Sources: Nebraska seems locked in

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Most of the talk yesterday in the coaching profession centered around Florida, Michigan, UAB and recruiting.

Last night I began to reach out to some connections in the profession about where Nebraska looks for their next head coach. I reached out to a number of sources who I felt might be involved themselves or would likely have heard who has a real shot.

Since last night I have spoken with a number of connections and the feeling in the profession is that Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst seems to have a very short list – perhaps with only one name on it. Sources have told me he isn’t taking calls from coaches trying to get themselves involved. He doesn’t appear to be building a list. He sounds like he is locked in.

This one sounds like it is coming and it is coming soon. As always, we’ll keep you posted as things happen on The Scoop.

 3:40 Update> Chris Low of ESPN spoke with Bret Bielema who says he plans to remain at Arkansas.


1:30 Update> Per sources, Nebraska is targeting Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and is in serious talks with him. Eichorst and Bielema has an extensive relationship from their time at Wisconsin (Eichorst served as Wisconsin’s senior associate AD, executive associate AD and, finally, deputy AD from 2006-11) and from what we hear this got serious quick.  More to come…

Bret’s buyout clause (in short, $2.5M today, $2M come January):




  1. Jay

    December 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    The AD has always had his man before moving on. He is very calculated this was a story on some of his other selection so why would he change. He knew Bo was a good coach and would only move on if he had a better resume in his hand.

    • Matt

      December 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Bronco Mendenhall from BYU?

    • Larry

      December 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Paul Johnson of GT bring back the option

  2. Jeff

    December 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    If Eichorst is indeed going after Scott Frost, two possible wenches in the machinery:

    !) Frost would only take the job if he has Tom Osborne’s blessing. Remember 2003, after the Solich firing, Steve Pederson sent a plane down to Arkansas to get Houston Nutt. Nutt would later say he would only take the Nebraska job if he had Osborne’s blessing. He was unable to contact T.O., so didn’t get on the plane.

    2) Does Frost want to put up with the politics of Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman? From the Solich firing/Callahan hiring and the firing of Pelini, the common thread has been Perlman. Do the math.

    • Maggie

      December 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Eichorst states resources are not an issue… Perlman a one ticket out of Nebraska….good riddance Harvey!

      • William

        December 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        You realize that Harvey Perlman’s also oversees things that are a lot more important than the football program, right?

        • anand madhavan

          December 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

          Thank you, William. The university is more than just football and we need to applaud the leaders of the university for becoming a great power in the law school, business school, and it’s growth of UNK, UNO, and UNMC also as nationall ranked. Harvey’s work within those other entities with all the leaders is huge. I get really fired up when we give our university leaders a hard time especially when they’ve given a lot.

          • Nick

            December 3, 2014 at 11:37 PM

            Riigghhtt, like any self-respecting state university president would decide to use Larry the Cable Guy as a promoter.

        • manuel

          December 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

          True – but don’t forget Nebraska football is the cash cow for many things at UNL.

          • William

            December 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

            It is *a* cash cow, not *the* cash cow. Football dollars pale in comparison to grant money for research.

    • Don Newburn

      December 3, 2014 at 3:22 PM


      Who would these two wenches be? Might be worth a shot!

      Sorry, Couldn’t resist..

  3. Maggie

    December 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    There’s one common denominator in every football coach selection, firing and AD fiasco at Nebraska…Harvey Perlman.

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  5. GBR

    December 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    This would not be a popular hire at all.

  6. rusty trombone

    December 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    No way! He has a $12.8 million buyout. No way!!!

    • GBR

      December 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Actually it’s only about $2.5 million. I pray this doesn’t happen. Bret f’n Bielema!? What is Eichorst thinking?

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  9. gbr

    December 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Hire Scott Frost… Bret Bielema is not an upgrade from Bo

    • Chris

      December 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Not an upgrade? The guy has THREE, count them, THREE Big Ten Championships under his belt, one of them from the result of handing Nebraska and Bo, it’s largest loss in history, a 39 point ass whopping!

      Wisconsin consistently ranked in the Top 20 at the end of each season, as the Huskers under BO consistently rank at the bottom, if at all! ^ consecutive 9 wins seasons is good but so far from GREAT when you have ZERO Conference Championships, ZERO Title shots, and rank at the bottom of the AP by seasons end!

      Look at what 9 wins got the Huskers this year! Not even in the Top 25! A 7-4 Utah is ranked HIGHER than a 9-3 Husker team! Just shows how LITTLE 9 wins really means when your goal is to be dominant and compete with the big dogs!

      • Chris F

        December 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        I think you forgot about the 2004 70-10 whooping Texas Tech put on the Huskers like they were some NAIA team. That about summed up the next three years from that tool. I will say, Bo just may have an equal number of record breaking embarrassments as Billy C….

