The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Dec. 26, 2002
Frank got his guy. I have picked on Frank a lot lately, but he selected
and got his man in Pelini. He closed the deal. Pelini will help with
recruiting, and his hire has added energy to the program. He is just what we
needed -- a young, aggressive guy with pro experience. Good for Frank. No one
wants Frank to succeed more than I do. He needs to pick his O.C., for
recruiting purposes if for no other reason.
I believe we will win this game. Their coach is looking around and
Manning might turn pro, so I don't know what their mental state will be.
But, as it has been all season, it is more about our team than the opponent.
We should be loose and ready. The coaches should be aggressive and it will
fun to see what they come up with. I like Albin and he is going to get a
chance at a full-time assistant job. Burrow and Albin are very experienced
and should game-plan as well as Bohl.
The other reason I like our chances is that over the last few years we have
been way too physical for SEC teams. Ole miss wants to get in the shotgun
and throw. Their running is predominantly draws and sprint draws. Manning
is good but not mobile. We need a pass rush and have had trouble
generating that all year. The new coaches hopefully can game-plan the right
blitzes. If we can get pressure on Manning this game could be a rout. They
have a good LB in Strong but have a terrible run defense, so we will score.
The Pederson hire assures us that the blessed institution will have a first-rate
football-led athletic program for the foreseeable future. The Pelini
hire gives the program and Frank a boost in confidence. I believe that the
worst days are behind and we start on the road back with a big win on
Keep the faith. GBR.