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Now is the time for Nebraska to become something special again…….


Nebraska lines up facing old rival Oklahoma- Brian Bahr/Getty Images

I have been hard on the football program at Nebraska in the past year.  The powers to be in Lincoln have taken a once proud historic all-time successful football program to a middle-of- the-road mediocre bunch that has little success nationally and not much more in their current home in the Big Ten Conference. What I said last year:
All good for the money.  And all good to get out of the Big 12 so the Univ. of Texas can’t give you grief in the decisions of that league.  And hurray for getting into a conference that has a higher standard of student and institution.  Great Nebraska! Great Cornhuskers!  You have ruined your football program in regards to national relevance and winning football. Your leader, the great Dr. Tom Osborne has given the state of Nebraska the same thing the state of Iowa has…… the state of Indiana……. New Jersey and Maryland.  Yes, you got it.  A bad football team that a sold-out Memorial Stadium in Lincoln does not deserve.  Your move, your loss.  Thank you Coach Osborne. You were it at one time in Nebraska.  Now you are nothing. Your football program is a loser as has most of your athletic program has been for decades.  Yes, you can run track, but can’t hit a shot in basketball.  Enjoy losing Huskers.  Losing is not becoming of a once great program.
With the expansion of the Big Twelve just around the corner, rumblings coming out of Huskerland of taking a once dominate program back home to a place where BIG RED football would again become not just the BIG RED of the North but the BIG RED of the BIG TWELVE. (pardon my Sooner readers, no disrespect intended). Nebraska, you have lost it, and with loving arms extended (just ask Coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State), it is time to tell the great Tom Osborn and the academic leaders of the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, it is time to get back to prominence.  When was the last time Nebraska football was though of in Top Five terms?  Top Ten?  You get it Nebraska folks?  You need to heed the day. Now is the time to get back to winning National Championships, Heisman Trophy’s, and have first team All-Americans.  It is not hard to imagine the Huskers playing their long-time rivals. Trips to Norman, Sooner visits to Lincoln?  How fun was that, win or lose?  Bringing in the Wildcats and Jayhawks and Cowboys to play significant games. A chance to put it to the Texas Longhorns?  Are you kidding me?  You moved out of the conference because of those people in Austin?


Now is the time.  Probably won’t ever come again.  The Big Twelve would take you back in a heartbeat.  No questions asked.  Does Husker football actually mean something more than an afterthought?  Sure they do, Husker fans.  Go on and fantasize that you will win it all in the Big Ten. A Natty?  Dream on Husker Nation.

Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley- Photo Courtesy: Ryan Soderlin / World-Herald News Service

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

2 Responses to “Now is the time for Nebraska to become something special again…….”

  1. JoAnne Hines
    August 19, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    When you left the Big 12, you took some of the fun of football rivalries. How much fun it was to look forward to the Nebraska/Oklahoma games. The fans were loud but decent and you didn’t cry when we turned a husker upside down. It’s a past that I remember fondly and miss terribly. I doubt if we will ever know the likes of it again

    • August 19, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      so true….thanks for your remarks….

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