Nebraska fans listening to ESPN’s The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday most likely cringed — or worse — when Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones substituted for Finebaum.
During the show, Jones called out three historic teams — Notre Dame, Tennessee and Nebraska — as programs that will never again be college football powerhouses. The three have combined for 40 national championships.
Jones’ argument claimed that between the 1960s and 1980s, the number of teams on national television each week was limited, and teams such as the Huskers received increased exposure. Then once the 90s hit, far more teams received national-TV exposure at some point during the season. And since Nebraska falls under the blue-blood category, the program took a hit on the recruiting trail.
Nebraska used to recruit the entire Midwest. Why? They were the only team in the Midwest that was on television. It was Nebraska and Oklahoma — that was it. So if you were anywhere good from anywhere around the Midwest, you went where? You went to Nebraska. But now you can go to Iowa. Guess what? You could be pretty good in Iowa. You could go to Kansas State and be good. There’s no reason for a kid to truck across the country to go to Nebraska now and so now Nebraska is not as good.
He made it evident that he wasn’t putting Nebraska out of the conversation of contending again, but rather a short lifespan of the Huskers in the national spotlight.
Could they win a national championship? Maybe. Could they [have] a year where they contend nationally? Sure. But will they be consistently great like they were for decades? No. … There’s not a ton of talent in Nebraska. … You ever been to Nebraska? It’s just corn and sadness. There’s nothing there.”