It’s been an interesting off-season at Nebraska, where head coach Bo Pelini has made several staff changes.
So who exactly is now coaching at Nebraska?
Carl Pelini remains and the defensive coordinator. John Papuchis remains as the special teams coordinator / defensive line coach. Papuchis has added the title of recruiting coordinator.
Tim Beck, who coached the running backs last season, is the new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Beck will serve as the play-caller.
Beck says, “You can't be afraid to start over…junk everything and get a system in place. A mistake of a lot of football coaches that coach a lot of years in a lot of different places, they tie in so many different philosophies, techniques and verbiage and it becomes a bunch of stuff."
Barney Cotton remains as the offensive line / associate head coach. Ron Brown shifts from tight ends to running backs.
The Rivers School (MA) head coach Rich Fisher joined the staff as wide receivers coach. Fisher coached at Idaho from 1999-2003. From 2004-2009, he operated the New England Gridiron Football Camps.
Pelini promoted staff intern John Garrison to assistant offensive line / tight ends coach.
After a roughly 2-week stay in Bloomington, Corey Raymond joined the staff as defensive backs coach. Raymond coached the corner at Utah State last season. He was hired at Indiana, but shortly thereafter opted to join the Nebraska staff.
Ross Els, who served as the linebackers / assistant head coach at Ohio University this past season, accepted the linebackers job.
No longer on the staff are Shawn Watson (Louisville), Ted Gilmore, Marvin Sanders, Mike Ekeler (Indiana).
The 2011 season begins with four consecutive non-conference games for the Huskers. Nebraska plays Chattanooga, Fresno State, Washington, and travels to Wyoming.