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Bo Pelini suggests foul play by Ole Miss

Bo Pelini

There is an old football cliche that goes something like this: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.”

And Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini stopped just short of accusing the Ole Miss Rebels of cheating during a recent recruiting battle.

Wide receiver transfer Damore’ea Stringfellow, who originally chose the Washington Huskies as part of the 2013 class, verbally committed to Nebraska during a visit this summer. After visits to Alabama and Ole Miss, Stringfellow, a four-star recruit, decided to flip his commitment and he will attend Ole Miss in the fall.

What happened in between?

“Read between the lines,” Pelini told Huskers Illustrated’s Michael Bruntz. “I think we all know what happened in that situation.”

Since Coach Pelini suggested it, let’s read between the lines about what could have possibly happened.

OK — I’m reading between the lines now — what could Ole Miss have done to flip Stringfellow’s commitment?

  • They paid him.
  • They gave him a car.
  • They offered his parents a job.
  • They told him he would start right away.
  • Young ladies were used as “campus aides” to woo him.

There really is an untold amount of possibilities we can think of based on Pelini’s simple suggestion.

Or — and this is far more likely — a teenager with plenty of options available to him changed his mind. Too bad the coach on the wrong side of the decision simply couldn’t accept that fact.

Pelini didn’t give much of an explanation for his outburst, but he seemed to lay the blame at the feet of Stringfellow’s parents.

“Especially when it’s a clueless parent,” Pelini said.

Pelini may think he knows what’s best for every kid Nebraska recruits, but he is not in any position to tell Stringfellow and his family what’s best for them.

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42 Responses to “Bo Pelini suggests foul play by Ole Miss”
  1. sportsbastard says: Jul 29, 2014 10:09 PM

    Ole slackjaw is running his mouth again, real shocker.

  2. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 29, 2014 10:13 PM

    My guess is he wanted to play in the best conference against the best competition not the scrubs of the Little 14.

    That’s why it’s a verbal commitment. If you wanted him to fully commit then you should have gotten it in writing

  3. vols84 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:16 PM

    Bo loves his pussy…cat

  4. cubano76 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:18 PM

    Bo won’t be happy till his mouth gets him run out of one of the best jobs in college football.

  5. spreadthecheese says: Jul 29, 2014 10:25 PM

    I don’t know why Pelini would imply Ole Miss did something illicit without proof, just as I don’t know why the author of this article would write that it’s “far more likely” Ole Miss did nothing wrong without proof.

  6. victorerojo says: Jul 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    Mommy called the shots. She visited Oxford but not Lincoln. That’s what Pelini was talking about. This so-called article is a stinking piece of misleading click-bait.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    Sounds like sour grapes. Hotty Toddy!

  8. howthenfcwestwaswon says: Jul 29, 2014 10:54 PM

    The article doesn’t state that Stringfellow was suspended from the Huskies because of an assault charge in the off season.

  9. ducksk says: Jul 29, 2014 11:07 PM

    Bo knows……nothing

  10. mrlaloosh says: Jul 29, 2014 11:42 PM

    How in the world does Pellini keep his job? Nebraska is a great program that needs a great coach.

  11. chex1868 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:47 PM

    Shut up Bo. It’$ the $EC.

  12. lowtalker says: Jul 29, 2014 11:55 PM

    Idiot. And I mean the author of this story. The idiot author is the one suggesting illicit offers. Slobeski should be ashamed. yellow journalism. Slobeski must have just graduated from a junior high journalism class.

  13. chinahand11 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:59 AM

    “Especially when it’s a clueless parent,” Pelini said. Pelini must be stressed beyond the normal red-faced screaming he is famous for. And losing 4-5 games every year at Nebraska, that’s Nebraska!, will not cut it for those fans. Get it together, Bo. You can do better than this.

  14. atmason says: Jul 30, 2014 2:03 AM

    Maybe the young player figured out that playing for Hugh Freeze was a lot better than being on Red-Ass Bo’s team.

  15. coachbeck says: Jul 30, 2014 2:41 AM

    As a man, Pelini is a blunt tell it like it is man. He has been around the block and knows what happens. Spent enough time at major schools to know what happens.

    He is a good man. And would let my son play for him and be mentored by him in a heartbeat.

  16. jimdoering2013 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:52 AM

    Pelini is a loudmouth and a hothead, despite the fact that he’s been around the block. He is verbally abusive and at most good football programs would have already lost his job. Since he’s been there his teams have averaged four or more losses a year and he loses recruits because of his personality, but if delusional fans want to praise him for that, it is their right.

  17. bamajean52 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:29 AM

    Maybe the kid is allergic to cats?

