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Bo Pelini thanks AD, apologizes for outburst

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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.”

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5 Responses to “Bo Pelini thanks AD, apologizes for outburst”
  1. waynefontes says: Dec 1, 2013 8:22 AM

    What a flattering picture of Pelini >_<

    It says a lot about Pelini when you read that headline and immediately wonder which outburst, since there are so many.

    It's one thing to be a jerk, it's another to be a jerk who consistently produces 4 loss seasons.

    8-4 seasons are celebrated in many places, but Lincoln isn't one of them.

    Much like Florida, Nebraska is delaying the inevitable.

  2. jets12 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:03 AM

    A clown in any costume is still a clown. The fact that he is owed 7.6 million is the reason he is getting the vote of confidence.

  3. dg0122 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:16 AM

    I’m sure he is sincere and this will be the last time he loses his temper and embarasses himself, his team, and his employer

  4. Brian Basher says: Dec 1, 2013 2:48 PM

    Pretty sure the 25 million dollar buyout of Pelini and his staff had a lot to do with Bo keeping his job

  5. metalhead65 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:38 PM

    and once again we are treated to the obligatory fake apology over something he said and meant. why can’t players and coaches stand behind what they say just once? what did he have to apologize for anyway? he told the media who can write and say anything they want about him to kiss his ass so what? so he told the fans the same thing and those would be the same fans who do not seem to realize they are in the big 10 conference and what they did under osborne 30 years ago means nothing now. you are not a super power anymore get used to it. if you can’t win the easy part of the big 10 maybe you should leave.

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