Somewhat lost beneath Shawn Eichorst's comments about Bo Pelini last night was a very interesting remark about the gameday experience.
On his monthly appearance on "Sports Nightly," the first-year athletic director applauded the pageantry that comes with each Husker home game, and said one of his most enjoyable experiences has been walking around the parking lots talking to fans before games.
But Eichorst is also looking for ways that might improve the stadium experience, saying athletic department officials are dedicated to the task of "trying to operate in the 21st century."
To do this, Eichorst said he's put together groups and initiatives "to kind of overturn all of the rocks relative to what we do. Stay true to what we do, but try to get better and improve the gameday experience."
Among the items he specifically mentioned was improving the sound system in the stadium, the WiFi in the stadium, and taking a look at the marching band.
"So I think our fans will be happy to hear that we're not going to be complacent in those sort of things," Eichorst said.
It's a topic every athletic director is no doubt focused on right now: How do you make the stadium experience good enough to keep people from sitting on their couch, where they can watch the game in HD, tweet without any interference, and have food and beverages just 20 feet away?
Yes, winning is a good place to start. But for some people, they're going to want even more than that.
It starts with little things that can turn into big things. I know I've also heard fans say the Huskers need some pre-4th quarter song that gets fans jazzed up, something like Wisconsin's "Jump Around."
Whether you think that's silly or not, I understand why people crave something like this. While sitting at Fenway Park this summer, watching a 13-5 game, I marveled at how many people stuck around just so they could sing "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth inning with strangers.
That stuff, inconsequential as it may seem to some of us, matters to others. And Eichorst, with his Wisconsin background, is obviously very familiar with how a tradition like that can grow legs and quickly find itself jumping.
I also hear the suggestion -- a little more often than I used to -- that the time has come for the Huskers to move past the "Sirius" song for the Tunnel Walk.
We sometimes joke around the office that any story about Nebraska changing its entrance song would be about as big as there is in this state. I don't know if it's a joke, really. People get pretty passionate on that subject -- no matter which side of the fence you stand.
So let's hear some of that passion: If you had a minute to talk to Eichorst about your ideas for changing the gameday experience, what would you say?
And would you stand behind the Tunnel Walk as it is or go in a new direction? And if you're going in a new direction, we need specifics: What song?