New Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has yet to coach a game for the Huskers but he’s already 1-0 if you count winning his introductory press conference.
Diaco stepped to the podium last week and delivered proof of why he’s considered one of the best defensive minds in the game, talking about scheme, strategy, motivation, fables and personnel. He also, within the first few minutes of taking the mic, delivered a heckuva mission statement for what he hopes Nebraska’s defense can become.
“The people of the state, the university and the department want to look
at that defense and feel like they’re looking in a mirror,” Diaco said.
“The Blackshirt defense has, to me, epitomized that. There’s been
perfect alignment, when it’s being done properly, with the state, the
university and that defense. That’s how I see it and to lead that unit
with great humility is so exciting and what an incredible honor.”
That statement served as the inspiration for the latest cover of Hail Varsity, which will hit newsstands and mailboxes this week as we take a close look at Diaco’s brand of defense, where it comes from and what it means for the Huskers in 2017.
Other highlights from this issue include:
>>Nebraska’s newest assistant volleyball coach, Kayla Banwarth, talks about what brought her back to Lincoln to begin a new career.
>>Staff writer Jacob Padilla offers a nuanced look at the ups-and-downs of Nebraska basketball in Big Ten play and what it reveals about the program’s future.
>>Editor Mike Babcock talks with senior wrestler Aaron Studebaker about choosing Nebraska and his future in farming.
>>Staff photographer Eric Francis supplies a gorgeous photo essay in black-and-white from a recent swimming and diving dual. Founder and CEO Aaron Babcock opens the magazine with some fantastic images of gymnasts and wrestlers from the Huskers’ Tumble N Rumble meet.
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Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.