On Saturday, September 5, 2015, Mike Riley will begin his era as Husker head coach. Let’s take a look at the winning percentage for each of his five predecessors.
Interesting stuff. Solich won 75% of games and was let go after 4 seasons. Tom Osborne coached 25 years and could have coached more had he not retired, with a 83.6% winning percentage.
(Hover over the data points to see the exact rank for each year)
Not Ranked: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014
Since 1973, Tom Osborne’s first year as head coach, the Bugeaters have been ranked in the final AP poll sans the five years listed above.
Coaches during the Not Ranked years:
2002 – Frank Solich
2004, 2006, 2007 – Bill Callahan (three of his four seasons as head coach)
2008, 2013, 2014 – Bo Pelini
UNO Mavericks basketball joined the Summit, a Division I conference in 2011. In that small window of time, there have been some interesting trends:
- From 2011/12 – 2013/14 both UNO and Nebraska improved each year, with Nebraska ranking 54th at the end of the 2013/14 season. They made the NCAA tournament that year.
- Creighton, in the years mentioned above, stayed in the Top 25, with a final ranking of 17 in 2013/14. All-American Forward Doug McDermott (currently playing for the Chicago Bulls) was a powerful offensive force in those years.
- All three teams had challenging 2014/15 seasons.
- Omaha Mavs have not eclipsed the Huskers or Bluejays in RPI any of these years