      • Kyle

        December 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        So you’re impressed with his coaching at Wisconsin. Arkansas was too. They have a 3-9 and 6-6 record since he took over. He can stay in Arkansas.

    • Todd

      December 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Bielema WOULD definitely be an upgrade. In sideline demeanor, recruiting ability, and X’ snd O’s. Look at the track record.

      • Kyle

        December 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Let’s look at his track record at Arkansas. He’s 0-8 and 2-6 in league play. Looks like there aren’t any Conference Championships in the near future. Yeah, compete for conference championships by hiring a guy whose last two seasons were 2-14 in conference play. smh

  10. Giacomo

    December 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    You have this dead wrong. Eichorst is skating on thin ice and NU is sick of nepotism. He hires this guy and doesn’t win 9 first year. They both get a ticket back to cheeseland.

    Eichorst may be naive but he isn’t stupid. Nebraska would hate this hire and ticket sales would certainly slump

    • Chris

      December 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      But he doesn’t have to win 9 games to be better than Bo! All he has to do is BEAT A RANKED TEAM and he already did what Bo could not this season!

      Hell look at what Arkansas has done this year! Beat a #15 LSU, blew out a #8 Ole Miss, lost to the #1 team in the nation, Alabama by 1 point, and lost to the #4 team in the nation by 7! Do you honestly think Nebraska could even hang one quarter against that kind of competition? Hell, I bet Arkansas would have their back-ups in by the fourth if they played the Huskers! This guy’s resume makes Bo’s look like he belongs at UNK!

      • Kyle

        December 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        Yes, a 3-9 record and 6-6 record is impressive. He went 0-8 and 2-6 in league play. Yeah, that’s “championship caliber play.” Bielema would be a horrible hire for Nebraska.

        • Chad

          December 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

          Kyle – we get it. You not a Bielema fan. But you clearly have no idea what he inherited at Arkansas. The program was as low as I have seen it in 35 years. They lost a full year of recruiting in 2012 and over 27 Junior and Seniors, from the Petrino era, had been released from the team. And Coach B completely changes the style of play which takes multiple recruiting classes to get done. Bielema inherited a complete mess. Sometimes you have to the stats out and take a look at the big picture.

          Congrats on your new coach from OSU though. He’s a good one.

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  13. Donald James Parker

    December 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Not so fast. If I was an SEC coach at the end of the year, the last team I would have wanted to face was Arkansas. 17-0 over LSU and 30-0 over Mississippi who beat #4 Mississippi State and Alabama. Lost to Alabama by one point. Had Missouri and let them go. Played everybody in the SEC tough except Auburn early in the year. Bielema might be a good candidate – but I want Scott Frost.

    • Donald James Parker

      December 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      PS: One of the black marks on Pelini’s record was the 70 points hung on NU by Wisconsin in 2011. Bielema was the coach of that Badger team. However, in thinking this over, with his bolting to Arkansas, he perhaps has shown a bit of mercenary tendencies. If he was hired and proved to be the successful coach Husker Nation longs for, he might bolt for greener pastures. Scott Frost would be a lifer like his coach Tom O.

      • Chris

        December 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        He left WI because they refused to pay his staff what they deserved. If anything that emphasizes his good character!

        It’s nice to see others see how good this guy really is! Arkansas would be top ranked in the B1G, or any other division! They are a powerhouse!

        Put Bielema as HC and Frost as OC, and “if” he bolts after a few years, Frost would be ready by then.

  14. Mcren13

    December 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Bret is a money monger. He’ll leave any program for a raise just like Lane Kiffin was doing. That doesn’t fly here. I might rather have Brady Hoke!

    • Chad

      December 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Other than leaving Wisc. how many schools has he left for more money??? He even took a pay cut at Wisc. to try and keep staff. I hope you do get Hoke.

      • Chris

        December 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        RIGHT ON CHAD!!!! The guy did all he could for his staff, his GREAT staff in which he won THREE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS with! But these IDIOTS are still pissed over losing a PATHETIC coach with 9 win seasons that account for NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!

        The Huskers ranked in the BOTTOM 25 each year with 9 wins, have ZERO Conference Titles, yet these MORONS keep acting like 9 wins is an accomplishment! IT’S NOT!

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  16. Jake

    December 3, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Hiring Brett Bielema would be the quickest way to end the sell out record and lose the fan base.

    • Realistic NU Fan

      December 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I am a husker fan like many of you. Bret Bilemia is an excellent hire!! We as fans have to stop living and looking to the past to solve NU’s current issues. Pearlman is a problem, but Bilemia can coach, professionally lead a team, and smooth over the frictions from Pelini. Plus he can recruit, go out and look at who he was trying to get to transfer to Arkansas from Ohio State…..Tommie who????

    • Chris

      December 3, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Yea, because 9 win seasons with NOTHING to show for them sure kept the fans coming!

