Nebraska chancellor releases statement regarding Bo Pelini

Photo: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Following a 41-21 blowout loss at home to UCLA, the temprature on Nebraska coach Bo Pelini’s hot seat was cranked up to 11. It was not done so by the athletic department or administration, however. Revered former quarterback Tommy Frazier, incensed by what he and the rest of Big Red Nation had seen, tweeted that it was “time for change” in Lincoln.

The game and subsequent reaction were not good, but something most could live with. However, audio from 2011 of Pelini cursing about Nebraska fans surfaced soon thereafter.

On Wednesday, Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst issued the following joint statement.

“The comments made by Head Football Coach Bo Pelini in 2011, published Monday, are unfortunate and deeply concerning to us, as they would be to anyone who loves this university. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini’s remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university. Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini. We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret. We are prepared to put the matter to rest. Our football student-athletes, coaches and staff deserve all of our support and we know the Nebraska faithful will be there for them.”

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