  18. drummerhoff says: Jul 30, 2014 8:37 AM

    ‘Read between the lines’ means they did something illegal. The author seems to think it means some specific illegal act.
    I thought it was the job of journalists to investigate whether it did or didn’t happen. I guess that was the good ol days.

  19. bender4700 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:52 AM

    CFT better not be becoming PFT.

    If CFT falls into the TMZ (fill in the gap journalism) it’s only a matter of time before HBT does too.

    Then I will be really sad.

    The entire article outside of the stated facts is pure speculation and imagination.

    “Did Bo Pelini find a handgun in his parents home? Is that what he meant by clueless? Are his parents behind the recent plane crashes?”

  20. hop007 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:23 AM

    Sobelski is probably one of the guys who said, that Reggie Bush was just a teenager with plenty of options available to him changed his mind.

  21. afewzigzagsplease says: Jul 30, 2014 9:48 AM

    Knowing today what I didn’t know much about when I was younger if I was recruited by multiple universities to play football I’d accept an offer from a school in a warm weather state. Maybe that’s why the SEC is so successful, the players want to work and play in locations where it rarely ever snows. Sounds trite, but there could be some truth to that.

  22. plattcop22014 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:50 AM

    Thar she blows again! Coach BOzo doing what he does best and it certainly isn’t winning games against top 25 or otherwise quality opponents. The first play in the NU playbook should be “Methodology for extricating Head Coach’s head from inside a$$”. How does this loudmouth buffoon keep his job? Will this be the year Pelini actually strikes a game official? He came within inches of doing so in last year’s Iowa game and cost his team a 15 yard unsportsmanlike bench penalty. He is a continual embarrassment to the University of Nebraska.

  23. jimmy53 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:04 AM

    I’m really surprised that people are railing on Pelini in this case—it’s a pretty accepted fact throughout the southeast that Ole Miss has been heavily involved in dirty recruiting over the last 3 classes. Anyone who says different is fooling themselves. Look at the classes—when is the last time Ole Miss has done anything relevant? Freeze is not that great of a reciter that he can talk some of the nations best players to flip from teams in national title contention yearly (not Nebraska) to a team that hasn’t been in contention—ever?

    Are other teams paying players—absolutely.

    Is Ole Miss paying players—without a doubt.

    To pretend otherwise is naive….

  24. dumbpollack says: Jul 30, 2014 10:13 AM

    I believe Ole’ Miss is up to something. Not a fan of Bo but the Rebs have been all of a sudden getting a lot of too flight talent. It’s fishy.

  25. hop007 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:13 AM

    The Stingfellow situation was that he had verbally committed, and then signed a non-binding agreement with Nebraska; he was on campus and doing interviews with the local press saying how happy and excited he was to be there.
    Then he slips away without telling anyone to travel with his mother (who said she had errands to run and was unable to travel to Nebraska) to both Mississippi and Alabama, and according to her on their own dime. Stringfellow then flips his commitment to Ole Miss (over Nebraska and Alabama).
    Now we all know that the $EC is known as the bastion of above-board dealings and complying with the rules, right? Frankly it smells like a Mississippi bog.

  26. lanzurrah says: Jul 30, 2014 10:28 AM

    Nebraska is so irrelevant.

  27. hop007 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:52 AM

    By the way, nice photo of Pelini.
    Can we see a photo of Slobeski in the middle of a big ol yawn??

  28. cometkazie says: Jul 30, 2014 11:52 AM


  29. mjphoto45 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:52 PM

    Can’t wait for Nebraska’s next coach. Bo makes Nebraska look bad.

  30. huskercjb says: Jul 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    Stringfellow did sign with Nebraska. But a transfer isn’t obligated by that signature. His mama couldn’t “afford” to travel to Lincoln but did make it to Alabama and Mississippi.

  31. grundja1 says: Jul 30, 2014 5:46 PM

    As a husker fan, Bo can’t leave soon enough. Unfortunately, there’s enough Tom Osborne sycophants in the fan base ( as well as Tom himself) to make plenty of noise should Osborne’s hand-picked choice for head coach ever be unseated. The following is as delusional as Penn State fan in denial over JoPa enabling a pedophile. All we can hope for is for him to finally connect the next time he swings at a ref/fan/coach/player or some other incident to finally get the ball rolling on his removal.

    Until then, it’s 9 wins a year over patsies, embarrassing double digit losses to anyone with a pulse, stupid personal fouls on the sideline, and WTF-esque behavior off the field.

  32. beyondbloated says: Jul 30, 2014 10:32 PM

    I’m no Bo fan, but Slobeski and Ole Mi$$ paid mama to have her son play there. There’s not a lot of mystery to what’s occurring there, and other $EC schools for years. Stringfellow is just another one that “changed his mind” in 48 hours and a drive to Mississippi. I would not be happy if I were the coach that had a kids word, and signature, only to strangely change his mind only two days later.

