Finally -- and this doesn't apply just to Callahan but to nearly all the NFL-bred coaches in the collegiate ranks today -- you do not win championships in college anymore by playing not to lose (as they often do in the pros). It's a huge pet peeve of mine and a common theme among the worst coaches nominees (see Dorrell, Karl; Gailey, Chan). The strange thing is, Callahan has shown he's more than willing to break out the flea flickers and other trick plays, but in last year's USC and Oklahoma games, and when the game was on the line against Auburn, he retreated to all-out, run-it-into-the-line-three-straight-times- and-play-defense mode. I can't emphasize this enough. I hate that.
Mandel is defending a column on college football's best and worst coaches and, in this case, specifically Bill Callahan of Nebraska. I don't think any explanation as to relevance is necessary (though I have to add, at least Callahan is willing to break out the flea flickers and trick plays).
In case you forgot, UCLA offensive coordinator Jay Norvell coached under Callahan at Nebraska last season. Maybe he'll break out the flea flickers and trick plays.