Not sure if anybody yelled "Dead Coach Walking" towards Bill Callahan as he walked out of Kansas Memorial Stadium, but if they had, they wouldn't have been far off from the truth. Today's 76-39 drubbing certainly makes the inevitable all the more clear. I'm sure it's going to be difficult for the families of these coaches who are going to be uprooted as these coaches try to resurrect their careers elsewhere. But today's game was simply more proof that this coaching staff is overmatched at the coaching level.
Example in point: Joe Ganz making his first start since high school. Callahan hands him the ball and has him throw the ball on every down in the second quarter. Absolutely no running game in the 2nd quarter, save for a few scrambles. First start against a top ten opponent, and Callahan goes one-dimensional and puts it completely on the shoulders of a green quarterback. Ganz did pretty well for his first start, but it's completely shameful that his coach put the onus on him. But we've come to expect that of Bill Callahan.
Kansas and Nebraska are simply polar opposites with respect to football. Nebraska has tradition, facilities, history, and more Rivals stars than you can shake a stick at. But Kansas has superb coaching, great preparation, and dedication. And today, they have scoreboard to prove that all that those Rivals stars are meaningless if you don't have great coaching, preparation, and dedication.
I've rated Kansas in the top 10 of my Power Poll most of the season, and I've been ridiculed by some, saying that Kansas was a fraud. Is 9-0 Kansas a fraud? Absolutely not. But today's game was simply more evidence of the fraud that was committed on Nebraska and it's fans by Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan.
Speaking of frauds, if Nebraska's defense is no longer wearing black practice jerseys, why is Kevin Cosgrove wearing a black shirt on the sideline? All of those reasons for revoking the Blackshirts apply to Cosgrove over and over and over again. Cosgrove wearing black on the sidelines is an insult to past Blackshirts who set the standard for Husker defense. Why is the architect of the worst Husker defense in nearly 50 years allowed to wear black?
Those of you who listened to the broadcast probably noticed that Jim Rose was absent from the booth. Last week, he was suffering from a cold, though he was absent from KFAB yesterday as well. Greg Sharpe, former Kansas State Wildcat announcer, was called in on Thursday to replace Rose; however, nobody is mentioning illness as a reason. Is Rose's support of the "Vichy" Nebraska regime coming back to haunt him? Hard to say. Rose has tried to distance himself from Steve Pederson in recent weeks, but it may not be enough to salvage his career as the Voice of the Huskers, as they'll likely want to remove any aura of the last four years as the Husker football program tries to recover from the damage Pederson and Callahan did to this program. Keep in mind, it may just be a bad cold, in which case every Husker fan needs to wish him a speedy recovery.