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08:17 AM ET 03.09 | Much of the focus of Nebraska's pre-spring practice press conference Tuesday centered on the offense under new coordinator Tim Beck. Husker head coach Bo Pelini said he wants the offense to have the same mentality as the NU defense. "Multiple but simple," is the way Pelini characterized it. ... Pelini said there will be some carryover from Shawn Watson's offense, but a lot will be different, he said -- especially the terminology. "We've simplified a lot of things," he said. I'm guessing that's music to the ears of a lot of folks, perhaps most notably sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez. By simplifying, a coach lets his players' athleticism become a bigger factor.

Lincoln Journal Star

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March 9, 2011  08:34 AM ET

We need a tOSU thread today.......where is it? Surely I'm not the only one wanting to see if we atack unethical actions inthe Big 10 like we do the SEC!!! REALLY, tOSU??? Making the coach miss power-house games against Akron and Toledo is the right punishment for a coach knowingly played un-eligible players and tried to cover up the crime? Even in the "cheating" SEC, a coach who tried to cover up cheating was suspended for HALF of the conference games and fined $1 million!!

What about the players at tOSU? They miss 5 games and the coach misses two? We have a grass eater, Satan, and other "villians" in the SEC....you have the "Vest of Integrity"...Really? Someone from Big 10 country explain to me how this is right and how you can still claim ethical superioroity......really???

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March 9, 2011  08:52 AM ET

Simplify= "run ball" or "pass ball"

March 9, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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OK. I laughed when I read my second sentence.

FJJ pulled a self ninja on me! I was going to be a smart arse but you beat me to it. After you read it you knew it was coming, huh?

March 9, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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Someone from Big 10 country explain to me how this is right and how you can still claim ethical superioroity......really???

WPS, I agree. This definitely looks like a double standard...but the NCAA has not applied punishment consistently in the past. The NCAA seems to dole out punishment on prestige instead of reality.

March 9, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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We need a tOSU thread today.......where is it? Surely I'm not the only one wanting to see if we atack unethical actions inthe Big 10 like we do the SEC!!! REALLY, tOSU??? Making the coach miss power-house games against Akron and Toledo is the right punishment for a coach knowingly played un-eligible players and tried to cover up the crime? Even in the "cheating" SEC, a coach who tried to cover up cheating was suspended for HALF of the conference games and fined $1 million!! What about the players at tOSU? They miss 5 games and the coach misses two? We have a grass eater, Satan, and other "villians" in the SEC....you have the "Vest of Integrity"...Really? Someone from Big 10 country explain to me how this is right and how you can still claim ethical superioroity......really???

From what has been reported, I am disappointed in the federal investigation. The feds, as part of a criminal investigation, should have discovered the April activity, or should have documented the feds were provided untruthful information.

March 9, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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Hi FJJ. But doesn't simpler mean the opponet can figure you out easier.

Maybe NU hopes for better execution - the opponent can expect plays, but can't stop them

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March 9, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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We need a tOSU thread today.......where is it? Surely I'm not the only one wanting to see if we atack unethical actions inthe Big 10 like we do the SEC!!! REALLY, tOSU??? Making the coach miss power-house games against Akron and Toledo is the right punishment for a coach knowingly played un-eligible players and tried to cover up the crime? Even in the "cheating" SEC, a coach who tried to cover up cheating was suspended for HALF of the conference games and fined $1 million!! What about the players at tOSU? They miss 5 games and the coach misses two? We have a grass eater, Satan, and other "villians" in the SEC....you have the "Vest of Integrity"...Really? Someone from Big 10 country explain to me how this is right and how you can still claim ethical superioroity......really???

I am so glad to see that I am not the only one laughing at the hypocrisy of the Little 10 and all their fans. Time to shut your mouth about always losing because the SEC cheats. What is your excuse now?

March 9, 2011  09:48 AM ET

I think multiple and simple is great in most cases, especially if you have superior Jimmies and Joes. The passing component off of multiple and simple is what matters most though.

March 9, 2011  09:50 AM ET
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We need a tOSU thread today.......where is it? Surely I'm not the only one wanting to see if we atack unethical actions inthe Big 10 like we do the SEC!!! REALLY, tOSU??? Making the coach miss power-house games against Akron and Toledo is the right punishment for a coach knowingly played un-eligible players and tried to cover up the crime? Even in the "cheating" SEC, a coach who tried to cover up cheating was suspended for HALF of the conference games and fined $1 million!! What about the players at tOSU? They miss 5 games and the coach misses two? We have a grass eater, Satan, and other "villians" in the SEC....you have the "Vest of Integrity"...Really? Someone from Big 10 country explain to me how this is right and how you can still claim ethical superioroity......really???

Don't forget ... you have Houston Nutt.

March 9, 2011  09:55 AM ET
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What is the big deal the players where selling or trading there own/personal items for tatoos.If they would have traded a toaster or toothbrush that they used on gameday would it still be a problem? They can't sell any of there items that they own?What if they bought the jersey in the OSU giftshop they can't sell it? The NCAA should worry about other things then these kids being stupid and selling there stuff for tatoos but again its theres to do with how they choose

You're missing the point. Whether or not it should be against the rules is irrelevent. It is against the rules, your coach knew it. He knowingly play players who were not eligable to play cfb, then tried to cover it up, all in the name of winning football games! Not even Nick "Satan" as you guys love to call him, has ever done that. Sweater vest = NCAA rules violator.

March 9, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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Don't forget ... you have Houston Nutt.

We HAD houston Nutt.....and did he ever play players he KNEW were not eligable? He had lots of issues, but to my knowlege, he never fielded a team w/ players that were ineligable. He never covered up NCAA violations to "protect the players".

March 9, 2011  09:58 AM ET

In regards to the tOSU situation, I hope this is the beginning of coaches being taken off the saintly/integrity/virtue/righteousness pedestal. These guys no more than they let on to knowing. Do I fault them for wanting to help kids out - heck no. However, in this case, it seems like Tressel seemed to be looking out for his welfare as much as the players' welfare. Michigan State should probably be pretty pissed right about now, because they were potentially screwed out of a Rose Bowl trip and a beat down by TCU instead of Bama :)

March 9, 2011  10:00 AM ET
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What is the big deal the players where selling or trading there own/personal items for tatoos.If they would have traded a toaster or toothbrush that they used on gameday would it still be a problem? They can't sell any of there items that they own?What if they bought the jersey in the OSU giftshop they can't sell it? The NCAA should worry about other things then these kids being stupid and selling there stuff for tatoos but again its theres to do with how they choose

So if it were cars instead of tattoos that is still OK according to your logic?

March 9, 2011  10:16 AM ET
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What is the big deal the players where selling or trading there own/personal items for tatoos.If they would have traded a toaster or toothbrush that they used on gameday would it still be a problem? They can't sell any of there items that they own?What if they bought the jersey in the OSU giftshop they can't sell it? The NCAA should worry about other things then these kids being stupid and selling there stuff for tatoos but again its theres to do with how they choose

More so Sweater knew about this in April and he had to know it is an obvious violation, but didn't even go to the OSU President for advice on what they should do with the info. The fact is they didn't but the jersey in the school gift shop. Stop making excuses for the players and coach in this instance. Its obvious they can't profit as college athletes from their position. Go back to Youngstown St days and Sweater had a player receiving cars and cash.... fast forward to OSU and it was proven that Troy Smith and Maurice Clarett did the same thing. Now these allegations. After a while these things add up.... only a matter of time before something larger is uncovered.

 
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