    The NCAA looks the other way while this stuff keeps going on all over the SEC.

  33. bucktownboy says: Jul 30, 2014 11:48 PM

    But Pelini says nothing about this kid coming to Nebraska. What did he offer for a scholy to a third rate Big 2+10 team?

  34. mikeevergreen says: Jul 31, 2014 1:01 PM

    Boo hoo Bopel Eenie. Ante up next time.

  35. indi0228 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:18 PM

    An $ec school cheating in recruiting? I am shocked.

  36. sweepleft says: Aug 1, 2014 3:56 PM

    I love how all these threads start out “North schools have no proof and are just sore losers” and end up “Well, everybody else is cheating too.” … Not complaining, just wish our schools would sink to your level.

  37. scarygamecocks says: Aug 3, 2014 11:22 AM

    It’s amazing how so many everyday ordinary fans from all walks of life seem to be ‘in the know’ about what SEC teams do in recruiting. I mean, it seems to me that if some cow farmer in the middle of B.F. Nebraska is so knowledgeable about the SEC’s supposed dirty recruiting tactics, that the NCAA would too. Factor in that Mike Slive and the SEC are the SINGLE biggest thorn in the NCAA’s side, and it becomes an absolute MIRACLE that there aren’t charges flying everywhere.
    It’s truly sad that you have to sling mud at anyone better than you to rationalize your own mediocrity.
    Claiming that the SEC cheating is ‘common knowledge’ simply because every other homer know nothing is claiming it as well, says volumes the about you as people.

  38. hop007 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:46 PM

    Despite what the hillbillies in South Carolina will tell you, the $EC is definitely dirty.

    There is even evidence that the NCAA is helping them to cover it up, or at least playing favorites on enforcement.

    In September 2013, it was widely reported that five SEC football players had received impermissible benefits (gifts, cash), including former Alabama all-American D.J. Fluker. Then ‘POOF’ the story just went away.

    In 2013, $EC (Texas A&M) quarterback Johnny Manziel got in trouble for selling his autographs, reportedly for thousands of dollars, another violation of NCAA rules. Several Ohio State players were suspended for five games in 2012 for selling memorabilia, so what was Manziel’s penalty? Half game suspension against doormat Rice U.

    I’m sure it is a coincidence that the Director of Enforcement for the NCAA is Alabama graduate Derrick Crawford. And the current NCAA President, Mark Emmert, was Chancellor at LSU where he hired his close friend of Nick Saban. During Emmert’s time at LSU, a university instructor made accusations of widespread academic fraud in the school’s football program, including plagiarized papers and un-enrolled students showing up in class to take notes for football players who often slept through class.
    The NCAA accepted the findings of LSU’s internal investigation that the allegations were largely unfounded and declined to place LSU on probation. Later two other employees sued the university for forcing them from their jobs as a result of whistle blowing about the academic fraud. The lawsuits were settled for $110,000 for each person. It has been confirmed that the employee’s claims under oath, included changing grades for football players.

  39. tnfire69 says: Aug 4, 2014 4:47 PM

    Here’s the thing with the words “accusations” & “allegations” its still not proof.
    I mean Ohio State players were suspended for selling memorabilia they had the proof. A.J. Green was suspended for the same thing which was left off. In the case of Manziel suspension they could not prove it. the people that claimed they paid him. I believe by a account transfer could not show the bank statement where they paid him.

    In 2014 4-5 LSU football players were NOT allowed to play because they didn’t make the grades to play.

    In the case of Alabama something should have happened to them. There is proof of that. Unless the check that website had was fake then they should have had to pay for that. There are more players from the SEC that are suspended then not. The other players except for Tyler Bray did get suspended.

    Mark Emmert needs to be reviewed but it’s not because of who he is friends with but because of the job he does or sometimes lack there of.

    Every school that has cheated has been found out in the end & since some people forget its not just in the SEC.

  40. tnfire69 says: Aug 4, 2014 4:52 PM

    If Bo really thinks that Ole Miss did something wrong then he should man enough to say it & not dance around it.

    I mean I wonder what did Bo do to get him from the Washington Huskies? If I read what Bo said right that’s the only way to get this kid to play for your school.

  41. PokeSalad says: Aug 5, 2014 12:24 PM

    If Pelini spent 10% of the time he does whining about other programs on actually coaching worth a d*mn, Nebraska would probably go undefeated.

    As far as this croot goes…..Ole Miss coeds vs. Cornhusker coeds…..nuff said

  42. hop007 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:46 PM

    Poke must think Stringfellow likes all those Mississippi women who have up to 5 teeth in their head.

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