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It's important to be sensitive to the feelings and concerns of the young woman in California with whom Maurice Washington had a relationship. Based on news reports, she seems to have a supportive family. Thank heavens for that. But it's also important to consider the weight on Washington's shoulders, even if it's the result of his own doing.


"He gives us an older back -- a strong, physical back," Husker running backs coach Ryan Held said. "I watched him in person at the (junior college) national championship game. They have 10 guys in the box, and he just ran very, very hard. You can see he has the ability to go all the way, and he can get us that tough yard that you need in this league. We have to get better at the third-and-short and fourth-and-short stuff." Amen to that, right?


In the final minutes of Nebraska's 70-60 loss to Ohio State, Husker fans were groaning or even shouting disapproval, most of it directed toward Tim Miles, the seventh-year NU head coach with arguably the most-talented roster in his tenure. Do something, a fan implored in the quiet of an emptying arena. It felt like a fan base giving up on its head coach.