Nebraska fans watching Minnesota fans storming the field at TCF Bank Stadium after the Gophers upset NU 34-23 on Saturday could be forgiven for having flashbacks. In 2007, Nebraska was embarrassed at Kansas 76-39, a loss that sealed Bill Callahan’s departure as head coach. Saturday’s loss to Minnesota had an eerily similar feel.
I was in Lawrence to see the fallout from that 2007 defeat, and I was in Minneapolis on Saturday. While walking around the city after the game, still wearing Husker colors and admittedly in a bit of a daze, I was amazed at how many people stopped me and asked who won the game.
After suppressing the urge to snap back “What, do I look like a freaking smartphone app?” in a fit of pique, I was struck by two things. First, many native Minneapolitans were not paying the slightest attention to the game, meaning Nebraska just lost to a team that barely makes a blip in its own hometown. Second, I was struck by how consistently those Minneapolitans, in a very Minnesota-nice way, all said (after recovering from the shock of learning of the Gophers’ victory) something along the lines of “You guys are going to get a better coach now, aren’t you?”
Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst may very well be faced with the biggest decision of his career in Lincoln after this season. So let’s play fly on the wall in Eichorst’s office and see what he may be considering for the future of Nebraska football.