Nebraska football fan Knapplc mentioned on Twitter that attendance for the Red-White Spring Game has declined during the third year under the last three head coaches.
Note to head coach Mike Riley: You must entice a grand total of 6,992 more people to show up this Saturday. This seems probable for a number of factors that you can probably name off the top of your head by now.
There’s Lee versus O’Brien, the unveiling of the 3-4 defense (albeit it vanilla) and the crowd that will walk up for tickets.
With the projected ample attendance, it’s time to address just how points are going to be put on the scoreboard and Riley wasn’t sure how he was going to go about that as of this past weekend’s scrimmage.
“I have two thoughts. One will be a point system like we used last year where the defense has ways to score points and the other one may be would be to divide the teams, but that’s hard to orchestrate.”
Indeed, it is.
With those two options on the table, it seems that in order to give coaches, players and fans the most bang for their buck in terms of time and effort spent, a return of the point system would be best.
For those of you who forgot the funky fresh way Riley tallied points on the scoreboard last year, this should refresh your memory:
This scoring system resulted in a 46-41 victory for the White squad which was capped by an interception of Patrick O’Brien by walk-on Kyle Kasun to end the game.
Why go with the bizarre, if not straight up goofy system or a variant of it again?
The game is part entertainment and part scrimmage. This means there has to be something for the fans to cheer about while the coaches and players take something away from it to study late into the night.
I suggest that the score is ultimately meaningless to the majority of folks in the stands this year. Fans want to see Lee, O’Brien, Gebbia and Bunch under center. They want to see the 3-4 and how the new-look secondary performs.
In the meantime, coaches and players can easily point to situations which earned them the eventual score and dissect it in Excel any way they desire.
It makes sense from the offense’s point of view because Riley and Danny Langsdorf can keep track of how quarterbacks move the team.
It’s equally beneficial for Bob Diaco and the defensive coaches as Diaco is a major fan of forcing turnovers.
Using a system similar to the one above gives the defense even more reason to go all out in picking off the signal-callers or attempting to strip ball carriers.
Of course, a touchdown’s a touchdown.
Throw in some ice cold pop along with piping hot Runzas and slices of Valentino’s pizza.
Add about 40 major prospects for the current and upcoming recruiting cycles.
That seems like it’s worth a day at Memorial Stadium and about the scoreboard?
Just don’t ask too many questions.