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Nebraska Cornhuskers AD Tom Osborne Gauges Bo Pelini's Economic Impact

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1:  Head coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers yells to his team during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium January 1, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jeff WilliamsAnalyst IApril 16, 2009

Tom Osborne is learning quite a few things as athletic director at the University of Nebraska.

In a conversation with Tom Shatel, he discusses the current economic state and how it affects the Huskers:

"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."

In a separate interview with Steve SippleTO addresses Bo’s progress with his on-field ‘discussions’:

“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.”

 

Husker News and Notes

Mike Caputo is one of the surprises of the Spring, says Steve Sipple.

Quarterback Zac Lee isn’t playing to win over fans, he’s playing to make progress:

"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."

Ted Gilmore wants Will Henry to get ‘mean’ and Shawn Watson wants to see ‘consistency.’

Menelik Holt grows into the No. 1 receiver role.

Father Robert Mayta is a part of Nebraska Football.

Indians Catcher and Baylor Alum Kelly Shoppach got a box full of Husker gear from Indians Fan Bo Pelini.

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