The college football coaching carousel began earlier this year when Nebraska fired head coach Scott Frost after three games.
While there are still plenty of seasons to go, 2022 is on track to be another disappointing year for the once-proud Cornhuskers program. Nebraska (1-3) has only had one winning season since Bo Pelini was fired in 2014, and ‘Husker doesn’t seem to have the same upward trend as some other standout shows that have recently fallen in. difficult period.
That didn’t stop Nebraska from shooting for the moon early in their search for their trainer. Based on Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Nebraska features Bill O’Brien, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Kansas’ Lance Leipold.
Parker Thune of 247Sports third report that Nebraska is also expected to make a serious hit for Baylor’s Dave Aranda. CBS Sports reported last weekend that Urban Meyer had been contacted by the show, but there was no confirmation that it reflected an interest in hiring him.
Is Nebraska out of the league with some of these candidates? Maybe. It has been several years since the Cornhuskers were even able to compete from afar with the powers of the Big Ten. Heading Ohio, Michigan, Penn State and others, USC and UCLA will join the conference in the coming years.
Newcomers can add to the prestige of coaching in the Big Ten, but it also makes the road to success at a program like Nebraska much more difficult. That’s clearly something that weighs heavily on some coaches’ minds. With Oklahoma poised to join the SEC, Lincoln Riley joined USC in November.
Aranda and Campbell appear unlikely to leave comfortable positions unless Nebraska can offer an exorbitant amount. As Alabama’s offensive coordinator, O’Brien has every reason to wait for the perfect opportunity, and Nebraska probably isn’t.
Leipold, who has coached at Division II Nebraska-Omaha for more than a decade, may be this group’s only realistic option. If Nebraska can’t get a coach out of Kansas, that says a lot about how far the program has fallen.