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Prior to Sunday's announcement that the Huskers were headed to San Antonio to meet Michigan, speculation ran back and forth all week that the Huskers were headed for either the Holiday Bowl in San Diego or to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Holiday? Alamo? What's a Husker fan to do!

IT'S MICHIGAN, GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don: "Hey, Napoleon. What did you do last summer again?"
Napoleon Dynamite: "I told you! I spent it with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!"
Don: "Did you shoot any?"
ND: "Yes like 50 of 'em! They kept trying to attack my cousins, what the heck would you do in a situation like that?"
D: "What kind of gun did you use?"
ND: "A freakin' 12 gauge, what do you think?"

don't know what the Huskers will use to head off the those pesky Michigan Wolverines in San Antonio, December 28th, but one question remains: Will Bill Callahan insert Napoleon Dynamite into his starting lineup?

"Maybe I will, GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

The Michigan-Husker game will be a match-up of two of the nation's leading college football programs. Those pesky Wolverines have been established, rightly so, as a 13 point favorite. Even if the Huskers don't win the game, they are already winners. The Huskers get the benefit of another 14 practices to prepare for the game-that's the equivalent of an extra spring practice. And for this young, inexperienced, and sometimes erratic football team, that is great news.

I'll have more on this game in a couple of weeks.


The only criticism I had following the Colorado game was the response from some journalists who were quick to temper the Huskers' win, pointing out that fans shouldn't get too carried away with the victory. Instead, what the Husker football program should be thinking about, they said, is winning division and conference titles.

It's true Nebraska's victory over Colorado isn't significant when compared with past Husker conference and national titles, but considering last year's losing season and no bowl game, a 7-4 regular season record and a bowl invitation with a very good opponent in a very good bowl environment is very nice, indeed. Husker fans, players and coaches should enjoy the win over Colorado, a divisional winner and who, prior to the Husker win, had been 5-0 at home this season. Bottom line, no matter what happens in San Antonio, the Huskers are assured of at least a winning season. And who knows, maybe the Huskers have one more surprise game in them this season.

As I said after the Husker's last minute loss at home to T-Tech, if all three phases of the Husker game were to show up during the same game for all four quarters, the Huskers could play with most any team in the country. The win over the Buffs proved my point. And throw in coaching-Billy C's game plan and on the field adjustments during the game were spectacular.

And how about Wags' O-line boys! Thanks, coach. You did one helluva job!
The one unexpected benefit of Turner Gill's resignation from his role as receivers coach last year, was that his replacement, Ted Gilmore, used to be the receivers coach for the Colorado Buffaloes. Ted's knowledge of the Buff's secondary was a key to the Huskers offensive success in Boulder. Thanks coach Gilmore, and thanks to Billy C for hiring him.
I'm not going to bother saying much about the dippy Buff players and their obnoxious "fans" who further tarnished the already damaged image of the Colorado football program. What's even more disgusting is that the Buffalo program has been getting away with this boorish behavior for decades. It didn't just begin November 25th in Boulder. Sigh.
Last week during KFAB's morning show with Jim Rose and Gary Sadlemeyer, UNL Athletic Director Steve Pederson was the guest during the 7:30-8:00 a.m. segment. The first question asked by Rose, was, "What do you think of Frank Solich's arrest for DWI?"

"It's a very unfortunate situation," Pederson replied.

Then there was a very long pause.

"Is that all?" Rose said, expecting to hear more from Pederson.
"That's all I'm going to say."

Reading between the lines, you wonder if there was more than just Solich's won-loss record that went into Solich's firing two years ago. (And by the way, Solich was arrested Saturday, November 26th, which was two years to the day that he was let go by Pederson.)

You have to wonder what was Frank, at age 61, doing in a bar by himself on a Saturday night, getting hammered? Isn't this the time of year in which most head football coaches are supposed to be traveling around the country in search of football recruits? Shouldn't Solich have been sitting in a prospect's living room selling the Ohio Bobcat program? How does Solich do a sell job on a recruit's mother when he has admitted to being drop down, passed out drunk behind the wheel of his car?

Alcoholism is nothing to snicker at. If Solich does, indeed, have a problem with drinking, all Husker fans hope and pray that he seeks treatment. Frank is a good man who made a terrible mistake. Let's all hope he gets help. Good luck, coach.

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