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Quinn's Corner: Elliott's hire a slam dunk

Veteran coach set to join Huskers staff
Quinn's Corner: Elliott's hire a slam dunk
Posted at 11:32 AM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 12:54:10-05

Our partners at the Omaha World Herald reported Wednesday night that Bob Elliott has been hired as Nebraska’s new safeties coach, working alongside Donte Williams in the Huskers secondary. 

 

I think its a slam dunk hire. 

 

While Elliott may not have the same reputation as a recruiter as either Donte or Keith Williams, he’s been around college football a long time and will be a valuable teacher as Nebraska transitions to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Bob Diaco. He knows Diaco’s system, having spent time with him recently at Notre Dame. 

 

In fact, when Diaco was hired, Elliott had no qualms about showing his approval. 

 

Mike Riley seems to have found a healthy balance of youth, energy, and experience in his coaching staff. I’m not sure you would have found that balance under previous head coaches. 

 

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Every Olympic games that I can remember in my lifetime, Bob Costas has been on the desk during primetime coverage. 

 

That will change starting next year, with Mike Tirico taking over for NBC. 

 

I’ll miss Costas, but if there’s anyone I’d pick to replace him, it’d probably be Tirico. 

 

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for the New York Knicks, this happened last night: 

 

Yes, that’s Knicks legend Charles Oakley, getting escorted out (and ultimately arrested and charged) after heckling team owner James Dolan. 

 

Even Phil Jackson stepped in to try and calm the situation, to not much avail. 

 

Oakley’s account of the event tells a different story. 

 

#CHARLESOAKLEY #NyKnicks #Jimmy's #cnn #espn

A video posted by Jimmy's NYC (@jimmysnyc) on

 

 

 

 

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Saw a report last night that Qatar is currently spending $500 million per week in preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

 

At that pace, the entire tournament will end up costing $200 billion by the time it rolls around. 

 

Granted, that’s not just stadium costs - it also includes infrastructure improvements, airports, train stations, etc. But still…

 

When you roll in the fact that Amnesty International recently surveyed 231 workers, and found that all 231 of them reported abuses of some sort, it doesn’t exactly seem like things are moving in the right direction at the moment. 

 

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Jordan Spieth is on the offensive against professional autograph seekers

 

I agree with Spieth. While I’m all for athletes signing for kids (heck, I had a few autographs growing up), signing for adults who intend to turn right around and sell the stuff is a totally different manner. 

 

Spieth was quoted as saying, “Our team keeps track of that kind of stuff, and these guys just have bags of stuff to benefit from other people's success when they didn't do anything themselves. Go get a job instead of trying make money off of things we've been able to do.”

 

Pretty much spot on. 

 

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