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Nebraska chancellor releases statement on Pelini’s profane tirade; Pelini apologizes

Bo Pelini, John Papuchis AP

A 2011 profanity-laced tirade directed at fans by Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was caught on tape and published by the website Deadspin on Monday, prompting the school’s chancellor and athletic director to issue the following statements:

Harvey Perlman, Nebraska chancellor:

“I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini’s comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue.”

Shawn Eichorst, Nebraska athletic director:

“I am disheartened and disappointed by the 2011 comments published today attributed to Coach Pelini about our dedicated and passionate fans and supporters. I have spoken with Chancellor Perlman and I have addressed the situation with Bo and expressed our deep concern.”

Pelini, in turn, apologized for his comments:

“I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today. I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings. I love it here in Nebraska. I again apologize to anyone who was offended.”

It’s been a rough week for Pelini. First, UCLA pounded the Cornhuskers, 41-21, as Big Red blew a 21-3 second quarter lead.  Then Cornhuskers legend Tommy Frazier called him out and demanded sweeping changes on the coaching staff. Pelini got down in the muck and responded to Frazier rather bluntly. Then his barrage of 2011 F-bombs hit the media and, before you knew it, the talk was about whether Nebraska would be looking for a new coach. An online poll at the Lincoln Journal-Star was basically split between those who want Pelini to be fired and those who don’t.

It’d probably be a bit rash for Nebraska to move in the direction of firing Pelini. The Cornhuskers have a legit shot at a Big Ten title and it’s hard to say what kind of coach the school could attract right now. Any coach would certainly feel some trepidation about taking such a job in these circumstances.

For now, the best cure for this crisis is for Pelini to start winning some games…and maybe to keep his big mouth shut for a while.

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15 Responses to “Nebraska chancellor releases statement on Pelini’s profane tirade; Pelini apologizes”
  1. bamafan36 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:17 PM

    Uh, oh. Not sure simply winning will make this go away. It’s not like he is a player tweeting that he can’t wait to get out of College Station.

  2. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 9:20 PM

    I think the problem Nebraska has is no one is surprised at the tirade, f-bombs and all.

    It sounds like him.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 16, 2013 9:31 PM

    Pellini is oftentimes so intense that he needs to be careful that he does not have at least a mild stroke or even worse. He has been this way for years now, as cometkazie noted accurately.

  4. bender4700 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:30 PM

    His apology would be better if I believed him. He’s been embraced and adored from day 1 and he’s spit in Husker fans faces several times.

    Getting old from a coach who’s teams are above mediocre but below great.

  5. tampabayirish says: Sep 16, 2013 10:47 PM

    Why bring this up now. It’s two year old “news.” Unless someone has an agenda, waiting for an opportunity to nail the coach when he’s already down. Pelini might be better suited to be a defensive coordinator. Someplace where he does not have to make many public comments.

  6. huskerguy says: Sep 16, 2013 10:56 PM

    This was totally agenda based. Someone wants him gone and had the ammo to try…

    I’m losing faith in Pelini. I think he can coach but as someone who can actually lead… Meh.

  7. wheezerswin says: Sep 16, 2013 11:14 PM

    This is a joke. Pelini is one of the best coaches in the bigten and Nebraska is one of the classiest sports programs in the NCAA with great fans. The bigten scored huge by getting Nebraska. Pelini is a big part of that. And I am a life long Badger fan.

  8. bender4700 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:40 PM

    If Bo is fired, it should be based on the performance, not this tape, and it won’t be.

    And the original article that brought this out stated the person who released the tape stated they did it because they were mad about the UCLA blow out. Yes there was an agenda, and they OWNED up to it from the word go.

    This isn’t a big deal, but it’s pretty clear he’s full of you know what, he meant what he said, which is ok. Wish he could simply apologize for being so profane about it, coaches should have class, and just be done. Fake apologies are no better.

  9. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Sep 17, 2013 6:52 AM

    I’m sure this is one of MANY incidents with this lunatic. Is there anything that makes this man happy? Pelini actually makes Nick Saban look warm & fuzzy.

  10. polegojim says: Sep 17, 2013 9:17 AM

    No mistake this was posted shortly after his calling out a beloved alum… inviting him to to take a hike.

    Lack-luster performance on the field and offensive off the field…. He’s done.

  11. mogogo1 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:22 AM

    bender4700 says:

    His apology would be better if I believed him. He’s been embraced and adored from day 1 and he’s spit in Husker fans faces several times.
    _______________

    People liked him early on when he was cleaning up the mess left by Callahan, but he’s been neither embraced nor adored for quite some time. Most Husker fans I know have been openly debating who his replacement should be for quite a while now.

  12. bringingthepain says: Sep 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    If you don’t think this happens all the time in private with coaches, you are naïve. Kind of chickensh!t for a disgruntled employee tape this is conversation in a private conversation and then sell to a website because they lost. Hope they find the rat.

  13. bender4700 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:52 AM

    mogogo1 says

    People liked him early on when he was cleaning up the mess left by Callahan, but he’s been neither embraced nor adored for quite some time. Most Husker fans I know have been openly debating who his replacement should be for quite a while now.

    ____________

    There are those fans with every team. Most Husker fans, and being a Nebraskan, with mannnny Husker fan friends/family, I can say confidently he is still embraced and adored, not so much today, but the numbers of people who adore him have dropped, but up until this tape he was still embraced as the Husker head coach. That wasn’t true with Callahan.

  14. polegojim says: Sep 17, 2013 12:09 PM

    Well bender4700… I wouldn’t say embraced and adored… at this point, maybe ‘liked’.

    He’d better start delivering a consistent program… or he’ll be liked from afar… he hasn’t delivered and now the whole thing – including recruits… all has his name on it.

  15. jayhawk6 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:30 PM

    Bo is not part of Nebraska’s family tree, so maybe his tenure is in jeopardy.

    As a replacement, though, they would not likely turn to Turner Gill, who is part of the family tree.

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