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Bo Pelini fires back at Tommie Frazier

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This will not go over well in the Land of the ‘Huskers.

After watching his beloved Cornhuskers cough up an 18-point lead to UCLA in embarrassing fashion, former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier lit into the current state of the football program.  In a Twitter posting, Frazier called for the firing of, essentially, every member of the defensive coaching staff.

“I hate saying this but this crap is getting old,” Frazier wrote. “How in the hell do you not make adjustments or put your players in the position to compete? If this is what is going to happen for the remainder of the season, count me out.”

Monday, Pelini was asked about Frazier’s very public rebuking of his coaching staff and, well, tossed a tanker truck full of fuel on the fire.

“If he feels like that, we don’t need him.  That’s a shame,” Pelini said. “Until you’ve sat in this seat — until you’ve sat and done it — anybody can have an opinion. Anybody can do that. It’s easy to point fingers and stand outside and throw stones. I take it for what it is.”

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On the one hand, we understand Pelini protecting the coaches he hired.  On the other hand, what good does it do calling out a beloved legend like Frazier?

Pelini’s time in Lincoln has been far from an abject failure, but his Cornhuskers have simply failed to live up to the high standards set by the likes of Frazier.  He’s won at least nine games in every full season at NU, but never more than 10.  The Cornhuskers have not won a conference title in either the Big 12 or Big Ten on Pelini’s five-year watch, and were taken to the woodshed (70-31) by Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game last year in its first shot at a championship in its new conference.

The fact that Pelini handled Frazier’s obviously emotional response to the defensive collapse against the Bruins in such a manner simply gives the growing number of disgruntled Husker fans additional ammunition.

UPDATED 2:36 p.m. ET: Following Pelini’s response, Frazier took to Twitter again and escalated the war of words.

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22 Responses to “Bo Pelini fires back at Tommie Frazier”
  1. tigersfandan says: Sep 16, 2013 2:04 PM

    If Frazier really hated to say it, maybe he should have kept his mouth shut.

  2. farvite says: Sep 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    It’s alright Bo. Any pro team will be happy to have you. Leave semi-pro football to hacks like Frazier.

  3. mogogo1 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    Husker fans have never really embraced Pelini. He’d need to win a national title for that to happen…and that isn’t going to happen. Big picture is college football has changed a lot since Nebraska last won it all and it’s not clear they’re ever going to get back to that level.

  4. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    Nebraska will be back, just not with Pelini. He is a fantastic defensive coordinator, but add on all those head coaching responsibilities and it’s just too much. Tim Beck is also not a very good play caller.

  5. redwing26 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:25 PM

    Pellini should keep his mouth shut. There’s nothing to say when your d has been that bad.

  6. drummerhoff says: Sep 16, 2013 3:03 PM

    I’m no Pelini fan, but Tommy Frazier is going to look like a jackass when everyone realizes UCLA is one of the best teams in the country.

    They have a brutal schedule but they are a damn fine football team.

  7. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 3:31 PM

    Bo is in over his head and it shows.

    Every time he comes up for air, he screws something else up.

    What is there to respect?

    He made his bed, he has to sleep in it.

  8. moosington says: Sep 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    Frazier earned the ability to say such things by doing what he did for that program in the 90s. It’s not uncommon for past stars to be vocal about the state of affairs within a program. That said, it’s not like Nebraska did this against a bad team, they got thumped in the second half by a very talented Bruins squad.

  9. throwedoff1 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:59 PM

    Pellini linguini needs to do his job

  10. wgward says: Sep 16, 2013 5:30 PM

    Nebraska will be fine: they just got nailed by a very good UCLA team.

    Did see Pellini yelling at some of his coaches, during the game, which shows disrespect for them.

  11. teambringitstrong says: Sep 16, 2013 5:50 PM

    drummerhoff says: Sep 16, 2013 3:03 PM

    I’m no Pelini fan, but Tommy Frazier is going to look like a jackass when everyone realizes UCLA is one of the best teams in the country.

    They have a brutal schedule but they are a damn fine football team.

