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No Stoops for you: ‘Huskers stay in-house for new DC

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After Carl Pelini left to take the head-coaching job at FAU, it was heavily speculated that former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops could very well take over as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator.

Alas, that will not be the case.

In a release, head coach Bo Pelini announced that he has promoted John Papuchis to replace his brother as coordinator.  As noted in the release, Papuchis has served multiple roles since joining Pelini’s staff four years ago, including coaching the Husker defensive line.

“I’m pleased with how the defensive staff has taken shape,” Pelini said. “John Papuchis is an outstanding coach in every area—on the field, in the meeting room, as a recruiter—and he is more than prepared to take the next step in his coaching career. He has worked alongside me for seven years, going back to our time together at LSU, and I have complete confidence in his coaching abilities.”

Additionally, Pelini confirmed that Rick Kaczenski will replace Papuchis as the Huskers’ defensive line coach.  That move was expected as Iowa announced Wednesday Kaczenski was leaving the Hawkeyes to pursue other coaching opportunities.

“Rick Kaczenski is a great addition to our coaching staff, and fits our football program perfectly,” the head coach said. “I have great respect for the program at the University of Iowa and their defenses have annually been among the best in the nation. Rick’s track record of developing defensive linemen speaks for itself. When I’ve watched Iowa’s defense and in particular the defensive line, I see players that have great technique and fundamentals, who also play with a high level of intensity.”

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4 Responses to “No Stoops for you: ‘Huskers stay in-house for new DC”
  1. roundup5 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    Now, if we can find a QB that can pass, and not a “shot putt”
    thrower!

  2. blackshirtz says: Dec 23, 2011 12:52 PM

    Take away even half of the drops by our WRs this year, and TM’s stats improve, we win 2 more games, and you are not ripping on our QB.

    Martinez is fine. Get used to it. He is our QB, I think he deserves your support. He has certainly earned it! I saw him grow as the year went on. If you want a Andrew Luck type QB, root for Stanford. This is Nebraska. Our offensive scheme has greatly improved. The 2nd year in this system will be even better. When have you ever seen a college or Pro offense switch schemes in the offseason and come out tearing it up? It takes time. As Husker fans we are known as being smart fans. Act like it!

  3. roundup5 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:45 PM

    Blackshirts: I am a NU grad, but I don’t drink the Kool-Aid!

  4. kylehamer says: Jan 12, 2012 11:40 AM

    You cannot like what you saw of Martinez this year. Yes AT TIMES his performance was decent… but overall I cannot think of a single game where he made a throw or a run that broke open the game. Do we need LUCK type QB, no!

    If you look at our National Championship teams you’d notice that Frazier, Crouch, and Frost were all doing things to win the game. Matinez plays scared, when he runs the speed option, scared! When he drops back to pass, SCARED! When he calls his own number every other play, SCARED!

    Either he needs to stop playing like a chicken, or let’s give Carnes a shot!

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