Nebraska football has fallen from grace over the past decade-plus and current Cornhuskers players are tired of being the butt of every joke.
At one point, Nebraska football was considered one of the most dominant programs in the sport.
Tom Osborne’s troops were tough, violent, and fast. More importantly, they won. Unfortunately, none of those traits have been shown by the Cornhuskers recently and the players are hearing it, as was revealed at Big Ten Media Day.
Whether it be in the classroom as part of a professor’s joke in teaching or linebacker Garrett Nelson hearing it from a neighbor when he is trying to rest, the proud tradition in Lincoln has not exactly been a badge of honor as of late.
The last time the Huskers made any sort of national noise, it was getting blown out by Miami in the 2001 National Championship Game.
Additionally, head coach Scott Frost, who has seen the glory days of the Cornhuskers during his time as a player, is seeing the exact opposite as the chief, going 15-29 since becoming the head coach.
Nebraska football: Players being openly mocked for Huskers’ recent futility
The only solution to the mockery is to win — and the Nebraska Cornhuskers have not done much in the last decade plus. The record speaks for itself.
Sure, it’s easy to reminisce on the days of the “Blackshirts” and the running game that blew opponents out of proportion, but college football has evolved.
Again though, Frost has a lot to blame, and new athletic director Trev Alberts — a former Nebraska linebacker and the subject of the Mel Kiper Jr. and Bill Tobin draft day feud — is not someone who takes losing lightly.
If they win, all will be forgiven and the heckling will cease. If not, it’s only going to get worse. It’s that simple and, given how the Big Ten will expand, the margin of error will continue to thin.