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From the recent SI interview. Bo paints himself the victim.

 

Bo was never a man misunderstood. He's a man who misunderstands.

 

 

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Back on the Bayou, an Unfiltered Bo Pelini Is Ready for His Second Act

“All the way back to when I was the defensive coordinator at Nebraska (in 2003), there was always an adjective in front of my name,” he continues. “The fiery Bo Pelini... the this Bo Pelini and that Bo Pelini. It got blown out of proportion. It was like every picture taken of me was me yelling at a ref. Most people never got to know what I stand for and who I really was.

 

However, with Pelini, there is more to consider. He remains a polarizing figure at Nebraska. Few ride the fence. You like Bo or you don’t like Bo. The fan base is split on Pelini’s attitude—passionate vs. angry—and on his success—seven bowls vs. zero conference titles. In 2013, a rift began between the coach and fans when Deadspin published leaked audio—two years after it was recorded without the coach’s knowledge—that captured Pelini disparaging Cornhuskers fans for leaving a game early. One particular line stands out now given Nebraska’s position post-Pelini: “We’ll see what they can do when I’m f------ gone.”

 

Soon, a fissure developed too between Pelini and the Nebraska administration, led by new athletic director Shawn Eichorst. During a news conference in 2013, Pelini didn’t help matters when he challenged his own bosses to fire him. And then a year later, they did. After his firing, a second audio recording emerged, this one from Pelini’s private meeting with Nebraska players, where he was obscenely colorful in attacking Eichorst, who’d blocked him from saying farewell to his players on campus.

 

A column in the Lincoln Journal Star this spring suggested that Pelini was surreptitiously recorded behind closed doors by a rat, a plot at first to turn fans against him and then to smear him during his exit. “I’m not trying to go out of the way to defend him,” says Tom Osborne, the legendary Nebraska coach and athletic director who hired Pelini in 2007, “but those were two things where he didn’t openly come out in public and say things unseemly. Some people felt that they tried to make sure those (recordings) did not go unnoticed. For some people, it would have never gotten public.”

 

The leaked recordings, the sideline demeanor, the brash press conferences—they all helped to build an image of Pelini that Bleacher Report described thusly in a 2015 story: “He is a true rant specialist and one of the most bitter coaches around.” While Pelini is partially to blame for his own label, he contends that it is unfair. He vehemently defends his style, attributing it to a game-day passion that extends three decades back to his days as a free safety at Ohio State. He’s not the apologetic or regretful type. He stands firm on his approach, instead pointing the finger at a label based on a few sideline outbursts and a rocky final 18-month marriage with Nebraska. In short, “he’s not going to change,” says Ganz.

 

 

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On 5/21/2020 at 2:40 PM, knapplc said:

From the recent SI interview. Bo paints himself the victim.

 

Bo was never a man misunderstood. He's a man who misunderstands.

 

 

 

If this is unfiltered Pelini, then what is the Pelini that calls his AD a "c***" and a "pu&&y" and calls his fans, "fair-weather f#&%ing fans".....Please they didn't get unfiltered Pelini - they got Puff Piece Pelini.

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My favorite memory of Pelini is when Daimon Stafford punked his la%% on the sidelines.  Oh that and the day he got canned.

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My favorite was him winning games, making bowls, winning his division and recruiting studs like RG and LD.

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Like him or not, he's the last Nebraska coach to beat Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Penn State...

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5 hours ago, Toe said:

Like him or not, he's the last Nebraska coach to beat Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Penn State...

 

 

The Ohio State team he beat was 6-7 and had their all conference quarterback injured in the third

 

The Michigan teams he beat were 8-5 (starting quarterback injured in 1st), and 7-6

 

The Wisconsin team he beat was 8-5 and then lost to the same team by 40 points

 

The Iowa teams he beat were 7-6, 4-8, and 7-6

 

The Penn State teams he beat were 9-4 (days after the Sandusky scandal broke and JoePa gone), 8-4, and 7-5

 

 

That's not to say the accomplishments are nothing, but in addition to his abilities as a coach he was unfathomably lucky to get the worst versions of those teams in the last decade.

 

When he played a good Ohio State team, he lost by 25. When he played a good Michigan team, he lost by 28.

 

When he played good Wisconsin teams, he lost by 31 and 35.

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Some NU fans hate Bo so much that they are even finding ways to make his wins seem like losses.  

 

That win vs Mizzo?  Well...if Helu doesn't have a record day it would be a loss...Shutting down Okie State and that high powered offense?  Well, that is what he was paid to do...

 

Beating Michigan?  Doesn't count because that Michigan team didn't have 22 All-Americans...

 

In fact, Bo's best win was a loss, to Texas.  So even that was not a win.

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On 5/23/2020 at 11:57 AM, teachercd said:

Some NU fans hate Bo so much that they are even finding ways to make his wins seem like losses.  

 

That win vs Mizzo?  Well...if Helu doesn't have a record day it would be a loss...Shutting down Okie State and that high powered offense?  Well, that is what he was paid to do...

 

Beating Michigan?  Doesn't count because that Michigan team didn't have 22 All-Americans...

 

In fact, Bo's best win was a loss, to Texas.  So even that was not a win.

 

People were so convinced that a drunk monkey could win nine games each year that they have to go to extraordinary lengths to not give Pelini any credit whatsoever.

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5 minutes ago, Mavric said:

 

People were so convinced that a drunk monkey could win nine games each year that they have to go to extraordinary lengths to not give Pelini any credit whatsoever.

Thank you!  Yes!

That was the bit the dorks tossed out all the time "A monkey could win 9 games"

 

No!  Look...morons (not you) it is really hard to win games and it is even harder if your non-con has teams that are even with you...

 

I have coached football forever...winning games IS HARD! 

 

If Frost did in his first 2 years what Bo did...we would all be having Frostgasms

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1 hour ago, teachercd said:

If Frost did in his first 2 years what Bo did...we would all be having Frostgasms

 

Bo did a great job in his first 2.75 years here. Then he ran out of Callahan talent and we switched to a conference he wasn't prepared for, and we permanently regressed.

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9 hours ago, Landlord said:

 

Bo did a great job in his first 2.75 years here. Then he ran out of Callahan talent and we switched to a conference he wasn't prepared for, and we permanently regressed.

He literally had the same record all the time, regardless who was on his team.  

 

He also recruited RG and LD.  Compton too, right?  Burkhead?  Ameer?  VV?  Collins?  Those guys are all in the NFL or were in the NFL.

 

He didn't regress, he stayed the same.  That is what pissed off fans.

 

As far as switching conferences, that was a huge mistake.  

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2 hours ago, teachercd said:

He didn't regress, he stayed the same.  That is what pissed off fans.

It was the combination of his ego and big-mouth combined with his inability to do any better that doomed Pelini. If he'd won a conference title or more, he'd have been given a longer leash. 

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