The holiday weekend is over and it’s back to work. Actually, wait, some folks worked the whole weekend. What day is it again?
Anyhow, let’s see if we can actually convert in the red zone for six on the Monday commute.
1. This is a really difficult week for Nebraska players. All of their coaches have been fired except for Trent Bray, a disappointing season is still fresh in mind and the end of the semester is closing in fast. It’s not surprising that some will consider leaving – we wrote about Bill Moos asking for patience yesterday – and a few have taken to social media to air their frustrations.
On Sunday, junior wide receiver and new holder of the most prolific pass-catching season in school history Stanley Morgan posted this:
I LOVE Nebraksa, new coach & offense my senior year is scary— $TANLEY MORGAN JR 8 (@Thekidstan) November 27, 2017
And ESPECIALLY not having Dubb @wideouts, he’s the reason I’ve turned into the person/player I am now in the first place. I know the change was business so maybe I should make a business decision now too.
Most players have tight bonds with their position coaches and the Husker receivers are particularly tight with Keith Williams. Is it possible Williams comes back under a new staff? Sure. But Moos made it very clear that decision will be up to the next head coach.
For what it's worth: At Central Florida, Scott Frost's offensive coordinator, Troy Walters, coaches wide receivers.
As for Morgan, he will indeed have a decision to make. He has three years of college under his belt and is NFL Draft eligible. Most players of that age that think they have a future -- and Morgan rightfully falls in that category -- at least submit their names to the advisory council for a grade. Assuming Morgan does that, the answers he receives could play a big role in an impending decision.
2. Speaking of Frost: The 42-year-old talked on the American Athletic Conference's teleconference on Monday morning and did nothing to dampen the growing sense that he is Nebraska-bound.
Asked to confirm he'll be in Orlando for 2018, Frost instead said, ""All I want to talk about is this football team, I've said that multiple times. These guys have done everything I have asked of them and my focus is on this football team."
Take from that what you will.
3. The Big Ten Network on Monday released a freshman All-Big Ten team. the Huskers were well-represented.
Of course, wide receiver JD Spielman made the list. That was a foregone conclusion, given his 55 catches and 830 yards this season. Spielman finished third in the conference overall in all-purpose yards per game.
On the defensive side, Ashland redshirt freshman Ben Stille made the list. Stille didn't crack NU's defensive rotation until the Big Ten opener against Rutgers, but finished team-highs in tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (3.5).
True freshman right tackle Brenden Jaimes also made the list after he made nine starts, a school record for Husker freshmen.
4. While Moos said Saturday that he wants Bray focused on the current players and their needs, a couple of recruiting staffers are hard at work trying to keep the Class of 2018 together and to keep making progress as the first of two signing days draws nearer.
Those include director of high school relations Kenny Wilhite and assistant director of player personnel Todd McShane.
In other coaching changes around the country, we've seen a player or, oftentimes, multiple players decommit almost immediately. Now, the Huskers had two back off before Riley and staff were fired in four-stars Brendan Radley-Hiles and Chase Williams, but no further public attrition so far since.
Moos said Saturday he's broken from his normal practice and talked with some recruits as the rules allow. Whatever was said, combined with the efforts of the remaining staffers, seems to be working so far.
Wonder what it was.
5. Holy smokes, what a dumpster fire at Tennessee.
If you haven't seen what's going on in Knoxville regarding the now-scuttled hiring of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, there's no easy way to explain what happened.
Essentially, Vols fans didn't want Schiano, rallied for what amounted to a smear campaign surrounding Schiano's time at Penn State.
Read this from Yahoo's Dan Wetzel. And good luck to UT trying to work its way out of this mess.
6. Semi-related note: Lane Kiffin remains awesome.
As Tennessee again finds itself engulfed in flames, Lane Kiffin waits by his phone Not waiting at all! Getting this team ready to win its 9th straight against a great north Texas team. Come to the championship here in Boca Dennis at #thefaU @espn https://t.co/GJ83xJqejm— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 27, 2017