Nebraska football: Analyst believes Rhule’s arrival brings hope of restoring blackshirt swagger

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule on the field after the game (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule on the field after the game (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

There has been a lot of talk about what Matt Rhule needs to do to turn the Nebraska football program around, and one analyst thinks it’s going to happen.

Since Rhule’s arrival in Lincoln, plenty’s been talked about why he might succeed where Scott Frost fell short. Right at the top of that list is that where Frost often spoke about improving the culture, analysts around college football believe that Rhule can actually do it.

I talked myself about how the Nebraska football culture was a problem under Frost, but it seems as though when Rhule talks about improving it, he means it.

There is a through line among those who believe that Rhule can succeed where Frost disastrously floundered. Rhule is known as someone who can get players to run through a brick wall. He’ll also get his teams to play with great physicality.

Count Shehan Jeyarajah of CBS Sports among those who believe that under its new head coach, the Cornhuskers are going to show the kind fo confidence and swagger they did under Bo Pelini.

Is Nebraska football getting its swagger back?

"After hometown favorite Scott Frost failed, the Cornhuskers opted to go a completely different direction and hire a Northeasterner via Texas and the NFL. However, Rhule has fashioned himself a chameleon of sorts, finding inroads and building relationships at every stop. Nebraska has been no different, as Rhule helped bring former Nebraska coach Frank Solich back to campus during the spring game. Nebraska has lacked the vaunted Blackshirt swagger since Bo Pelini left the program almost a decade ago. Rhule’s first year may not come with many wins, but few coaches in the sport bring a more physical culture than him."

Husker fans were hoping that the arrival of Frost would turn around the program. It didn’t happen. But is the long wait for success over? It would certainly be a welcome change to see Nebraska football stride onto the field with a measure of success.

To be continued this fall …