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08:39 AM ET 01.28 | The countdown clock is getting louder, especially at Nebraska. Sixteen football players pledged to the Huskers' recruiting class, three of whom have already started school. Another four spots, give or take one, open, with perhaps a half-dozen prospects at large and still considering the Huskers. But look beyond the numbers. Nebraska has gained just one commitment since Dec. 6. Is NU limping to the finish in constructing a class that started with such a bang last year? Really, it's too early to say -- unusual for the last week of January, but undeniable under close inspection.

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January 28, 2011  09:43 AM ET

Limping because of the beating they took in the bowl?

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January 28, 2011  09:49 AM ET

Definitely not the way you want to go into a new conference.

January 28, 2011  09:58 AM ET

Kind of like Martinez was limping around at the end of the season.

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January 28, 2011  10:16 AM ET
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Could be Coach Pelini's nationally televised rage on the sidelines with Martinez. Tends to have a chilling effect and second thoughts by potential recruits and their parents alike.

Spot on harley. If it were my kid, I would definitely have second thoughts about him and the way he handles himself. I think Pelini has really cast the dye on himself and will not undo the perception.
Too bad as he had a good thing going there for a while.

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January 28, 2011  11:37 AM ET
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So, does this mean that they will win the B10 CCG over tOSU by only one touchdown instead of 3 to 5. :-)

Don't bait me Colonel :). Who knows? There is a reason why they play the games. But IMO I will go on record as saying I think Nebraska will have at least 3 conf losses next yr.

January 28, 2011  12:03 PM ET

Where will Nebraska recruit now that they have moved to the Big 10? When they became powerhouses in the 90's they were big in California. Now not so much. Lately it's been Texas. I just don't see how/why a Texas high school kid would want to go play in Lincoln in the Big 10 conference when they could play closer to home.

January 28, 2011  12:26 PM ET
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Where will Nebraska recruit now that they have moved to the Big 10? When they became powerhouses in the 90's they were big in California. Now not so much. Lately it's been Texas. I just don't see how/why a Texas high school kid would want to go play in Lincoln in the Big 10 conference when they could play closer to home.

That's a good question. I would think that Pelini & assistants will beat the bushes in the places they know best: Texas, Ohio and southern states. But they are not going to do as well as they used to in TX and good luck coming home to Ohio.
But as Harley and FJJ have pointed out, Pelini really hurt himself with his temper. I think they could fade quickly.

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January 28, 2011  12:56 PM ET
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This whole "Top Recruiting Class" non-sence has got to stop. All that matters is the product on the field. If you can recruit but can't coach, what have you done? Boise State proved you can win with 1 to 3 star talent. Miami, Texas, and Florida proved THIS YEAR, that things can fall apart even with highly rated recruits.

Love your comment!!

Hopefully all the knee-jerk hiring and firing will emphasis this point.

January 28, 2011  01:07 PM ET

Could it be that they are limping is because their recruits don't want to play in the Big 10 but would rather play against the old Big 12 schools where there are old rivalries?

January 28, 2011  01:32 PM ET

Here's a question: would you rather have your kid yelled at on the sideline on national television, or allegedly locked in a tool shed during practice?

;-)

January 28, 2011  01:37 PM ET
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Here's a question: would you rather have your kid yelled at on the sideline on national television, or allegedly locked in a tool shed during practice?;-)

Allegedly locked in a tool shed during practice.

January 28, 2011  01:40 PM ET
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Could it be that they are limping is because their recruits don't want to play in the Big 10 but would rather play against the old Big 12 schools where there are old rivalries?

BLACK SHIRTS

 
January 28, 2011  01:44 PM ET

What, nobody wants to play in the Big Ten?

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