There's a best-selling management book from about 10 years ago called "Good to Great," which analyzed why some companies make the leap to a successful plateau and others do not.
The title of that book came to mind as I listened to senior tight end Kyler Reed talk the other day in Chicago. That's exactly the kind of leap Nebraska football is trying to make in 2012.
"We’ve been flirting with greatness too long now," Reed said. "We’ve been good, but we’re tired of being good, we want to be great again."
So what is the big goal? A conference championship, Reed said. It's not lost on anyone that Nebraska hasn't won one of those babies since 1999.
"We don’t create goals until camp starts, but yeah, it’s the goal. It’s the main goal," Reed said. "There’s obviously a lot of little goals that have to be done before that. But it’s the main goal. We’ve been too close in our fast few championship games and last year in our big games were this close and then all of a sudden the game gets blown out."
A lot of factors go into a program making that next step, but senior linebacker Will Compton spoke with passion at Big Ten Media Days about how he feels this team has the accountability and a better ins and outs of the system to make it happen.
Above all, Compton said one big difference this year is this senior class -- all Pelini recruits -- know exactly what is expected of them and how to lead.
We'll see soon enough, but it's clear it's important to Compton to have this senior class leave a lasting legacy.
“If we do that, then from here on out (people will say), ‘You restored this, you restored that.’ Man, that’s incredible. If we …”
Compton needed to correct himself.
“When we do that. I don’t want to say if. When we do that, I can’t begin to describe it," Compton said. "It’s going to be awesome. I cannot wait. I cannot wait. I just can’t wait.”