Nebraska’s 41-21 blowout loss to UCLA, in front of its home crowd, is now the least of coach Bo Pelini’s worries. The coach has already responded poorly to comments made by legendary former quarterback Tommy Frazier. That’s generally a poor idea considering Huskers fans will always hold Frazier in higher esteem than just about anyone else this side of Tom Osborne. Now, Deadspin has gotten ahold of profanity-laced audio from a Pelini rant two years ago.
The audio itself was taken just after Pelini’s Huskers came back from three touchdowns down to beat Ohio State in 2011. He is obviously still worked up, and obviously under the impression that he is not being recorded. In the tape, Pelini is speaking with Greg Sharpe of the Husker Sports Network as well as a woman, whose identity has not been determined. He begins with a rant against a few media members of the Omaha World-Herald.
Here’s what he had to say about World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel:
“F*ck him, too. F*ck him. That’s what I’m going to tell him. He wants to walk out after my press conference? I’m gonna say, ‘Get the f*ck away from me. I’m done with you, motherf*cker.’ I’m done with him.”
Such language is not generally appropriate, but at least it is mildly understandable when it comes to public figures and how they can be treated by the media. Further, the media is not paying Pelini’s salary – fans are. Indirectly, of course.
Pelini would go on to use some extremely choice words for all the Big Red fans who had left that comeback win at halftime.
‘F*ck you, fans. F*ck all of you.’ F*ck ‘em.” After Sharpe says a lot of students had left at halftime, the woman starts to say that people did return to their seats. Pelini interjects: “Our crowd. What a bunch of f*cking fair-weather f*cking—they can all kiss my ass out the f*cking door. ‘Cause the day is f*cking coming now. We’ll see what they can do when I’m f*cking gone. I’m so f*cking pissed off.”
You can listen to the 2011 audio below. It only surfaced recently because, as Deadspin notes, the tipster seemed particularly unhappy with Nebraska’s showing against UCLA.
On Monday, Pelini publicly apologized for the rant.
“I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today. I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings. I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with such a great University and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have offended.”
Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he talked to Pelini about the rant.
“I am disheartened and disappointed by the 2011 comments published today attributed to Coach Pelini about our dedicated and passionate fans and supporters,” Eichorst said in a statement. “I have spoken with Chancellor Perlman and I have addressed the situation with Bo and expressed our deep concern.”