There’s more controversy coming from Texas A&M’s 9-6 win over Nebraska Saturday night.
Today, Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman called Pelini’s numerous outbursts, many of which were directed at game officials, “unfortunate.” During the loss, Pelini was seen on several occassions yelling and generally losing his freaking mind at referees and, at one point, even his own sidelined quarterback, Taylor Martinez.
“I think it was very unfortunate,” Perlman said, “and I think it’s something we’ll have to address with Bo.”
By now, of course, it’s known that Pelini (and probably the rest of the Husker Nation) took the 16 penalties for 145 yards the Huskers received, including a few personal foul penalties, a little personal — the conspiracy theory being that somehow the penalties were a cheap shot at Nebraska for leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten over the summer.
As for Pelini’s confrontation with Martinez, Perlman said it’s just part of the game, but that he and Tom Osbourne would also deal with Pelini regarding the matter.
“There is a part of the culture of intercollegiate athletics that involves coaches talking strongly to players,” Perlman insisted. “That’s unfortunate it had to happen on national television. I think that probably occurs in a lot of programs.”
Pelini is a fiery guy and football is a passionate sport, so the fact that Pelini was as angry as he was shouldn’t have come as any great shock to anyone. What Pelini does need to be careful of, though, is incurring future fines and developing the reputation for being a complete psychopath.
If you think that’s not a big deal, ask Mike Leach, Jim Levitt and Mark Mangino.
(A thank you: ESPN Dallas.com)