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Nebraska ‘to put matter to rest’ with no Pelini punishment

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And, upon further reflection, $!#&-gate has come to an end.  Well, at least in the eyes of the university it has.

In a joint statement attributed to Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst, the school announced that head football coach Bo Pelini will not be punished for a profanity-laced tirade directed at fans that was surreptitiously recorded over two years ago and released earlier this week.

In the statement, it was revealed that the existence of the recording was made known to then-AD Tom Osborne over a year ago, and that the situation had been addressed with Pelini at that time.  Since then, the statement read, [w]e have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident.”

Here is the text of NU’s statement, in its entirety:

“The comments made by Head Football Coach Bo Pelini in 2011, published Monday, are unfortunate and deeply concerning to us, as they would be to anyone who loves this university. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini’s remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university. Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini. We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret. We are prepared to put the matter to rest. Our football student-athletes, coaches and staff deserve all of our support and we know the Nebraska faithful will be there for them.”

UPDATED 4:56 p.m. ET: Nebraska has sent out a statement from legendary former head coach and athletic director Tom Osborne.

Here is that statement, in its entirety as well:

“I was asked for comments concerning the recent incident involving Coach Pelini by members of the press and felt that it was inappropriate to respond until University officials had reviewed the situation.

“After the comments were made public on Monday, I informed the Chancellor and Director of Athletics that I had become aware of the tape involving Coach Pelini last fall, about a year after the Ohio State game in 2011 when the comments were recorded. After I had listened to the tape I visited with Coach Pelini about it and expressed my concerns. Bo had not heard the tape at that time. I visited with all my coaches regularly about their conduct and language throughout my tenure as Athletic Director.

“While the comments were certainly not good, I realized that Bo had gone through an emotional week and an emotional game and was in a setting where he thought his comments were entirely private. I visited with Bo on a weekly basis and did not find that his attitude toward the fans or the press as expressed by those comments were at all in keeping with what I knew his true attitude to be. He understands that the most important asset the Athletic Department has is the amazing fan support that we enjoy.

“Bo’s academic record with the football team has been the best in my recollection. The behavior of his players has been excellent for the most part, he has won three divisional championships and had one of the best win-loss records in college football for the past five years. I recognize that there have occasionally been controversies but I have seen a willingness to change, reflect and improve in Bo over the years. I am very hopeful that the players, coaches and fans will pull together as unity of purpose has been one of our major assets over the last 50 years.”

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17 Responses to “Nebraska ‘to put matter to rest’ with no Pelini punishment”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    Coach Pellini may need to meet with Cornhusker fans and make any apologies directly to them, rather than in the media. Meanwhile, hire some better recruiters, maybe get a new OC, and BUILD!

    Pellini has been given a reprieve and some grace, so I hope he uses it well and brings the legendary Cornhusker football program back into prominence once again.

  2. blackshirtz says: Sep 18, 2013 2:16 PM

    I’m behind you 100% Bo! We the fans of NU ARE very much fair weather. It has been that way since I can remember (the 80’s).. and right or wrong, it will be that way in the future.

    I am personally proud of how NU with such recruiting disadvantages, still manages to put together a team without major recruiting violations.

    I am proud of all of the student athletes and their dedication to their degrees.

    I am proud of your no tolerance policy; and your willingness to dismiss players from the team.

    We have a high standard here in Nebraska.

    I am proud to be a Cornhusker! And I’m glad that Bo feels so into this program that he is personally hurt by the betrayal of our fans!

    I bleed Husker red! Through thick and thin! I could never be a fan of another team!

  3. skinsfan2 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:37 PM

    My guess is that NU administrators came to the conclusion there was little to be gained from disciplining or firing Pelini now. In all likelihood Pelini will be gone at the end of the season and NU doesn’t want to give the impression of being reactionary.

    This has been an awkward marriage for the last few years. Reports in the Chicago Tribune indicat Pelini has tried to get the Arkansas, Tennesse, Penn State, and Ohio State jobs.

    My personal feeling is Pelini does not seem equipped to handle the pressure of coaching at Nebraska, although I’m not sure how it would be much different at the aforemenetioned schools.

    All this other stuff aside, NU needs to cut ties because I don’t thing Pelini is a very good coach who also surrounds himself with a weak staff.

    Bring on Scott Frost.

