Nebraska vs. Purdue, 10/28/17

Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and place kicker Drew Brown arrive with the team at Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.


Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco spoke with reporters for more than 23 minutes Tuesday night and talked about everything from the development of his defense to his will to be in Lincoln long-term to admitting that his postgame comments after the Huskers' 31-24 overtime loss to Northwestern might have come off as somewhat, “nonsensical.”

One interesting exchange came when Diaco was asked if he had the chance to outline his vision for the Blackshirts with new athletic director Bill Moos.

“I have not had an opportunity to talk to Mr. Moos,” Diaco said. “I would say that from everything I’ve seen, it looks to me like they hired a man that understands deeply – not only the athletic department we’re talking specifically about football. Sees it as a player. Understands it as player, coach and administrator and can see the common denominators that have been present over the past dozen years or however long, I’m not a historian of Nebraska football. I do know that there have been some changes.”

Diaco seemed to be referring to the fact that the Huskers are on their fourth head coach since 2003, including Bill Callahan’s final year. The first-year defensive coordinator may not be a historian, but he continued on in his answer to share a bit about former head coach Bo Pelini.

“I know Bo, I consider him a friend and I think he’s an awesome coach,” Diaco said. “Now I’ve got the chance to be with Coach (Mike) Riley and he’s a great coach. He’s got more championship trophies than he has shelf to put his stuff on. And a great guy.

“And you also couldn’t have two (more) different people. Like, they’re completely different. Completely different. Beautiful in their own ways. Two awesome coaches and I know them both now intimately. Awesome coaches, completely different. Is the product similar? I don't know. You would know better than I. If it is... does that make any sense?"

Then he circled back to Moos to round out his answer. 

"I think the new athletic director will be able to see the common denominators and begin the process of becoming a championship football program." 

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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