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Bo Pelini: ‘if they wanna fire me, go ahead’

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If Bo Pelini has coached his last game at Nebraska, he’s going down swinging.  And seemingly daring school officials to pull the trigger.

In his postgame press conference following the blowout home loss to Iowa, Pelini was asked about the rumors that have been swirling around his future in Lincoln throughout the 2013 season.  In typical Pelini fashion, and perhaps to his detriment, the coach pulled no punches.

“It’s hurt our football team. Let’s call a spade a spade… our record since I have been here speaks for itself,” Pelini said, before offering up the coup de grâce. “If they wanna fire me, go ahead.”

That sound you may have heard was Pelini throwing down the gauntlet at the feet of NU’s administration.

The speculation in and around Lincoln has been that Pelini is already skating on thin ice.  The postgame challenge directed at his bosses won’t help his cause.

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44 Responses to “Bo Pelini: ‘if they wanna fire me, go ahead’”
  1. tigersfandan says: Nov 29, 2013 4:14 PM

    I’ve got to imagine the past couple months have been a bit difficult for him. Maybe he’s ready to go in another direction.

  2. huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 4:17 PM

    He was prickly with the sideline reporter at half… Now this. Your composure is what secures your job coach. Ugh… That’s mire embarrassing than the game.

  3. huskeru says: Nov 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    Both the lack of response from the higher ups and the comments and antics by coach Pelini are hurting recruiting badly.
    Prime recruits don’t like unsettling situations at a college or university they may be considering as a home for the next four years.
    I feel both sides should get together and talk behind closed doors before it gets worse.

  4. happyhusker says: Nov 29, 2013 4:35 PM

    I agree with you huskeru and until this is figured out the idiots at OWH will eat all this up. Either stand behind your coach or put someone else in there. It’s not that complicated! Not starting off on the right foot Eichorst! Man up and take a position!

  5. tigersfandan says: Nov 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    If Pelini is dismissed, who is the likely replacement?

  6. happyhusker says: Nov 29, 2013 4:52 PM

    I feel like if they bring someone else in they are going to bring a completely different staff in with them. I don’t think people truly appreciate the gravity of this situation. I think if Pelini is replaced we will be looking at some very rough years ahead of us. Who will want to come to Lincoln with the expectations we have and also with turnover we’ve had with coaches over the last several years. We need consistency here and that is what Bo has brought this program. Is he a polished head coach? Not by any means, but he is learning and I think given enough time he will take this program where we want it. In this day and age everyone wants instant gratification. Whatever the outcome, I will remain a Husker fan. Go Big Red!

  7. makimaguro says: Nov 29, 2013 4:59 PM

    This guy is a true D Bag. He represents absolutely nothing that Tom O. instilled in that program.

    That’s an awesome job. No way they shouldn’t be contending for the title each year – they are in the weakest of the 2 divisions.

  8. happyhusker says: Nov 29, 2013 5:07 PM

    Well… hard to have consistency and win big games when you have a system that doesn’t promote the same concept. You can’t buy championships or wave a magic wand and magically win big games.

  9. lamontjoe says: Nov 29, 2013 5:21 PM

    No, but Nebraska used to beat up on Kansas, Iowa St and others in Big8. Those days are over now. It’s a different world now, but Pelini is in over his head.

  10. huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 5:22 PM

    If they did dismiss him I think their first call is the hot name that has bloodlines: Scott Frost.

  11. bballnut50 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:27 PM

    makimaguro: Really the weakest of the two divisions?? Please when you have Purdue, Illinois and Indiana???PLEASE thats why the cornhuskers struggled in our division, could not match up!!

  12. bballnut50 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:29 PM

    makimaguro: Please the weakest of the two divisions, not even close they are in the tougher division, you got Ill, Indiana and Purdue….please the stronger division….you saw what happened to the CH…..

  13. davidj1944 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:31 PM

    Nebraska can do better. He looks like a slob on the sidelines with his stupid cap and sweatshirt. You don’t see successful coaches dress like that on the sidelines. Most wear nice slacks and a polo.

  14. coolhorn46 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:34 PM

    The question was raised above about possible replacements. I’m guessing the powers-that-be in Lincoln probably have Craig Bohl on speed dial, as well as possibly Scott Frost up at Oregon. If they’re smart, they would also take a long look at Chad Morris. One of the downsides to their move to the B1G is an almost total loss of fertile recruiting in Texas. Morris, a very successful Texas high school coach before becoming the offensive guru at Clemson, would give the Huskers an in again in the Lone Star state. Somehow though, I’d be kinda surprised if they pull the trigger on Pelini this year, especially with all the other name brand schools that are probably gonna be coach-shopping in the next few weeks.

