Archive for April, 2009

Trev Takes the Helm
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Trev Alberts became the new athletic director at Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. Something that would’ve seemed like a pipe dream three years ago, let alone three weeks ago.

Say what you will about his lack of experience, the guy can command a room. You had media members from Lincoln making the drive. More than 125 people packed the alumni center. For one day, UNO was the epicenter for the biggest news in the state (in a positive way). That doesn’t happen a whole heckuva lot. Hopefully it won’t be the last time.

Alberts has already told us that Mike Kemp will be the head coach of the hockey program next fall. Do you agree with the decision? It makes sense to me, considering there are plenty of intestinal issues that need to be fixed inside the UNO athletic department. Issues that can’t be fixed with plastic surgery. Once UNO is on the right track internally, then coaches can be judged a little more fairly. Plus, Trev’s admitted lack of hockey knowledge would make any rash decision look somewhat foolish. This program has just gone through a heart transplant. It doesn’t need to go under the knife again just yet.

Time will tell as to whether or not Trev Alberts can take this program to new heights.

You can feel a pulse returning to UNO athletics.

But the rehab has just begun.

All Signs Point to Trev Alberts
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

KETV has confirmed (by process of elimination) that Trev Alberts will be named the new athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  The school has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at 11a.m.

The three other finalists for the position all received phone calls from UNO Chancellor John Christensen Tuesday morning informing them they were no longer candidates for the position.

When reached by telephone, Sunshine State Conference commissioner Mike Marcil explained that he had a “very nice conversation” with Christensen, whereupon he was informed he was no longer being considered for the job. “To have someone that brings so much visibility to the program is important when you’re trying to capture the attention of a market,” said Marcil.

Dana College athletic director Bill Danenhauer, as well as Millard South High School athletic director Nolan Beyer both confirmed they had received phone calls from Christensen informing them of the school’s decision to move in another direction.

Trev Alberts was the only finalist invited to visit the UNO campus, and was part of a public forum last week.  

Alberts was a linebacker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1990-93.  He has served as a college football analyst since his retirement from the NFL in 1997.

Alberts sent me a text on Tuesday that read:  “I can’t wait to talk to u!”

That chance will come on Wednesday.

Are All These Guys Better Than Ganz?
Monday, April 27, 2009

I’m not saying Joe Ganz will be an NFL Pro-Bowler. Nor am I saying he will even make an NFL roster or even the practice squad.

That being said, here are the twelve quarterbacks taken in the 2009 NFL Draft:

Matthew Stafford, Georgia (1st Round, Detroit)

Mark Sanchez, USC (1st Round, Jets)

Josh Freeman, Kansas State (1st Round, Tampa Bay)

Pat White, West Virginia (2nd Round, Dolphins)

Stephen McGee, Texas A&M (4th Round, Dallas)

Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State (5th Round, Giants)

Nate Davis, Ball State (5th Round, 49ers)

Tom Brandstater, Fresno State (6th Round, Broncos)

Mike Teel, Rutgers (6th Round, Seahawks)

Keith Null, West Texas A&M (6th Round, Rams)

Curtis Painter, Purdue (6th Round, Colts)

Julian Edelman, Kent State (7th Round, Patriots)

I would take Ganz over five of these guys.

Would you?

Ganz Gets His Shot in D.C.
Monday, April 27, 2009

Former Husker quarterback Joe Ganz will get a chance to prove himself in the NFL, agreeing to a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.

Coincidentally, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel also signed with the Redskins. So, I suppose you could say that Ganz has a shot at revenge. Remember, Daniel lit up the Huskers for 253 passing yards and three touchdowns at Memorial Stadium. Ganz, on the other hand, was less than spectacular, throwing for two touchdowns and an interception in a 52-17 blowout loss.

A few usually-reliable lists of free agent signings had Ganz headed to Tampa Bay Sunday night, but that is not the case. I now wonder which team offers Ganz a better chance to make an NFL roster: Tampa or Washington?

Tampa Bay quarterbacks:

Josh Freeman, Byron Leftwich, Brian Griese, Luke McCown, Josh Johnson.

Washington quarterbacks:

Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Colt Brennan

Obviously, Ganz appears to be a good place, but it will still be a tough competition. There was talk that the Redskins might trade up to get USC’s Mark Sanchez. They didn’t, and are now taking free agents instead.

Will Ganz make the team? Or even the practice squad?  The odds are stacked against him.

Regardless, there are plenty of people pulling for him.

Huskers Signing as Free Agents
Monday, April 27, 2009

A poster asked me to post a link to Huskers who had signed as NFL free agents.

This is one place that is usually (read: usually) reliable:

NFL Free Agents

Huskers.com also has a list. This is from their website:

“Several other Huskers have agreed to free agent contract with various NFL teams, including, I-back Marlon Lucky (Cincinnati), defensive end Zach Potter (New York Jets), wide receiver Todd Peterson (Jacksonville) receiver Nate Swift (Denver), defensive tackle Ty Steinkuhler (Cincinnati) and quarterback Joe Ganz (Washington).”

Glenn First Husker Taken
Sunday, April 26, 2009

According to the so-called experts, offensive tackle Lydon Murtha would likely be the first Husker to go in the NFL Draft.

