First and foremost I should acknowledge the fact that I missed last week. Yes, I saw the game. But sue me, I’m busy. Believe it or not these posts take time. Sometimes I do not have much of that. Big Red hung tough last week before having their pants pulled down and their ass spanked for all the world to see. Some of that was completely palatable, not to mention predictable. Wisconsin was indeed the better team, and the Huskers hung tough before eventually getting exposed. While that sucks, it happens, particularly when you are as flawed as this team is. Saturday night was a different story altogether. Ohio State walked into our building and put an ass kicking on us like I have NEVER seen. Look Ohio State is good, but they aren’t nearly as freaking good as we made them look. Not even close in fact. That was an awful performance, a pathetic effort. What I saw was a team mailing it in. It was an abhorrent effort, particularly defensively. The whole thing is extremely tough to stomach.
I’ll spare you the offensive and defensive breakdowns. In a nutshell, it is bad, real freaking bad. What I will tell you is that this is not acceptable. Look, I don’t expect Tommie Frazier and Grant Wistrom to walk through that door and save us. That fairy tale shit isn’t going to happen. The 90’s are not coming back. That is reality. Regardless, letting anyone outside of the New England Patriots walk in to our house and eat our lunch like that is not acceptable. Period. As far as I’m concerned Mike Riley is a dead man walking. I take no pleasure in that. While I was never a fan of that hire, I did grow to like the man. Mike Riley is extremely likable. I felt a connection to him, as odd as that seems. He runs a good, clean program. His players conduct themselves with class. That matters, believe me. Particularly in this state. But this is a results driven business. Losing at home by 6 touchdowns doesn’t fly in Lincoln, or at least it shouldn’t. A program that has had just 2 losing seasons in nearly 50 years before the current administration’s tenure is now staring down its 2nd in 3 seasons. Not for nothing, losing to a team from the MAC is also unacceptable. More than that, the way this team conducted itself between the white lines was troubling. I would like someone out there to give a shit. I saw very little of that Saturday night. If you don’t think the effort was questionable, well, I have nothing for you. You clearly did not see the same game I saw. Or perhaps your own narrative has made you blind to the glaring reality. No matter how you cut it, this was not good. It was atrocious. Horrendous. Embarrassing. Unacceptable.
Where does that leave us? Well, first and foremost I am willing to concede that barring significant improvement and tangible progress this staff needs to go. I take no pleasure in this. This program needs stability. Something it has not had in a very long time. It is true that you can’t fire your way to stability. Still, if the process is broken, and it sure as hell seems that way, you have to fix it. On Saturday night, with my ass sore from the kicking the Buckeyes administered, it is obvious that what we are doing is not working. Year 3 is the year where a coaches program starts to see real progress. That is typically how that goes. I see very little positive signs going forward. I see a program that is light on both talent and direction. The results are ugly. Very ugly. From the ass kicking by the Bucks to the loss to Northern Illinois, this thing is clearly going in a negative direction. It has to stop!! When Sean Eichorst was fired I thought it would send a message to the players. I have no doubt the message was received. Saturday night it appeared that they simply did not give a shit.
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