Patience required as UNK starts over
University of Nebraska-Kearney football desperately needs some stability and some wins. There haven’t been much of either in recent history.
Last week UNK introduced Josh Lynn as head football coach. He is the program’s third coach since 2014. The previous coach, Josh Lamberson, left after two seasons to become the offensive coordinator at Div. I (FCS) Abilene Christian.
Lamberson was 1-21 as a Loper. While on-field results were still coming along, UNK A.D. Paul Plinske said he likes the culture Lamberson instilled. Lynn has similar philosophies to his predecessor.
The program doesn’t appear mismanaged. Sometimes life just happens. No one is at fault for that.
Still, the Mid-American Athletic Conference is home to some of the Div. II’s premiere programs. The Lopers have struggled to compete. Once again UNK is essentially starting from scratch on the field. It’s the second time in three seasons they’ll learn a new playbook.
Lynn comes to Kearney from his alma mater Eastern New Mexico. He says he’ll run the option. It will look different than most MIAA offenses. The idea being novelty is hard to prepare for.
No one deserves instant pressure in a new job. However, it seems like most Loper fans are restless. Lynn deserves time to implement his system. The ramifications of the previous coach leaving after two years will be present, but Lynn isn’t responsible for what he inherits on the field.
Plinske and the athletic department seem ready to weather another transition period. Patience will be key. Lynn deserves some. Administration is ready to grant it. Hopefully the fans are too.
One thing seems certain. UNK needs to make this era count, because the MIAA is unlikely to mellow any time soon.