Got an interesting email from a reader who was cleaning out old emails. He came across this one from 2003 that he sent to former Forum columnist Mike McFeely on the hiring of Craig Bohl.
From: Wetzel, Garet
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 11:45 AM
To: ‘McFeely, Mike’
Subject: RE: Coach Bohl
Good choice! Great experience in a pressure cooker. Constantly upgraded himself during his career. Was a top coordinator in what is arguably the best college football program over the past 25 years. Any pressure he encounters while rebuilding the Bison program to D1 status will be small potatoes compared to what he went through during the past year in Lincoln. If you go to the Huskers web site Huskerpedia.com they have a ticker that counts down the days and time for the opening kick off in ’03, serious stuff.
I attended the U of N from ’74 to ’78, Craig came on just as I was leaving the school. Husker football is life and death in Nebraska. Coach Bohl took the fall for a head coach that is in over his head. The downturn at the U was a result of a decline in the talent level there and poor decisions at the head coach position. Craig did the best he could with the players he had during the past two years. The Colorado game in ’01 exposed their weakness, the Huskers were deficient up the middle at the tackles and at middle linebacker. That followed them through out the ’02 season. But more importantly Solich managed an offense that was out of synch most of the time, couldn’t control the ball, couldn’t pass, turn overs, failures to convert 3rd downs, etc., etc..
Charlie McBride has a lot of respect for coach Bohl, and McBride knows something about coaching, he is a living legend at the U. I think that NDSU will come away with the same level of respect for coach Bohl as the upcoming seasons unfold. This will turn into a happy ending, you’ll see, give it 2 to 3 years.
Check out this web site, you’ll see both sides of the Bohl argument on this very active chat. http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_np=0&u_pg=38&u_sid=668066
Anyway that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.