Nebraska fires Callahan

By Marc Hudgens  |   Saturday, November 24, 2007  |  Comments( 4 )

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Legendary Nebraska coach and interim athletic director Tom Osborne announced the firing of head coach Bill Callahan on Saturday morning, a day after the Huskers lost a shootout to Colorado in Boulder, 65-51, after blowing an 11-point lead at halftime. Callahan's legacy involved humiliating defeats at a football program that was once a national powerhouse, including two losing seasons and a mediocre 27-22 mark during the coach's four-year tenure.

"As a former coach this is a role I really don't like. I hate to sit in judgment of other people. I never envisioned having to do this," Osborne said.

Callahan's contract runs through 2011, and it will cost the university $3.1 million in the buyout. The leading candidates for the now-vacant position are LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini and University of Buffalo coach Turner Gill, who played quarterback for the Huskers in the early 1980s.

Commentary: The coaching carousel is in full swing with SMU's Phil Bennet, Baylor's Guy Morriss, Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione and now Callahan all getting their walking papers. Nebraska fans have been clamoring for Callahan's head on a platter, and now they have it.
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About Marc Hudgens

Marc Hudgens has been with RealFootball365 since 2007, covering college football, specifically Clemson and Oregon. He also writes for SouthernPigskin.com covering the ACC. He enjoys the acidic wit of Hunter S. Thompson, is a freelance graphic designer and has written several screenplays. He...
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