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Tommie Frazier calls for sweeping changes on Nebraska’s defensive staff

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As hard as Nebraska’s soul-crushing loss to UCLA was on its fans, it was just as hard or harder on former Cornhusker players.  Well, at least one ex-Husker.

Following a loss that saw NU jump out to a 21-3 lead only to see the Bruins score the final 38 points of the game, Tommie Frazier, voted into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, could not hide his disdain over the outcome.  Specifically, the former Huskers quarterback ripped into a defense that doesn’t even remotely the fabled Blackshirts to which Frazier and other are accustomed.

In a lengthy tweet posted to his Twitter account via TwitLonger, Frazier called for sweeping changes on Bo Pelini‘s defensive staff.

“After letting it sink in for about 4 hours I [am] still struggling. It’s time to get rid of the defensive play caller, the Dc, lb dl and db coaches. I hate saying this but this crap is getting old. How in the hell do you not make adjustments or put your players in the position to compete? If this is what is going to happen for the remainder of the season, count me out. I don’t care if we lose a game but the way we are losing is just not what #Nebraska fans deserve. I have fought, bled, and cried over this program. I didn’t do all that for the program to become what it has today. Time for change!”

The Huskers allowed 500 yards of offense Saturday night, two weeks after allowing 602 in a three-point win over Wyoming.  Over the past five games — three of them losses — Nebraska has given up an average of just over 40 points per game.

It’s highly unlikely Pelini agrees with the school legend’s assessment let alone takes the firing tack he recommends.  When a former player like Frazier starts rebuking specific coaches in such a public manner, however, it suggests the unhappiness in Lincoln over the current state of the program goes much deeper than initially thought.

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19 Responses to “Tommie Frazier calls for sweeping changes on Nebraska’s defensive staff”
  1. arizonahusker says: Sep 15, 2013 9:40 AM

    Can’t argue with that when you look at Nebraska’s past 5 out 6 games.

    Also, has anyone seen our offensive coordinator Tim Beck? He’s been missing since around the mid-2nd quarter of yesterday’s game. If spotted, please return him to Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Nebraska.

    Congrats to UCLA Bruins. Once you woke up, you guys out on a helluva show.

  2. dcroz says: Sep 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    Add Bo Pelini to the list of coaches whose seat is getting warm. 9-4 seasons might be cause for celebration at most places, but not in Lincoln. The ‘Huskers appear to be going through the same problems we did at Alabama in struggling to deal with life after an incredible coach called it a career, as Nebraska has done little of note since Tom Osborne retired. If Pelini cannot get them back to national prominence–and especially if they keep having embarrassing losses on the big stage like this game or last year’s Big Ten Championship Game–then a change may be in order yet again.

  3. normtide says: Sep 15, 2013 10:41 AM

    Nebraska has had done great players on d the last few years, but that d hasn’t been full of talent. It’s a star or two, but the other 9 are mediocre. It’s a recruiting issue as much as scheme.

  4. carnut001 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:37 PM

    I am a native Nebraskan and a UNL alum. I have to agree with Tommy Frazier’s opinion. It was so terrible to watch the 2nd half vs. UCLA yesterday that I switched the channel to golf. With the way things have been going for the last few years, something needs to change. Our defense is not the on the same level I have seen in years prior.

  5. loonyj says: Sep 15, 2013 12:42 PM

    Yesterday was no different than last year, same old same old, gets same results, imagine that.

    But hey Tommy, while were at it —– the offense was not exactly stellar either now was it.

    Had the Husker put up points like the first quarter, it wouldn’t matter if the defense even showed up. But the lack of adjustment during the second half show poor coaching, period!
    Both offense and defense. UCLA figured out the Nebraska team and shut them down. It’s what good teams with good coaches do.

  6. thekatman says: Sep 15, 2013 12:53 PM

    Id the Nebraska D that bad or is UCLA offense and defense that good, to shot out the Nebraska offense in the 2nd AND run up28 unanswered points? UCLA among other Pac-12 schools run the Oregon offenseso why was the Nebrasks defense prepped. There’s a ton of video out there………

  7. lanzurrah says: Sep 15, 2013 1:17 PM

    Huge disparity between UCLA and Neb talent/speed-wise. Coaches just need to recruit better players.

  8. seanb20124 says: Sep 15, 2013 1:33 PM

    What happened to the Black Shirts

  9. sprdagod8 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:10 PM

    I im sick of the staff bo needs to be on defense only and give up the head coach job bring back solich or however you spell it fitted after a ten won season and now has OHIO playing good ball I grew up watching us playing for titles and now my friends laugh not acceptable why switch to a spread we rolled on people before and nnow getting rolled on bring back the power run game we were famous for imagin with the qb we have running up and down the field with a great I back of yester year. And on the black shirts Ththey look like a bunch of pussies what happened? How can or recruiting grounds be some of the most Firtile places ..texas, california, florida , ohio, pennsylvania, neb, oklahoma to name a few but we get no players heads need to roll I haven’t felt this bad since we had to split a title with michagain again heads need to roll and BRING BACK OSBOURN!!