  15. ahugusf says: Nov 29, 2013 6:04 PM

    Ha davidj1944 . . . Ever see Belichik’s threads on the sidelines?

  16. dcroz says: Nov 29, 2013 6:18 PM

    Nebraska is one of the members of the college football pantheon, a program that makes the sport better when it is among the elite. The ‘Huskers have not been elite even in its own conference (Big XII and Big Ten) in over a decade. Pelini is clearly not the solution, but the problem is that with USC looking for a coach, Texas almost certainly doing so, and Florida possibly being on the hunt, NU is going to be competing with other top programs for the right guy to turn things around. Still, if Lincoln wants to put out the Benjamins, it can find a quality coach that’s also a good fit to return the ‘Huskers to glory.

  17. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 29, 2013 6:30 PM

    Na na, na na na na na. Hey hey hey. Bye Bo…except heard that staff has a $25M buyout. Mayne they can’t afford to make a change.

    Davidj, I am wondering if you can name 6 successful college coaches in nice slacks and a polo? Most guys wear athletic clothes.

    My first complaint about Bo would be his sideline antics and blue streaks at everyone.

  18. makimaguro says: Nov 29, 2013 6:31 PM

    Ha David: Please do not put he and Belichick in same category.

    Bball nut: Stick to B Ball. No way Nebraska can compete with Ohio State in that Division. They at least have a chance to win their division.

  19. makimaguro says: Nov 29, 2013 6:32 PM

    Just pull up this link:

  20. huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 6:51 PM


    Not sure Bohl would come back. Not sure we need another defensive minded coach. We need a balanced coach with good coordinators (ahem, that means not friends or family).

    I think Pelini can turn the corner if he surrounds himself with coaches that keep each other accountable, not inflate each other’s ego by thinking their way is the only way.

    Another strength and conditioning coach is needed too. Good Lord…

  21. vols84 says: Nov 29, 2013 6:53 PM

    How about Gene Chizik?

  22. coolhorn46 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:11 PM

    I really think Chad Morris gets a call from A&M if Sumlin leaves this year, and since he’s a grad of the school, with huge Texas ties, and would be offered a bunch of money, I think he’d opt for the ag job over others. Pelini, despite his flaws, has won a lot more than he’s lost at Nebraska, and in truth, the problems there now run a lot deeper than the head coach’s office. Some, not all Nebraska fans are starting to realize that they left a lot behind in their move to the B1G…their real traditional rivals, one of their best recruiting grounds, and their best chance to do the rebuilding they need to do to get back in the championship hunt. One or more other schools could be on track to realize the same thing over the next few years. IF Nebraska cans Pelini, this is gonna be a critical hire for the Huskers if they want to remain relevant in the championship hunt. You can only live on your history so long. As a Longhorn fan, I’ve learned that point only too well.

  23. jerrahsucks says: Nov 29, 2013 8:13 PM

    huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 6:51 PM


    Not sure Bohl would come back. Not sure we need another defensive minded coach. We need a balanced coach with good coordinators (ahem, that means not friends or family).

    I think Pelini can turn the corner if he surrounds himself with coaches that keep each other accountable, not inflate each other’s ego by thinking their way is the only way.

    Another strength and conditioning coach is needed too. Good Lord…

    Son, if Craig Bohl wouldn’t come back, it would just show how bad Pelini has destroyed the brand. Can’t believe that Dr. Tom hired this ass clown.

  24. huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 8:25 PM

    He (Bohl) was fired but then Solich was feeling the heat at that time. Not sure he’s the answer anyways.

  25. ddmcd1974 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    You wanna get up on your toes quickly? Then Bobby Petrino is your man. Imagine him with Taylor Martinez at the helm. They would make sweet music together.

  26. huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    Martinez graduates. Tommie Armstrong is the man now

  27. realfootballfan says: Nov 29, 2013 9:09 PM

    I’m sure they will, Bo. It will be nice when teams like Nebraska, Michigan, and Texas get their acts together so we can have better competition near the top of the game that’s lacking now.

  28. makimaguro says: Nov 29, 2013 9:51 PM

    Ddmcd: please send me some of whatever you are smoking!

