There’s no doubt that the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team has underachieved in 2015, the first under coach Mike Riley. The team is 2-4 (0-2 Big Ten) and has not looked strong defensively, ranking 110th in FBS in total defense.
And now we may have a reason as to why.
Per a report from Brandon Cavanaugh of Athlon Sports & Life, former defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski, who served in that role under former coach Bo Pelini, has been allegedly leaking unflattering news about the current staff to players on the roster. Sure enough, former Huskers lineman Jason Peter flat out threw Kaczenski under the bus as the culprit on the radio.
“It’s fine to communicate with players that you’ve worked with that you cared about, but if you truly cared about them, you’d want them to do well,” Peter said. “You wouldn’t be sitting there…in your house hoping that this team failed and this team wouldn’t win another football game.”
Adam Carriker is a former Husker who went on the play in the NFL, and now writes a Facebook series called Carriker Chronicles. He did not mince words in this week’s edition.
“We have a former Nebraska coach (Rick Kaczenski) texting current players, trying to undermine the new coaching staff & messing with the psyche of young college kids. I’m not even going to say how glad I am that he doesn’t work here anymore.
I’m not going to express how unfortunate it is that a person who conducts himself like that, was ever involved with the football program to begin with. I won’t even touch on how I consider what he’s done to just be pathetic. No, I won’t say any of those things. Instead I’ll just simply say, get a life, and what in the blue hell is wrong with you?!”
Needless to say, if this is indeed the case, steps need to be taken so that Kaczenski is either banned from campus or banned from having contact with certain players. Pelini and his staff were dismissed for a reason, and Riley cannot do his job properly if one man is constantly trying to undermine the system he is trying to instill.
Simply put, Pelini has moved on to the next stage of his career as the coach of Youngstown State, and Kaczenski needs to grow up and do the same.
Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
Nebraska’s next game comes against Minnesota on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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