At this point, I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone that Cabral is a serious coaching candidate, but to make an even stronger argument for him, I would like to remind everyone how this same scenario set Nebraska back 5 years.
Let’s rewind the clock to 2003; Frank Solich was the head coach of Nebraska. After Nebraska’s first fall from grace, highlighted by Colorado’s 62-36 win in Boulder, Solich was fired and Bo Pelini was brought on as interim head coach. Nebraska went on to win the Alamo Bowl that year 17-3 against Michigan State under Pelini's control. Nebraska went on to hire Bill Callahan-the “big name Super Bowl coach.” After losing to Colorado 65-51 in 2007, and watching Dan Hawkins prance off to the Independence Bowl in his second year of work; 5-7 Nebraska fired its AD and Callahan who went 27-22 in four years of work. Obviously, Nebraska learned from their mistake, Pelini is back, and so are the Huskers, minus their debacle last night (Texas 10 officials?).
Anyway, the point is it’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, but Nebraska tried to go out and hire the “big name coach,” it backfired, and they should have hired the lesser-known interim instead. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.
Cabral is 2-0, and if the Buffs go into Lincoln, win, and go to a bowl after being ABSOLUTELY DEAD three weeks ago, I raise the question how can we not hire him as head coach? I do realize that this could also backfire-it could work the exact opposite way it worked for Nebraska. However, nothing is certain in college football, and a new coach will always have a risk factor; at least with Cabral we would know what we are getting: a 22 year CU veteran who bleeds black and gold.