STAFF CHANGES, 2002-03
These items, from late 2002 and early 2003 and listed reverse chronologically, deal with the changes in the football coaching staff and in the athletic director's office.
A new era begins to unfold in Lincoln as Frank Solich officially announces the new coaches. More: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Meanwhile, at New Mexico State, ex-Husker QB Gerry Gdowski steps up into Barney Cotton's old job of offensive coordinator.
The linebackers coach is the only remaining question mark as Frank Solich gets set to announce his staff changes.
Milt Tenopir and Dan Young announce they are retiring (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Ex-Husker Aaron Taylor says Tenopir got a raw deal.
From the OWH, a closer look at Barney Cotton.
Milt Tenopir and Dan Young will not be back. Also, Marvin Sanders is in (1, 2, 3), but scratch Greg Peterson's name off the list of prospective new coaches.
Before the ink is dry on his NU contract, Bo Pelini is mentioned as a candidate for an NFL job.
Tommie Frazier weighs his options, but a position at NU isn't one of them.
If Barney Cotton is leaving New Mexico State, it's news to his boss Tony Samuel.
Frank Solich says he's one coach away from having his staff in place. It appears Turner Gill will be assistant head coach, and Marvin Sanders is still in the defensive picture despite an NFL offer.
The status of coaches Tenopir and Young is uncertain as changes sweep the coaching staff. Also, Bo Pelini interviews Jimmy Burrow.
Milt Tenopir assesses the 2003 O-line's talent.
The Lincoln paper says Barney Cotton has joined the staff -- but in what capacity? Also, a move by Dave Gillespie to an administrative job is speculated.
Upgrading the football facilities is the top priority of Steve Pederson, who says friendships will not get in the way of a successful program.
KSU's Greg Peterson is believed to be the top candidate for offensive coordinator, and Barney Cotton has further talks with Frank Solich.
Tommy Zbikowski and Tim Albin await Frank Solich's decision on an offensive coordinator. Bo Pelini, meanwhile, has a chance to start his NU job earlier than he had hoped.
George Darlington is in no mood to retire.
KSU assistant Greg Peterson has "a lot of things to think about" after his talks with Frank Solich. Earlier items on the offensive-coordinator candidate: 1, 2, 3, 4
The Steve Pederson era officially begins.
Ex-KSU assistant Carl Pelini says there is no plan to join his brother in Lincoln.
The OWH profiles Bo Pelini.
Scott Frost tests a potential career path.
There's a big Stoops influence in Bo Pelini, whose hiring became official Monday. The new coordinator says the defense will have a a different look. More: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
TSN's Tom Dienhart comes to Frank Solich's defense.
Steve Pederson accepts the athletic director's post and says he is "not panicked" about the football program.
Pederson seemed the perfect fit, and UNL's chancellor had to move quickly. More on the hire: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Commentary: Mabry | Colonel | Shatel | Smizik | Starkey
Frank Solich says he may have a defensive coordinator hired before the weekend is out. Jon Tenuta becomes a candidate, while Bo Pelini remains mum.
Are the vacancies hurting recruiting?
There's been no offer, Bo Pelini says.
The OKC paper says Mike Gundy is a top candidate for offensive coordinator. Turner Gill, meanwhile, talks further about his future at NU.
Pitt won't easily give up Steve Pederson.
Turner Gill says he'd love to be offensive coordinator and denies rumors that he's headed to Baylor.
Jimmy Burrow hopes his gig isn't up.
Bill Byrne's wearing of two hats worries some regents.
George Darlington discusses his firing and his future.
More news and rumors about the search for a defensive coordinator.
The Touchdown Club voices support for Frank Solich.
Bo Pelini talks about his contacts with Frank Solich, and Paul Rhoads' name also surfaces. Earlier stories: 1, 2
Five years after Tom Osborne's retirement announcement, Frank Solich is at a crossroads.
A look at Tim Albin, a possibility for offensive coordinator.
Jeff Jamrog contends for the top defensive job.
Finding a new athletic director will take at least a month.
More boosters talk about Bill Byrne.
Jason Peter lobbies for a spot on the football staff, and Gary Gibbs says he hasn't been contacted.
Bronco Mendenhall hasn't been contacted about NU's defensive coordinator position. But Bo Pelini has.
Boosters give mixed reviews to Bill Byrne's tenure. And Tom Osborne says he's not a candidate for the job. More on Byrne's move to A&M: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
The bowl game and recruiting duties make for a hectic December for the short-handed football staff, while the three ex-assistants look for employment.
It's anyone's guess who the new faces will be on Frank Solich's staff, but a candidate for defensive coordinator is the Packers' Bo Pelini.
Frank Solich cleans house (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Reactions: players (1, 2, 3, 4), fans (1, 2) newspaper columnists (1, 2, 3), recruits.
Bill Byrne and A&M are looking like more of a sure thing, and UNL's chancellor "very concerned". For whoever gets the job, one unpleasant task is out of the way.
Monte Kiffin offers words of support for Frank Solich.
UNL's chancellor says he'll try to keep Bill Byrne.
Jason Peter voices an interest joining the NU staff.
Tom Osborne offers Frank Solich encouragement, and Craig Bohl says he has no thoughts of resigning.
Frank Solich won't comment about the possibility of staff changes, and George Darlington says the Bohl-bashers are off base.
Jason Peter and Charlie McBride defend Craig Bohl's performance.
Tommie Frazier contemplates his future.