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Pelini pens letter of apology, thanks to Husker fans

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When it comes to worst… weeks… ever, Bo Pelini’s ranks right up there, football-wise.

Last Saturday, Nebraska coughed up an 18-point lead — at home, no less — en route to an embarrassing double-digit loss to a very good UCLA team. Shortly thereafter, a former Cornhusker great very publicly called out Pelini’s defensive coaching staff, with Pelini responding in kind.

A couple of days later, a surreptitiously recorded audiotape surfaced in which Pelini was heard strafing “f******* fair-weather fans” with a barrage of f-bombs. The reactions to that release were swift, as were the apologies on all fronts.

After a pair of public mea culpas from Pelini, the university decided that its current head football coach — who some felt should be the former head football coach — would continue on in the role he’s held for the past six-plus seasons with no punitive measures. Ahead of NU’s first home game since all f-bomb hell broke loose, Pelini has again offered up an apology* to a fan base that’s sold out every single home game since early November of 1962.

Here’s the text of the letter, in its entirety:

There is no better time than right now for me to personally thank you for your support of Nebraska Athletics and Nebraska Football.
This past week has obviously been a difficult one for many people associated with the University of Nebraska and our football program. I wanted to take this opportunity to say I regret the comments that I made in private two years ago, and apologize to Husker fans everywhere.

We all make mistakes in our lives, both personally and professionally, and like everyone else I am human. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes and correct them to improve yourself as a person. I hope you can see that I have done that and continue to strive to improve each day.

Most importantly, I want all of you to know that my comments in 2011 were not in any way representative of my true feelings about our great fans and donors here at Nebraska. The time, energy, money and passion you invest in our football program and all of our athletic programs is second to none.

It is an honor to lead our football team into Memorial Stadium in front of more than 91,000 fans for each home game. It never ceases to amaze me how many of you show up on the road, no matter where we travel. That type of fan support makes a difference and certainly does not go unnoticed.

On the field, we have the opportunity to be a good football team. Last week’s game wasn’t the result any of us were looking for, but we will bounce back. There is still a lot of football to be played and I like the attitude of this football team.

I appreciate the support of Chancellor Perlman and Shawn Eichorst, and once again the support that all of you provide for our athletic programs. Your support makes it possible for student-athletes, coaches and staff to have a great experience at Nebraska, and provides us with every opportunity to succeed.

Thank you and Go Big Red!

Bo Pelini

(*Neil Cornrich, PR genius extraordinaire with a grammatical game that puts most other agents to shame.)

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5 Responses to “Pelini pens letter of apology, thanks to Husker fans”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 21, 2013 9:58 AM

    Most Cornhusker fans are quite extraordinary. They travel in greater numbers to far away bowl destinations better than any other fans of college teams I have ever seen. I have tailgated with Cornhuskers and they love good food and a good time. They are also are usually gracious losers, when they do lose, which is not common in college football.

    Apart from the merits of this case, Pelini may well be doing the best with the recruits he is able to attract and the coaching staff he has.

    I think this matter should now come to an end. Let Pellini concentrate on South Dakota State today and after an open week, Illinois, also at home. The Big Ten conference schedule looms and will require his full attention.

    Go Big Red!

  2. huskerzfan says: Sep 21, 2013 10:26 AM

    Thanks alligatorsnapper.

    The thing is, this has been blown way out of proportion by the media (shocking, I know). This is a recording from 2 years ago. Media outside of Nebraska have been the ones pushing the agenda that Nebraska was looking to potentially fire Bo Pelini. Nobody inside Nebraska had any serious thoughts about firing Bo. Especially in the middle of the season.

    Sure, we have pockets of fans that complain about our coaches and have been asking for heads to roll. What fan base doesn’t? The solid majority are in Bo’s corner.

    Wish Bo would have apologized a single time as opposed to this now being about his 4th or 5th apology this week. Our Chancellor and Athletic Director gave a statement for the university and it is time to move on.

    What you’ll see today is a unified home crowd showing its full support for Bo Pelini and our football team. Even the small pockets of Pelini haters will show their support for the players. Its what we do.

  3. chc4 says: Sep 21, 2013 10:58 AM

    Sure the media has blown it out of proportion. But Pellini has a sketchy history when it comes to his temper so let’s not pretend his past issues aren’t part of this. He is not exactly a great guy to put out there as the face of your program.

    I’m certain that if such a tape came out on Richt or Beamer the media wouldn’t make it as big a story.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Sep 21, 2013 11:30 AM

    If I was a Nebraska fan I’d want him fired. Not because of the tapes though. That was a low blow somebody took to hold onto them until the right time. They should fire him because hos teams rarely beat anyone any good. Not to mention they’ve gotten the absolute crap kicked out of them in several of those losses.

  5. blackshirtz says: Sep 21, 2013 2:18 PM

    Thank you for the apology, Mr. Pelini.

    Bo is exactly right about many Cornhusker fans…

    Admittedly, many are fair weather fans. I am guilty. But I bleed husker red. It feels so good when we win, and SO TERRIBLY BAD when we lose. That’s called being a fanatic. I hear people all the time rip on the team when we lose, and then the next week all they can talk about is how awesome we looked. This is common in sports fans, but the difference is that Nebraska Cornhusker Football is the biggest thing going in the state….. and rightfully so.

    Bo is a coach and a fanatic.. and a hot tempered man but I forgive him for blowing off steam like that. I’m sure he felt hurt with our fans leaving and booing him. I know I hated it…

    I would travel to the end of the earth to see this team play. I am proud of the kids.

    I am proud to be a Cornhusker.

    GO BIG RED

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