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Bo Pelini to LSU? Update: Pelini says "No"

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YUENGLING

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Bo did a very good job at Nebraska. The fishbowl got to him a bit, and by the time he was fired he was fed up with the administration.

I think it's pretty obvious by now that winning football games at this level is not easy. Since Solich was fired, we've had 4 coaches. 3 of those coaches have a combined record of 55-56 over 9 seasons. All three of them had at least two losing seasons. The other coach managed to steer the Huskers to an overall 7-season record of 66-27 (not counting the interim bowl game in 2003). He had zero losing seasons, won a minimum of 9 games, won 10 games 3 times, and won the division 3 times (tied one other time) across two different conferences. His teams never lost more than 3 conference games in a season, something the other 3 coaches combined to do a grand total of twice.

I don't care about a mean face, and yelling happens in football. I wasn't offended by his comments made after the Ohio State game, and I absolutely wasn't upset by his players-only meeting comments after he was fired. He wanted to make sure the players did what was best for them. In some cases, that meant staying. In other cases, that meant leaving. And he was 100% spot on about Eichorst.

Some (not all) of the people that lob excessive criticisms at Bo should look in the mirror... they certainly aren't any better than he is.

While I'm at it, there is no way he was trying to lose, nor was he trying to get fired. If he wanted to lose and/or get fired, that would have been easy. We've done a lot of losing in the years before and after him... the blueprint is there.
Bo Pelini would still be the Huskers coach had the officials not put another second on the clock in the title game against Texas. Tom Osborne hired him over Turner Gill which had to be a tough decision. If Osborne had any say in choosing the AD who replaced him he’d have hired a football man not a puppet lawyer.
He tried hard to loosen up( holding a cat above his head before a spring game in response to some twitter folks) but the criticism was relentless. The Omaha press never let up and he locked horns with at least two of them.
He should never have been fired he was a very good coach with a temper and look around college football there’s plenty like him. He didn’t suffer fools like Pearlman and Eichorst easily. He wasn’t afraid to trust young coaches he gave Papuchis and Eckler a job both have been successful with other Power 5 schools. He was loyal to his players and he won with the players he recruited.He’s the last coach to have anything close to a pass rush and sent his share of players to the NFL. He deserved better.
 

Red Reign

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Fyi

 

Red October

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Bo did a very good job at Nebraska. The fishbowl got to him a bit, and by the time he was fired he was fed up with the administration.

I think it's pretty obvious by now that winning football games at this level is not easy. Since Solich was fired, we've had 4 coaches. 3 of those coaches have a combined record of 55-56 over 9 seasons. All three of them had at least two losing seasons. The other coach managed to steer the Huskers to an overall 7-season record of 66-27 (not counting the interim bowl game in 2003). He had zero losing seasons, won a minimum of 9 games, won 10 games 3 times, and won the division 3 times (tied one other time) across two different conferences. His teams never lost more than 3 conference games in a season, something the other 3 coaches combined to do a grand total of twice.

I don't care about a mean face, and yelling happens in football. I wasn't offended by his comments made after the Ohio State game, and I absolutely wasn't upset by his players-only meeting comments after he was fired. He wanted to make sure the players did what was best for them. In some cases, that meant staying. In other cases, that meant leaving. And he was 100% spot on about Eichorst.

Some (not all) of the people that lob excessive criticisms at Bo should look in the mirror... they certainly aren't any better than he is.

While I'm at it, there is no way he was trying to lose, nor was he trying to get fired. If he wanted to lose and/or get fired, that would have been easy. We've done a lot of losing in the years before and after him... the blueprint is there.
Wrong as usual. Nothing like a lot of revisionism in this post except for the part about ADSE....Pot meet kettle
 

Trojan Husker

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Bo was a really good coach at Nebraska. He clearly had to deal with a crappy situation with the university leadership at the time. He won a lot of games despite that and he graduated his players. He clearly cared about the kids too.

He also did himself no favors with his behavior and he lost some games in horribly embarrassing fashion. He came up with the perfect defense to stop Big 12 offenses just in time for us to move to the B1G. Unfortunately, that defense was a joke against certain teams like Wisconsin.

Giving up 400 rushing yards to one player in only three quarters has to be the most embarrassing stat I’ve ever seen in a football game. There’s no way he did that on purpose. If he did, that would make me really hate the guy.

As it is, I appreciate Bo for what he did at Nebraska and I don’t hate him. For a long time (probably until 2013), I even loved him. With more support in the athletic department, he definitely would’ve at least won a conference championship or two (got robbed in 2009). But he didn’t have the support he needed and he decided to exit in the least professional way possible, dropping an atomic bomb in the locker room on his way out to make sure whoever took the job next was going to have a hard time uniting the team. I don’t think it was in the best interest of the players at all to get everyone together for a meeting where he just bashes the athletic director. Even if the AD is horrible, which we know he was, what kind of position does that put the players in? I understand he hated his boss, but the players have to continue to interact with the AD and that just creates a horrible environment. Even if Bo was “right” about Eichorst, that is no way to conduct yourself. That is childish at best.

But hey, we won a lot of football games too, and as we now know, that is NOT easy at Nebraska. I wish he had better support when he was coach and he might’ve been able to do some amazing things. At least 9 wins every year was pretty great in hindsight, even if it always came with 4 losses.

So yeah, a lot of mixed feelings about Bo. It’s easy to see why everyone ends up fighting about him all the time.
 

huskernut

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Good post. I never outright said he tried to lose. I don’t think he did all he could. He is smart enough to stop a jet sweep and and off tackle play when run over and over. Bo wanted out of here long before he was fired. I think it was difficult for him to go to work. He hated the frauds in charge. He had some bitterness. That was evident. I think he reached a point of outright not giving a damn to a point. I don’t know, but some of those blowout losses looked like it was half ass mode. He wanted to be fired. There is no argument on that. I think he is a damn good coach.
Bo's character is actually a lot higher than it would be if he had actually done what you are saying he did, weirdly, in order to defend his character.
 
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