Nebraska fans are notoriously brutal in their criticism of their head football coaches.
Tom Osborne was frequently criticized early in his career for being unable to win the big games, despite winning at least nine games every year. Frank Solich, despite tallying a nine-win season in 2003, still lost his job because of the 7-7 effort that preceded it. And Bill Callahan…well, he actually deserved all the criticism.
And this season, Bo Pelini has also felt the wrath stemming from the lofty, unmet expectations of Cornhusker nation. Following both of Nebraska’s 2012 losses, calls for a change in command have rained down upon Pelini and his assistants. But as a result of a three-game conference winning streak, those voices have been silenced, at least for now.
Nebraska currently has a new optimism and confidence, but let’s take a look at the problems that have plagued Bo Pelini during his time at Nebraska and see what he will need to overcome for his recent success to continue.