Report: University of Nebraska Interim AD Fires Football Coach Bill Callahan
Looking for the last shoe to drop?
Nebraska head football coach Bill Callahan was fired in a meeting with Tom Osborne. After yesterday’s 65-51 debacle at the hands of rival Colorado, Nebraska’s embattled season ended with a overall record of 5-7 and an even more abysmal 2-6 in the Big 12. The storied Nebraska franchise has had only two losing seasons since 1962–both have come under the helm of Callahan. Press Conference is scheduled for 10:30 EST. Look for Tom Osborne to hopefully hire Buffalo head coach Turner Gill–who was a very successful quarter back in the early 80’s when Osborne was Nebraska’s iconic head coach.
Nebraska faithful never fully grasped Callahan’s west coast offense that shelved a traditional Husker power running attack.
Firing Callahan will be costly for Nebraska. He was given a three-year contract extension in September, which would have paid him about $1.5 million annually through the 2011 season.
The loss to Colorado was the sixth time this season the Cornhuskers allowed more than 40 points in a game and the second time an opponent scored more than 60. Nebraska had never allowed 40 points in a game four times in a season in its 118-year history.
Nebraska fired athletics director Steve Pederson on Oct. 15, after the Cornhuskers were embarrassed in consecutive losses to Missouri and Oklahoma State. Pederson fired former football coach Frank Solich after the Cornhuskers finished 9-3 in 2003 and hired Callahan, who had coached the Oakland Raiders for two seasons and led them to Super Bowl XXXVII.
The firing came one month and a day after Callahan said, “I have done an excellent job in every area.”