Embarassing losses always cause irrational thought, but could you imagine Jim Tressel as the Nebraska Cornhuskers‘ head coach?
The Huskers have suffered two defeats obviously difficult to stomach this season, one to the Ohio State Buckeyes and, of course, their most recent nationally-televised pratfall against the Wisconsin Badgers. Some fans stick by Bo Pelini, some are beginning to question his ability to lead their team to the promised land and some are not only demanding he be fired, but replaced by the dismissed Buckeye coach.
A Facebook fan page has popped up called “Huskers For Jim Tressel.” Yes, you read that correctly. The group may only have five likes, but it’s a testament to some of the lunacy that’s slipping into the Big Red fan base.
While Pelini’s final chapter in Nebraka history has yet to be written (and no one truly knows how soon it may be), why would incoming athletic director Shawn Eichorst consider such a moronic hire?
Yes, Tressel is Ohio State’s third-winningest head coach and brought a national title to the Buckeyes, but he also provided the sanctions that prevented his former team from playing in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game this season.
Recruiting against him would be easy as pie. Even his own alma mater could cut a recruit’s relationship with Nebraska off at the knees by mentioning the above negatives to Tressel’s positives. “He’s done it once, who’s to say he wouldn’t do it again?,” they’d say.
This isn’t to say that Pelini should be let go, but even if he was or left of his own accord, not only can the Huskers do better than Jim Tressel, he still has far too much of a taint left on him to even be in the discussion. Quite frankly, his reputation makes him questionable for a Facebook fan page aside from those created by Buckeye fans who hold him in high esteem. At least that make sense.
Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter: @eightlaces