With former Oregon employees at both athletic director and head football coach, Nebraska has a Ducks feel, but Bill Moos doesn’t think the schools compare.
Moos served as Oregon athletic department from 1995-2007, before taking the job at his alma mater Washington State. He left Wazzu for Nebraska earlier this fall.
After firing Mike Riley, he hired UCF head coach Scott Frost, a former Nebraska quarterback and Oregon’s offensive coordinator under Mark Helfrich.
Moos was asked about the Oregon connection that both men have, and used the opportunity to take a pretty big shot at his former employer. From the Omaha World-Herald:
I know some Husker fans were concerned last week that dominoes at Texas A&M and Florida State might open the football job at Oregon — and Frost might jump to Oregon. But Moos wasn’t concerned.
“He knows what Oregon is, what they have to offer,” Moos said. “They don’t have five national championships. As good as that program is, as soon as it fell flat, their fans left them.
“This (Nebraska) is so unique, so special, that Oregon aspired to be Nebraska and to be a Michigan and Ohio State.”
While Oregon definitely fell off quite a bit in the late years under Helfrich, after the team’s College Football Playoff berth, he’s definitely overstating things a bit. Autzen Stadium has a listed capacity of 54,000, and the Ducks have averaged more fans than that per game every year since 2002. There was a drop from over 57,000 fans per game in 2015 to over 54,000 in 2016. Those numbers rose again this year with Willie Taggart in town.
Nebraska obviously trumps most programs in terms of dedicated, unwavering fan support, but Ducks fans have been pretty consistently strong during the program’s peak of the last 15 years.