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Bo Pelini ‘ashamed’ of Huskers’ Saturday practice

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There was no Harlem Shake for Nebraska on Saturday. Huskers coach Bo Pelini was unhappy, to put it lightly, with just about everyone and everything during spring drills.

“You could have put a grade-school offense out there against our defense and they would have done well,” Pelini said in a short post-practice presser. “It’s mental weakness. It’s guys giving in when they’re tired. It starts with coaching. The coaching’s not near where it needs to be and the execution’s nowhere near where it needs to be. That pretty much sums it all up.”

Pelini didn’t spare the defense, either.

I’m ashamed of what I just watched on that practice field.”

There is indeed a long way to go between today and the first game of the season — Nebraska opens on Aug. 31 against Wyoming — so what happened today isn’t necessarily indicative of how things will go in 2013, or even the rest of spring.

Nebraska has been solid in five seasons under Pelini, winning at least nine games each of those years and appearing in three conference championships dating back to the program’s Big 12 days.

But there is a growing edge. The Huskers have yet to win any of those conference championships under Pelini. Last season, Pelini’s team gave up 70 points to a 7-5 Wisconsin team that struggled with an offensive identity for most of the season.

Can they get over the hump in 2013?

“Call it what it is,” Pelini said. “We’ve got a long, long, long way to go.”

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15 Responses to “Bo Pelini ‘ashamed’ of Huskers’ Saturday practice”
  1. onbucky96 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:16 PM

    Husker, stop calling yourselves The Blackshirts. Red and white. Thats it. Sincerely the Ass Whooping handed to you from Wisconsin. Look, we just scored another touchdown…

  2. sectexasaggies says: Mar 9, 2013 8:18 PM


  3. lottsmissingfinger says: Mar 9, 2013 8:38 PM

    Considering his sideline demeanor and post game interactions after losses, I assumed Pelini was beyond shame.

  4. peopletrains says: Mar 9, 2013 9:21 PM

    Pelini is a clown.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 9, 2013 10:36 PM

    I will agree with the statement that Pelini is a clown.

    He pretty much assaulted a cameraman at Kyle Field after A&M beat Nebraska a couple years ago.

    I like NU and their fans, but they would do well to get rid of this guy. He’s nothing more than an abusive prick.

  6. badgerbuck says: Mar 9, 2013 10:40 PM

    This could very well be his last season at Nebraska,and he knows it

  7. crazyphatdude14 says: Mar 10, 2013 12:14 AM

    Please. We are talking about a coach who took a losing program and turned it into a 9-win bowl team in his first year. Does he have more to do? Of course. But, Nebraska Fans know (most of them) that he is a good coach and has taken the team out of the depths that Bill Callahan put us in. Who fires a coach who gives you minimum 9 wins a season and a bowl appearance? If Kirk Ferentz can keep his job at Iowa, Pelini is going anywhere. He’s one of the highest paid coaches in the country and is doing his best to get Nebraska to a championship. It will happen. But people need to stop expecting immediate results. These things take time. Not many coaches join a program and immediately win championships. Chip Kelly couldn’t do it. Not Lane Kiffin. Brady Hoke hasn’t won anything yet. Brian Kelly just choked on the National stage. Nick Saban over signs recruits and doesn’t care about academic standards so he can stack the deck. Nebraska, like the rest of the Big Ten, cares about those academic standards. Pelini is a better coach than most in the country. I like his fire. I like that he demands accountability from players. If the players love him, like they all claim they do, than who are we to judge if he is “abusive”? I’ve had coaches who yell, it gets your attention as a player. As long as he yells at everybody, nobody on the team cares. Just my thoughts. Go Big Red!