    Bottom line: if you are a parent of a recruit and you just watched sports enter and all of his shenanigans today, there is no frickin’ way your letting your kid go and play for him

  29. bballnut50 says: Nov 29, 2013 10:36 PM

    makimaguro-typically bucknut schrill…that’s why you guys are on the outside looking in. Wish you were in Legends…no way you would have been anything…

  30. imbrotherbob says: Nov 29, 2013 11:04 PM

    One user said that Bo was “prickly” to a reporter at halftime. I guess that the fact that the guy was a dumb ass didn’t matter. People need to get their heads out of their asses and let Bo be the leader that he is. Tom Osborne was not a “GOD” so quit comparing everyone to him.

  31. gret9 says: Nov 30, 2013 12:44 AM

    Bohl will not come back and he isn’t a better coach than Bo anyway. Petrino?!?! YGBSM, for anyone to want that scumbag within 1000 miles of the program just proves again that to most of my fellow Cornhusker fans only winning matters. Bo isn’t the problem anyway, Harvey is and will continue to be because this time when he and his puppet AD screw up the football program with the next Fraudahan hire, TO won’t be here to bail is sorry butt out.

  32. boomgrounder says: Nov 30, 2013 3:24 AM

    Not a Nebraska fan, but what’s up with Pelini? The ultimate angry coach! The polar opposite of Tom Osborne, bizarre!

  33. draconian1111 says: Nov 30, 2013 4:42 AM

    He’s a pretty good coach – and, most importantly – the kids really do love him.
    Sure – he’s an ***hole – but – he FIGHTS – he cares.
    He gets angry – okay – partly because he’s an ***hole – but mostly because he cares.

    Fire him – fine – who are you going to get that is BETTER?

    Born and raised Nebraska – and I’ll keep Pelini – he isn’t polished – he’s brash – but – he CARES.

    With all that said – would it surprise me if he were fired – not at all. But – if you fire him – know how high the expectations are for ANY new coach.

  34. draconian1111 says: Nov 30, 2013 4:45 AM

    Oh, and for anyone that has any issues with Bo getting upset when asked about his job – put yourself in that position first – and maybe see how it would feel. Record aside – he works his ass off.

  35. wakiash says: Nov 30, 2013 4:53 AM

    Nebraska could no longer cut it in the Big 12, so they moved to a weaker conference. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise you cant make it there, either. Try the MAC conference, or maybe a Div. III conference!!!!!

  36. ouillieb says: Nov 30, 2013 6:59 AM

    He may have once been a good coach somewhere, but watching his reactions on the sideline and how he treats his players who “have made a mistake” is not in the best interests of the team.
    This guy needs a real attitude adjustment. . . being rude and crude is not what a coach is supposed to be.


  37. witchrunner says: Nov 30, 2013 7:26 AM

    I sure hope Pelini is on his way out. It’s been quite a while since he’s even sounded like he wanted to be there. His antics are getting tiring and well below the standards that Nebraska is used to.

    I could understand it, a little, if he was actually producing, but he’s not. Nebraska since Tom has been like ND since Ara. One failed experiment after another.

  38. drmyeye says: Nov 30, 2013 9:37 AM

    Pelini is a perfect example of the old saying
    “The N on Nebraska’s helmets stands for knowledge”.

  39. sillec28 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:45 AM

    If any employee of mine who wasn’t doing a great job said “go ahead, fire me” I’d say “done.”

  40. dhardy8207 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:56 AM

    Maybe his brother should pass the blunt to Bo…

  41. florida727 says: Nov 30, 2013 10:47 AM

    davidj1944 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:31 PM
    He looks like a slob on the sidelines with his stupid cap and sweatshirt. You don’t see successful coaches dress like that on the sidelines. Most wear nice slacks and a polo.


    Congratulations. Stupidest post of the month. You’re automatically entered into the drawing for “Stupidest Post of The Year” honors. Why? Because what you wear on the sidelines definitely affects the outcome of every game. Everyone knows that. BTW, does the name Belichick ring a bell?

  42. pixlart says: Nov 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    End of the reign, Bo.

  43. baredon says: Nov 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    Not much doubt… As much a gentleman was Tom O was, Bo is an asswipe…

    His personality is like sandpaper and Big Red folks, you have 4 yrs of the same record… Yeah, his record speaks for itself…

    L O S E R

  44. rgl681 says: Nov 30, 2013 1:20 PM

    It’s not about behavior by a long shot . It’s about winning, period. Apparently, winning. 8 or 9 games and being respected by the players, you know those with day to day contact, isn’t enough. Be honest – if he was 10-0, it would just be, “Bo being Bo”.

    Who really decides……? 5-6 multi-millionaire backers who would fund his buy-out and a front higher salary for the next would be king-coach.The AD is nothing but a go between coach and the money powers. No Mon’, no fun.

    Welcome to the collegiate athletics version of the Hunger Games.

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