Don’t believe everything anyone tweets — at least related to the Nebraska football coaching search.
Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts said on Thursday that reports he’s seen on Twitter aren’t accurate.
“I don’t know that I’ve seen anything that’s accurate,” Alberts said, drawing a laugh from reporters. “I’m serious. I have not yet read anything that I would say is accurate.”
Alberts has talked to some of his friends in the industry about the attractiveness of the Nebraska job and has found the feedback good.
“I’ve reached out to several of my colleagues,” Alberts said. “I have talked to a couple folks — not mentioning any names — but the feedback is there’s no reason why Nebraska can’t be successful. We have so much going for us.”
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Earlier in the conversation, Alberts laid out some of NU’s many advantages.
“I don't know of many places that's going to have $165 million facility coming online that we think has an opportunity to be the best development facility in the country,” Alberts said of a new football building set to open next summer. The Husker fan base is a bonus, too.
NU is, effectively, in its first full week of the coaching search process. Nebraska has hired Collegiate Sports Associates to help with the search. CSA is run by Todd Turner, an athletic director at four different schools, including NC State and Washington. Former Virginia athletic director and college basketball coach Craig Littlepage is one of CSA’s senior consultants.
A firm helps research and connect prospective candidates to administrators with open jobs. Alberts predicted the job would be connected to several names and it has been; according to The Athletic, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, Kansas coach Lance Leipold and Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien are high on the Huskers list.
While there have been conflicting reports related to former Florida and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, he’s not likely to be a candidate for the Nebraska job, given Alberts’ preference for a coach of “character” and Meyer’s long record of institutional drama and discord. He was fired after just months with the NFL’s Jaguars. At Ohio State, despite winning on a consistent basis, Meyer served a three-game suspension for his conduct related to the handling of an assistant coach’s personal conduct.
Stadium to begin overhaul soon
Nebraska will start one part of its Memorial Stadium renovation right after the season: The East balcony — sandwiched in between the lower level and the 600-level seats in East Stadium — will receive seat backs.
The seat backs, Alberts said, will reduce capacity by 617 seats.