Posted September 18, 2013

Nebraska chancellor, AD release statement on Bo Pelini leaked audiotape

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Bo Pelini

Bo Pelini came under fire after a two-year-old audiotape was leaked earlier this week. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

The firestorm surrounding Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini may finally be set to quiet down a bit. Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement on Wednesday regarding the two-year-old, profanity-laced audiotape that was leaked on Deadspin earlier this week. The statement includes the news that former Huskers coach and AD Tom Osborne addressed the recording with Pelini more than a year ago.

Here is the full statement:

“The comments made by Head Football Coach Bo Pelini in 2011, published Monday, are unfortunate and deeply concerning to us, as they would be to anyone who loves this university. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini’s remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university. Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini. We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret. We are prepared to put the matter to rest. Our football student-athletes, coaches and staff deserve all of our support and we know the Nebraska faithful will be there for them.”

Putting the matter to rest would be a start, as Nebraska will look to bounce back from last week’s 41-21 loss to UCLA. Pelini issued his own apology swiftly after the tape was made public. The Cornhuskers play South Dakota State in Lincoln on Saturday.

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15 comments
DavidWest
DavidWest

How could Bo trash Nebr fans while getting paid $20,000,000 a year plus a whole prime beef cow, and bushel of corn?

Funny-One
Funny-One

Nebraska chancellor:  Bo, if your gonna hate us and cuss us,,try to keep it to yourself.

Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

A guy swore on tape.  Big deal.

Marty2
Marty2

WHY DIDN'T THEY DISCLOSE THE FACT THAT THEY KNEW ABOUT THIS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO?  Instead of covering for him, they should have assumed it would get out.  Although not on the same scale as what Penn State did with the pedophile scandal, it shows you how colleges will hide information about their "power elite."

DSM
DSM

I have not heard the tape, but given the enormous pressure a Nebraska football coach feels from fans, I can understand why their bailing out in the third quarter would lead to an outburst after the Huskers pulled out the win. Is the tape posted on line?

RussHaasch
RussHaasch

I can't believe any coach in today's world would not assume that he's being recorded somehow, regardless of where he's speaking.  I'm assuming that Bo is short for Bozo?

x72
x72

My guess is they land Charlie Strong from Louisville.

RyanA
RyanA

Yeah, Nebraska can always go back to Bill Callahan, who liked to smile and doodle on clipboards while they were down 35-0 at halftime. They hired Pelini precisely because he was fiery. 

Carterm
Carterm

Dear Bo:  Sorry to tell you this, but I think it was your offensive and defensive coordinators that leaked this tape.  Take whatever action you feel is appropriate

6marK6
6marK6

Same old story, you win and they don't care what you do. Problem is, Bo only beats the chump teams.

x72
x72

Fire BO!!!

DSM
DSM

@sparetire @DSM thanks

I wonder why he was so upset after a great comeback win?