  10. good2btheking70 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:28 PM

    I whole heartedly agree with Mr. Frazier and some of you other folks. I grew up watching Cornhusker football as my father is from Sutherland, Neb. I would sit down and watch every Saturday the Cornhuskers steam roll their opponents. I am 43 now and those long by-gone days I miss. And to watch Tommie Frazier man handle the Gators in that historical game, was the awesomeness that Nebraska has always been to me. Tommie, thanks so much for your hard work and dedication to the program at Nebraska.
    Now my two cents worth here. Nebraska needs to go back to the old days and start doing again what they were so feared of….running the ball!!! Nebraska needs to start doing what they did best, run the ball, wear down the defensive line, when the Blackshirts were up, they would wear down the opponents offensive line. But right now, they need to get rid of the whole “Blackshirt” idea and tradition until proven otherwise.
    Bo Pelini needs to get rid of that so called “west coast” bullsh** and go back to what has ALWAYS worked for the Cornhuskers. I was so sad when Callahan took over the program and that was what destroyed Nebraska national prominence. So, here is what needs to be done. Tom Osbourne needs to sit Bo Pelini down, tell him to burn the “west coast” crap in the trash can. Then, go out and start recruiting track and field guys, throw those guys in the weight room. Then he needs to go fine more Joe Mackavicka and Ahman Greene type kids and put them in the line-up.
    The Cornhuskers should be a team that would rack up 50-plus points, do a total offense of 400-plus yards a game like they used to. But now, they are lucky enough to clear maybe 100-plus yards a game and maybe, maybe if lucky, get 30 points on the board.
    So, my Christmas wish would be for the Cornhuskers to go back to what they used to do. And before I see my grave, I would love to see another two or three National Championships.
    God Bless…

  11. mpotts76 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:33 PM

    Tommy is right, until some coaching changes are made, NU will continue to choke. Year after year we see NU get a comfortable lead early in the game then just shut down and give the game away late. I believe Mr. Frazier is right. WE are getting SICK of this!!

  12. normtide says: Sep 15, 2013 2:44 PM

    Good2bking70- Sir, I felt exactly the same way ~10 years ago. Bama and Nebraska, program history wise, are similar. Only advice I can give, having been through this, is it all boils down to having the right coach.

  13. cometkazie says: Sep 15, 2013 2:47 PM

    Bo was an excellent defensive coordinator at LSU.

    I think he is in over his head.

    Like Mack Brown.

  14. ukeone says: Sep 15, 2013 5:23 PM

    It’s clear that Bo Pelini is a true defensive guru in every way (just look at all his accomplishments @ LSU, the pros & the 1-year stunt he had with Nebraska when Solich was still around…that is, before the great bozo, Callahan, arrived). And cometkazie is ‘right on’ when he said that Pelini (like Mac Brown) is ‘over his head’ with this head coaching stuff. If Bo Pelini could concentrate only on Nebraska’s defense, we could conceivably see a top ten defense every year here @ Nebraska and the whole ‘Black Shirt’ identity would make absolute sense. It doesn’t do that right now, however, and giving-out those black-shirts so prematurely (before they even ‘earned’ them) is also meaningless at best. As our good ol’ Tommie pointed-out: CHANGE is drastically needed because the status quo is indeed very, very old, and everyone supporting Nebraska is sick of seeing it year after year. And, the ‘lame excuses’ @ the after-game press conferences are also getting a bit redundant as well. Husker Nation deserves much better because I’d hate to see our Memorial Stadium NCAA attendance record suddenly “stop” (just like the defense & offense did yesterday) and embarrass the university and current coaching staff just as our team did to Husker Nation on that beautiful new turf. PLEASE, BO…give us back our beloved HUSKERS and BLACKSHIRTS, asap!

  15. kansasred says: Sep 15, 2013 5:42 PM


    What’s going on with the Husker’s is just plain old insane! Pelini needs to go with all the other coaches! There is good talent on the defense sitting on the bench, for example, why are David Santos, Zaier Anderson, Mike Rose, Corty Love not playing before Josh Banderas? I can see Nathen Gerry in on (some) plays. But Banderas leading our defense is insane, the kid is not ready right now! I feel sorry for him because I’m sure one day he will be a good player but right now the politics at the Mike position is obvious and very sad! Santos got treated like garbage after one game! Not fair to the kid! Not fair!

  16. musicman495 says: Sep 15, 2013 6:04 PM

    Please, NU is Northwestern University. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln is something else. (See website

  17. polegojim says: Sep 15, 2013 9:24 PM

    Pathetic and not getting better.

    When will Nebraska fans and alum get tired of all the ‘wait til next year’ garbage???

    Next year is here!!!… and in many ways it’s WORSE than last year.

    Better than Callahan… but it’s about time to husk Pelini and Company.

  18. huskerzfan says: Sep 15, 2013 9:34 PM

    Jim Mora and UCLA were playing chess while Bo and the Nebraska staff were playing Connect4.

    Yet another embarrassing loss on the national stage that fully puts on display the poor defensive scheme and lack of sound recruiting.

    Without elite talent, his defensive scheme just doesn’t work. Needs to be a DC in the NFL. That is really where he belongs.

  19. hoopsvader says: Sep 16, 2013 3:16 PM

    Bo is gone after this season, now you have to make the right decision on who to hire. Solich and Pelini were two terrible choices, make a wrong decision on the third guy and the program is set back ten years.

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