If you don’t think spring practice matters much, ask Nebraska coach Bo Pelini.
Actually on second thought, don’t ask him. He might bite your head off.
After completing the first week of spring drills, Pelini didn’t hold anything back from what he saw from his club on Saturday.
To say the least, the Husker boss was unhappy.
“You could have put a grade-school offense out there against our defense and they would have done well,” said Pelini in a brief post-practice press conference.
“It’s mental weakness. It’s guys giving in when they’re tired. It starts with coaching. The coaching’s not near where it needs to be and the execution’s nowhere near where it needs to be. That pretty much sums it up.”
No need to ask the Coach how he really feels would you say?
“I’m ashamed of what I just watched on that practice field,” Pelini said.
This isn’t the first time in the last six months Pelini has been ashamed of his team’s performance.
Fortunately for the Nebraska coach, there’s more than five months until the season opener.
The Huskers will be favored to win the Big Ten’s Legends Division for the second straight year, but Pelini doesn’t want to hear any of that talk this spring.
“We’ve got a long, long, long way to go,” he said.
Everybody does Coach and the good thing is you’ve got time on your side, not to mention plenty of skill returning on offense so things don’t look nearly as bleak as you may currently think.
Doug Griffiths is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Doug is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ISLgriffiths and Facebook.