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http://www.collegesports.com/sports/m-footbl/uwire/120604aat.html
Lincoln, NE (U-WIRE) -- After a long pause, Turner Gill cleared his throat and began with a thank you.

With family, friends, associates and pupils in attendance, Gill, who was considered by many to be the last link to Nebraska football's storied past, resigned from his position as Nebraska's receivers coach Friday afternoon.

Reading a prepared statement, Gill said his decision to end his 17-year playing/coaching career at NU comes with the hope of becoming a head coach.

While his resignation came as somewhat of a surprise, Gill said the decision has been years in the making.

"I have been called to take a leap of faith and I plan to pursue full-time my career goal of being a head football coach," Gill said. "For the past few years, I have been working on my vision and what I believe coaching should be about and where I believe our responsibility and passion should lay. While I have always remained true to my vision, it is now time that I give it wings and see where it takes me.





"My strong desire is to stay in the coaching profession. I chose to make this known at this time as a courtesy to (Coach Bill Callahan), and my respect for him, the staff, the team, and the whole recruiting process."

Gill, who served as NU's quarterbacks coach from 1992-2002 and assistant head coach in 2003 before moving to receivers' coach this season, thanked several people who helped him during his time at Nebraska.

Among the list included former coaches Tom Osborne and Frank Solich, and Callahan, all of whom Gill said helped shape him into the coach and the person he is today.
http://www.ljworld.com/section/kusports/story/190049
Former Nebraska football player Michael Keenan has expressed a desire to play for Kansas University, according to a source close to him.

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Keenan, a freshman, left the Nebraska football team midseason after seeing time on special teams. Keenan, who attended Oak Park High in Kansas City, Mo., hasn't spoken publicly about his reasons for leaving NU or his future. Calls to his Lincoln, Neb., residence were not returned.

However, at least one person says Keenan's agenda includes transferring next month to a Kansas City-area junior college.

"He has told me that his plan is to go to juco at Johnson County, and then when he earns his associate's, go to KU," said Ken Clemens, an assistant coach at Oak Park High. "I know that's what he wants to do. Whether he's approached anybody (at KU) about that or not, I don't know."

Keenan wouldn't be eligible to play in the fall of 2005, consistent with NCAA transfer rules. But if he earns his associate's degree quickly, he could be eligible to join KU in time for spring practices in 2006 --provided the Jayhawks are interested.

A similar road was taken by current KU linebacker Gabriel Toomey, who played his first year at Oklahoma, transferred to Iowa Central Community College, then signed with KU prior to the 2003 season.
http://www.bellevueleader.com/index.php?u_pg=911&u_sid=1279564
Bellevue Leader Sports Editor Eric Taylor and Bellevue Leader Executive Editor Ron Petak offer their thoughts on Nebraska football coach Bill Callahan.

Ron Petak - I'll keep my opening salvo short and sweet: Bill Callahan is the wrong man walking the sidelines at Memorial Stadium.

Eric Taylor - Don't you think it's a bit early in the "Bill Callahan Era" to be making those kinds of statements? At least Notre Dame gave Ty Willingham three years before they figured out he wasn't the right guy. I'm holding judgement on Callahan until after the 2006 season. By that time, he will have had two years with what is being labeled a top-five recruiting class. Then, I think you can start making a more reasonable assessment.

RP - You want reasonable? How about there was no reason for two prestigious streaks (non-losing seasons and bowl appearances) to end this year. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a single Big 12 coach who believes Nebraska's talent level had fallen off to that of a 5-6 program. Callahan was selfish in trying to force his pass-happy offense onto players not adept at that style of offense, and in my book that's putting himself ahead of the program.

ET - First of all, I don't think Callahan cares about the streaks. To him, this season was a throw-away year. Right or wrong, I believe that's the approach he took. He wanted to get his system implemented as quickly as possible and find out who could handle it (Matt Herian, Cory Ross) and who couldn't (Joe Dailey). It now gives him an idea of where he can take the program from here. Did he sacrifice this year? Absolutely. But Callahan wasn't brought here to go 7-4 and go to a mid-level bowl. He was brought here, as Steve Pederson said, to not give up the Big 12 to the Texas' and Oklahoma's of the world. And as the saying goes, sometimes you have to take two steps back to take three steps forward.

RP - I think the appropriate phrase is one step forward and two steps back.I'll nod in agreement that Callahan came into the season with an agenda he wasn't going to waver from, and that's my point exactly - Bill and his band of overmatched coaches put themselves before the gloried tradition of what we know as Husker football.

ET - Ron, welcome to college football. Tradition means little or nothing to most coaches and administrators these days. Notre Dame used to honor its coaching contracts, too. Unfortunately, college football is money driven. That money comes as the result of a successful program, which is dictated by wins and losses (regardless of what Pederson says). Firing Frank Solich after a 10-win season was a bold move by Pederson. Callahan changing the offense was a bold move, and Callahan not adhering to the traditions of Nebraska football is another bold move. He wants to put his own imprint on Nebraska football and in his mind, this is the best way for Nebraska to become one of the nation's elite.
http://www.theomahachannel.com/news/3979317/detail.html
Nebraska U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne said he will make an announcement early next month about his political future, including whether he will seek Sen. Ben Nelson's seat in 2006.
Tom Osborne


Osborne, a Republican, said Tuesday that he will narrow his political choices in the coming weeks. The former Nebraska football coach was responding to speculation that he could be the Republican challenger to Democrat Nelson in two years. Political pundits also have said Osborne could run for governor in 2006.

