Nebraska coach Bo Pelini addressed rumors of his job security with his team after the noise got loud enough that a small group of seniors felt they needed to bring it to his attention.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini talked with his team about rumors of his job security.
The rumor in question centered on a Facebook post from a fan that stated the embattled coach already had plans to resign after the Iowa game. Screen captures of the post soon took off across Twitter.
Senior guard Spencer Long said that while he wasn’t part of the group that brought it forth, he was aware of what was out there.
Long said he doubted the authenticity of the rumors, but that Pelini did the right thing by addressing them.
“It was good that he addressed it because there were some questions flying around like ‘Oh did you here this and is it true?’ Long said. “I never thought it was true. Guys that had been here, all the seniors were like ‘Oh that is BS.’ But a lot of the younger guys wondered and we were like ‘Wait until you hear from him. It’s not true.’
To Pelini the rumor was barely worth discussing, but he did anyways to put his players' minds at ease.
“That was the most craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Pelini said. “Somebody decides to go out there, that’s – I don’t even want to give it – it’s not even worth talking about it. That somebody would go down that road. A grown man who’d go down that road. And the way it came out – the way I saw it came out — they ought to be ashamed of themselves. It’s just too bad, in this day and age, that you can’t hold somebody accountable for acting like that and doing something like that.”
Despite all of the chatter surrounding the program, some of which came from Pelini himself in a recent USA Today article, the coach said he doesn’t feel like there’s pressure for him to save his job.
There’s also not a question as to where Pelini wants to coach next season.
“At the end of the day, I want to be here,” he said. “I want to be here if they want me here. If they don’t, if somebody doesn’t want me here – and I’m not saying Shawn does, doesn’t, whatever – if they don’t want me here, I’ll move on. I’ll go on my way.
In his time at Nebraska, Pelini has compiled a 57-23 record through six seasons. The Huskers have won a share of their division championship four times, but haven’t won a conference title in his tenure. His teams have won at least nine games in each of the past five seasons and will have a chance to match that on Friday against Iowa.
Pelini said he feels good about his record on the field and his work off of it in regards to Nebraska.
“I can say this: I can look myself in the mirror and feel good about what I’ve done for this program,” he said.
Regardless how Friday goes and what may or may not come after it, neither Pelini, nor his players think there’s any reason to hang heads.
“He’s done so much for this program, not only for wins and losses and the team, but as an individual,” Long said. “Developing boys to men. A lot of that stuff goes unseen. I just wish people knew all of the stuff he does for our team and our players, how he has our backs. He means a lot to this program.”
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