If you thought a move to the FCS world would simmer Bo Pelini, think again. The former head coach of Nebraska is still raging as head coach of Youngstown State, as Saturday showed in epic fashion.
Here’s the situation. Youngstown State trailed North Dakota State, 27-24, late in the fourth quarter. The Penguins took the ball at its own 30-yard line with a chance to move down field for a tie or perhaps a win against one of the true powers of the FCS. With 29 seconds remaining on the clock and a shot a game-tying field goal about to be had, Pelini’s temper got in the way and drew not one, but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Pelini was upset over a pass interference penalty on a previous series when Youngstown State was on defense. North Dakota State went on to score a touchdown on that drive.
“They didn’t like the way I was talking to them,” Pelini said of the officials after the game.
Pelini had plenty of reasons to feel hot under the collar. His Youngstown State team blew a 24-10 lead int eh fourth quarter for the loss.