One of the things that absolutely ticked me off and got me in many arguments on the former message board, was the fact people would defend Frost with “Riley Culture” and “it is really going to take awhile to change the losing attitude he inherited.” It was complete blind “Frost can do no wrong” rhetoric, especially in the transfer portal era. We went 4-8, fine. Then we went 5-7 and people came with that, and I was willing to at least listen. But after we broke NCAA practicing rules to play in 2020 and still lost, I knew it was over at that time. Didn’t even need the 2021 season or the start of 2022, we were done. The fact is, people are turning things around in 2 seasons no matter what they took over this day in age of college football.
Rhule has a huge issue facing him, because the people that made up Frost had this massive uphill climb are in a world of hurt now because we are actually having players come out and say there’s a losing attitude on the team now. This isn’t just message board blasphemy to defend a coach you like, this is guys from the lockerroom saying it to the media. Crazy times.
What frustrated me was all you have to do is eradicate the problem. And I thought that’s what we were doing when I saw stuff like this:
In that article, of the 164 man roster, 131 joined since Frost became coach. And that article is from January 2020. So it wasn’t a losing culture problem, it was a development and coaching issue. Which is why I was so mad listening to people telling me it was a losing culture issue. All these players knew was what the previous staff was telling them.
And Rhule is doing his best to mimic the situation, and he’s doing what I would do. If we truly have a losing culture, freaking get rid of them. All of them. You have a grace period in your first season or two, so you can be young. You can be inexperienced. But Rhule is attacking the transfer portal much more aggressively than we saw with Frost. For the most part, Frost just grabbed pieces here and there where we needed immediate help. Rhule on the other hand is grabbing anyone and everyone that he thinks will create competition.
For example, while I agree with some people we needed to upgrade our WR depth, they obviously targeted that in the portal. Further, they grab the most WRs in the recruiting class, and lastly, we have Garcia-Castenada back as well as Betts. There’s plenty of skill in that room.
The transfer portal has me feeling really good that we won’t see a 1 or 2 win first season with Rhule like he had at Baylor or Temple. I think we can get to a bowl game quite honestly, if we attack the following section.
I think we are sitting close to or at 95 scholarships right now, this is something that was never done with previous regimes. This staff is trying to give themselves every opportunity to create competition on our team. We will see a mass exodus after spring, probably for some guys we don’t want to see, but it will be more about them not jiving with the staff or being overtaken by other players.
So what are our needs
It was pretty evident with us going after Rouse that we do feel we still need OL help. Look, I appreciate Rhule thinking we are ok there and have some dudes. I honestly think he may have kept Raiola to show that he can win with who we had here previously. But whether he likes it or not, we need more help. One more OL is needed in the portal who can play immediately. The good news is there’s a few out there still, and there will be even more in the spring.
Tightend is another spot that we absolutely need to get some kid that has played college football and exceled already. We can not rely on a high school recruit. They need to do something here in a hurry.
While our coaches attacked the linebackers hard in the portal, we need more help at DL. I still haven’t been able to figure out who out of the “edge” guys will maybe shift down to the DE/DT spot. Is a guy like Maverick Noonan going to beef up and do it? But we just need more help there.
Coaches doing work on the trail
I made mention with this tweet:
Typically, we had a coach or two responsible for Omaha and/or the state. Ruud had that responsibility, and it just gets tough to develop what you need as one guy. This week, our staff had not only one but two guys roaming around Omaha. Foley was making the rounds to places even if they didn’t have a ton of kids recently:
And for what it’s worth, I know he was at more places than that. And I also usually take with a grain of salt the coaches who complain about not feeling the love, these guys can’t be everywhere. I always compare what I see to other teams. What always bothered me about Nebraska the past few years was Iowa, Iowa State, and Kansas State they were getting to our schools first. They were evaluating and offering our guys first. It was tough.
And think about it, most schools don’t have more than one coach dedicated to Nebraska. While I think our talent is undervalued, other schools can get more bang for their buck in Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and schools like that with multiple coaches.
So let’s say you’re a coach that didn’t think he got a ton of love the last few years. Foley comes to just shoot the shit with you. He tells you that he was given his itinerary by the recruiting admin and looked at it and goes “give me some more”. That’s really cool. But imagine how cool it is when Foley says “alright I have to get going, by the way Coach Satterfield will be here later this afternoon.”
What? Two coaches in one day? That’s crazy awesome. Now, I have no idea if this is going to pay dividends or not. But I can tell you guys like Flores won’t be leaving the state without an offer anymore. Really good to see.
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