haha, guilty as charged. I really have tried to be something of an optimist throughout this whole regime change. It probably was because I was glad to see Solich go, and I thought a new direction was good. The top 10 recruiting classes were also very appealing after the Solich years. We even played some top teams tough--I mean we had Texas beat in 06 if we don't fumble.
I honestly don't hate Callahan much as a person. Yeah he has done some idiotic things--throat slash, f'in hillbillies (even if it is true)--but I do think he believed in what he was doing and wanted to lead this program for a long time. He must be charming as hell, because he gets the recruits to buy in. The problem is I don't know if they keep buying into it once they start playing. He has lost this team, in a way eerily similar to what happened his second year in Oakland.
The other nail in the coffin is that Solich got fired not because he went 9-3, but because those 3 losses were ugly blowouts. Nebraska can accept losing to Texas, Missouri, and K-State occasionally, but we can't accept getting blown out regularly. Cally has managed to be even worse in this aspect, getting blown out of the water by teams (KU? Oklahoma State twice? Missouri twice?) with lesser or equal talent as us.
But, yeah, the hardest part of this was that everyone was starting to get ready to come around and embrace him and his new direction. He got an extension, he had almost exclusively his recruits playing and even the media was starting to hype our chances to return to prominence if we gave USC a game. Well, we all know how that played out. And the rest, as they say, is history. Rebuilding sucks, but hopefully we learned something from our mistakes. At the very least, I'm a much more cynical fan. And I appreciate Osborne more than ever.