The “will he, won’t he” of whether Bo Pelini would return as Nebraska’s head coach in 2014 reached its apex Friday afternoon following an embarrassing home loss to Iowa.
The head coach, after taking a swipe at an official with his hat during the game, seemingly blamed the media afterward for fueling speculation about his job security, then dared his bosses to fire him. While most thought they were witnessing a man hellbent on landing a pink slip, athletic director Shawn Eichorst confirmed the next day that Pelini would indeed be back next season.
With his future secure (for now), Pelini Saturday released his own statement thanking Eichorst for his support as well as apologizing for his emotional outburst.
Here’s Pelini’s statement, in its entirety:
“I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus. I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and I’m proud to lead this program into the future.
“I apologize for reacting emotionally yesterday and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media. I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard.
“Our football staff is hitting recruiting full throttle and looking forward to the upcoming bowl game. We are committed to working with Shawn and our entire department staff to continue to build this program and bring championships back to Nebraska.”