Bob Elliott only spent about four months in Lincoln, but based on the reaction of those in the Nebraska football program following his passing, he made the most of that time to build relationships and share his knowledge on football and life in general.
I only got a chance to speak with Coach Elliott during a couple of post-practice scrums, but he was genuinely good-natured and insightful during those interviews and I was looking forward to learning more from him during the season.
I’m going to use today’s Hot Reads to compile several links about Elliot and his life from various outlets. Take a look through them if you’re interested in learning more about Elliott and where he came from before he arrived in Lincoln.
Huskers.com compiled statements from Mike Riley, Bob Diaco and the Elliott family as well as many tweets honoring the memory of Elliott.
Mark Emmert from the Des Moines Register writes extensively about his life and career.
Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register wrote in 2009 about Elliott’s battle with health problems throughout much of his career.
Matt Fortuna from ESPN wrote about Elliott back in 2012 and it is certainly worth a read.
Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune offered the Notre Dame perspective with a reaction from Brian Kelly.
John Campbell from KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, took a look back through Elliott’s career.
– Steve Batterson from the Quad City Times included quotes from the likes of Mike Goff and Sage Rosenfels in his story.
Rest in peace, Coach Elliott.
The Grab Bag
- If you’ve missed any of Brandon Vogel’s Big Ten trend reports, you can find all 14 of them right here.
- SB Nation’s Bill Connelly wrapped up his Big Ten previews and published his power rankings. He doesn’t have a lot of faith in Nebraska, but does say that the Huskers have the highest ceiling of the teams in the West looking to challenge Wisconsin.
- Former Husker Niles Paul talked to the Omaha World-Herald’s Dirk Chatelain about trying to bounce back from the injuries that have robbed him of most of the kast couple of season in the NFL.
- The Las Vegas Superbook has released 2017 college football win totals. The number for Nebraska is 7.
- Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman handicapped the Hesiman Trophy contenders and included two Big Ten Players in his top four.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.