Nebraska D2 Powers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The state's Division II football coaches say Bill Callahan's cutback of Nebraska's walk-on program has left lots of homegrown players available for the small schools.

Now those schools are enjoying banner years.

Chadron State is Number 2 in the national rankings. The University of Nebraska at Omaha is Number 3. Both are unbeaten and, along with Wayne State College, are in position to win conference championships. Nebraska at Kearney also is having a winning season.

UNK coach Darrell Morris said it used to be frustrating to offer a scholarship only to see the young man turn it down in order to walk on at Nebraska.

Morris says when he heard four years ago that Callahan would de-emphasize the walk-on program, it didn't hurt his feelings.

Courtesy: Associated Press