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.”
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.