Omaha World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel had some interesting things to say about Bill Callahan, a.k.a. “Loserhan” in Sunday’s paper.

But how do you prepare to be the head coach at the University of Nebraska?

You don’t. You can say you know what it’s all about. You can say you understand the tradition of the program, the passion of the fans, the power of the job. But you really can’t.

“How can you know?” Callahan asked.

“When I came here, I based my decision on three things: Academic support system, recruiting and facilities,” Callahan said. “I knew if we could recruit, we could have a chance to dominate the North, be in position to be in the (Big 12) championship game. And if you come out of the championship game with a win, you’d be in a great position to win a (national) championship.

“We’re getting closer.”

The program has made progress this year. So has the coach. Now all he has to do is win.

When we hire our next head coach I hope he comes to the position with other things in mind. For starters, he needs to be obsessed about beating Big 12 South Division teams. Secondly, he needs to understand Nebraska football is about way more than football, it’s about a small state’s pride and joy. There are outsiders who can grasp this from day one. Sadly, we chose a coach who needs to learn on the job.

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