Announcement expected next week on RB coach
BY BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star
A spokesperson said Nebraska coach Bo Pelini would likely name his running backs assistant early next week.
It appears that Tim Beck, the wide receiver/pass game coordinator for Kansas, has been hired.
Pelini has already announced eight of his nine full-time assistants. He said he was waiting to name the final assistant because that coach’s team was involved in a bowl game.
KU defeated Virginia Tech 24-21 in the Orange Bowl on Thursday night.
Beck, regarded as a huge recruiter in Texas, joined the Kansas staff in 2005. Before that, Beck spent some years coaching Texas high school football.
Like Pelini, Beck has his roots in Youngstown, Ohio, growing up around the corner from the Pelinis. And like Pelini, he is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School.
As a young quarterback at Cardinal Mooney, Pelini served as Beck’s backup.
Quarterback visitor: Nebraska’s 2008 recruiting class is currently without a quarterback, a fact perhaps soon to change.
Dual-threat quarterback Kody Spano will decide his college future next week after visiting the Nebraska campus this weekend.
He has said NU could move to the top of his list if the visit goes well.
Spano wants to enroll in college classes for the spring semester, so a decision is expected to come soon.
The Stephenville, Texas, native was Oklahoma State’s first commitment and was expecting to report for the spring semester, but was told by coach Mike Gundy that a scholarship wouldn’t be available then.
Asked if OSU was still a possibility, Spano told The Oklahoman he hadn’t talked to anyone with the Cowboys since last week.
He also said he’s no longer considering Tulsa, previously on his short list.
Spano was hampered by a shoulder injury his senior year but still threw for 2,263 yards and 23 touchdowns.
The Huskers have at least nine players scheduled to visit campus next weekend: linebackers Brian Moore and Will Compton, defensive tackle Eddie Brown, defensive lineman John Youboty, cornerback David Whitmore, safety Charles Mitchell, offensive lineman Dan Hoch, running back Collins Okafor and quarterback Sean Renfree.
Compton, Whitmore, Hoch and Okafor are already on Nebraska’s list of 16 commitments.
Huskers add transfer: Matt Donahue, who spent this fall as a wide receiver for Frank Solich at Ohio University, is transferring to Nebraska as a walk-on.
At 6-feet-2 and 180 pounds, Donahue was a Super-State player for Fremont High School his senior year, accumulating 905 receiving yards.
Along with Husker receiver Niles Paul, Donahue was one of the Journal Star’s Prep Athletes of the Year for 2006-07.
He played five games for Ohio this season before a broken thumb took him out of action.
“I just kind of wanted to be back home, be around my family and stuff like that. That was the main reason,” Donahue said of his change in schools.
Impressed by NU’s new coaching staff, Donahue already is familiar with Carl Pelini, a defensive line coach for Ohio last season.
“I knew him pretty well,” Donahue said. “We talked a lot. He was just an all-around good guy.”
Donahue had six catches for 143 yards in his five games for Ohio. He will have to sit out a year as a redshirt for Nebraska.
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