He lasted one day.
One day? One Day.
Seems that someone found an old Facebook post by Schuetz criticizing Harvey Perlman; it was nine months old, posted in the aftermath of the Bo Pelini dismissal.
And the administration in Lincoln decided that couldn't be tolerated. Schuetz apologized and removed the post, but it was too late. Schuetz was out, and the University scrambled. For this season, Lane Grindle of the Husker Sports Network will move up to the press box from the sidelines to handle the PA. It makes sense that NU would stay in-house on such short notice. No fear of having another Schuetz situation developing there, though it does complicate the radio broadcast setup for the IMG Network. (I originally feared that NU would tap Jim Rose, who's now with the athletic department as a fund-raiser.)
The whole situation is awfully silly, with the University looking foolish on multiple fronts:
First, not vetting Schuetz's Facebook page in the first place. Schuetz's post was public, so it was easy to find. And it was found, after they announced he was hired. Do this in the first place, before the announcement, and NU moves on to the next candidate.
Second, having a thin skin. What Schuetz said was nothing different than many Husker fans have said at one time or another. I dare say "most". Schuetz also said it long before pursuing the job, when he was a private citizen and not associated with the University. It's not insubordinate. Furthermore, Harvey Perlman has already announced his retirement. (Jim Tressel is not replacing him, though.)
Here's the thing: if Schuetz quietly takes down the Facebook post but remains as PA announcer, this doesn't get near the attention that firing a guy after a day does. Maybe someone sends it out afterwards, but then, it's on Schuetz, who could then issue a quick apology and it would be over and done with.
Instead, it becomes a national story and another circus. Which it didn't need to be.
This has been such a silly saga. I bet 95 percent of Nebraskans have said far worse in the last decade. https://t.co/z4szvHTf7n— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 1, 2015
On Monday, Mike Riley talked about being at the center of attention in the state of Nebraska. In Riley's situation, it's all positive at this point. (He undefeated in Lincoln, after all...)Talking w/ ESPNs @mitchsherman on #Nebraska firing their newly hired stadium announcer over a Facebook post. #espn http://t.co/PMoV7n7AOj— Antonietta Collins (@CollinsDeportes) September 2, 2015
Riley on attention on NU football: "It might not be comparable to anywhere. It is exceedingly good." #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) August 31, 2015
But this points out the flip side of the situation...when stories about PA announcers get this much attention, well, it points out the down side of the intense focus on anything associated with Nebraska football. And when Bo Pelini says "that's what wrong with that place," you have to acknowledge that he has a point.Yes, Nebraska receives a ton of media/fan attention. Riley says it's "fun and exciting to be around." Plus, he wouldn't want it "other way."— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) August 31, 2015