As the 2004 season spiraled out of control, the stories coming out of Lincoln about the lack of chemistry between the players and coaches grew worse and worse. The best unconfirmed story I heard was that Charlie McBride himself threw the defensive coaches out of the locker room at halftime of the Missouri game. Between the mass departures of unhappy players and an emphasis on building back the relationships between the players and coaches, I was starting to get a good vibe that this problem was under control, and that this new coaching staff had the situation back under control.
Then the Shane Siegel story hit the paper.
On a team of 100+ players, it's unreasonable to expect that everyone is on-board. However, the first thing that comes to mind is: "Here we go again". Last year, as the season progress, the relationship went steadily south, and it especially showed in losses at Kansas State and to Colorado. Bill Callahan and his staff better make sure that this problem doesn't recur, especially with some of his multi-star recruits.