  17. Chuck Mostek

    December 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    I’m a big Frost fan but not sure he’s ready to be a D1 head coach. He’d have the same problem Bo had…..trouble attracting proven assistants. Bielema obviously is a good coach. Perlman and Eichorst aren’t on my Christmas card list either, but the connection might make this more than rumor. If Brett comes it will be for HUGE $$$$ and a bigger than Bo’s buyout.

  18. Rahn Hasbargen

    December 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    This is what the B1G has come to–Picking coaches from SEC bottom feeders. First you have Penn State picking James Franklin from Vandebilt, and now Nebraska is picking Brett Bielema from Arkansas? I guess if you are a failure in the SEC, that makes you a prime candidate for a B1G coaching job…..

    • JD

      December 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      You have no concept of building a program, do you?

      Look at Vanderbilt before Franklin; look at Arkansas before Bielema.

      • TJ

        December 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Please don’t use Franklin as an example. The dude realized marginal success during 3-down years in the SEC East while primarily relying on players recruited by the prior Vandy HC (Johnson)… Franklin couldn’t break .500 this year against a marginal B1G schedule, even though he poached most of his key recruits along with him to PS. James Franklin is a carpetbagger that pimped himself out for a paycheck and has seen his best days.

    • Lee

      December 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Franklin was far from a failure in the SEC. He did more with Vanderbilt than anyone ever had and had them playing in a bowl. As for Bielema…… he inherited a dumpster fire, Put it out and then played what is arguably the hardest conference schedule ANY team has ever faced AND shut out two Top 20 teams back to back. FAILURE!! Just goes to show that the B1G teams recognize that even SEC bottom feeders have better coaches than any up there now. Oh BTW….. where did the OSU coach come from again?!?!?!

    • Chris

      December 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      So you call beating a raked LSU and Ole Miss as well as only losing to Alabama by 1 and Miss ST. by 7 a failure?

      Odd how BO had NO wins over ranked teams this year, ZERO!!!!!!!!

      6 consecutive 9 win seasons with ZERO Conference Championships, and consistently ranked in the BOTTOM of the AP Top 25 is a FAILURE! BO was a failure, Bielema beat BO’s ass! 70-31, remember that?

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  20. Rod

    December 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I like the Bielema hire, his style of football at Wis and Ark, is the type of football Nebraskan can Identify with. Dont forget he was the coach that laid it to the huskers with 70 points in the BIG10 Championship, with a 7-5 team.

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  23. Dan

    December 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Bielema is a good coach, but heck, so are about two dozen other guys out there. He has the Razorbacks playing decent but not Championship caliber football. Really clear that Joe Moglia has the highest ‘it’ factor of any candidate out there. Check out his background and record of highest level success in whatever arena he played in. The guy is a proven winner and probably be willing to keep his salary reasonable so we can hire some major talent as assistants, ie. Scott Frost and defensive coordinator with equal credentials. Remember, he was around the teams BO coached in 2009 & 2010, the two best years of Bo’s tenure in Lincoln. Joe Moglia is the best choice fellow Husker Fans!

    • Darol

      December 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      I’ve been saying this for a couple days now. This makes sense on so many levels. Frost would have time to develop and recruit for the Oregon offense….plus when his day came to be HC he could be a coach and play caller like TO. Moglia is a proven winner who at 65 knows his coaching career is short …. And a guy like that will not coach FCS long. Eichorst is one of those “positive thinking” guys . He doesn’t want another negative Nelly like Bielema…..I think Moglia/Frost is perfect. The entire fan base would rally around that hire no question.

  24. Singincowboy

    December 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    My Wisconsin season ticket holder friend just texted to me that they were not sorry to see him leave. He could teach and coach but was seen as a person of questionable character. Check out the stories from a few years ago coming out of Madison before and after his hire to Arkansas. Just slow down and step. Can we be proud of him? It was part of what put Pelini out of his job.

  25. Bill L.

    December 3, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Most posters are off base here, not to mention ignorant of the college football scene — Bielema is an outstanding coach and a huge upgrade from Pelini. Anyone remember the 2012 Big 10 title game? Sounds like y’all have short memories. I would place Bielema among the top 20 coaches nationwide, easy — maybe top 15.

    At the end of the season, Arkansas was the 2nd best team in the SEC West, but nobody here seems to follow college football. They buried LSU and Ole Miss, played Miss. State tough on the road, and should have beaten Alabama and Texas A&M.

    However, it all could be a smoke screen — agreed to by both parties. Bielema gets his raise and Eichorst keeps his choice under wraps for another couple days.

  26. Big D

    December 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I called the Bielema hire when Eichorst to the Nebraska AD job. I think he will do the job!

