Bo Pelini was the defensive coordinator at LSU when the Tigers won the national title in 2007. However, there’s someone else who may know just a tad bit more about winning in Pelini’s current location of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Tommy Frazier led the Cornhuskers to both the 1994 and 1995 national championships. In that time frame, the quarterback did not allow his Nebraska team to lose or tie a single game. That is something no other quarterback since the 1950s can claim, and it is definitely not something the Nebraska team Frazier watched lose badly to UCLA on Saturday can claim, either.
Frazier, for one, is sick of it. Pelini is supposed to be a defensive mastermind. However, the Huskers gave up more than 500 yards of total offense for the fourth time in the team’s last five games. Nebraska gave up exactly 602 yards against lowly Wyoming in barely escaping with a win to open the year. The “Blackshirts” look like they are still feeling the aftereffects of getting punched in the mouth in giving up 70 points to Wisconsin in the 2012 Big Ten title game.
On Saturday, Pelini’s squad looked like it was going to cruise after going up by a score of 21-3. However, when the final whistle sounded and the scoreboard read 41-21 in favor of UCLA, Pelini’s coaching seat got quite a bit hotter.
Plenty of fans are calling for sweeping changes, but when one of the best players in the history of college football does so, the athletic department may just have to pay attention.
Here is the complete, verbatim text of Frazier’s extended-length tweet following yet another defensive letdown:
After letting it sink in for about 4 hours I still struggling. It’s time to get rid of the defensive play caller, the Dc, lb dl and db coaches. I hate saying this but this crap is getting old. How in the hell do you not make adjustments or put your players in the position to compete? If this is what is going to happen for the remainder of the season, count me out. I don’t care if we lose a game but the way we are losing is just not what #Nebraska fans deserve. I have fought, bled, and cried over this program. I didn’t do all that for the program to become what it has today. Time for change! I will comment about the offense this week on Tommie’s X’s and O’s. Trust me you don’t want to miss it. #Huskers
Time for change, you say?
In Pelini’s defense (no pun intended), UCLA’s offense is one of the best in the nation. Quarterback Brett Hundley is a star in the making. The Huskers defense has struggled mightily in the early going, but there is a great opportunity to set things straight. The program’s next four games are home showdowns against South Dakota State and Illinois, followed by road games at Purdue and Minnesota.
All four are extremely winnable, and should provide Pelini with plenty of time to right the ship before Northwestern comes to town on Nov. 2.
Should Big Red continue to struggle against the bottom of the Big Ten barrel, however, Frazier’s calls for sweeping changes will only be echoed by more and more people.
*UPDATE* 1:50 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept 16
According to Husker Extra, Pelini has responded to Frazier’s comments, stating “We don’t need him.” It’d probably be wise to stay out of this conversation all together, especially considering Frazier is a legend around Lincoln and Pelini’s team is coming off an embarrassing loss at home.
[H/T: CBS Sports]