Nebraska Cornhuskers football has gone from Devany to Osborne to
the Husker standards high and the Huskers winning tradition in check.The Cornhuskers
are unmatched in the level of play and consistancy over the past 30 years.It all started with Devany
and Osborne following suit starting in 1973,now the pressure is on Solich to continue the tradition.The
Nebraska faithfull fully expect him to produce similar results during his tenure,or will surely
draw battle lines demanding what they have come to expect,Championships.So far so good
he has used up his gimme though going 9-4 in 1998,and recieving not much more than a pat
on the back and a go get m next year.I doubt anything less than 10 or 11 wins will bring the same
raw raw raw from the Husker faithfull.
||Nebraska's Winning Tradition
Nebraska's Winning Tradition Began With Devaney
Osborne followed suit and was selected to the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame shortly after he announced his retirement (inducted on Dec. 8, 1998). Osborne retired as the nation's winningest active coach, posting a 255-49-3 record (.836). Among all divisions of coaches with career winning percentages of .800 or better over a span of at least 10 years, Osborne is the fifth winningest coach in Division I-A history, while the late Devaney is not far behind at No. 11.
Devaney and Osborne were the third, Division I ,coaching duo to post back-to-back 100-win careers at the same institution (following Penn State's Rip Engle and Joe Paterno and Georgia Tech's John Heisman, Bill Alexander and Bobby Dodd), but were the first pair to do so in an unbelievable 21 years. Devaney and Osborne had a combined 356-69-5 record for an incredible .834 winning percentage (36 years, 430 games).
Solich went 9-4 in his inaugural season, matching the wins of Devaney and Osborne in their first years and posted a school-best 12-1 record his second year to post a school-best 21-5 two-year record. Devaney went 10-1 his second year (1963) winning his first Big Eight Championship, while Osborne first won 10 games his third year when he also won a share of his first Big Eight title (1975).
Solich is most likely begining his head coaching stint much to late to equal or surpass the records and achievments of those before him.Even if he were younger it is unlikely he could have the success of two of college footballs greatest coaches.To do so would be a remarkable if not unbelievable feat for never have three coaches in a row at the same institution achieved that level of success.One thing is for sure ,the fans expect Solich to carry on the tradition.
Winning Tradition Keeps on Going
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