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Nebraska still ‘reflecting’ on Pelini ‘situation’

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In the wake of the release of a two-year-old, profanity-laced tirade directed at Nebraska fans, Bo Pelini has come under a tremendous amount of friendly fire, with some even laughably suggesting that he should be canned for the content of a piece audio caught in a private moment.

Pelini apologized in a statement released through the university Monday evening, while statements released by both the chancellor and athletic director suggested some type of punitive measures could be forthcoming.  A day later, no determination has been made as to what if any punishment the head coach could be facing.

Confronted by the Omaha World-Herald following his annual state-of-the-university address, chancellor Harvey Perlman sidestepped questions about Pelini and the growing brouhaha.

“I’m not going to talk about football today,” Perlman told the paper, adding, “We’re disappointed and we are reflecting on the situation.”

When asked how long said reflection will take, Perlman stated, “Until we decide not to.”

Meanwhile, on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference, a contrite Pelini confronted every question lobbed at him by the media head-on.  Pelini, in his sixth season with the Cornhuskers, again lauded the fan base in Lincoln, but did allow that “I’m human like anyone else. You say things in an emotional moment under certain circumstances.”

The audio, apparently recorded without Pelini’s knowledge, came in the immediate aftermath of an Oct. 2011 game against Ohio State in which Nebraska came back from a three-touchdown deficit.  Pelini’s raunchy ire was directed at fans who had left the stadium prior to the comeback.

“I think our fans would understand the situation, the circumstances regarding this,” Pelini said on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference. “I might lose some, I don’t know, but I think that I’ve built enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program and what we’ve done with this program … to earn some forgiveness for something that, like I said, was made in a private setting.

“I think people will understand this isn’t representative of how I feel.”

Again, it’s laughable to suggest Pelini should be dismissed over this episode.  Fire him for failing to return the football program to the national stage to which they had become accustomed, not for dropping myriad f-bombs on what the coach considered to be “f****** fair-weather” fans.

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14 Responses to “Nebraska still ‘reflecting’ on Pelini ‘situation’”
  1. peopletrains says: Sep 17, 2013 3:34 PM

    He shouldn’t be canned because of the recording… He should be canned because he is a blowhard and a mediocre coach.

  2. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 17, 2013 3:45 PM

    Nebraska is an embarrassment to the Big Ten.

    Check that, the Big ONE.

    There is Ohio State and then there is everyone else.

  3. normtide says: Sep 17, 2013 3:47 PM

    Agreed, fire him for the job he has done, if you want. But for a two year old recording? That he thought was a private conversation? Nothing wrong with a coach calling out fans. And, its not like they didn’t already know he likes f-bombs.

  4. sportsdrenched says: Sep 17, 2013 4:10 PM

    Harvey Perlman is just mad that Nebraska’s coaching controversy is being overshadowed by Texas’ coaching controversy.

  5. drummerhoff says: Sep 17, 2013 4:11 PM

    If Husker-Nation stays home … If Pelini can’t fill the stadium, he has to go. That’s the measuring-stick used by today’s AD…
    And that is a beautiful democratic way to decide who leads.

  6. barkleyblows says: Sep 17, 2013 4:17 PM

    I like (the real) Big Red but can’t stand Pelini. But honestly who would be better?

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 17, 2013 4:38 PM

    Fire him if he can’t win games. But don’t use a 2-year-old recording as some sort of excuse. That’ll just make attracting big name replacements all the harder because nobody is going to want to put themselves into that sort of atmosphere.

  8. vols84 says: Sep 17, 2013 9:19 PM

    Scott Frost – OC at Oregon. Bring him home.

  9. overratedgators says: Sep 17, 2013 10:50 PM

    Had to look closely to confirm which finger Bo was holding up in that picture.

  10. lamontjoe says: Sep 17, 2013 11:19 PM

    Pelini is not long for the job.

  11. mogogo1 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:30 AM

    Scott Frost may be a good candidate… But that “bring him home” talk is exactly why Pelini is the current coach.

  12. joewilliesshnoz says: Sep 18, 2013 8:02 AM

    This guy is a moron.

  13. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Sep 18, 2013 5:12 PM

    You delusional Nebraska fans need to remember to words then you may come to your senses: Solich & Callahan. Bo wins and has the same record your beloved Dr. Tom did after 5 seasons. Do be stupid and push him out or you will be subject to a crappy coach again. Oh yeah, Tommy Frazier should shut his f******ing mouth. Wasn’t he 3-17 at some Division III school? Really?

  14. catchmequick says: Sep 18, 2013 10:57 PM

    Tommy won something…….and you won? Lol

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