Myself among them.
A lot has been suggested that this hiring will "heal" the divisions in HuskerNation. I'm not sure if that will be the case or not. I really wonder how fans will react to Pelini's comments about Frank Solich:
Over the past five years, Solich has been a divisive figure in Nebraska football. Ostracized by some and martyred by others, many fans have deep feelings for the man. I personally find Pelini's comments refreshing, but I wonder how people who still love to throw rotten eggs at Solich will feel about it. Will they support Pelini like they supported Bill Callahan?
"A large reason why I’m standing here today because I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due is Coach Solich. I respect the job that he did. I wouldn’t be standing here today if it wasn’t for Frank Solich giving me the opportunity to come back into college football at such a special place and to be a defensive coordinator. I think people along the way I have forgotten how important he was to the
and what he did over a long period of time. I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due because sometimes I don’t think Frank gets the credit for everything he’s done for this place.” of University Nebraska
Curiously, in some cases, it might be "yes". They claim that they weren't so much "anti-Solich" or "anti-tradition", but rather "pro-Nebraska". Which is great...except I'm not sure why there was a need to throw dirt on Solich after he was gone. Some of these same fans said that they've had past reservations or criticisms of Pelini as well, but those are all in the past. Since Pelini is now the head coach, everything apparently is all hunkey-dorey.
Excuse me? These fans seem to think that it doesn't matter what people do or have done; if they are wearing the big red N, all is fine with the world. Once they take it off, well, they are lower than dirt. It's kind of a takeoff on "my country, right or wrong." Which raises the question, why would you support something if you know it's wrong? Wrong is wrong. Heck, I felt Tom Osborne was wrong to reinstate Lawrence Phillips in 1995, but I never stopped supporting Osborne or the team.
I'm not sure I understand it, but if all of the Solich-bashers are now on board with the Pelini era, then Steve Pederson's vision of a united Husker Nation might actually become a reality in spite of Pederson himself.