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Bo Pelini: ‘I’m not coaching to save my job’

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Could Friday be Bo Pelini’s final game coaching Nebraska?

A loss in Lincoln to Iowa would drop Nebraska to 8-4, which would equal the Huskers’ worst regular-season record since Pelini took over in 2008. A win over Iowa would mean Nebraska could win its 10th game in a bowl, giving Pelini his fourth 10-win season in six seasons.

“I’m not coaching to save my job or anything,” Pelini said, via the Omaha World-Herald. “At the end of the day, I want to be here. I want to be here if they want me here. If they don’t, if somebody doesn’t want me here — and I’m not saying (Athletic director) Shawn (Eichorst) does, doesn’t, whatever — if they don’t want me here, I’ll move on. I’ll go on my way.”

Pelini hasn’t brought Nebraska to the levels of success the program enjoyed under Tom Osborne, but he’s won 56 games in six seasons — more than the Huskers won from 2001-2007.

The other side of the argument: Pelini hasn’t won a meaningful game this year (double-digit losses to UCLA, Minnesota and Michigan State). His defense gave up 63 points to Ohio State and 70 to Wisconsin last year. Nebraska has lost every conference championship game in which it’s played in his tenure.

Basically, if Pelini and Nebraska are being held to the same standard set by Osborned in the 1990s, he doesn’t cut it. But for where Nebraska is as a program in college football’s current landscape, he’s set a good mark of success in Lincoln.

Of course, there was the whole secretly-recorded rant flap earlier this year and a few darts thrown his way by Nebraska legend Tommy Frazier.

Regardless of what happens against Iowa, a chance for some real embarrassment could be looming in a bowl game. A few projections (ESPN, SI) have Nebraska playing Big 12/8 rival Missouri in the Outback Bowl. The battle for the Missouri-Nebraska Bell has been long-dominated by Nebraska, but given the Huskers’ defensive woes and the high-powered Tigers’ offense, a blowout loss to a historic doormat could be the last straw for Pelini.

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11 Responses to “Bo Pelini: ‘I’m not coaching to save my job’”
  1. manik56 says: Nov 25, 2013 4:53 PM

    Hire Mark Richt!

  2. floridacock says: Nov 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    Why would Richt leave UGA on his own?

  3. thekingdave says: Nov 25, 2013 5:25 PM

    Memo to Nebraska: it’s not the 1990s, Tom Osborne is gone, and you aren’t elite. You ran away to the Big 10 to inflate your record. Unfortunately this is as good as it gets for you.

  4. polegojim says: Nov 25, 2013 5:36 PM

    Well… based on the results from most of this season, he’s obviously telling the truth!

  5. polegojim says: Nov 25, 2013 5:37 PM

    PS… at some point, just enough… just isn’t.

  6. Charles Olson says: Nov 25, 2013 6:23 PM

    Reblogged this on COS- Charles Olson Sports.

  7. tuckfexas says: Nov 25, 2013 8:24 PM

    “Reblogged this on Jerkoff Spammer Sports.”

    F off spammer. No one cares about your shit site.

  8. normtide says: Nov 25, 2013 8:59 PM

    Can Nebraska hire a proven coach this off season? Are they willing to take a chance on an up and coming coach. Might be more then a few higher profile programs searching as well.

  9. merrypookster says: Nov 25, 2013 9:55 PM

    9-3? So what? Nebraska is not a relevant team on the national scene. NU needs a high level pro-active AD (can anyone name the current AD?)… then a proven name coach who brings with him a proven staff. They have the $$..go out and spend it.
    Bo will continue 8-4/9-3…not win the conference and not be in the BCS poll top 25.

  10. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:28 PM

    I don’t think they want to compete with USC and Texas for a coach. Of course Florida and Michigan might be next year or who knows who else. Don’t think he is elite and they might dislike him enough to make the change. If he doesn’t know how his bosses feel about his security, then that is a bad sign.

  11. huskerguy says: Nov 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    I said this before… Hire proven coordinators and not friends of past teams.

    Or bring in Scott Frost and start new.

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