Tom Osborne is learning quite a few things as athletic director at the University of Nebraska.
"Nebraska’s been affected by the downturn in the economy, but not to the degree that other states have," Osborne said. "We’re not totally recession proof but for some people, one of the last things to go will be their football tickets."
He also justifies Bo Pelini’s raise as the least expensive option:
"The most expensive thing you can do is lose a good coach and his staff and go through a whole shakedown period in finding somebody, losing a recruiting class and so forth."
“I think Bo recognized it himself,” Osborne said. “It wasn’t horrible. But on the other hand, he realized that people are watching. Mothers are watching. Fathers, too. You saw a pretty marked shift from the first two or three games to the last six or seven. I thought that was very positive.”
"I don’t think you react to it any different than you would another game or practice or anything like that," Lee said. "Just because in the end it’s another practice—it’s a big scrimmage—and you’re just trying to work on things and continue to get better."