Did Nebraska's Bill Callahan refer to Tom Osborne, above, as "that crusty old f---"?
This is one of the allegations in a book written by a Nebraska student that will be released in early November. Callahan is also alleged to have said that Osborne, a former U.S. Congressman, was "trying to run things from Washington."
The book, written by Jonathan Crowl, a senior English major, relies heavily on former head football trainer Doak Ostergard as a source. Ostergard, who joined the athletic department in 1984, was fired abruptly by Callahan in February.
Callahan, when asked after Thursday’s practice if he denied the comments in Crowl’s book, declined comment. He instead referred to a statement that said in part: "We are building a strong relationship with Coach Osborne. He knows this program inside and out, and that makes him a valuable resource for me, my staff and our players."
Osborne also issued a statement: "All that matters is I’m very supportive of Coach Callahan and his staff. We are trying to help our players and rally our fans. Right now, that’s our entire focus."
OK, cut the B.S. It's clear that Callahan is a goner. It's also clear that Ostergard would like to see Callahan gone, hence the tell-all story to get back at the man who fired him. And it's clear Osborne was meddling, quickly stepping in as the "interim" athletic director on Tuesday, a day after Steve Pederson was fired. Clearly, a planned move.
In other words, plenty of blame to go around.
Nebraska is preparing to turn back the clock. How far remains to be seen, but much like Callahan, the days of the forward pass appear numbered in Lincoln.