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Nebraska AD publicly backs Bo Pelini

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For those looking for a change at head coach in Nebraska, it appears you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Following an embarrassing home loss to Iowa that included a penalty for nearly hitting an official with his hat and a postgame press conference in which he seemingly dared his bosses to fire him, Bo Pelini‘s future as the Cornhuskers head coach was very much up in the air.  That is, up in the air until late Saturday morning.

In a statement sent out by the university, athletic director Shawn Eichorst acknowledged the speculation swirling around his football coach but stated very firmly that Pelini will remain in the same position he’s held for the past six seasons.

“My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices.  However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska — that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family.  We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future.”

So, there you have it.  Barring something unexpected, or a change in heart by the administration, Pelini will return for a seventh season in 2014.

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14 Responses to “Nebraska AD publicly backs Bo Pelini”
  1. cubano76 says: Nov 30, 2013 12:37 PM

    Yup. He’s cooked.

  2. clonefan says: Nov 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    Fine, keep him… But retire the Black Shirts until you get a defense deserving of them and please put a Gag order on Bo so that we don’t have to listen to his constant whining. He does so little with so much….

  3. joebone says: Nov 30, 2013 12:45 PM

    In other words, we’re gonna keep paying this hopeless asshat who has no chance whatsoever of winning a Big 10 championship. Right.

  4. iowahbr says: Nov 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    Unless Bo has been taking some internal heat form his boss he just needs some thicker skin. Folks in Nebraska have to realize the Johnny Carson is gone and the Osborne days are also over. With what he has Bo has done a pretty good job when not throwing a temper tantrum.

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    Hey hey hey, goodbye…to chasing championships. Maybe he will turn it around. Or maybe you will be mediocre for years. Character counts, and many question his character. I guess there were 25 million reasons to keep him and his staff. Nebraska is a traditional powerhouse. Unfortunately Nebraska, Penn State (for obvious reasons), and Michigan continue to struggle even within their own weak conference.

  6. padraighansen says: Nov 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    Blaming the media, Pelini? The media talking about your job status affected your team…really? That’s weak and cowardly. As a Badger fan – I’d love them to keep Pelini. However, Cornhusker fans are great fans, and they deserve better. I can’t help but think the job is Scott Frost’s when he wants it.

  7. chinahand11 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:11 PM

    I don’t see how they can keep this guy. He loses 4 games a year, Husker fans won’t put up with that. Not to mention every time they put a camera on Pelini he looks like his head is about to explode. You wanna send your kid to play for this screamer?

  8. 32stork says: Nov 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    If that quote from the AD is true, then he’s even a bigger idiot than Pelini.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    I used to respect Nebraska.

    Now, they have a coach that is captured on tape saying the NU fans can go to hell, and he swings at a ref yesterday.

    Classy guy. Y’all deserve him I guess.

  10. baredon says: Nov 30, 2013 4:15 PM

    Whaaa, whaaa…. The media talked bad about the football program (me) and effected the football team (my ability) and caused losses (me).

    That’s what I heard from the asswipe… What a clown for a coach…

  11. mogogo1 says: Nov 30, 2013 4:51 PM

    He did a good job turning the program around after the Bill Callahan fiasco but he’s a hothead who simply can’t control himself. (And judging by his brother’s behavior, Bo is actually the far more controlled brother, which is scary.)

    As for replacing him, the funny thing is that there’s no guarantee somebody new will do considerably better. For all their awesome tradition, Nebraska doesn’t stand apart from the other powers in the Big 10. They look to be destined to be a team that contends for the conference titles in their best years, but loses 3 games or more most of the time.

  12. blackshirtz says: Nov 30, 2013 5:10 PM



  13. huskerguy says: Nov 30, 2013 5:23 PM

    I know it won’t happen but would love to see Pelini hire Frost as OC/Asst HC. It would be something everyone around would tell him not to do because he could be hiring his potential replacement.
    It would be a great hire and a peace offering to the fans. It would also give him an option of leaving in a year or two after he rebuilds his credibility. After the way he treated fans and media AND the way the media and fans have treated him… Not sure how long he wants to stay.

    Meh…. Just striking up conversation.

  14. cubano76 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:44 PM

    Just fire that guy. His press conference comment speaks volumes.

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