It's November 2006. Michigan is ranked second in the country and is going to Columbus to play #1 Ohio State. Bo Schembechler dies the day before the game and the team is on an emotional edge, ready to win for Bo and play for the national title.
Ohio State proceeds to avoid the Michigan defensive advantage in its front seven, spreads to a four-wideout formation, and tears Michigan apart. They score 28 points in the first half en route to a 42-39 win. Michigan's defensive backs look useless and confused in the first half and don't adjust until halftime.
Ronnie Lee was the defensive backs coach that day. He was fired after one season with Michigan.
Think back to the Northern Illinois wideout who torched Ryan Collado (I know, not that impressive, but still). Think of 55-0. Think of how the defensive backs couldn't cover Michigan's wideouts in November. Think of how Kansas shredded the D-Backs in the Insight Bowl.
That was all under Lee's tutelage at Minnesota and this is only 2008. And he gets a promotion on that work. This is ridiculous.
And Kevin Cosgrove? Are we being serious here? Cosgrove was the man, with Callahan, who destroyed the Nebraska defensive tradition, who ruined the Blackshirts, who put up the following losses in his tenure as DC:
10/09/04 - Texas Tech 70, Nebraska 10
9/15/07 - USC 49, Nebraska 31 (USC could have scored 80)
10/6/07 - Missouri 41, Nebraska 6
10/13/07 - Oklahoma State 45, Nebraska 14
11/3/07 - Kansas 76 - Nebraska 39
11/23/07 - Colorado 65 - Nebraska 51.
There's a reason he got fired in 2007, and I don't think he was working in 2008.
I'm of the hope this will work out. The evidence behind us suggests otherwise.