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    I will go out on a limb and say that’s not the stupidest comment you’ve ever posted.
    Maybe it’ beyond your level of comprehension but Nebraska too a big lead into the lockerroom then came out in the 2nd half and got smoked. In Lincoln.
    No matter if UCLA is one of the best teams in the country, that doesn’t happen to a quality team in on their (Nebraska) home field.

  12. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 6:01 PM

    Which program is in worse shape, Nebraska or Texas?

  13. bender4700 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:46 PM

    Those saying how good UCLA will be by years end are why Bo should go. Since when does NEBRASKA (winningest program the last 50 years) just accept losing to a good team!? We should be BEATING them. Instead of Bo’s hot head behavior. Including the story by Deadspin today.

  14. tigersfandan says: Sep 16, 2013 7:15 PM

    I don’t deny that Nebraska has underperformed under Pelini, but how do you expect him to react when a program legend calls for the dismissal of the defensive staff?

  15. thegamecocker says: Sep 16, 2013 7:40 PM

    When will we hear from Coach Osborne? That is who I will follow…..I will go with his choice…..but Bo don’t know DEFENSE! AND THE CORN HUSKERS WERE ALWAYS ABOUT DEFENSE!!!

  16. bamafan36 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:12 PM

    Nebraska is NOT the winningest program in the last 50 years. We saw a similar reaction from a “legend” from LSU after being shut out in the BCS NCG. These guys don’t need a microphone, they need to put their hat in the ring, if they believe they know what the answer is and believe they can do it.

  17. wolftalkblog says: Sep 16, 2013 9:13 PM

    Hmmm…. Seems like Nebraska has a twisted relationship with BP like Wisconsin did with the likes of Bert Beliema. Decent coach, sort of, has done a number of good things, but can’t win the big one. Very eerie… And I find it funny he is the Former DC and the defense is a mess.

  18. dutchman1350 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:23 PM

    Tommie – This team is a Lawrence Phillips away from a national championship.

  19. chiefturner says: Sep 18, 2013 12:04 AM

    No Tommie’s right they don’t need him, but they need someone like him. I have been watching and listening to the Huskers since The start of the Osborne era, and I never seen a more fierce competitor then Tommie Frazier. He lifted the team as a leader, they would bleed for him because they know he would make the right decisions on the field. Jason Peter said last week they would be in the weight room blasting AC/DC preparing themselves for battle, there was no way the other team was going to out work them! I don’t see that same dedication today… It’s all about preparation.

  20. Reality Luzers says: Sep 18, 2013 8:16 AM

    Tommie Frazier….. you’re kidding.. right ??? Two words people… Doane College….. Tommie’s coaching pedigree is a 3-17 stint with the mightly Tigers whom play in the GPAC ??????? Really ???? Do they play big boy football in the GPAC ??? Tommie was a great player… for some great Nebraska teams… but he doesn’t have the “pedigree” to critique coaching.

  21. telldatruth says: Sep 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    People need to scale back the expectations. The way Miami FL, Nebraska and Oklahoma won in the past, isn’t happening anymore. The times have changes along with conference affiliations. Now, Alabama is a different story. However, I think Saban is the reason why they’re winning. If Saban left, Bama would be just another average team. Cornhusker should be happy with Bo

  22. waynefontes says: Sep 23, 2013 11:35 AM

    thegamecocker says:
    Sep 16, 2013 7:40 PM
    When will we hear from Coach Osborne? That is who I will follow…..I will go with his choice…..but Bo don’t know DEFENSE! AND THE CORN HUSKERS WERE ALWAYS ABOUT DEFENSE!!!

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    Respectfully disagree. Coach Osborne reinstated the domestic abuser Lawrence Phillips. Actions speak louder than words, and Dr. Tom was a fraud.

    Nebraska reached the peak of college football in the ’90s. It will be very hard to reach the pinnacle again like they did back then.

    Nebraska is a storied program that should be able to annually compete for Big Ten championships. I’m not convinced Pellini is the man for the job.

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