter what anybody who follows him does. Moos is at 2 because the book is still out on his hires although from purely a perception and fan base unification standpoint they are important. Our fan base has been extremely divided for a very long time. His hires had to be home runs. They had to check all of the boxes and for Football and Basketball they have certainly done that. He has taken a page out of the BD model and allocated the most resources to where they need to be allocated. Despite what people think he is not ego driven. If he was he would not have made the hires that made knowing that some people would view those hires as a no-brainer, that anybody could have made. I can promise you that neither Frost nor Hoiberg would have come here if we had a typical empty suit as an AD i.e Byrne, Pedersen, Eichorst. TO is very important, because from a financial perspective he brought us back into the black. Pedersen had cooked the books and we were in a financial mess when TO took over. Many people don't realize how bad it was. Most importantly, his name, and his name alone got us into the BIG. If as the AD, he was't involved, we would not have been asked into the BIG, which has set us up financially for a long time into the future. Don't think there is a PBA without TO either. He made some very strategic moves along with his backing of the PBA being financed with public/private money, and in Lincoln people know how difficult it is to convince people to do something like that. His hires, while not program changing set us up well for what we have now. Pelini, like him or hate won games. Miles got us to an NCAA tournament which somewhat reinvigorated interest in the program. Nothing that follows would be possible if not for TO, similar to if we don't have The Bob nothing that follows is possible.
  5. Extremely overrated award. This was a pet of Bill Byrne, and could be argued his pursuit of this award was the beginning of the downward spiral of Nebraska football. BTW, Alabama is 30? and Clemson is far below us in the 70's. I doubt any of their fans, boosters or alumni give two whips about the Learfield Directors Cup standing.
  6. This was on my to do list as part of an effort to finish getting caught up. My opinion is that with the exception of MSU the BIG is wide open. I listened through the entire podcast. It was awful/painful/brutal. A lot of laughing/giggling. Like listening to 2 guys in a bar. Unless you want to hear them talk about Golf skip to about the 6min mark. BTW, didn't realize Bakari Evelyn was going to playing at Iowa as a Grad Transfer. Nebraska starts at about the 1hr 1min mark. Had them rated in the BIG as #13, just ahead of NWU. As @hhcmatt stated this is nothing to get riled about. It is about what you would expect. They looked at the Nebraska roster and all the turnover and said they are going to suck bad.
  7. What is a two-way contract?
  8. I wonder if he knew this coming? If not then...ouch https://247sports.com/college/north-carolina-state/Article/NC-State-Notice-of-Allegations-NCAA-Dennis-Smith-Jr-133568889/
  9. Great gig. Potentially take a year off while still staying involved in basketball and develop recruiting connections
  10. The difference is direct vs indirect and intention. What I was attempting to do was explain to those who may have concerns, that these kids will be taken care of by NU and we don't need to the NCAA or BIG to tell us to do that. We do have an out this season if we show choose to use it and that is if a kid who doesn't want to to go anywhere that they can continue at NU w/o counting against our scholarship limit. Regardless, this is one of those topics that is no longer an issue, for this season at least; although I believe, if history is any indicator, we will be revisiting this topic again at the end of next season when there will likely be significant roster turnover.
  11. The key point here is that NU is not going to leave these kids twisting in the wind, regardless of NCAA or BIG 10 rules, by them having being dumped and ultimately have to pay for their own school. Nebraska will make sure these kids are taken care of. Some posts in this thread seem to imply, intentionally or not, that Nebraska is not going to take care of these kids and that is simply not true. The optics of this can appear to be a bit harsh but rest assured that these kids will be looked after, either by helping to place them in another school or keeping them on scholarship. Also, to the APR question, the only way we would take a hit is a kid transferring had a GPA lower than 2.6. If academically they are in good standing (2.6 GPA) when transferring then it will not hurt UNL, which is why it is in the best interest of NU to take care of these kids. The key take away is the academic standing when the kid leaves UNL. Our APR could be hurt by Roby if he left school before completing the spring semester. This is what hurt Syracuse to lose scholarships back in 2010? when 3 of their players left early for the NBA and they didn't complete their spring semester. Does anyone know if he finished the spring semester?
  12. Finally got caught up on this thread. Keeping Thor seems to me to be very strategic move. He's a known quantity who provided good minutes last season. Almost as importantly he helps balance out the scholarships. If he has a good Jr year and then stays for his Sr year then that is a big positive. If things don't work out then that will give us an extra scholarship sooner rather than later. Guarantee that all of the players who left were given a lot of help by the staff for them to find a landing spot. Lets dispel the misconception of pulling scholarships. Regardless of BIG 10 policy on coaching turnover, NU policy is that scholarships are guaranteed 4yr/full. FH can certainly encourage players to go elsewhere and even help place them, but he can't pull their scholarship. Scholarships are not 1yr renewable at NU. I also believe that backhanded bashing of Miles, or rehashing the contracting situation are useless. These sorts of arguments on the football side have torn the fan-base apart. The great thing about fans of the basketball program is that through all of the years of misery we have always remained united and mostly respectful of our former coaches and each other. Another thing we all agreed on was the University did NOT provide full support for the program. That has changed. It has unfortunately come with some pain. I wish nothing but the best for all of our former players and coaches. It is going to be great getting to know these players and coaches. On a side note, looking at FH time at ISU he essentially did the same thing his first season. He basically cleaned house. His second season at ISU he had a lot of turnover. Also, most of FH successful teams at ISU, he didn't have a player over 6'9". We need to get used to not having a true center.
  13. Right or wrong I believe it was a good idea to "clean house'. New leadership was needed.
  14. The one on 84th St is far and away better than the one on 171'st St. i live in West "O" and I still go to the 84th St location.
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