Instead, the first Husker selected was a player who didn’t even finish his senior season with the Big Red.

The Washington Redskins scooped up linebacker Cody Glenn with the 22nd pick of the fifth round on Sunday.  Glenn switched from running back to linebacker last Spring and racked up 51 tackles in nine games, before beign suspended for the final four games for a violation of team rules.

Glenn was the 158th overall pick, making it the latest that the first Husker had been taken in an NFL draft since 1970.

There may not be a better factoid than that to describe Nebraska’s fall from dominance.

Why Trev Alberts Makes Sense
Friday, April 24, 2009

He will undoubtedly become the next athletic director at Nebraska-Omaha. I’ll throw in my two cents on the situation.

With regards to Trev, it’s a good fit. It’s not a dream fit, but it’s good. Nebraska-Omaha needs a salesman. Trev Alberts could sell the Pope a hamburger on a Lenten Friday. Listening to him speak for just 25 minutes on Tuesday, I was ready to write him a check to support UNO tennis.

I’ve received the emails about his lack of athletic administrative experience. David Herbster had experience. David Miller had experience. Less than four years later, look at where we are.

Alberts recognizes his weaknesses. He has never had to schedule games. He hasn’t had to balance a budget (outside of his own family). And he doesn’t know hockey. He will have to learn on the fly, but the associate athletic director will be there to help. Trev’s job will be to reach out to the community. He will put UNO back on the metro map. He will be the chief fundrasier and friendraiser. Most importantly, he will put a face on the athletic department and the university as a whole.

Now, onto the other matter.

It doesn’t appear that the other three finalists will get interviews. I don’t have a big problem with that. I have a problem with the list of finalists being released. Why put out a list of candidates if you aren’t going to interview all of them?

Look at a guy like Bill Danenhauer. He’s the athletic director and football coach at Dana college. He’s worked hard in Blair and was obviously hoping to move up the ranks and work closer to home, serving as athletic director at the school where he played football. His name gets put on a token list of finalists, putting him in an awkward situation at Dana. I’m sure his boss has had a couple of questions for him. Perhaps Danenhauer informed him ahead of time of his applying for the job. Now the public knows. Now his players know he was trying to leave. Now his staff may think he has one foot out the door.

If I apply for a job at another television station, I would be sure to let my employer know. But the world wouldn’t know. I don’t question narrowing a pool of applicants to a list of finalists. That makes sense. But don’t release that list to the general public. Especially if it is unlikely that 75% of the people on that list will not get an interview.

Just my two cents.

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Trev Alberts Visiting UNO
Monday, April 20, 2009

From UNO:

University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen announced today that Trev Alberts, one of the recommended candidates being considered for the university’s athletic director position, will visit campus Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21 and 22.

Alberts has worked as a television and print college football commentator and analyst.  While at UNO, he will meet with various campus groups, community groups, student athletes and Christensen.  A campus community and public forum will take place Tuesday, April 21 in the Milo Bail Student Center’s Ballroom starting at 4 p.m.

“At this point in the process, it’s very important to get input and listen to all the people who care about UNO Athletics and our university,” Christensen said.  “We need the right person in place to lead the department forward.  I’ve said it before – UNO’s athletic excellence offers a tremendous opportunity to someone.”

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Trev Alberts is obviously the leading candidate for the UNO job.  He has the least amount of athletic administrative experience (read: none) of the four finalists, but would undoubtedly make the biggest splash.

What is your opinion on his potential hire?  And what should be his first order of business?

Spring Forward
Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Husker spring game is in the books. The red team defeats the white team 31-17 in the fifteenth and final practice of Spring.

Post your thoughts on the game here. I’ll take any comments you have on position battles and pleasant surprises. The best comments will be used on TV.

I’ll post my comments soon.

UNO Announced Four Finalists
Friday, April 17, 2009

The list of four finalists for Nebraska-Omaha’s athletic director position was revealed on Friday.

OMAHA, Neb. – University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen announced today that the athletic director search committee has recommended four names for further consideration.

The finalists for UNO athletic director include Trev Alberts, television and print college football commentator and analyst; Nolan Beyer, athletic director for Millard South High School; Bill Danenhauer, athletic director and head football coach at Dana College; and Mike Marcil, commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The finalists have been reviewed by the committee and completed a set of phone interviews.  Calls to references are now being made.  Christensen will visit by phone with each candidate recommended for consideration and will also receive further search committee input.

“Each of the four who have been recommended by the committee have a different set of skills and experiences they would bring to the department, university and our community,” Christensen said.  Christensen serves as chair of the search committee.  “The work by members of our committee has been excellent and much appreciated.”

After Christensen conducts the individual phone interviews and reference checks are completed, the candidate or candidates who appear to be the best fit for the position will be invited to campus for further discussions. The intent is to have a hire made before the end of the spring semester.

“Our goal is to find someone who is the right fit for a dynamic Division II athletic program with a highly competitive Division I hockey team,” Christensen said.  “This institution’s athletic excellence offers a tremendous opportunity for the right person.”

David Miller, the current UNO athletic director, accepted a similar position at Upper Iowa University last month.

Your thoughts, Mavs fans?