Nebraska Football: Kirk Herbstreit praises Nebraska for facility upgrades

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 05: Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN attends the Party At The Playoff at The GlassHouse on January 5, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for ESPN)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 05: Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN attends the Party At The Playoff at The GlassHouse on January 5, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for ESPN) /

Herbie likes the direction Nebraska Football is headed in.

Say what you want about college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit but there is no doubting that he has spoken of the Nebraska Football program extremely highly. Every time Nebraska’s name is brought up in the national media, Herbstreit has spoken of the team highly.

Despite the result of the actual game, last week was a huge week for Nebraska as a whole. Between having College GameDay on campus and just getting that national exposure for the program, there were tons of positives to take away from it. Last Friday, the program also announced that they would be building a new football facility. This is certainly a step in the right direction. Ever since head coach Scott Frost arrived on campus, I got the feeling that this program was on the upswing. These facilities are certainly exemplary of that sentiment.

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I can’t wait to see what these facilities look like, and how they are laid out. When you look at some of the football facilities across the country, some of these are truly amazing. They are almost like palaces rather than locker rooms and weight rooms. If Nebraska Football can get to that level, that would be great. In Division I football, you almost have to build a palace because that is what is going to attract kids when recruiting. Recruiting is definitely important in the Big Ten, and it can make the difference between winning and losing in December and January.

When Herbstreit came to campus last Friday, he had nothing but great things to say about the news that Nebraska was going to get new facilities. I agree with everything he says, and I would certainly love new facilities as a player.

"“We were here in ’07, and in ’06 they just opened those facilities,” Herbstreit said. “So my thought is, ‘Look at this brand new facility.’ When I come back in 2019, I’m thinking the facilities are still really nice. And then he said, ‘You know, we’re getting ready to announce a new facility.’ It just kind of tells you where we are in the arms race of big-time college football. They’re huge. Because it shows recruits the commitment. It shows recruits also great value in being able to utilize these facilities. It’s not just like it’s for recruits to see: ‘There they are. Isn’t that great? OK, now stay away. We’re done. You’re not allowed to use it.’ You get to use them. They’re for you as a player.”"

I am extremely jealous of all the Nebraska Football players that will get to use these facilities. It’s becoming the norm in big-time college football. If this makes a difference in recruiting then I am all for it. Nebraska is trying to keep up with the major programs in college football, and quite frankly, they are one themselves. Announcing new digs is keeping consistent with Nebraska Football’s desire to change the culture of the program.

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Herbstreit is right on the money with his comments. Nebraska has certainly come a long way from where they were even just a couple of years ago. Although their record may not show it right now, they are building something special. Perhaps even more impressive is that they are getting the attention of the national media once again. Just like the weight rooms, that is something that’s invaluable.