Osborne's position has changed since last week, when Nebraska's political landscape was thrown into disarray after Gov. Mike Johanns accepted President George W. Bush's nomination for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. At that time, Osborne said he would make an announcement on his political future in six to 10 months.

Last week, University of Nebraska professor Randall Adkins, PhD said Osborne holds a lot of power.

"He definitely holds a lot of cards," Adkins said. "He's definitely one of the leaders of the political party in the state, and the issue is, he could virtually have any office he wants. He's just that popular. I mean, how do you run against a guy that's that popular? It's very difficult to do that."

For his part, Nelson said Tuesday his political future will not be affected by whether Osborne seeks his Senate seat.
http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=44&p=2&c=328836
With Nebraska finishing a football season with a losing record for the first time in a long time, what is really ahead for the Big Red Machine? Are things really as dire as they seem or is the future a little brighter than some have made it out to be?


I suppose you can take this as a bit of an extension from what’s been said in my recent Blog pieces along with random musings in and out of the chat room. I’ve been called a lot of things during my career as a fan of the University of Nebraska. I’ve been called blind, incompetent, a Pollyanna, thoughtless, gutless and useless. Thing is, the only opinion I can offer is my own. Ever since my days in my high school’s debate class, I learned that you can only present the opinion you truly believe in and attempt to help others understand your beliefs. Perhaps at that point, you will find yourself open to all of the ideas and possibilities around you and, thusly, open to the truth.



Now, you may be asking what this has to do with the University of Nebraska. I caught some of the Home Depot awards show early in the morning at around 3:00 a.m. and it got me thinking. More to the point, the shots of Bill Callahan and the team at the time from April got me thinking. Despite all of the malice that has been pointed at the program, the coaches, the players, I’ve never had a moment where I’ve wanted to waver or hide my true colors. I go into work every day with an “N” somewhere on my attire, so naturally I become a target for some good-natured or even malicious ribbing. That said, I still take a lot of pride in what’s going on down in Lincoln.



I suppose that this is a bit of a thank you to all of the folks who have taken the time to work towards the major undertaking going on down I-80 way. I’ve always been the kind of guy who was a more “big picture” type. Some folks can only really see what’s going on day to day and that’s just fine because honestly, without them, what I do wouldn’t really accomplish much. Many of you have seen the fruits of the efforts made by Bill Callahan and his staff in the recruiting class thus far. It is my firm belief that this will continue not only towards February 2005 and the eventual signing day for high school seniors, but beyond that into future classes.
http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/7943035
Bo Ruud Bullish on NU's Future
The Omaha World-Herald
Nov. 29, 2004


LINCOLN -- On ESPN late Friday night, the talking heads were calling Nebraska's football season a "debacle'' and an "embarrassment.''

In the aftermath, it was hard to argue. Even if you were one of those players pulling off the white helmet with the red "N'' on it.

Go ahead and pile on the Husker program, linebacker Bo Ruud said, because you'd better get it out of your system now.
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/11/30/41ac1719b3b62
Though Bill Callahan’s first year was a season Husker Nation would rather pretend never happened, the first page has been written in the latest chapter of Nebraska football.

Most wouldn’t have expected a 5-6 record coming into the year, but many would have never guessed that the Cornhuskers’ running game would be the driving force in Callahan’s West Coast offense either.

Along with the many lows, the Huskers had their share of highs. More important than any statistics or accolades, however, was their ability to stick together through one of the hardest seasons in team history.

“Nobody’s ever given up,” senior guard Jake Andersen said. “Despite what anyone out there says, there isn’t one guy on this team that ever gave up. We played our butts off the whole time and I’m proud of our team, even though things didn't work out well this season.”

One of the brightest spots of the season for NU was undoubtedly the success of its running game.

Junior Cory Ross, who became the first NU running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Dahrran Diedrick did it in 2001, led the Husker rushing attack.

The Huskers have pulled in 19 recruits this season, giving them a class that ranks first in the nation by Rivals.com.

It was obvious during the season that the NU players had difficulty adjusting to the schemes of Callahan and his staff. With a year under their belts, the players and coaches feel that next season should go much smoother.

The future could be bright for the Huskers in the next few years.

Until then, however, they will have to do their best to learn from their mistakes and build upon their successes
http://www.yorknewstimes.com/stories/111504/spo_frontrow15.shtml
While the present is very uncertain, the future does look very bright. According to the recent NCAA recruiting analysts polls, the Huskers have the second best recruiting class in the nation, second only to the already loaded Sooners.

If Nebraska is unable to keep the bowl record intact, and the Huskers finish at 5-6, first losing record in a long long time, what will happen to the program, and will Nebraska hang on to all the commitments they have received this fall.

I feel the Colorado game has much more on the line than just a bowl streak, and a trip to the Big 12 title game, it could very well play a huge part in shaping the future of Nebraska football.