One of the early gems in Nebraska’s recruiting class was Seth Olsen of Omaha (Neb.) Millard North, but now that the Huskers have fired coach Frank Solich, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman has more questions than answers.
“I’m really shocked,” he said. “He won nine games. I don’t know how you fire a guy after that. I watched the press conference that the athletic director (Steve Pederson) just had. He was saying a bunch of stuff, but none of it was helpful for a guy like me or any of the other recruits.
“The press conference was generic and general. He wasn’t being specific about what he’s going to go. He said he didn’t base the decision on the team’s record, but I don’t know how you do that to a guy that’s given his life to Nebraska.”
Olsen, ranked as the nation’s No. 37 offensive guard by Rivals.com, said he also didn’t hear anything about the future Huskers’ coach that made him happy.
“A reporter asked him what he’s looking for in a coach,” Olsen said. “He said we’ll get to that later. I wasn’t too happy with that answer or the decision.”
Olsen said at this point he is still a Husker but a lot of where he ends up signing with could depend on the fate of coaches Barney Cotton and Jeff Jamrog.
“Coach Cotton was one of the big reasons why I picked Nebraska,” Olsen said. “And I don’t know what I’m going to do if he’s not there. I know that some times new coaches will bring in new assistants, but I hope they keep coach Cotton and coach Jamrog.”
Olsen said that Minnesota has remained in contact with him throughout the recruiting process “in case things change,” and it looks like it has.
“I was going to only visit Nebraska,” he said. “I don’t know what I’ll do now.”