The Nebraska football program is one of the premier brands in the nation.
Part of it might be because Nebraska has no other notable sports teams in their state, but people in the area are crazy about the Cornhuskers. So naturally, it kills them to see the program perform so miserably.
The Cornhuskers are on the prowl for their next head coach.
They’re expected to make a strong push for Scott Frost, the wizard behind the perfect 11-0 finish for the UCF Knights, and a former alumni of the school. But the smart money has Frost coaching the Florida Gators next season.
If Nebraska can’t bring home one of their own, what options do they have left?
According to Bruce Feldman, plenty, including a former SEC coach.
Bret Bielema was let go from his job at Arkansas seemingly before he reached the locker room at the end of the regular season. Bielema makes sense for Nebraska for a few reasons.
One, his performance at Arkansas, a second-tier SEC team, wasn’t all that bad. He went 4-8 this season, but it was his first losing year after appearing in three consecutive bowl games prior to 2017.
He also has success coaching in the Big Ten. He made the Wisconsin Badgers a fixture in the top 25 while he coached there between 2006-2012. He knows the territory, and he clearly knows how to recruit the talent in that area.
Nebraska faces a long climb until they’re relevant on a national level again, but if he’s brought in as their next head coach, he could very well be best suited to turn the program around.