Could UTEP's Bob Stull be Nebraska's next athletic director? Some here think he's on the short list to replace Steve Pederson.
This would be the best time for Stull to leave UTEP, if he wants to continue his career elsewhere. That's because:
• Not much more can be done at UTEP, at least facilities wise. Maybe the last project are skyboxes for the Sun Bowl.
• There's not much more money to squeeze out of El Paso's rich guys. The bigs have already been hit up. They've built the Durham Center and the Helen of Troy Softball Field and Complex. The Foster/Stevens basketball practice facility has broken ground.
• Right now football is down and basketball is a big question mark. If things get worse in either sport, Stull gets blamed. There's already grumbling about the higher costs for tickets. Attendance is way down from the 45,000-a-game averages. Yes it's getting hot for Stull as fans are getting hot under their collars.
• A minor point is Stull's roots are in Iowa, which is next door to Nebraska (he began his coaching career at Dubuque High in Dubuque, Iowa).
Bringing Nebraska football back to the top is a challenge that can be met. There's history and money galore in Nebraska. It's the only football program in the state. Nebraska has, and can continue, to win national championships. No such opportunity exists at UTEP.
Sez here, if Stull is offered the job he takes it.