Posted November 30, 2013

Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst backs Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini in statement

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Bo Pelini

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini received a statement of support from AD Shawn Eichorst. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Following Nebraska’s 38-17 loss to Iowa on Friday, plenty of speculation surrounds the job security of Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini. However, it sounds as if Pelini is set to stick around in Lincoln for a bit longer.

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst voiced public support for Pelini in a statement released on Saturday.

“My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska — that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family. We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future.”

Pelini’s name has surfaced in hot-seat conversations since the Huskers (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) deflated in the second half on a 41-21 home loss to UCLA on Sept. 14. He has won at least nine games in each of his six full seasons in Lincoln, and he has a career record of 57-24 (34-14) with the program.

Still, Pelini has never been able to bring a championship to Nebraska, and he landed in hot water earlier this fall after a two-year-old expletive-laced audiotape leaked in which he called out the Huskers’ fan base.

After the loss to the Hawkeyes on Friday, Pelini addressed critics of his job performance while speaking with reporters.

6 comments
kafka45
kafka45

Here in Lincoln Ne..  Pelini is seen as a capable coach, but an absolute disaster in dealing with the media and on the sideline.  Fiery is one thing, but his lack of  public social skills is appalling.  THAT is what most of the Bo haters see, and it IS a problem he just can't seem to tame.  I'm not thrilled with  his choice of assistant coaches.  Big Red's defenses the last few  years have ranged from dismal to mediocre.  That comes from recruiting.. and THAT has been dismal to DISMAL on the defensive side.    Why... don't know. But if it stays like it is....  the program will stay like it is now...  average to above average...no more.

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Nice way to tell the media to stick it, which they should. Media types don't like Pelini because he calls them out on stupid questions, absurd speculation, and interrupts positive outcomes through negative reporting!

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

ok eichorst knows it's impossible to fire him right now, as the lincoln beacon journal dropped the nugget but pelnini's buy-out is 7.65 million

Blinker
Blinker

Please...  keep him.  Works for me!!!!!

Cool
Cool

My guess is that the AD had a little talk with Tressle and when he found out he didn't want the job he stuck with Bo.

johnmatula
johnmatula

@Steve Phillips Steve, like the question he got as he was going off the field at halftime about how he felt about the ints.  A stupid question that I think was meant to try to provoke Bo into saying something that wouldn't have gone over with anyone well.