  8. 10kmp says: Mar 10, 2013 9:02 AM

    “If Kirk Ferentz can keep his job at Iowa, Pelini is(n’t) going anywhere”…

    Iowa and Nebraska are two different programs. If I were a Nebraska fan (I’m not / Ohio State alum) the Iowa / Ferentz scenario would not be the standard by which I judged the stability of the UofN coaching situation. In other words, the fact that Iowa is obviously satisfied with 7 win seasons and December bowl games should have nothing to do with the expectations of a storied and tradition laden program like Nebraska. I agree with some of what you say in your post, but I’m not sure Pelini is the guy to return Nebraska to its previous heights (if that’s even possible now). He has been just successful enough, and Nebraska’s expectations have fallen just enough, so that 9 win seasons and Capital One bowl games are now considered good enough to garner another three year contract bump. Frank Solich was fired with a VERY similar record, but the difference is the expectations at Nebraska have changed… at least that’s what I got from your Kirk Ferentz / Bo Pelini comparison.

  9. polegojim says: Mar 10, 2013 10:12 AM

    I won’t argue what Bo did early for Nebraska… but over the last couple years, the guy seems like he’s on an island by himself.

    The results when the heat is on look more like they’re done with him.

  10. thegamecocker says: Mar 10, 2013 10:25 AM

    Let’s go back two years ago when that A-hole cornerback of Nebraska started throwing punches at Alshon Jeffery. Who was that jack-weed and if he’s not yet doing “time”, he will be. Nothing but a “punk-thug”! I respect the fans of the Cornhuskers…as a youngster, they were one of my favorite teams…but the quality of the program has declined markedly over the years. Losing to Texas consistently would NOT have happend under Dr. Tom or Coach Devaney!

  11. mediocrebob says: Mar 10, 2013 4:08 PM


    Brian Kelly “choked on the national stage”? Hmmm

    His team got overpowered by THE BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. You say your boy Bo has “taken NU from the depths that Callahan left the program in” yet talk as if Kelly hasn’t done the same at Notre Dame, except he has actually made it to the NC (with a RS. Frosh at qb) unlike Bo. I wish ND was in the B1G. All but guarantees 9 wins every year playing your non conference sched and then your conference minus OSU and MAYBE Michigan.

    And notre dame is always on the national stage. ALWAYS.

  12. thegamecocker says: Mar 10, 2013 6:57 PM


    You’re such a Dik-Hd!! You’re heading into the ACC you fool!!! Who R U playing there: Duke, Wake, Miami, UVa, etc. all cream-puffs!! You wouldn’t win squat in the Big Ten….as a matter of fact, I hope the Big Ten teams presently on your schedule stop playing ND!!! And, when Big Jim Delaney is finished cherry-picking the ACC, I hope you’re left holding your johnson. Yea, hate ND.

  13. mediocrebob says: Mar 10, 2013 10:23 PM

    Notre Dame will never be left out. Take that to the bank. Yeah! Cherry pick from ACC. Take North Carolina and NC state? They aren’t getting Miami fsu or va tech.

    Get your head out of the clouds. Big Ten has OSU and Michigan and that’s about it. They’ll continue to dominate the weak conference. Not saying Osu and Michigan arent good. They are. But you need morr than 2 teams in a conference. Urban even has been ripping the other B1G programs.

    And the Irish will always be around, whether you like it or not.

  14. mogogo1 says: Mar 11, 2013 1:54 PM

    “And the Irish will always be around, whether you like it or not.”*

    Now, the mandatory fine print and legal disclaimers on that statement:

    * Always” expressly omits the period from Lou Holtz to Brian Kelly, which has already been forgotten about and erased from history.

    ** “Around” is deemed to include being exposed in major bowl games and embarrassments like Manti Te’o

  15. mediocrebob says: Mar 11, 2013 2:27 PM

    Wrong. BC even when ND is losing, it’s still ND and you all still care about them. Whether you hate them or love them.

    Why would Notre Dame be embarrassed about Te’o ? I’m sure he is very embarrassed but that whole issue really has nothing to do with the University other than the fact that he went there. I bet you Brian Kelly and the rest of the football team aren’t embarrassed in the least bit about that or about losing to Bama. What bowl game did your team go to? Hmm

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