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Great news Cornuhuskers fans, 9-win seasons are not acceptable: Conference championships and national title runs are still the standard at NU. So Bo Pelini gets the boot, finally!
Since Bo Pelini’s ugly tirades directed towards Taylor Martinez and the officials at the Texas A&M game held at College Station, Texas on November 20, 2010, his days as head coach at NU were numbered. At the end of 2010 season the clock began ticking on Pelini’s career at Nebraska and it was only a matter of time before the University of Nebraska realized what many sports observers from around the country grew to understand: Bo Pelini is not a championship caliber head coach. In fact, maybe Bo Pelini is not best suited at all to being a college head football coach.
Why Bo Pelini was fired
Bo Pelini supporters say Pelini is good man, wins games, runs a clean program and takes care of his players. All of those things are true. But for those that are not supporters of Pelini they see a coach too afraid and/or unwilling to hire brighter minds than his to become coordinators and assistants, a coach that is often caught on camera, along the sidelines, going into an almost-out-of-control rage directed at one his players, coaches or an official to the point of losing sight of the big picture at hand—the game, a coach who has proven–time and time again–unable to prepare his troops to play at their best in the big games, a coach who is awkward at best when dealing with the media, and finally a coach that when asked about his coaching future says “We win a lot of games around here. A lot of programs would like to win 9 games every year.”
Wrong answer Bo.
It’s about championships at Nebraska and Bo knew that coming into the position. Accordingly, Pelini told the media and fans that winning championships is what he was about when NU hired him. NU gave Bo Pelini 7 years to bring home at least a conference championship trophy and he could not deliver. More importantly, absolutely nothing from Pelini’s past performance and/or his current assembled staff suggest he is capable of making the turn needed to bring home a trophy.
Expectations remain very high at Nebraska.
7.9 million dollars was money well spent to send Bo packing. And be assured that Nebraska’s big money boosters were in full support of seeing Pelini go. They were just tired of being embarrassed in big games on national TV and seeing a coach that many sports fans across the country viewed as an embarrassment to the Nebraska program because of his behavior along the sidelines and towards the media. The people who counted in this decision simply gave up hope in Pelini. That’s the bottom line.
I was among the first to praise Tom Osborne for hiring Bo Pelini In 2008. Now, count me among the grateful for Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst firing Pelini in 2014. In so doing there is real hope of witnessing the rise of a Nebraska Cornhusker championship football team in the near future. Something Pelini was and is incapable of bringing to Nebraska.