Bo Pelini had a bad day.
OK, a downright wretched one.
If you missed it on Monday, Pelini, who has coached Nebraska since 2008, first criticized former Cornhuskers QB Tommie Frazier, who had ripped into the current coaching staff.
Deadspin then posted audio of Pelini blasting Nebraska fans in a F-bomb laden tirade after a win over Ohio State in 2011.
I’m not linking to it, so listen at your own risk. It’s NSFW or NSFLE (little ears).
Of course, all of this came after Nebraska looked befuddled in the second half of a 41-21 home loss to UCLA.
As has become the norm in these situations, Pelini apologized Monday night.
“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.”
I don’t tend to get worked up over what happens on the sidelines or immediately after games.
Passion and energy runs high in those situations and sometimes emotions explode under pressure.
It’s happened at places I’ve worked and I’m sure it’s happened at your work, only there are no cameras or recorders around to catch it.
That doesn’t excuse Pelini for his comments.
It won’t help Pelini’s job security that he hasn’t completed the near-impossible task of restoring the Cornhuskers to their glory days under Tom Osborne, although nine-plus wins a season is pretty good.
However, they’ve also lost four games every year he’s been there, so the welcome could be wearing thin.
What do you think of Pelini’s 2011 tirade?
Would you want him coaching your team?
Do you think a coach should be fired for something like this?