Nebraska joins the conference next season. Do you see a border rivalry developing?
KF: It's a natural. There's great interest locally. If you polled people in this state, they're very enthused for the obvious reasons, mostly proximity. The Cornhuskers are a really good addition for the league.
Describe your previous encounters with the Huskers.
KF: When I came here as an assistant in 1981, Nebraska was the opening game, and [the Huskers] were our opening game again when I came back [as head coach] in '99. In both instances we were decided underdogs. At that time their program was stronger than ours. We upset them the first time but not the second.
SI: WAS LAST JANUARY'S ORANGE BOWL YOUR GREATEST WIN AS COACH?
KF: NOT NECESSARILY. IT WAS TREMENDOUS. BUT OUR FIRST BIG TEN WIN [OVER MICHIGAN STATE] IN 2000 WAS BIG. BEATING [UNDEFEATED] PENN STATE IN 2008 WAS A GREAT MOMENT. THEY'RE ALL GOOD.
You're known as an offensive line guru. What do you look for when you're recruiting someone for one of those positions?
KF: Like any position, it starts with the attitude the player brings. We're not necessarily fixated on size and not necessarily looking for guys who will come in and start right away. We try to see something in a player we think we can develop.