Everyone who follows college football is aware of the firing of Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson. And aware that Nebraska has brought in the venerable Tom Osborne to act as interim AD and help right the program.
Osborne has said he won't be making any decisions on the future of coach Bill Callahan until he has evaluated his work for the entire season.
But, certainly, there is a good chance that Callahan won't be back.
So, who will Tom Osborne recommend as the person to bring Nebraska back to the top of the heap?
It will be tough to lure the coach of a big time program away for their current job to fill a Nebraska opening that has lost much of its luster. So, other options might be:
Bo Pellini: The LSU defensive coordinator will be a popular name for most openings after this season. He has put together very good defenses at LSU, effectively using all that talent that they have recruited. It wouldn't be a stretch to think that Nebraska would bring him in to return the Black Shirts to their old form.
Brian Kelly: The U of Cincinnati first year coach is having a big first year with the Bearcats.
Houston Nutt: A fairly big name coach who has had success at Arkansas. His programs implosion isn't of all his own doing, and a fresh start might be just what the Doctor ordered.
However, we believe that Osborne will look to his past.
Osborne has a history of relying on Negro QB's for the success of his program. Perhaps no coach of an elite D-1 school put more Negro QB's under center than Osborne over his tenure.
We believe that Osborne will continue to do so and look to one of the two that brought him the most success. Turner Gill or Tommie Frazier.
Both have head coaching experience. Gill at University of Buffalo and Frazier at Doane College. And, considering how far the 'Huskers have fallen under Callahan, their experience might over qualify them for the job.
It seems a safe bet that if Osborne has a major say in who will be the next coach of Nebraska, he will look to the source of most of his past glory.
The Negro QB.