Wednesday, October 15, 2008

One Year After the End of the Pederson Error

Yesterday, Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald noted that today is the one year anniversary of the firing of Steve Pederson. Some fans even view October 15, 2007 as the sixth greatest day in the history of Nebraska football.

That's almost as bad as what Pederson did to the program. Even one year later, there's nothing to celebrate. While there is a renewed sense of optimism around the entire athletic department, there's no need to "dance on Pederson's grave". Not with the football program still trying to dig itself out of the hole Pederson dug.

I mean, at this point, we're still hoping that Bo Pelini is the answer to the Huskers' problems. I see little signs that the program is back on the right track, but progress is much slower than I had hoped. Certainly the Huskers have been much more competitive this season than last, even if the record doesn't necessarily reflect it to this point. We don't know if there will be another regression, much like Meechigoon's loss to Toledo last week.

The reconstruction effort has scarcely begun in Lincoln. It was inappropriate to celebrate one year ago, and it's inappropriate to celebrate today.

1 comment:

Husker_Engineer said...

Pederson made some pretty sizable errors in judgment and those caused a large fissure in the fan base. For that alone, it was time for him to move along.

In a similar vein, I think Shatel and Co need to move along with the vilification of Steve and Bill. Yea, we sucked last year. I get it.

Maybe Shatel can focus on what those two left that we can use in our efforts to get better. Pelini says there is talent, so I trust him. I also know that the facilities Pelini has now are far improved from what he had the last time he was here. Dollar Bill leveraged the success of the football team to build a baseball dynasty and to improve some of the other sports, but left us far behind in football facilities. At least we don't have to worry about that for awhile.

Just a few thoughts.