Some things in the world of college football are hard to explain. It’s hard to fathom the disdain felt towards Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini by some fans. Understandably, winning is important to universities, and don’t think for a second there’s never a motive to win football games. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a tradition of winning, and the fan base gets a bit antsy when Big Red isn’t a national contender.
Expectations are a funny evil. With plenty of bonus incentives for winning conference championships, appearing in bowl games and of course winning the national title, coaches are held to a high standard by their employer as well as fans. Now, is it conceivable for observers outside of Lincoln to grasp why Cornhusker fans would be upset with a coach that has gone 58-24 in six years? Well, that’s Nebraska for you.
It seems like Pelini has been on the hot seat every year, but he has won nine games in each of six seasons a coach. What gives? When putting the sympathetic hat on we can see Nebraska has gone 2-8 against teams in the top 10, however can you name many coaches that are 16-5 coming off a loss? Honestly, big red has also been in the middle of a transition to the B1G Ten over the past three years, and has gone 17-8 within the conference. Do fans need to be reminded of how rough the move to the Big 12 has been for West Virginia?
No, life at Memorial Stadium hasn’t been the same since Tom Osborne, but the landscape has changed so much from even a decade ago. You want your team competing in the four-team playoff? Well, of course you do. But your expectations need to be realistic. Didn’t you enjoy the Gator Bowl victory over Georgia last season? Just try and keep in mind you’re not bottom feeders.