  4. jayhawk6 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:21 PM


    Amen. Bo Pelini seems like a fish out of water, who would be better off at a college with a less illustrious history and lower expectations than Nebraska.

  5. gatorguru says: Sep 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    How Nebraska fans defend this piece of human debris is beyond me.He’s not even high school coach material.

  6. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Sep 18, 2013 4:58 PM

    Nebraska fans are delusional if they think 9 plus wins is not good. This is a different college landscape from the one Dr. Tom coaches. And let’s be realistic, Osbourne didn’t win squadouche until 1994. You have no players to recruit in Nebraska and kids want to play in a warm climate. Lincoln isn’t exactly Florida, Cali or Texas. Be happy with 9-10 wins every year. And check the records; Dr. Tom’s record was about the same as Bo’s his first 5 seasons.

  7. steventimm says: Sep 18, 2013 5:11 PM

    I’m confused…is TO implying it is ok to say and think the things BP said and thought as long as it’s done in “private”, like BP said and thought what he did when BP thought it was a “private” moment?? I’m thinking if you have “private” thoughts and words, those must be your real words and thoughts, not the PR’d media statements that a handler writes up for you.

  8. helladonks says: Sep 18, 2013 5:28 PM

    i think bo just isnt cut out to be a head coach. it seems like its more than he anticipated, and the stress is just too much for him.

  9. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Sep 18, 2013 5:39 PM

    Cut out to be a HC? He wins 9-10 games EVERY YEAR. Did Solich or Callahan do that?

  10. huskersrock1 says: Sep 18, 2013 6:42 PM

    My problem with Pelini is nepotism, his refusal to hire a big name coordinator that might overshadow him and in game adjustments. He is a decent recruiter and runs a clean program. I don’t care what he said about the fans.

  11. huskersrock1 says: Sep 18, 2013 6:57 PM

    Further, he coached the team up well enough to get us invited into the BIG, the best research conference in the country just in time for innovation campus. The state will benefit BIG membership and always owe him a thanks; regardless of his future with the team.

  12. catchmequick says: Sep 18, 2013 8:19 PM

    Shame Nebraska…..Bo Pellini has a history for “melting down”. His mentor? Les Miles where he was the def coordinator. Les has his own problems going on when he was at Okla. State. Private or public, if those are his thoughts, there a poor representation of the U of Neb and more importantly, the young adults he’s supposed to be a role model for.

  13. southernpatriots says: Sep 18, 2013 8:40 PM


    You are caught. Do a Google on Bo Pellini and you will find that he was mentored long before he worked two years under Miles at LSU. You could have said he was mentored by Bob Stoops at Oklahoma or mentored at Nebraska under Solich, but you have some kind of vendetta against Miles so you pick him?

    You are caught and you are ignorant. Shame on you, not on Nebraska. Pellini was a really good DC. Given time he may be great as a head coach. Whether the football team is ever great again under Pellini, he has done great things for the University of Nebraska and will remembered for those things, if not for others.

    Get informed before you post drivel.

  14. catchmequick says: Sep 18, 2013 9:58 PM

    Ha….Les miles is a cheat. I’m from Oklahoma. Try to get your facts straight. Les is,up to his neck in allegations and he was the Last to be around pellini….Ok for your kid to have this hothead as a leader? U tube all of Bo’s tantrums…. Great role model.

  15. catchmequick says: Sep 18, 2013 10:11 PM

    Oh one more thing, Southernperson….look up and see what Tommy Frazer thinks of ol’ Bo…… You remember Tommy don’t cha’?

    Stick to the SEC or wherever, you may be better informed.

  16. huskerguy says: Sep 18, 2013 11:51 PM

    What will Neb do when Tom isn’t around to bail them out anymore?

  17. catchmequick says: Sep 19, 2013 12:55 AM

    Husker, they will hire a class act coach….one that doesn’t feel it’s ok to berate players/coaches on field. The fans should have kicked his ass out for swearing at them. They pay his check! He’s a punk that only apologized because he got caught. I’v been on fundraiser s tithe the stoops brothers and never,ever would berate a player. Bo is over his head as a head coach. Nebraska has a tradition for a class act….and I’m from Oklahoma . Don’t need some drunken “Southern Gentleman” to explain the ties/repercussions in the Midwest . Nebraska deserves one of the best! Not someone who is sitting on panic mode.

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