Pelini goes off the beaten (cart) path to find new assistant
Late last week, a posting on Nebraska’s official website revealed that Bo Pelini was seeking an “Assistant Coach-Football” on the offensive side of the ball.
Based on one report, it appears Pelini has gone way outside of the box to fill one of the presumed holes on his offensive staff. So far, in fact, the box is not currently in view.
Citing two unnamed sources close to the situation, the Omaha World-Herald is reporting that Rich Fisher will be hired as Pelini’s newest offensive assistant. And, yes, we’ll go ahead and ask the question for you: who’s Rich Fisher?
From the World-Herald:
Fisher has also been an assistant at Oklahoma State, Colorado and Idaho at various points in the past 20 years, and was a linebacker on Colorado’s national title-winning team in 1990. His coach, Bill McCartney, was effusive -- to say the least -- in his praise for Fisher.
“Solid. Whole-hearted. Genuine. Talented. Likeable. Team guy. Highly motivated. Disciplined. Organized. Humble. What else you want?
“That’ll put (Nebraska) over the top. They’ve always needed a Buff.”
As far as what position he’ll hold on the staff, the World-Herald speculates that he could coach running backs. Tim Beck is currently in that position, but has been rumored to replace Shawn Watson as at least co-coordinator of the offense.
Wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore is (unofficially) out, so that could be another option as well.