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  29. Nick

    December 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Bielema isn’t going to Nebraska. He has Arkansas on the verge of being a nasty team next year and isn’t going to bolt for Nebraska. Put this rumor to rest and move onto the next one.

  30. Greg

    December 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Urban Meyer is originally from Ohio (born, raised, and educated), then got his start at Bowling Green, then Utah…Florida was just a paycheck/ego boost. The SEC didn’t make Urban. All the SEC did was drive him to “retire.” I hope old Big Eight mid-leveler Missouri knocks the SEC completely out of the playoffs. Had it with their overrated BS for a decade now. Why was Texas A&M and Missouri able to come in and immediately enter the upper half of your league? Because you aren’t that good, that’s why. (Just waiting for the non-stop, “we won ____ many national titles in a row!!!” Talk. I bet the SEC won’t win even 3 in a row, EVER in the playoff system.

  31. Big O

    December 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Bielema is a good coach, but not necessarily a huge upgrade. His record at Wisconsin (7 years) 68-24 including 10-15 versus ranked teams. Bo (7 years) 67-27; 9-16 versus ranked teams. Bielema did get Wisc. to the Rose Bowl three times – he won his 3 conference championships and Bo lost his. The 2012 70-31 team was only in the B1G title game because OSU and PSU were on probation – they were 4-4 in conference. They lost all 3 Rose Bowls (Alvarez coaching the last one when Bielema bolted for Arkansas). Bielema burned some bridges leaving town. Maybe he’s better than Bo, but his record doesn’t reflect that he’s that much better.

    If he is the guy, it’s because he’s Eichorst’s guy, not because he’s THAT much better than Bo. I’d be okay with him, but would rather see Frost, Narduzzi, Wells, McElwain, Fuente or someone who has some upside and/or is a potential program builder. Anyone but Tressel – can’t abide someone who was so dishonest and lacked character when things turned bad at OSU.

    • Chris

      December 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Judging by those stats he would fit perfect! He would appeal to the fans that care only about 9 wins per season, and with his three Conference Titles, he would satisfy the fans wanting Championships! Something Bo could not, and most likely would not, bring to Nebraska. And look what Bowls his teams played in compared to BO’s. Much stiffer competition, and BO has a Bowl record of 4-3, not that much better.

  32. Trevor Bentley

    December 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM


    • Leslie

      December 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Bret Bielema will not be taking the Nebraska job, Period! He will wait until Iowa either fires Ferentz or he resigns! It makes perfect sense, he left Wisconsin so when the Iowa job became available he would not be jumping from one Big 10 school to another. The timeline seems to fit perfectly for Ferentz to leave Iowa, 2-4 years and the Hawkeyes to go after Big Bird, and his Hawkeye tattoo and bring him in to revive a once proud program. I could be wrong but it seems to align very well. Nebraska needs a splash hire and Big Bird is not the guy!

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  34. Bem

    December 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Bo wasn’t or isn’t the problem. He was a great coach except he refused to fire his OC and DC, which I imagine led to him getting fired. Bielema will be a great coach at Nebraska. hopefully he will have a great OC and DC. He was a coach that loved his players, was and still is hated by the State of Wisconsin. So when we play them and beat them the victory wil be even better. Bret will fit into the husker offense fine run, run, run!!

  35. Terry

    December 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    I call B.S. on having “sources.”

  36. James

    December 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Why not go after an NFL experienced coach? John Gruden would be an excellent option for the team. He will easily bring in the recruits and grow the teams long term potential for future championships.

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  38. Dan

    December 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Bret Bielema has already shot this down at a Press Conference. He’s not coming to Lincoln, than God.

  39. BigZo

    December 4, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Bielema won’t leave Arkansas for Nebraska. He left Wisconsin to coach at a better program in the best conference and division in all of football. Arkansas is in the Top 25 in all time wins and Wisconsin isn’t. Why would he want to take a step down and go back to the BIG10? It doesn’t make any sense and Arkansas can match any amount offered by any school. Arkansas has as much money as any program in the country. He’s got a good thing in Arkansas and they’re in better shape than Nebraska currently is. Plus he’s in the SEC. He’s returning all but one starter on offense and they have backups better than what’s leaving on both sides of the ball. They’re a really young team and he’s got a top 25 recruiting class coming in and that class is getting better every week. Wisconsin fans are still mad that he left them and they got stuck with no name Andersen. Andersen will be a huge bust once all of Bielema’s players are gone. Wisconsin played a lot of upperclassmen which were all recruited by Bielema. They’ll be looking for a new coach in 2 years. It’s funny how Wisconsin fans claim to be happy he’s gone when he took them to 3 straight Rose Bowls before he left and Andersen hasn’t done that with a lot of the same players.

  40. Golden Corn

    December 4, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Football scoop knows nothing of the Nebraska hire. It’s pretty comical the info they continue to put out there that couldn’t be more false. Their “sources” are awful!

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