Nov 29, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini leads his team onto the field prior to the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium. Iowa won 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Monday Mailbag: Huskers First Fall Practice Edition

As of this writing, we are mere hours away from the 2014 Huskers football team strapping on their helmets for its first official fall practice. Apologies for the lack of Mailbagage last week, but those questions will carry over. Let’s see what was offered up this week:

Brandon: Well, the origin of the word “mail” in the Middle English sense is “travelling bag”. In this case, electronic communication is the metaphorical “travelling bag”. We dig history here at Husker Corner.

Brandon: Considering this’ll be Bo’s seventh season, I think that’ll be an issue that would need to be considered if it’s the case. He’s paid a tidy sum and we’ll have seen year after year of disappointing finishes following a brief spike in improvement.

Some manner of case for Pelini could be made if there was another spike such as a BCS bowl appearance. Unfortunately, the Big Ten Championship Game apperance is essentially nullified due to the score, let alone Wisconsin’s record.

I think the only way he’s gone for sure is if Nebraska only posts say six or seven wins. With a schedule this easy, that’d be almost a mandatory response.

Brandon: I remember when superconferences seemed like the next logical step. I also remember when I agreed with that, but I think SEC commish Mike Slive knows what he’s talking about. The Power Five conferences have all the stroke they need to become their own entity and not have to share their spoils.

A split from the NCAA seems almost inevitable, so ask yourself this: What schools could be added to the Power Five conferences that bring in more money? As I’ve said time and time again, let’s pull back the veil of amatuerism for a moment and treat college football like the business it is for a moment.

Also, since the NCAA can’t even enforce its rules properly, the P5 gets an opportunity to slim down the playbook, maybe stipends become a legal part of the process, who knows? Back to your question, expect a split sooner than any more mention of superconferences.

Brandon: There are many things to consider before even getting to that point: 1.) How well is the offensive line performing? 2.) Is Ameer putting on his usual performances when he can make something out of nothing? 3.) Are all backs being used efficiently? 4.) Down and distance vs. Kenny’s production.

What I’m trying to say is that while unlikely, it’s possible. Just don’t look for it too often.

Brandon: I like Williams and always have. I felt he was a steal and is performing very well thus far. While Valentine and Collins are your likely two starters in the middle, I think a healthy Williams gets plenty of snaps when they need to sit a spell.

Should anything happen to Collins (knock on wood), I feel he’d be in the mix as a replacement.

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